Goshen News, Goshen, IN


March 7, 2012

Appropriate storm-relief donations needed

The outpouring of help for southern Indiana communities obliterated by Friday’s tornadoes once again reveals that Goshen-area residents are concerned about the plight of their neighbors, even when those neighbors are 230 miles away.

Residents of Elkhart County have seen first-hand the devastation tornadoes bring to a community and the natural response is to reach out and help others who are now suffering. Already the students at Westview High School are planning fundraisers to help students in the Henryville school system and Henryville residents who were caught up in the storms and saw their community literally blown away. We applaud such efforts and hope other local school systems will follow Westview’s lead.

We would like to point out that we think the Westview approach to helping is the best approach. The students and staff at Westview are soliciting donations, but instead of gathering supplies here and trucking them to Henryville, the donations asked for are monetary and are being funneled through the American Red Cross and the LaGrange County Community Foundation. We think this is the best approach.

It seems to be very inefficient to hold food drives and accept clothing here in the Goshen area and then truck those items to New Pekin, Henryville and Marysville. When local donations of food and clothing arrive in those communities the organizers will find that there is no where to drop off the items and nobody available to distribute the goods. The people there are struggling just to gather what remains of their property.

An example of good intentions gone wrong was found in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when food and clothing was gathered in many communities across America and then trucked to the South. Here is what the Federal Emergency Management Agency said about that situation in October 2005: “Used clothing requires valuable and scarce resources such as time, money and personnel to sort, clean and distribute it. Scores of volunteers or relief workers are diverted from other, more critical recovery activities.”

We agree with those statements and urge our local residents to send checks, not used clothes, to help the victims of the tornadoes. Residents should follow the Westview students’ and staff’s lead and make monetary donations to the Red Cross or other relief agencies working in the area.

Local people wanting to volunteer helping to cleanup the area should also contact established agencies working in southern Indiana before they go. That way manpower will not be wasted and efforts won’t be duplicated.

We are again proud that our community has been quick to step up to help our Hoosier neighbors. We just hope that help will be offered in an organized, appropriate way.

Text Only
  • Chicken-keeping ordinance not the best, but it's a start The first ever Goshen chicken-keeping ordinance is restrictive and limited, but it is a start. After weeks of discussions, debate and resurrection, the chicken-keeping ordinance was approved Tuesday on a 4-3 vote by the City Council. As written, the

    April 17, 2014

  • MORTON MARCUS: The truth behind Indiana’s economic condition is often unwelcome Jim Feelwright greeted me warmly as I entered the room: "Well, here he is, Mr. Negative." Since it was a friendly meeting, I borrowed a famous line from the movies: "You can't handle the truth." "You," he said, "just don't want to see what's rea

    April 16, 2014

  • Only you can prevent grass and field fires Maybe you can feel it in the air, too. We at The Goshen News are cheered by the much-awaited, and welcome, return of spring. The greenery makes us glad. Seeing runners and bicyclists -- many in shorts, no less -- reminds us that we need to kick our e

    April 13, 2014

  • Church ministry reaches out to local renters One of the highest hurdles a low-income family has to overcome is finding a decent place to rent -- and the good news is there is more help available for Goshen families struggling with that issue. Working in partnership with the Goshen Housing Autho

    April 10, 2014

  • GN140404 goshen college OUR VIEW: Goshen College is no waste in our book Last week the website www.policymic.com published an article titled, "These 10 Colleges Are the Biggest Waste of Tuition Money in the U.S." Their source of data for the post was from www.payscale.com, which used self-reported salary information from

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140401 Goshen City Hall OUR VIEW: Chicken keeping in Goshen shouldn't be so complex Aproposed ordinance that would allow Goshen residents to keep hens on their property is back. City council members voted down the measure at their March 18 meeting, but at their session this past Tuesday approved a motion to reconsider an amended ver

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • MORTON MARCUS: Indiana Statehouse likely would have thrown water on Noah’s ark The new movie about Noah and his ark, combined with the antics of the Indiana General Assembly, led me to setting the fabled story here in the Hoosier state. We would need an acceptable name for Noah's wife. Naamah is her name in the movie, but schol

    April 2, 2014

  • GN140330 bbb wv state champ 67 OUR VIEW: Westview 's run makes us proud Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis early Saturday afternoon, the folks from Westview High School in western LaGrange County proved that they belonged. They proved it on the basketball court, they proved it in the stands and they

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tough to gauge Pence's impact INDIANAPOLIS -- When Gov. Mike Pence signed the new preschool pilot program into law last week, he heaped praise on a bipartisan group of lawmakers who gathered around him at the DayStar Childcare Ministry in Indianapolis. The new law creates a pilot

    March 31, 2014

  • GN140328 martins press conference 01 OUR VIEW: Sadness and mystery cloak Martin's shooting Not much new information emerged from a press conference this week at the Elkhart County prosecutor's office. What did emerge was welcome news, no doubt, for the Elkhart Police Department. Prosecutor Curtis Hill announced his findings that the action

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo


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.
AP Video

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results