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Sings the Praises of Terre Haute

Letter to the Editor By Rob Wallace
as appeared in The Bethel Beacon (12/7/01)

Dear Editors,
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 breathe.

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.

Sincerely,
Rob Wallace

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