An Indiana Governor Worth Emulating

From The White Hat — Henry Frederick Schricker: A Political Biography (Charles Francis Fleming, 1966), in a Nineteen-hundred-and-eight editorial in the Starke County Democrat, self-described Jeffersonian and, later, two-time governor of Indiana Henry F. Schricker, the best-known man ever to come out of North Judson:

Why not help those who help you? Did you ever ask yourself this question and then formulate a definite answer before passing on to another perhaps of less importance? Most of us would “go straight up,” in the language of the street, if we were accused of being selfish and something would surely happen if someone would label us an ingrate. Yet it can be truthfully said of most of us that we are not entirely free from these unmanly characteristics. No, the thing uppermost in our mind when we commenced this article was the business relations existing between us all in our little community. We are largely dependent on each other for our existence. Our interests are in common and as taxpayers we all contribute our share to the maintenance of our local government and educational institutions.

Many of us seem to forget our neighbors—in a business way. When some of us have a few dollars in cash and are in need of some commodity, we seem to forget about our taxpaying neighbors who are in business at home. We unconsciously pass their place of business and via the varnished cars enter the markets of Chicago, Fort Wayne, or South Bend and deposit our home-made dollars into the pockets of strangers who do not contribute one cent toward the maintenance of our local government or schools, and who never befriend us when we need a friend.

[My emphasis. – NPO]

Our current governor, Mitch Daniels, previously President Bush’s OMB’s director, a potential 2012 presidential-nomination candidate, and of that party purportedly dedicated to federalism, supported the recently approved-by-voters State-Constitutional amendment to cap property-tax rates, thus cutting off significant local-government funding. Mitch Daniels, a Republican; Henry F. Schricker, a Democrat, but much more of a front-porch republican. “My Man Mitch” would do well to learn the lessons of the German-Lutheran Jeffersonian from Starke County.

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Paging Jeremy Beer: Indiana-born Miss America 2009, Agrarian

The whole Miss America thing usually doesn’t interest me much, but, while sitting in my grandfather’s living room, I noticed something in the 3 July issue of Indiana AgriNews that really piqued my interest: Katie Stam, Miss America 2009, is the first to hail from Indiana. More important (Yes, even more important than some Hoosier pride!), she’s real farm girl.

From the article:

[Stam] has signed on to be a spokesperson for the American Dairy Association of Indiana to help spread the good news about the importance of dairy nutrition, as well as tell the story of Indiana’s dairy farmers.

Stam grew up in Seymour and helped on her family’s dairy farm as a child. She is a 10-year 4-H member and showed dairy cattle.

[…]

“I’m a farm girl, and it is a goal of mine to be able to promote family farms,” Stam said.

She said her rural upbringing taught her discipline and the importance of family and family tradition.

“This isn’t just a lifestyle — this is my lifestyle, and I am very blessed to be able to take this message to a national stage,” Stam said.

{My emphasis. — NPO]

How cool is that? Gary Truitt has more at Hat Chat

Home sweet home

I have returned to northwest Indiana. Ahhhhhhhh. I have learned a valuable lesson: If you drive over-night, the speed laws do not apply to you. I pulled out of the 7-11 on US One in College Park, MD, at eight eleven p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time. I arrived at 208 George Street, North Judson, IN, otherwise known as home at approximately five forty a.m. Central Time. Booyah. Thank God, I encountered no bears.

The most insensitive post you will ever encounter on this web-log

Maybe, just some-times, Black Americans still get the raw end of the deal because they bring it upon them-selves, and, consequently, deserve no sympathy. Consider the following.

First, discussed in the Wall Street Journal, from my home state of Indiana:

The story began prosaically enough. Keith Sampson, a student employee on the janitorial staff earning his way toward a degree, was in the habit of reading during work breaks. Last October he was immersed in “Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan.”

Mr. Sampson was in short order visited by his union representative, who informed him he must not bring this book to the break room, and that he could be fired. Taking the book to the campus, Mr. Sampson says he was told, was “like bringing pornography to work.” That it was a history of the battle students waged against the Klan in the 1920s in no way impressed the union rep.

The assistant affirmative action officer who next summoned the student was similarly unimpressed. Indeed she was, Mr. Sampson says, irate at his explanation that he was, after all, reading a scholarly book. “The Klan still rules Indiana,” Marguerite Watkins told him – didn’t he know that? Mr. Sampson, by now dazed, pointed out that this book was carried in the university library. Yes, she retorted, you can get Klan propaganda in the library.

Second, from the Dallas Morning News:

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”

Really, people, is this the Black community’s (more accurate, a certain segment of the community) idea of trying to “normalize” race relations in this country? If racial sensitive requires surrendering to ignorance, I’ll take my chance with racial tension.

Thanks to Rod for alerting us to these atrocities.

Hurray micro-agrarianism (and the small business that it helps)!

From the South Bend Tribune, back home in my beloved northern Indiana:

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A growing number of Indiana residents are dusting off their spades — and their green thumbs — to fight high food prices by planting vegetable gardens.

Paitson Bros. Ace Hardware in Terre Haute has seen such an increased interest in gardening among its customers that the store ordered at least 50 percent more starter plants than usual, said Susan Goodman, the store’s garden center manager.

Had I my druthers, ultimately, I should return to Indiana, buy Ray’s Super Foods (and forthwith re-re-name it Two Joes), quickly build up a chain (which, of course, would remain in my hands, rather than going public; I should, very strongly, consider, though, selling part of ownership to my employees.) of ten full-service, community-oriented grocery stores located in down-town areas throughout Northwest Indiana, and supply my stores, as much as possible, with produce and meat grown organically and naturally on my family’s farm and by area farmers whom I contract to grow equally healthy, earth-friendly food. It’s good to dream.

More on Bob Conley

This time from Jim Antle, with some props, offered by Conley, to my congressman, Joe Donnelly (D-Granger), and southern Indiana representative Brad Ellsworth.