Some key Indiana legislators don’t expect the state to adopt a federal safety board’s recommendation that the threshold for drunken driving be cut nearly in half.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in its proposal last week that drunken-driving deaths could be reduced if states lowered the 0.08 blood-alcohol level for driving to 0.05 percent.
State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, pushed for more than a decade for the law that lowered Indiana’s drunken-driving level from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent in 2001. Wyss said it would be “nearly impossible” to bring the level to 0.05 percent.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, said he didn’t believe lawmakers would react favorably to an appointed federal board trying to press for changes in state laws. The NTSB recommended federal officials established grants designed to encourage states to adopt the lower threshold.
The threshold change was one of nearly 20 recommendations made by the board, which also included measures to ensure more widespread use of use of alcohol ignition interlock devices. Those require a driver to breathe into a tube, much like the Breathalyzers police ask suspected drunken drivers to use.
Soliday told Times of Munster that before he would push for the lower drunken-driving standard, he wants more research showing that would be the best way to reduce crash deaths.
“I think before we go running off and introducing law, because somebody suggested we should be blackmailed, let’s look at the data and see what’s most effective and with what do we get the most reduction in alcohol-related injuries,” Soliday said. “Some of that may not need a law passed.”
Terri Carl, who owns Leroy’s Tavern on the west side of Evansville, said she believes less drunken driving depends on people taking responsibility for their actions.
“Lowering the limit of alcohol is not going to affect the way people drink or eat,” she said. “It’s them making rational, conscious decisions about getting behind the wheel.”
An 0.05 percent blood-alcohol level is about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds and two drinks for a 160-pound man. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of 80-proof alcohol in most studies. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams said a lower limit would put more people in jail, but he’s not certain it will keep drunken drivers off the road.
“I’m not sure that it creates any more of a deterrent to not drive or if it’s just more people are going to go to jail that we catch,” he said.
by Beth Stauffer
For many of us, at the end of May our thoughts turn to barbecues and camping trips, parades and baseball games. One of the things that most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about are Armed Services Day on May 18th and Memorial Day and on May 27th; we especially are guilty of forgetting to remember the Veterans that have given their time, their youth, and in many instances, their lives, to give the rest of us the many freedoms that we have to celebrate during the month of May.
93 year old World War II and Korean War veteran Carl Shoudel, on the other hand, spends a lot of time thinking about these very things every day. Shoudel currently lives in Fort Wayne, where he is a resident at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center. In his memoir, The Price We Paid For A Life of Freedom, Shoudel writes “Every day of my life after I landed in New Guinea, I have wrestled with the singular question, ‘What makes men do what they do during times of war?’ Today, I have still not found the answer to that question.”
Mr. Shoudel grew up in Garrett, Indiana in the 1920’s, the middle child of three children. He was a Catholic school boy who fell in love with a little red haired girl at first sight before graduating and getting his first job at Rieke Metal Products in Auburn in 1939. In 1942, at the ripe age of 21, Shoudel quit his job at Rieke and set off on his first true adventure in life—enlisting in the U.S. Army.
Shoudel’s memoir opens with the riveting scene of fighting in the bloodiest battle in the New Guinea Campaign at Lone Tree Hill, Maffin Bay, with the Red Star Doughboys. According to Mr. Shoudel’s memoir, these brave men annihilated one of the largest concentrations of Japanese armories ever encountered in the Pacific battlefield. These soldiers endured 219 days of continuous warfare on Luzon, averaging 100 enemy casualties per day.
Shoudel, along with his friend Ross “Doc” Ogden (to whom the book is dedicated), and others were sent out on a search and destroy mission on June 23rd, 1944. The men were pinned behind large, rotting trees and a sheer cliff of coral rock. Convinced that the only way he could help his friends was by working his way up the ridge and mounting a sneak attack from behind, Shoudel perilously moved up a hill, down into a ravine, and then crawled along a ridge.
It took him nearly an hour to advance 200 yards, and he still had 100 yards to go.
With rapid enemy fire splintering the tree mere inches away from Shoudel’s head, he kept calm and was able to crawl directly behind three of the machine gun ‘nests’. He tossed a series of grenades towards the nests, then stood up and opened fire, letting more than 60 rounds of ammunition fly in the direction of the enemy nests.
