Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 20, 2014

It’s time for a change


Greensburg Daily News

---- — It’s time for a change

To the Editor:

I am writing about the racial discrimination suit against Honda.

Greensburg has had a reputation of racial bias since before I was born back in the 1920s. I heard tales of this since I was a kid.

I worked with a lot of African Americans at Cummins. We all played ball together. They were from Shelbyville, North Vernon, Columbus, Seymour and Franklin. They all played high school ball in the ‘50s and ‘60s and they made the comment that they were always a little nervous when they had to play at Greensburg because of our reputation.

People like to harass people because they think they are above them. What they don’t realize is that they put themselves below the people they are harassing. I don’t know how the lawsuit will come out, but I do know it’s time for us all to look at our priorities and end this. We are all people.

Sincerely,

Ralph Ziegler

Greensburg

Millions snapped, but few saved

Dear Editor:

In these days of incessant picture taking, where everybody with a “smart” phone has suddenly become a “photographer,” I’m concerned that in the not-very-distant future nobody will actually have a photo record of their family.

Marilyn and I have countless big fat photo albums, covering the entire gamut of people and events that have been or are important in our lives. It’s always interesting to sit on the couch and leaf through these albums – those trips down Memory Lane are really sweet--sometimes bittersweet--and those photos are irreplaceable.

I pose this question: Of the millions of photos being snapped daily using modern electronics, how many will actually be printed? I’d guess almost none of them. (Note: I now used electronic cameras, but I make actual photo prints.)

But, you say, they’ll be saved on CDs, DVDs, or whatever the current hot gadget is. That would be just dandy, except a generation or two or several down the road there will no longer be the equipment with which to display the pictures.

I’m sure many of you remember the great slide shows that were once the very latest thing in displaying photographs. The saturated Kodak color of those slides was superb and superior to anything now available. Does your family still have a working Kodak Carousel or other slide projection machine? I’d bet not.

I’m just as sure that many, perhaps most, of you remember what a marvelous invention the VCR system was. I still have working VCR players in my house but they are used only very rarely.

Nowadays we have updated electronic equipment, i.e., CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray, whatever that is.

My point is that all those millions of pictures being taken have no future – and very soon families will be alarmed to suddenly realize that they have no lasting pictorial history of their friends, relatives alive and dead, homes, favorite vehicles and so forth.

They’ll never know the extreme pleasure of sitting on the couch – perhaps with a grandchild – and reliving that golden past through pictures.

They’ll never have that Kodak Moment and more sadly, they won’t even know what their predecessors looked like.

So snap on, you oh-so-modern folk – You’re just wasting your time.

Best regards,

Norm Voiles

Rural Rushville