Sings the Praises of Terre Haute
Letter to the Editor By Rob Wallace
as appeared in The Bethel Beacon (12/7/01)
Last year, my wife and I moved to Bethel after scouring the entire
region for a suitable place to call home. Since we were both starting
"new lives," we weren't bound by anything except our desire
for a small-town lifestyle with history, amenities, and a sense
of community. Bethel provided all of that and more - with rural
character, and views of rolling hills and ridgelines from nearly
anywhere in town.
The most prominent of these ridgelines, I have since learned, is
Terre Haute. Owned by the Town, it is crossed by trails, dotted
with vernal pools, and home to countless species of flora and fauna.
The property has become a source of joy, reflection, and recreation
for us, and a favorite local attraction for our guests. The trails
are serene, beautiful, and provide a rigorous workout as you climb
to spectacular views.
Just as the proposed high-voltage lines would alter Bethel’s
essence, clearcutting vast swaths of Terre Haute for residential
development and/or a golf course would forever change us. Our open
spaces define Bethel’s small-town character and isolate us
from congestion and pollution. They provide recreational and educational
opportunities, buffer our water supply, and clean the air that we
Sure, I’m a newcomer to Bethel, but I plan to spend my life
here. Careful stewardship of Terre Haute, coupled with opportunities
for community recreation and education, will ensure that our children
and grandchildren will someday enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of
this town and our surroundings.
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