Unfortunately for Shoudel, he “suddenly felt a wave of heat as a tremendous blow ripped through my backside. I fell backward and rolled 20 yards down into the ravine, keeping a firm grip on my Browning automatic rifle…Lying in the ravine, with blood gushing out of the large wound on my back, I began to drift in and out of consciousness. I realized I had no feeling from my chest to my feet. I wondered when—and if—someone would find me. I pulled out a photo of my high school sweetheart from the top pocket of my fatigues and stared at it. ‘Marian…’ I whispered. When I came to, there was Doc, infusing blood plasma into my arm. Doc later told me that when he found me, my eyes were open, and there was no sign of life. Shortly after he started the plasma, my eyelids began to blink. That was not the first time my friend, Doc, had attended to my wounds.”
Nor would it be the last. Shoudel went on to be wounded seven more times before the end of the South Pacific campaign.
Shoudel’s memoir details the many harrowing and haunting memories of war, but also stories that serve to inspire and encourage us that even in the darkest of times there is still a tremendous depth of humanity and compassion to be found in men.
In one passage of his memoir, Shoudel describes in detail the many acts of heroism that led to victory at Munoz, the last route of escape for the Japanese in Southern Luzon. Shoudel wrote, “Almost 75 years later, it is still hard for me to aptly describe the bravery of the men and the combat medics. They gave no thought for themselves, but only for their injured buddies. We not only broke the backbone of the Japanese stronghold on Luzon, but we annihilated the greatest concentration of enemy armored strength ever encountered in the Pacific.”
Later in the memoir, Shoudel recalls how his unit came upon a settlement hours after the Japanese forces had slaughtered everyone in the village and left the bodies of men, women, and children carelessly littered about. The men carefully checked for survivors, but couldn’t find a single one. As they began to move out, the cry of a baby hidden in a hut beneath some large leaves stopped them in their tracks.
Even though it was against every rule and regulation of the Army to take the child, the men couldn’t bear to leave the child behind to a grisly death; however, they knew if they child were to cry while on patrol, it meant certain death for them all. Doc Ogden fashioned a sling out of clothing and tied the baby around his waist, and taught the men how to feed the baby nutritious coconut milk. Three short days later, the men came upon another village and left the baby in the care of a kind Filipino family.
It is stories like this one that gives a compelling hope in contrast to the utter darkness of times of war.
These days, Carl Shoudel is a decorated veteran who defied all odds by surviving two wars on the front lines. His memoir is more than just a recollection of Shoudel’s own memories, but is a story of love about the USA and a poignant tribute to the friends he served beside during WWII.
For me, it was truly an honor to meet Mr. Shoudel, a man who is truly representative of the Greatest Generation. Perhaps this weekend, while you’re at that barbecue or baseball game, you could take a few minutes to reflect on the closing sentences of Mr. Shoudel’s memoir, for I think they truly sum up what Memorial Day is all about:
“Today, at the age of 90, I still think about the war years every single day. I still don’t have the answer to why people do the things they do during times of war. I only know that they do and thank God they do. For without these brave men and women who fight for our country, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy every minute of every day. I am thankful for the gift of every day that I am given. Life is good.” ~Carl Shoudel.
Thom Moore, of New Haven, Indiana, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Since his diagnosis, he has undergone chemo, surgery, and another round of chemo. Many families hit with unplanned cancer hardships are put into financial struggles even when the families have insurance coverage.
Below are articles that stress the financial responsibilities families undertake when an illness unexpectedly takes over your lives.
A USA Today articles talks about the high cost of cancer treatment, even for those with good insurance.
“Their out-of-pocket expenses averaged $712 a month for doctor visits, medicines, lost wages and travel to appointments. To pay for cancer drugs, half spent less on food and clothes, and 43 percent borrowed money or used credit. Also, 26 percent did not fill a prescription, 22 percent filled part of one and 20 percent took less than prescribed.”
The American Cancer Society states the following:
“The average cost of a 30 day cancer drug prescription was more than $1,600 in 2006 and it’s even higher today. Many cancer drugs cost much more than drugs for other illnesses. Some of the newer cancer treatments can cost as much as $10,000 for a month’s supply. Also, co-pays are often higher for these prescriptions than those for other types of treatment.”
This is where a community can work together to raise funds through several fundraisers to help families with medical expenses. Browse through this website to see how you can help through a chicken dinner, a cash donation, or bid on an auction for a trip to South Africa.
