Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Meaning of war elusive still ]]> Lead story image

The sounds of Memorial Day celebrations are gone, and the silence is so deep I can almost hear it. Some may still feel the afterglow. I mentally salute them, but my aging mind wrestles with questions about the meaning of it all. I have a right to ask questions. I am a World War II veteran, you know. I went to war not because of a burning patriotic zeal — no, I went because I was ordered to go. And I quickly and cleverly acquired two military skills that made me feel proud, rarin’ to go. After only two weeks … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:23:38 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27754047-452/vertrees-meaning-of-war-elusive-still.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27754047-452/vertrees-meaning-of-war-elusive-still.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Good listener with not such good hearing ]]> Lead story image

That fellow Mark Anthony probably spoke precisely, but from this distance I cannot read his lips or hear his words. I think he is exhorting his friends and countrymen to listen up when he says, “Lend me your ear.” I could lend him a couple of ears — you know, the hearing aid things. There are two of us in our condo and we each have three hearing aids. That is almost unheard of for people with only two ears apiece. Obviously we have lost a couple of those gadgets. Maybe they should have little buttons in them that would … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:21:15 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27613775-452/vertrees-good-listener-with-not-such-good-hearing.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27613775-452/vertrees-good-listener-with-not-such-good-hearing.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: We don’t even have to knock on some doors ]]> Lead story image

I am not sure when I officially became a senior citizen nor why. Many of us used to be junior citizens or maybe just plain citizens. A big question is why so many of us take so long to graduate from this senior class. What will our diplomas say about us? I have some doors to open before I learn the answer to this mystery. Some wonderful doors are often opened before we even knock, and some stay closed because we don’t bother to knock. Who knows what we lose that way? Another of life’s great mysteries. I had to … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:09:05 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27489797-452/vertrees-we-dont-even-have-to-knock-on-some-doors.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27489797-452/vertrees-we-dont-even-have-to-knock-on-some-doors.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Wait for spring’s warmth sheer agony ]]> Lead story image

Percy Shelley was a British chap who wrote wonderful poetry — way back before weather reports — including one about the west wind in which he wonders “Can spring be far behind?” If he were writing about spring today and the wind off our big lake, he might ask of the lake, “Why is spring so far behind? It is your fault.” Maybe global warming refers to another part of the globe. There is a bit of humor here. Big rich ball players out there chasing the horsehide and real people sitting out in the cold watching them. Is there … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:28:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27179755-452/vertrees-wait-for-springs-warmth-sheer-agony.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/27179755-452/vertrees-wait-for-springs-warmth-sheer-agony.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Easter full of joy even if you don’t find any eggs ]]> Lead story image

The wonder of the Easter period surely is a prize we can claim if we wish. It lights my memory lamp and helps me remember where I have been and think about where I am going — and how to get there. Take a fun thing like an egg hunt and the sounds of joy. These are not trivial events. Joy is part of the theme and I believe that there is a touch of theology in egg hunts. I remember a hunt in Odon’s nice park, a few miles from our farm place. I was an intrepid hunter and … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:22:17 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26907557-452/vertrees-easter-full-of-joy-even-if-you-dont-find-any-eggs.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26907557-452/vertrees-easter-full-of-joy-even-if-you-dont-find-any-eggs.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: ‘March’ Madness and other sports oddities ]]> Lead story image

Elizabeth Barrett’s poems were all three-pointers, home runs, touchdowns. Pick one. I think of her when I look hard at the American sportsworld. She wrote a poem to the guy she loved: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Robert Browning was a lucky man. Imagine this: Neither of them had ever seen a tattoed basketball player. So, how am I confused when I look at our sports stuff? Let me count some of the ways. Here we are in April, and March Madness, as the roundball tournament is called, is still dribbling along. It will end … ]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 06:21:06 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26596161-452/vertrees-march-madness-and-other-sports-oddities.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26596161-452/vertrees-march-madness-and-other-sports-oddities.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Speak no evil of others; there’s no taking it back ]]> Lead story image

