Pharos-Tribune

Letters

March 3, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Unexpected lesson in civics and life

— There are times in life in which we all feel we just can’t catch a break. The cards are stacked against us. We can’t beat the system. We can’t fight city hall. We feel powerless in the face of unfairness and injustice.

We want to give up.

And then something reminds us that we are blessed to live in the greatest country the world has ever known, where anything is still possible.

For me, that reminder came last week by way of a friend – and I wanted to share it with you. On Tuesday, after years of court battles, Vernon “Hughie” Bowman, a small farmer from my hometown of Sandborn, took his fight against one of the nation’s largest corporations to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And while we won’t know the outcome of the case for some time, Hughie Bowman is a great example of what is possible if you keep trying. Here’s a small farmer from a small town in rural Indiana who stuck to his principles and refused to back down.

Hughie’s fight is not only a great civics lesson that proves America can still work for the little guy, it’s an inspiration for all those that stand up to seemingly insurmountable odds. He’s the living embodiment of the old saying “It’s not the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the man.”

I share this story because I know that in the coming years Hoosiers will continue to face struggles and frustrations as some misguided politicians in the Indiana Statehouse place greater emphasis on singling us out rather than bringing us together. There will be times when we want to throw in the towel or put our time, treasure and talent to other worthy causes. However, like Hughie, we can’t give up – no matter the odds. There is too much at stake.

So as the now-second most famous person from Sandborn, Ind., I ask my fellow Hoosiers to stay in this fight, no matter what the odds, and protect our shared values and principles for this and the next generation of Hoosiers. If Hughie can do it, so can we.

John Gregg

2012 Democratic nominee for governor

 

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • PUBLIC FORUM: The people are losing control of its government The people are losing control of government President Obama and progressive Democrats and Republicans are changing the landscape of our country by bypassing our Constitution and what our forefathers fought and gave their lives for. Their philosophy c

    April 16, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Thankful to community for its care, prayers Thank you to Kyle Rans, Harrison-Metzger-Rans, Guardian Angels Hospice, Royal Center first responders and ambulance drivers for the gentle care and comforting words extended to our family. Thank you to the

    April 15, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 13, 2014 Housing repair grant is not welfare While it is a consistent Republican trait to criticize welfare, and I can recognize his desire to score cheap political points at the sake of our community's less fortunate; it is an unavoidable truth that Bob Bish

    April 13, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 6, 2014 Helping those who help those with mental illness Tom Sheetz wrote a letter earlier in the year discussing mental health and how the help is distributed. We have a very nice building for mental health clients to spend time. They do laundry, they cook,

    April 6, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, March 30, 2014 Where the blame really should go Why is gas so high? Why are groceries so expensive? Why are taxes higher and tax returns lower? Why does your paycheck not stretch as far as it used to? Much of our problems are caused by laws. Laws are made by Legisl

    March 30, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Psi Otes thanks Pulaski residents Psi Otes thank Pulaski residents A big thank you to our community members for their flexibility for this year's "Haps Chicken Bash." Iota Xi, Winamac's chapter of Psi Iota Xi wishes to express our sincere thanks to everyone who rescheduled their appe

    March 26, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Bowling for Kids Sake a big success Bowling for Kids Sake proves to be big success Another successful event for Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake! There were 118 teams this year and we are thankful for each and every one of you! Each year this event raises money to en

    March 25, 2014

  • State’s local leaders fear business tax cut signals more to come INDIANAPOLIS - Local officials who opposed Republican Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to get rid of a tax on business are gearing up for another round in the fight. They're fearful that a partial measure to reduce the tax - passed by the Legislature in t

    March 24, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Sunday, March 23, 2014 Utility board should request cost proposals I read with interest the open letter from Jim Brugh, local attorney, to the Utilities Service Board (USB) explaining that a local ordinance gives that board responsibility for running the utility. The board

    March 23, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: Recycling program could use some help Recycling program could use some help Something needs to be done about Logansport's curbside recycle program. You can always see a empty milk carton, two liter bottle, right along with papers of all sorts on the city's streets. The empty bag flags t

    March 20, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.