Letter from Dan Terrell / Notice to Lehigh Employees

by Staff on October 17, 2007 · 15 comments

in Local

The following letter was previously submitted to the Times-Mail to publication in their “Letters to the Editor” section in response to a letter from Barbara Brooks insinuating that Dan Terrell “didn’t care if Lehigh packed up and left, because Lehigh isn’t that important to Mitchell.” This letter, however, was never published. It read:

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the recent “Letter to the Editor” written by Barbara Brooks and published in the Times-Mail. Even though she did not mention me by name, Ms. Brooks insinuated that I had made a statement to the effect that I did not care whether or not that Lehigh was part of Mitchell’s future. This statement is not true and whoever has said it or repeats it is not telling the truth.

I have never spoken with Ms. Brooks and as far as I know, she has never tried to contact me. Had she done this before she wrote her letter, I would have explained to her that Lehigh has always been an important part of my life. Many of my friends who have now passed, including my father-in-law, Nelson Bales, Smokey Shoults, Danny Hardman, Cotton Henderson and Tony Mann, worked many years at Lehigh. Some of my good friends, including Duke Mann, Dennis Hardman, Billy Arnold, Dave Williams, Joe Vanzant and many others are employed there now. I care about these men and their families very much. For Ms. Brooks to insinuate that I do not care whether these men have jobs is a very vicious and hurtful thing to say. Shame on the person who started this rumor and shame on the ones who continue to spread it.

I know everyone running for office in the city election this year. They are all good people and all support Lehigh. I would like the opportunity to talk about the issues, not gossip. If the people of Mitchell want to hear the truth, they should demand that a public debate be held between the candidates. We have differences of opinions. I believe my position is quite clear on these issues and I am willing to defend this position quite vigorously at debate.

Dan Terrell
Republican Candidate for Mayor of Mitchell

In addition, the following notice was posted in the Lehigh Union Hall:

NOTICE TO ALL LEHIGH EMPLOYEES

Recently a rumor spread through Lehigh that I had said that I didn’t care whether Lehigh stayed in Mitchell or not. Nothing could be farther from the truth. No one running for a political office would make such a ridiculous statement and I assure you that I did not.

As a 35-year member of a union and elected official (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen, Local 754, Terre Haute, IN), I understand the importance of cooperation between management, union and local elected officials.

Most of you know me and you know that I am pretty plain-spoken. If you have any questions about any statements I have made or any other issue, please feel free to call me at 812-797-1555.

Attached you will find a copy of my response to the recent letter attacking me which appeared in the Bedford Times-Mail.

Sincerely,

Dan Terrell
Republican Candidate for Mayor of Mitchell

Perhaps that will set the record straight. If you still don’t believe it, I’d invite you to show up at the Mitchell Community Building next Tuesday evening and ask Dan for yourself. See ya there!

11 comments
jl
jl

Do you remember back then when Hardman was just a regular cop--by the way, he is just a regular cop now too--how many times he wrecked squad cars? He would drive down main street and never slow down for a stop sign, you know, he was above the law to stop or even yield.

Hoosier1956
Hoosier1956

I lived on the southside of Mitchell, from 1988 to 2000, & at the time, Mike Hardman was just a regular cop. He was following me, on Main Street, just east of Four Points. He hit the lights so I pulled off the street into the JayC store lot. He asked for my driver's license & registration. He took one look & told me to get out of my car. He lead me to just past the back door, of the police car, made me bend over, slamming my head on to the truck lid, & then place hand cuffs on me. He put me in the back of the car, untill he ran my license & registration. Both came back valid & I had no arrests, anywhere in the United States. After taking the hand cuffs off, he told me that I looked like someone, there was a warrant out for. My Step Daughter, who was with me, had to witness, all of that bunch of bull crap so Hardman could get his jollys off in public. From what I read, in the Times Mail, not much has changed. At least I can enjoy the Persimmon Festival, & forget about the local coruption & the bad economy in this free country, for a change.

loser00
loser00

I graduated from Mitchell and was a resident there for many years. Currently I reside in a neighboring county but I often check up on the happenings in my old hometown. It was very pleasing to find this forum and it enables me to follow things a little more closely. Good job Dan, and I really hope you clean out that police dept. From someone who has worked in the court system, I can tell you that Phelix with his "Hitler" complex has definetly made the MPD look like a complete joke. There are several surronding agencies that make references to that "clown" in Mitchell and I hope he will finally go somewhere else. As for Quincy, it is very unfortunate that you and your family lost a loved friend and I hope it wasn't due to the vindictiveness of others. Good luck to Dan, his family and Mitchell.

Heywood Jablomie
Heywood Jablomie

By dirty tactics do you mean like: inviting the 2 Bedford candidates for Mayor to the big Lehigh announcement, but not inviting both of the Mitchell Candidates? Or do you mean like having somebody start a rumor that the other candidate didn't care if Lehigh packed up and left because Mitchell doesn't need them? Remember, this person STILL has not stepped forward to be named and accounted for. Or do you mean by having officers of the Mitchell police department hang a large sheet on main street during the last election. I'm just curious, because I'm sure that nobody that would vote for a decent and honest man who wouldn't play dirty politics like Butch Chastain, would stoop to such levels right? Common religious people...hypocrites to the very end!!!

rick
rick

If you want to mention dirty tactics tell me what they are and prove to me that Danny was behind them and I'll believe them till then be quiet about it.

Anonimous
Anonimous

News Flash for you!! Hardman CAN be fired, once his wrongdoings are brought out. If there is proof there is always a way.

bye hardman
bye hardman

I'm sure Danny has what he needs (statements and facts of wrong doings) to get rid of Hardman. Beside, if he couldn't get rid of him then he could make Hardman actually work for a change!

Peed-off
Peed-off

It is being said that Hardman will retire after the first of the year. He is due for retirement. Theres no way he will work for Danny.

mb
mb

I don't think Chastain supporters are spiteful, they ae just dissapointed in seeing a good and honest person leave and a person come in that used dirty tactics to win. And a news flash to everyone...Hardman can not be fired...demoted, but not fired!!

happykappie
happykappie

Preacher, I sincerely hope that this is truly not your last post. I appreciate your candor, honesty, and no nonsense attitude. Please stay in touch with those you have touched through the wonderful website. Take care my online friend. If you do not return, I promise you my friend, you will be greatly missed by this person.

The Preacher
The Preacher

Could the city of Mitchell be ready to turn over a new leaf? I hope and pray so. I think it will be, if everybody pulls together. Terrell supporters bask in the victory (but don't be smug or spiteful) Chastain supporters, nothing lasts forever (don't be bitter). The time is now for every one of us to pull together to do what we can for our city. This may be our last chance. Mr Gaddis has provided us with this "Double edge sword", it does both good and evil. I mean that in a good way. This site is merely a tool for the people, it takes the hands of the people to build with the tools. Talking (or typing) is not a substitute for action. Demand more from our city leaders. Better jobs, better economy, better civil services (water, street, fire, and police), and don't let them settle on "O.K.", make them constantly strive for "Making it Better". This could very well be the last chance this city has. Lets hope and pray (to who ever you want) that Mayor Elect Terrell is up to the challenge. I believe he is, but no one person can effect the amount of change that we need. He needs us, all of us to work together to make it better. May God (again, who ever you want) bless Mr. Gaddis for the tools, the people for the help, and Mr. Terrell for the leadership. Hopefully we can all work together to save ourselves, I don't want to be "Polishing the brass on the titanic". Thank you all for your kind words in the past, and for the not-so-kind words in the past...I appreciate them all. The Last Post from: "The Preacher"

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