You might figure that a 46-year-old guy would know better than to fly a kite in a thunderstorm. But I reckon we should be glad Ben Franklin did it back there in 1752. He made a shocking discovery that helped change the way people lived. Some other guys who tried it did not live to tell their stories — they really got shocked. Maybe Ben was lucky, but for sure he was awfully smart. His picture is on a $100 bill, I think, but I don’t deal in anything bigger than a twenty. Anyway, Ben left us more than the … ]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 06:20:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26438555-452/vertrees-speak-no-evil-of-others-theres-no-taking-it-back.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26438555-452/vertrees-speak-no-evil-of-others-theres-no-taking-it-back.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Fear of snakes only rational, he hissed ]]> Lead story image

I stand solid as a rock on this: I’m agin sins committed by other people, all potholes, long sermons, guns in schools, baseball in cold weather. I am slow to anger, usually quick to forgive and only modestly humble. But I am not quite ready to forgive the people responsible for the photo on page 22 of last Sunday’s paper. I refer to the place where I spent a long un-illustrious career. In a story about the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore there was this scary picture of the eastern massasauga, also known, pardon the expression, as a SNAKE. I reckon … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:19:48 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26307930-452/vertrees-fear-of-snakes-only-rational-he-hissed.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26307930-452/vertrees-fear-of-snakes-only-rational-he-hissed.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Movies blur lines between reel life, real life ]]> Lead story image

We went to a movie house last year, or maybe it was the year before, and saw a show about a British king who stuttered. He got over it, which was a nice turn. We stumbled up a bunch of steps and found a sea of empty seats. It was not a busy day. I see that some show places have closed because there were not enough busy days. It was there on that historic afternoon that I learned what a “tub of popcorn” is. People walked in with those tubs and other eatables and I wondered if they planned … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:24:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26022676-452/vertrees-movies-blur-lines-between-reel-life-real-life.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/26022676-452/vertrees-movies-blur-lines-between-reel-life-real-life.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Inspiration — whether you need it or not ]]> Lead story image

I am afraid to doze off during the Sunday sermon — I might miss something good. Our minister keeps me awake, almost all of the time. Last Sunday she repeatedly emphasized that none of us is perfect and may never be. We all need help — that is the theological truth we are supposed to accept. And we should never give up. There was a lot more, but that was the gist of the message. Part of a stirring triad that hit me in the heart last Sunday. Maybe it all was just a coincidence, but it seemed like more … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:29:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25847721-452/vertrees-inspiration-whether-you-need-it-or-not.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25847721-452/vertrees-inspiration-whether-you-need-it-or-not.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Facing our need to feed ]]> Lead story image

I cannot define “caloric conundrum” but I believe I see one in the way we Americans and food come together. Or don’t ever meet. This smiling woman says in an ad that she has lost more than 80 pounds. She may find it. Maybe not. But the fattening of America makes it likely. Anyway, the way we eat and don’t eat is a real puzzle. Americans throw away about 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S., about 20 pounds per person every month. I read that in the Christian Science Monitor, so it surely is true. Chew on … ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:24:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25423981-452/vertrees-facing-our-need-to-feed.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25423981-452/vertrees-facing-our-need-to-feed.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Searching for theological truths at Valparaiso University ]]> Lead story image

Plato, Socrates, guys like them who did not waste time watching the Cubs, sat around a lot, just talking about theology. That’s what I heard, anyway. But the absolute answers that folks like me can grasp are still out there waiting to be discovered, and explained. Leading young folks in the search for theological truths surely is a high calling. Prof. Fred Niedner does that at Valparaiso University. He suggests that this endless quest involves down-to-earth issues that are often overlooked. Like how mankind, you know, WE, and critters differ — we can dream and sing and play because we … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:17:03 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25261265-452/vertrees-searching-for-theological-truths-at-valparaiso-university.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25261265-452/vertrees-searching-for-theological-truths-at-valparaiso-university.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Political meddling fails to add up for education ]]> Lead story image

