Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 29, 2013

EDITORIAL:


Goshen News

---- — Another year is about to go in the books. We are always amazed at how quickly 365 days can pass us. Years can serve as markers in our lives. We remember the blizzard of ‘78, the Palm Sunday tornadoes in ‘65 and the state football championships of ‘78 and ‘88.

So, how will 2013 be remembered in Goshen? It wasn’t a particularly dramatic year, but some important things happened.

We got a new governor (Republican Mike Pence), a new superintendent of public instruction (Democrat Glenda Ritz), a new U.S. senator (Democrat Joe Donnelly) and a new Congresswoman (Republican Jackie Walorski).

We cried together when there was violence in our streets. Millicent Morros, just 48, was shot and killed in broad daylight as she walked to work the morning of March 4 in downtown Goshen. She was gunned down by an ex-boyfriend who then killed himself. It was indeed a sad and dark day.

THERE WAS THE BEGINNING of a public debate regarding the appropriateness of the Goshen High School nickname – the Redskins. That matter came to a froth at the end of May when school corporation officials removed a wooden statue of a Native American chief from the gymnasium before commencement ceremonies. The Goshen nickname dates back about 90 years, but there has been a swell of support nationally to change the Washington Redskins NFL franchise nickname because many consider “Redskins” to be a racial slur that is derogatory toward Native Americans.

School officials put the statue back as not to distract from the accomplishments of the graduating seniors. Still, we feel this matter won’t go away and should be discussed further.

On Nov. 5, voters within Goshen Community Schools’ boundaries voted in favor of a $17.15 million school construction project. The plan includes a new competition swimming pool and additions and repurposed space to benefit the music and physical education departments at Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School. We are proud that our community approved this investment in ourselves. Goshen Schools — like most urban districts — get a bad rap sometimes. We are proud of our school corporation and know that great work is being done there. We feel this project will only enhance the success of not only our students, but our community.

A RECURRING THEME in Indiana and certainly here locally, was the impact property tax caps are having on municipalities and school corporations. There is simply less tax revenue than there was before. Many say that’s a good thing. Many others say it’s a detriment to communities. Regardless of perspective, the challenge looks like it will only get more difficult.

In many ways 2013 may be remembered as the year the RV business bounced back from the Great Recession. Shipments are nearly back up to pre-recession levels and manufacturing plants in Elkhart County are humming with activity. When times are bad there is always a cry to diversify our industrial base, but there is no denying that it’s the RV market that butters our bread.

We sincerely hope 2013 was good to you and your family and that 2014 is even better. Happy New Year.