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May 15th was a special day for the New Haven Police Department. Not only is it National Peace Officers Memorial Day, but we swore in 5 new Police Reserve Officers.
In 1962 President John F Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
This current group of reserves officers went through an extensive selection process before beginning their training in January of this year. They were required to pass a series of physical fitness tests before being allowed to take a written examination. After passing the physical and written examinations the applicants went through interviews and background investigations prior to being selected. The process started off with approximately 27 people applying.
These reserve officers spent 56 hours on basic law enforcement training to include law, physical tactics, firearms, and emergency vehicle operations. They have had numerous additional hours of department wide in-service training provided to them. All of this training will be beneficial for these reserve officers as they begin their law enforcement careers.
In addition to the training received these reserve officers have also completed nearly 80 hours of patrol time observing full time police officers enabling them to gain experience on the street.
Once sworn in as reserve officers and placed in uniform these officers will be in a probationary status until January 1, 2014, and then based upon their training and hours of service will have the opportunity to move to 3rd class officer status.
1. Jennifer Bontrager
2. David Jackson
3. Michael Poiry
4. Joshua Schofield
5. Stuart Reed
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by Beth Stauffer
Last weekend, the New Haven Parks Department and Lutheran Hospital hosted an Elementary Fun Run at New Haven High School for children in Preschool-6th Grade. This race was the first in a series of runs being sponsored this summer for residents; upcoming races include the community Canal Days 5K in June, a Jury Kids triathlon in July, and a 10K run in August. For more information on these races, visit the Parks Department website at www.newhavenparksandrec.org.
The top three winners in each age category in Saturday’s races are as follows:
800 Meter Run, PreK and Kindergarten, Boys Division: 1st place, Pau Lam Dang of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Ethan Smith of Grabill, and 3rd place, Alex Stauffer of New Haven. Girls Division: 1st place, Makenzie Kolvoord of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Audrey Geise of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Sarah Maple of Fort Wayne.
800 Meter Run, 1st Grade, Boys Division: 1st place, Matthew Poiry of New Haven, 2nd place, Tommy Howard of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Rylan Bennett of Fort Wayne. Girls Division: 1st place, Arabelle Laurent of Fort Wayne.
800 Meter Run, 2nd Grade, Boys Division: 1st place, Pau Thu Lak of Fort Wayne and 2nd place, Andrew Arnos of New Haven. Girls Division: 1st place, Sally Jo Kissner of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Joslynn Peters of Leo, and 3rd place, Lydia Geise of Fort Wayne.
1600 Meter Run, 3rd Grade, Boys Division: 1st place, David Howard of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Ga Ma Ra Do of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Dakota Chapin of Fort Wayne.
1600 Meter Run, 4th Grade, Boys Division: 1st Place, Johnny Sewell of Fort Wayne, 2nd place Brayan Piedra of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Lukas Redmond of Fort Wayne. Girls Division: 1st place, Lily Kissner of Leo, 2nd place, Olivia Arnos of New Haven, and 3rd place, Vanessa Villaneuva of Fort Wayne.
1600 Meter Run, 5th Grade, Boys Division: 1st place, Branden Sayre of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Pau Van Lian of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Gus Wyss of New Haven. Girls Division: 1st place, Molly Gibson of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Stephanie Velasquez of Hoagland, and 3rd place, Stephanie Frecker of Fort Wayne.
1600 Meter Fun Run, 6th Grade, Boys Division: 1st place, Daniel Stephen of Fort Wayne, 2nd place, Bradlee Sayre of Fort Wayne, and 3rd place, Christian Villanueva of Fort Wayne. Girls Division: 1st place, Jamie Seigler of Fort Wayne.
The fastest time for the 800 meters in all divisions was Sally Jo Kissner of Fort Wayne who ran the ½ mile in 3:29.40. The fastest time for the 1600 meters in all divisions was Jamie Zeigler of Fort Wayne who ran the 1 mile in 6:11.30.
New Haven resident Sarah Kohl was named the Runner Up in the Star 88.3 2013 All Star Mom Contest! Sarah was nominated by NewHavenBulletin.com feature writer Beth Stauffer for the award. Sarah will receive a gift certificate to Essentials & Frosting in Auburn, 2 tickets to the Mom’s Night Out on August 22nd, and a family four pack of tickets to the StarNight at the TinCaps on June 9th.
Congratulations to Sarah and the Kohl family!