Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘She goes above and beyond’

Vicky Clark of Kokomo sends this Cheer for her Kokomo Tribune carrier:

“We would like to acknowledge our paper carrier, Deb Tuttle, as she goes above and beyond.

“Since my husband is not well, we asked Deb if she could pull into the driveway and toss the paper near the front door. Recently, she began getting out of her vehicle to hang the paper on the railing for easier access.

“We wanted you to know how much we appreciate her and want to thank her.”

Columnist’s advice has Christian roots

Charles A. Layne of Bunker Hill sends this Cheer for a Hoosier journalist:

“The advice to parents of the Class of 2031 by Mark Bennett provides an example of the positive consequences of the Christian faith.

“In his column published in the Tribune, Mr. Bennett sets out seven suggestions that will benefit the lives of today’s infants as they grow toward high school graduation. Christians know intuitively and experientially that each of Mr. Bennett’s suggestions is a normal, natural consequence for anyone striving to grow honestly in relationship with our self-revealed living God. Throughout his many years of teaching family dynamics and relationships, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson has demonstrated numerous times how honest, vibrant Christian discipleship translates into positive family outcomes.

“As our culture has grown in animosity toward God, we have experienced increasing instability in family life. Consequently, we experience increasing rates of poverty, broken relationships, sexual misbehavior, vulgarity, disrespect toward others, and overall selfish behavior. Not even atheists and secularists want these outcomes. Yet, with no solid foundation upon which to build moral and ethical behavior, there is no way to achieve the outcomes contained in Mr. Bennett’s column.

“So my thanks go out to Mr. Bennett for confirming in this column the natural benefits of positive family life that grow from the Christian faith.”

Senator protected homeowners, businesses

Jim Buchanon of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a longtime local legislator:

“I am writing to thank state Sen. Jim Buck for his efforts to protect natural gas customers from the ‘Leucadia tax’ on Indiana natural gas bills.

“As a user of natural gas in this state, I appreciate his work to support important safeguards for Hoosier families and small businesses. He heard the more than 6,000 homeowners, small business owners, community activists and faith leaders who spoke out this last session.

“I am looking forward to Sen. Buck’s future work to protect Hoosiers when energy and conservation issues arise in the future.”

‘There still are honest people’

Frank Ingwersen of Kokomo sends this Cheer to an honest shopper:

“I want to thank the person who found my billfold in the Meijer parking lot or store last month.

“After reporting my loss to customer service, I was informed within an hour that it had been found and was waiting for me.

“Nothing had been removed from the billfold.

“There still are honest people in this world.”

Kokomo has ‘such great citizens’

Kelly Werdal, GKEDA events manager, sends this Cheer:

“On behalf of the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association, a division of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, thank you for making the 2013 Strawberry Festival a success!

“Here is what our president and CEO, Chris Hamm, had to say: ‘It was exactly the kind of event that activates downtown and helps bring the community together. I know that nothing like this happens without an army of help. I am not sure how it could have been done much better, and I know it would not have been possible without their commitment. Kokomo is lucky to have such great citizens and volunteers to make this a special place.’

“Big thanks to all these wonderful supportive businesses: Ameriprise Financial, Angie Meyers Design Studio, Artworks, Blissfully Simple Events, Bona Vista, Center Township trustee, Chrysler, City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Comics Cubed, Community First Bank of Indiana, Community Howard Regional Health, Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub, DeCleene Optometry, Drakes Bar & Grill, Dress Barn, Dixon Park Dental Care, Duke Energy, First Merchants Bank, Fudgeman Fundraising, Geary Photography, Glover’s Ice Cream, Grant’s Stand, Hoosier AM/FM Radio, Howard County and the Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana American Water, Ivy Tech Community College, KeyBank, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Lux Boutique, McDonald’s, Main Street Café, Meijer, Moore’s Pie Shop, Moore Title & Escrow, Palmer’s Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Pepperwhistle, Planet Mind, PNC Bank, Rhum Academy of Music, Roasted Almonds, Sho-Pro of Indiana, St. Joseph Hospital, STAR Financial Bank, Sweet Jeanius, Sweet Poppins, Unlimited Chiropractic, United Way, Well-Don Pots, Wurk’s-A-Poppin and Worldwide Jewelry & Pawn. Without them, this event would not be possible. Way to go, Kokomo!

“I hope I have not overlooked anyone, but if I have, please share this with them and know again that the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association sincerely appreciates your contribution of time. You deserve a standing round of applause! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“Congratulations again, everyone! We hope that you will mark your calendars for next year and are looking forward to Strawberry Festival 2014!”