October 21, 2012

Public forum

Community illustrates support for carousel

Thank you to all who may have donated, no matter how large or small, at our roadblock on Oct. 13 and 14.  It was successful with us collecting a little over $2,000 that will be used to keep our Carousel beautiful. I want to thank all the volunteers who took the time to help take up the collections, also. I am pleased to say that the people of Cass County are very supportive.  The Cass County Dentzel Carousel is a piece of history for our city that, with the support of our community, should be around for future generations to enjoy and make lasting memories.   

Susan Hicks, office manager, Cass County Carousel


Leave the art to the artists

It is not surprising that there is some controversy concerning the new sculpture depicting blades of grass at the Fourth Street trail. I imagine that most public art installations suffer the same treatment. I hope that a bit of uninformed ruckus does not discourage future art in Logansport.

The blades of grass sculpture is more representational than abstract, but people still insist on “interpreting” it. Contrary to popular belief, abstract art does not have a secret message or meaning. Abstract art is about art, not life. It is about color and shape and your own response to that. Abstract art is a blank slate. Viewers bring their own interpretation.

Art should be left to the professionals. This would be artists. Fortunately, city planners wisely turn to artists for help with matters concerning art. Art should not be dumbed down for those who are ignorant about art. We would be surrounded by Mickey Mouse and Barbie sculptures, and more monuments to sports heroes.

As an artist, I am always heartened to see a fellow artist get paid.

I just sold two paintings at the recent art and music event at The People’s Winery. But artists getting paid to make art is the exception. We don’t make art for the money. That is both a joke and a dream. Where do you think the term, “starving artist” came from?

All of the artists I know personally are working a full-time day job. Artists make art because they want to, and need to. They love it and it makes them happy.

Artists leave behind beauty in the world. We artists are not a secret society with a secret mission. Quit trying to find secret messages in the beauty we create for you. If you can’t see it, trust us.

Greg Hildebrandt, Winamac

Fighting a war with new rules

World War I, World War II and the  Korean War had fronts or main lines of resistance. The combatants wore uniforms and their vehicles and planes had nationalistic symbols on them. Warfare was defined by movement of the front. Victory was apparent when one side surrendered or made armistice.

The Vietnam War was different. There was not a front. The United States sent forces into South Vietnam to win the hearts and minds of people living there. As the war continued, it became obvious to American policy makers that we didn’t have the psychological and political means to win the war. The area of combat absorbed the American means of warfare without removing the influence of the enemy. We were not a permanent feature of the landscape. We didn’t look like the Vietnamese. The way we looked defined the war.

Today, we are fighting a war in the Middle East against nationalistic forces who are terrorists in action. These terrorists function on what I call a social line of resistance inside the resident populations. At the present time, we lack influence in the areas of combat for the reason of not living like the people who live there.

To have influence in the Middle East, it is necessary to understand how people living there actually earn a living. The problem that the West has is that we use the oil in exchange for money but fail to see that the mass of the people do not earn livings from the money provided.   

In Egypt, the people who caused the removal of the old regime claim it was corrupt. I believe that we need to find out exactly what corruption is from the people who live there. We need to find out what they respect. You can be robbed in a hospital in Egypt.

Ken Kumler, Logansport

Restaurant brings much needed class

On Friday evening, Oct. 12, a friend and I went to the Fire Stone Grill for dinner. I would just like to applaud the owner and staff for a job well done. With all of the red tape and hassle the city put them through, they have come through with flying colors. I had no idea that the restaurant would be so upscale and beautiful.

It is about time our city gets a restaurant of this caliber. While it is very nice, you can take your family there and not pay the price of an uptown eatery. Our waitress, Monique, could not have been nicer or more informative of the specials and upcoming events.

I am glad they did not back down to the requests, however ridiculous they were, of this city. I would like to add that I plan on going there more often, and I am sorry it took this long for me to get there.

Everyone involved with this project should be very pleased with the end results.

I would also like to express my disbelief at the welcome you received when your project was first completed. It is obvious that not everyone appreciated your bringing some much needed class to this city. Again, bravo for a job well done, may you enjoy a long, happy success with your business. The meal was every bit as good as a restaurant that would have charged three times the amount. The atmosphere is warm and inviting without being pretentious.

Dee Hensel, Logansport