Girl Scouts give back especially during the holidays
During the holiday season Girl Scouts give back to the community by coming up with creative ways to support charitable causes. Many troops perform service activities that benefit animals like volunteering at animal shelters. Some have made blankets for children undergoing chemotherapy, read to them in the hospital, and spent time to help them enjoy the holidays despite their circumstances.
Troops also love to spend time with the elderly during the holidays. The girls make gloves, hats and blankets for people who are in nursing homes and can’t be with their families.The patients light up with happiness and enjoy the company of the girls. Some have commented about, “what a wonderful day it was and how much fun the girls were.” The seniors cherish their gifts for years to come.
The holidays are a wonderful time to be a Girl Scout - to feel the joy of giving and show that Girl Scouts is all about being leaders and giving to others.
For more information about Girl Scouts, visit girlscoutsindiana.org or call 855-GSCIN-4U.
Membership development manager
Let them cheer
I was in attendance at Southport High School on Saturday to see the Pirates beat North Central. I don’t live in Greensburg anymore but it is certain that when opportunity allows, I’m listening to the radio broadcast of Pirate games. I’m ecstatic that Greensburg won, but disappointed that Greensburg didn’t bring their cheerleaders. It makes me wonder what is wrong with school officials.
I recall when I was in high school. The sectional returned to Greensburg but we were terrible. It didn’t matter. The gymnasium was still the place to be on game night. There were good teams in Southeast Indiana that didn’t get recognized because the Indianapolis media considered anything beyond Shelby County to be out of their viewership.
Class basketball has shed some light on this part of the state via the successes of Hauser, Jac-Cen-Del, Waldron, Greensburg and Batesville. In that Greensburg was invited to play at Southport’s Tip-Off Classic is great news, and that it will play in the Hall of Fame Classic is a basketball revelation. This is quality exposure. At that age, I could only recall the former glory of Greensburg’s visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The regional banner in those years was carried by Connersville, Milan and Rushville.
Here’s my point. These are the good old days. Make the most of them because they won’t last. However, lasting memories will. Greensburg has a great following as was evidenced on Saturday. They don’t need to be
cajoled into supporting their home team. They need only to be led and that is the function of the cheer squad. School officials should let the kids have their fun because what they have now is special.
Thank you for standing up for rights
At the Dec. 2 Greensburg City Council meeting the Mayor proposed a “form” that any member of the public who wishes to ask a question or make a comment at a public meeting must fill out and state specifically what they want to talk about before receiving permission to do so at a public meeting. Since most of the meetings discuss what is on their agenda and then either vote it in or not at that same meeting, that would mean that the public would not be allowed to comment until after the decision was already made by them. Totally negating any need for the public to ask their question or make their comment.
The exception to this would be the City Council. They are required by state law to have 2 readings , thus 2 votes on their ordinances. Normally that happens at 2 meetings but they can by law do both readings at the same meeting (which they often do) if they agree as a whole to do so. Again when that happens the public’s questions and / or comments become null and void.
While the Mayor stated that people could see the agenda and ask their questions before the meeting takes place, much interaction takes place between the various board members and that often gives different perspectives and new questions arise which would remain unanswered as you would not know that you wanted to ask them until you hear their discussion in the meeting. There is no way you could be specific about what you would ask or state when that happens in light of the proposed form.
Elected officials are elected to SERVE the public that elects them. Their election does not make them null and void to any additional questions or comments their constituents might have for them. While I critique and disagree with many issues that are made for our community, I also like to believe that I am willing to give credit where credit is due. I would like very much to do so at this time. When you see Jamie Cain (who opened the discussion), and Glen Tebbe and Terry Wagner thank them all for not supporting this form that the Mayor wants to implement for the taxpayers to be able to speak at public meetings as the issue of their interest is being discussed instead of having to wait until after the decision is already made.
Glenn Tebbe made some of the most profound comments on behalf of the public. He said: “this looks like a solution that is looking for a problem”. He then commented that this proposed “policy change” will “uninvite” the public to a public meeting. He could not be more spot on. Glen then offered “solutions” from his experience in serving at public meetings over the years. The Mayor or board president are in control of the meetings. They can limit the time a person has to talk, and they can call them on bad behavior and revoke their right to speak if they do not conduct themselves in a respectful manner. All very constructive ways to handle any problems that may arise.
As a taxpayer, I want to personally thank the three elected councilmen for standing up for our right to free speech and to speak freely. They acted in the spirit of the law. While what the Mayor is proposing is legal, what the council members proposed was also legal and the right thing to do on behalf of their constituents.
Councilman Tebbe ended up by saying that if the Mayor wanted the council’s support on this policy change that his vote would be “no”.
You can’t say it much plainer than that.