Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 7, 2013

Weather delays, fund raisers and nicknames


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— Sometimes it can be difficult for us to narrow down what to editorialize about in this space. Today is one of those days. Therefore, we’re offering three editorials for the price of one.

Safety first

For the second time in six weeks thunderstorms rumbled through the area, causing havoc on Friday night football games. It happened early in the season and again this past Friday night. Multiple games were suspended for roughly an hour because of the presence of lightning in the area.

For newspapers, the delays caused all sorts of problems. Writers and editors must scramble to try and get articles together quickly on a very tight deadline. It’s no picnic for families and fans either. In some cases games weren’t completed until around the midnight hour. Players, who were loose must stretch out again after delays.

But whatever inconveniences there may be, putting safety first and erring on the side of caution is always the right thing to do. Delays or postponements on Friday nights were once very rare. Now it’s happened twice in just over a month. The tragedy at the 2011 Indiana State Fair taught us some very sad and harsh lessons. It’s good to see our local school and safety officials are making the grade.

Goal met

Last week we challenged the community to help Goshen’s New World Arts in downtown raise $15,000 to activate a matching grant from the Elkhart County Community Foundation. The purpose of the fundraising effort was to create Art House, which would essentially expand the vision of New World Arts and add theatre equipment to show classic and independent films.

We love the idea and feel Art House would be yet another great addition to the downtown Goshen experience. Well, we’re happy to report that the community didn’t let us down. Art House visionaries reached their goal by their Oct. 1 deadline, with 155 backers contributing $15,266.

For those of you who want to learn more about the project, go online at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/758808800/art-house-films-bring-an-indie-film-theater-to-gos and watch Art House’s wonderful video. For the record, at least one of us here at The News was present at the last midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Goshen Theatre about 25 years ago. Maybe Art House will let us all do the time warp again.

Discussion evolves

The discussion over the continued use of “Redskins” as the Goshen High School nickname doesn’t seem to be dying down. Public school corporations and professional sports franchises throughout the country that use the nickname are facing increased opposition to the name by those who consider it offensive and a racial slur toward Native Americans. We continue to encourage discussion on the matter and hope that Goshen Community School trustees address it within the broader scope of the corporation’s goals.

Meanwhile, a new Facebook page popped up recently that is advancing the conversation. “It is called In Support of Changing the Goshen High School Nickname.” Whatever side of the fence you stand on, we encourage you to visit the page and offer your civil insight and perspective on the topic.