To the editor:
On Aug. 18 my daughter called me around 2 p.m. to tell me that she had a blowout on eastbound I-70 west of the Keystone/Rural Avenue exit.
I contacted the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and asked if a Hoosier Helper could assist her until I got there.
Upon my arrival a state trooper was changing her tire. I asked if I could assist, thinking that he would turn over the dirty job to me. Instead, he kept working while asking me to put the blown tire in the back of her vehicle.
I thought, “Wow!” what a dedicated professional this trooper is. When he finished changing the tire I reached out for an introduction and a handshake. I had whispered to my wife that I wanted to get his name and write a thank you letter to his leadership team.
The trooper introduced himself as Doug Carter, who is the superintendent of the Indiana State Police.
It is an honor for me and my family to recognize him and one of the best law enforcement organizations in the word.
Hats off to all who serve and truly lead by example.
Kevin, Terri and Heather Bandy
Learning about personal finances
To the editor:
I spoke before the Perry Township Board of Education at its past four meetings but could not convince its members that our high school seniors should have to take a class in personal finance.
I presented research on how area high schools have classes that focus on credit cards and financial matters. But the board said it believed that parents should teach their children about finances.
Our children don’t understand that interest on credit cards can bury them in debt.
Financial institutions are willing to send representative to our schools to teach the class, and it would be free to the district. All the schools have to do is provide the time for the class.
I would like to see more parents at the board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at 6548 Orinoco Ave., and they should tell board members that our children should have to take a class in personal finance.
If you can’t attend the meeting, make sure you let Superintendent Thomas Little know that you support adding a personal finance class to the curriculum.
Perry Township Schools does a good job teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but it needs to add an F (finance) to STEM.
I am an 83-year-old veteran who is still interested in our educational system for future generations.
Remembering first responders
To the editor:
As we celebrated the 15-year anniversary of 9-11 on Sunday, we gave thanks to all who serve: military members, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and first responders.
We also reflected on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that people like me can sit at a desk and pen a letter to share with others.
Our society is not like it used to be; therefore, steps must be taken to protect those who serve us. These steps should not be taken because of a possible terrorist attack but because of violence from citizens. It is unfortunate that it has come to this.
Beech Grove will soon invest in new equipment to further protect our police officers and firefighters. We will hire additional police officers and firefighters because they are needed to protect us. We have to keep up or we will fall behind in the fight.
Dennis B. Buckley
Mayor of Beech Grove