10/25/2012 3:00:00 PM Letters to the Editor 10-25-12
My three ladies
To the Editor:
My dear wife, life's companion and best friend Diana, my aunt and self adopted mother, Norma Lee Brindley, and my grandmother, Mollie Netherland, are my three ladies.
They were and are excellent examples of goodness, kindness and respect for all family members.
I am not a perfect man, like all people, both men and women, I have made poor decisions and mistakes and regretted them terribly. After realizing my mistakes, I learned from them and moved on. If people, who know me best, can say, "He was not a perfect man, he made mistakes throughout life, but he always ended up, doing the right thing. I will be pleased.
To the Editor:
We veterans salute you, Denny Brown.
Naturally I hope your "last dance" is a long way down the road but in typical "Denny Brown" form, you are prepared and at ease with whatever fate holds in store for you.
I am reminded of a poem that Mrs. Lauderbaugh made me read when I was a senior in high school, to wit: Thoutotopsis by William Cullen Bryant.
Even at 17, I could see the profundity of this poem especially the last stanza, which follows:
So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
All of us "Boomer" aged friends and fellow Vietnam era veterans were largely shaped by the war and all the social upheaval and change brought on by our generation in the 1960s.
You hold the distinction of being the first Switzerland County boy to be wounded in that war. I remember when your brother Bobby, myself, Kenny Turner and Jake Park ditched school and drove to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital to see if it was true.
Sadly, it was, but even in that hospital ward, your spirit was indomitable.
I was ambivalent about Vietnam prior to that time but after that, I sure didn't care much for "Charlie."
Hardly anyone likes to think of their own mortality and men, especially, dance around it when talking with each other. I personally feel that such issues should see the light of day and not be such a taboo.
As that "cover all situations" book says: As ye sow, so shall you reap.
I have known Denny for 50 years and never have I witnessed him sowing anything but character, integrity and honesty. His will be a bumper crop.
To the Editor:
Being election year, I thought it would be fitting to tell the story of the "Political Pig," along with possibly an Out House Story (clean one, of course).
I better go back a little to tell you all where this will take place.
A while back, I discovered at the Community Art Center they have storytelling one month and poetry every other month. People come to tell a story or recite a poem which they have written or just read one. Also, some come to sit in and just listen.
There is no charge for either . . . all are welcome.
The Community Art Center is on the corner of Main and Ferry streets, Vevay, Indiana.
The Storytelling Event is scheduled for Sunday, October 28th, at 4 p.m. Attendees can tell a story or just come and listen.
To the Editor:
Hello sports fans!
Our season is winding down, but let's keep the excitement and fun going. Please get football in the schools for next year. We need the support from our community. It is 2012 and 25 years behind. Now is the time.
We had two bake sales in front of the CashSaver Store. Thank you for letting us set up there and also for your support!
We have only a couple of games left and would like to encourage everyone to come out and see what all these boys are thrilled about. Let's make this a year to remember!
It's time. These kids are fired up, and they deserve the chance to play football right here at home in our schools.
Football has really made a difference. These boys have learned respect as well as good sportsman-like conduct. This is something they can take with them throughout their lives.
We have another school board meeting to be held at the high school gym at 5 p.m. on November 12th. Please, everyone, come and show your support and let the kids know we are behind getting football into the schools.
Again, we would like to thank everyone in the county who has helped us along the way. Thank you to Madison Parks and Recreation; and to Rick and Connie Wallace for bringing this to the town of Vevay. Thank you to our sponsors as well as the many donations given. Our bake sales helped tremendously.
Let's get it done! The Switzerland County Pacers football teams are taking it all the way! We have been overwhelmed with emotion for what has happened with our little town.