Thorns & Roses
• To the Indiana Department of Transportation for reconsidering its decision to ban left turns at U.S. 24 and Logansport Road. The recently banned left-hand turn from U.S. 24 onto Logansport Road has been lifted. Matt Deitchley, media relations director for the LaPorte district of the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the change had come in response to feedback from nearby residents. State crews have added new markings at the intersection to encourage motorists to stop twice, once before completing the turn and then before crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 24. Tony Slocum, Indiana State Police public information officer of the Peru post, said he was in favor of anything that might make the intersection safer. “Indiana motorists are a resilient bunch and will adjust to it,” Slocum said. “We’re trying to find a better way to keep people safe and INDOT is doing that too.”
• To the students from Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School and Galveston Elementary School who represented Cass County this month in statewide competition. Four students competed this month in the state FFA entomology competition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, facing off against teams from Indiana’s 10 FFA regions to identify and describe the most insects. Four more students went to the state 4-H crops contest the same day. The teams placed eighth in crops and fourth in entomology.
• To the folks at Fairview Elementary School who organized tonight’s “Be the Match” bone marrow registration drive. The event is being held in honor of Marissa Schoenradt, a 4-year-old pre-schooler set to undergo a bone marrow transplant next week. Although transplant tissue has already been found for Marissa, many other Indiana children remain on a waiting list, according to promotional material for the event. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. today, is being held in conjunction with the school’s family night. To learn more, call Michelle Sutton at 574-722-5288 or log on to join.bethematch.org/Indiana.
• To the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council on its efforts to establish part of a national bike route that would stretch from upper Michigan to southern Louisiana. Richard Vonnegut, vice chairman of the council, says U.S. Bike Route 35 would run from the Michigan border through LaPorte County down through Indianapolis to Louisville, Ky. The United States Bicycle Route System proposes to establish a series of officially designated, cross-country bikeways using existing roads for long-distance cyclists to follow while traveling across America. The Miami County commissioners this week signed a resolution expressing their support for the route, which would follow the Nickel Plate Trail through Peru. The resolution signed Monday also petitions the Indiana Department of Transportation to actively cooperate with the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council to designate the bike corridor.
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Thorns & Roses
- THORNS & ROSES: Week of May 16
WOLFSIE: Writing on the walls
Sometimes when I am trying to think of an idea for my column, I just stare at the wall. That’s not a bad thing, because on the wall in my home office is a collection of special pieces of memorabi-lia that inspire me to write, reminding me of the talented people I have had the privilege to meet.
HAYDEN: From good to great in education not the way
On the campaign trail last year and early into his administration, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said repeatedly that his goal as governor would be to take Indiana from “good to great.”
THEIR VIEW: Big Brother looms large in D.C.
The federal government, working under the cloak of secrecy, has been having a heyday at the expense of all Americans.
First we learn the IRS has been targeting conservatives — applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups were wrongly singled out for extra scrutiny.
KITCHELL: Waste-to-energy a big waste of time
Had all of Logansport attended the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards ceremony last month in Indianapolis, we all would have learned that the No. 1 editorial written in the state in the past year was about a subject that sounds familiar to Logansport residents.
THEIR VIEW: Keep teens safe on the roadways
Indiana was able to achieve welcome decreases in teen-driving deaths after adopting graduated driver’s license laws. But it appears some of the benefits of easing teen drivers more slowly into the responsibilities associated with driving are leveling off.
MARCUS: Where to put your money
Snail Smith’s real name is Stanley, but his contorted windup and slow pitches gave him the nickname, Snail, during his short baseball career.
THEIR VIEW: Indiana loses a respected leader
At a time when our nation was deeply divided by war, social upheaval and political corruption, Otis R. “Doc” Bowen brought stability to Indiana in his eight years as governor largely through the strength of his personal integrity. He was respected, revered even, not only by fellow Republicans but also by independents and Democrats for his deep commitment to the state and its people.
OUR VIEW: Mothers the greatest gift of all
Our mothers help guide us through the world around us, helping us sidestep disaster if at all possible. She holds our hand as we become the person we were meant to be. She knew us from the beginning, and if she had it her way, she’d know us to the very end.
PUBLIC FORUM: Mayor tells residents of positive change
When the residents of Logansport elected me as their new mayor in November 2011, it was truly an honor.
Our city was battling back from a devastating loss of 1,500 jobs in five years, a recession that wasn’t letting up on the household income of our residents, a divided fire protection commitment in our county and an overall sense of loss in our community.
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