A lot of what I needed to know about education I learned from my very first teachers, some parental participation and very little politics. I don’t understand what is happening in Indianapolis but an area educator blames a “goofy formula” for the way schools have been graded by the state. He probably is right. Politics clashes with education. Our public instruction chief got elected from “the wrong party” and the other guys don’t like her. Some fun. It is too much for my simple brain power. In my early school days township trustees were the bosses and two of my … ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:24:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25115605-452/vertrees-political-meddling-fails-to-add-up-for-education.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/25115605-452/vertrees-political-meddling-fails-to-add-up-for-education.html <![CDATA[ Lifelong comradeship helps keep us buoyant ]]> Lead story image

Max, my old college friend (the college is old too), reminds me that we are in the 92nd lap of life’s big race — that includes Carl my dorm roommate. This is not a contest. No losers in this one. I think the first one of us to reach the finish line will shout “Come on, brothers, I will wait!” We move a bit slower now, but time just keeps on its schedule. Carl gave history a new heartbeat in his long teaching career in Kokomo. He made a difference. I remember him in college class lectures, pretending to be … ]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:25:09 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24994909-452/lifelong-comradeshiphelps-keep-us-buoyant.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24994909-452/lifelong-comradeshiphelps-keep-us-buoyant.html <![CDATA[ Vertrees: Dance is like life, keep reaching ]]> Lead story image

I have never been to the Land of Snow or the Kingdom of Sweets except in a state of subtle somnolence, caught up in the sound of music. In my euphoria I watched and heard the Nutcracker Prince and a girl named Claire being entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy and pals — I think they were doing what was called a grand pas de deux. It was lots more energetic and mysterious than even a square dance. Later we were treated to a pas de trois — you know, a dance by three. I am up on this stuff. … ]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:24:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24726580-452/vertrees-dance-is-like-life-keep-reaching.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24726580-452/vertrees-dance-is-like-life-keep-reaching.html <![CDATA[ Washington hucksters dishing out a dose of bad medicine ]]> Lead story image

Some of our people in Washington remind me of the medicine show folks who wooed small town America in the 1930s. They claim that their medicine will make us better than we are, and they do it without a whiff of disclaimers. They may believe it. Say it isn’t so! One of those shows came to my town and set up behind the barbershop, which I thought was funny because you could get clipped in the barbershop for only a quarter. The medicine show elixirs cost more, but they did come with entertainment. That helped the medicine go down. Some … ]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:18:18 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24170131-452/washington-hucksters-dishing-out-a-dose-of-bad-medicine.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/24170131-452/washington-hucksters-dishing-out-a-dose-of-bad-medicine.html <![CDATA[ Carrol Vertrees: Old sayings resonate on the porch ]]> Lead story image

In the smug, convenient conclusion that my advanced age deserves a lot of respect, I feel free to spend a lot of time on my porch pondering the meaning of life. Like I wonder what this anonymous fellow (or lady) meant by, “If you make a mess, clean it up.” Does it mean that I should mop and do menial stuff? Probably it goes deeper than that, but I do not want to act in haste. I usually come back to this from Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Pithy sayings don’t all … ]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:17:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/22647871-452/carrol-vertrees-old-sayings-resonate-on-the-porch.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/22647871-452/carrol-vertrees-old-sayings-resonate-on-the-porch.html <![CDATA[ Taking a bus into the past ]]> Lead story image

When I was matriculating or whatever it is that I did in school, I came and went via a wonderful invention called a school bus. Big, bouncy vehicles, cold in winter and a bit warm in the spring. Only one kid, as I remember, had access to a car — he lived close enough to walk, which he usually did. His name was Charles Edsel Ross — his dad was co-owner of the Ford garage in beautiful downtown Elnora. Edsel was an old Ford name. Charles Edsel was a better product than the Edsel car, and he lasted a lot … ]]> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:34:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20905817-452/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/vertrees/20905817-452/story.html