News and Tribune

October 22, 2012


Dude, where’s my car?

As I was taking a walk around 10 a.m. Labor Day here in Charlestown, I was approaching the JayC Food Store, having already walked two miles and having another mile to go.

I said to myself, “I’m getting a little tired, I might just stop at the store and if I see someone I know and I’ll get a ride.”

Well, low and behold, I glanced up into the parking lot and there sat our dark maroon late-model Honda Odyssey van with dark tinted windows. (I thought) Again, I said to myself, “My wife is in there shopping. I’ll just let myself in and I’ll wait on her.”

As I approached the right rear of the van and hit the remote button, the tail lights didn’t flicker like they should, but often times don’t. Just to be sure, I walked up to the right side window and looked in. There was the blue familiar gum jar in the right cup holder and the usual array of papers on the console.

So, I hit the remote button again and tried the handle. Still nothing. So I walked around to the drivers side, pushed the button and again tried the handle. All of a sudden, I glimpsed a movement in the seat behind the driver’s. I immediately moved back to the side door window and the best that I could see through the tinted windows was a smallish elderly lady with her cell phone in her lap frantically pushing buttons.

I thought, “Oh goodness, What have I done?”

My first thought was to knock on her window, which I did, and try to apologize. She would not look up, which I could well understand. However, she was still on the cell when I left.

I am sure that she has related this to someone or maybe someone in her family might see this column. I would sincerely like to issue this lady an apology for giving her such a frightening few moments and assure her that I was not trying to break into the vehicle. I just thought it was my own.

— Charlie Gregory, Charlestown

Corporate acts upset reader

Recently, it has come to light that several major corporations have written letters to their employees explaining that if they vote for President Obama, they may lose their jobs.

While I am not naive, and all politicians are indebted to someone, just think when you vote for Mitt Romney what kind of people he is indebted to — the kind who openly tell their employees who to vote for, or else.

It’s companies like the Koch Brothers, which had revenues of close to $100 billion last year, threatening hourly workers. And remember, layoffs can not be directed at one party. They could easily be laying off Republicans.

Unions donate money, but they have no power to threaten employees. This action is the action of the sickest possible part of our society — greedy corporations.

Romney says he will give more money to the top, so they will hire more workers. Think about it. Does it sound like they are looking out for you?

— Richard Hodge, DePauw