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Hope for Tomorrow

Justin Thang uses fashion to educate, promote Burmese traditions and fit into American culture By helping to organize the fashion show for the Myanmar Union Day and previous Chin National Day celebrations, Justin Thang is doing more than simply celebrating these historically-significant events. He’s using the clothing to educate others, promote the Burmese culture and reflect back on how far he and his family have come. “Cultural costume or fashion is the easiest way to promote who you are and introduce where you come from,” he said. “This is one of the unique things we have as a Burmese youth. We can show our American friends where we come from, who we are and introduce them to what we face to get here. I thought that this is the way I can fit into American culture.” Thang moved to the United States at 17, arriving in a small Michigan town in 2007. A year later, he and his family moved to Indianapolis where he enrolled as a junior at Perry Meridian High School. He started seeing that many of the other Burmese youth have different traditional customs. Thang participated in his first “fashion walk” at the Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy in 2008.  He also joined the fashion group for the Chin National Day celebrations that year. “Until 2011, we only had four or five couples all the time showing almost the same colors, type of fashion,” Thang said. “I was like, we have more than that. Why do we only have five all the time? I asked can I start leading this fashion show? They trust me and they let me do it.” The first year Thang organized the show during Chin National Day, 2013, there were 16 female and 16 male participants modeling clothing on stage at the Read More

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Opinion


Torry’s Top Ten: New tax suggestions

Top ten suggestions for new taxes by Torry Stiles (Dear readers – It seems our state government is proposing some new taxes on things like gasoline and cigarettes. These things are already pretty heavily taxes already so maybe it’s time for some new ideas.) 10. NonSocial Security. Two dollars a day for folks who refuse to return the greeting from the folks at Walgreen’s, WalMart or other stores. 9. Dumb Tax. One dollar assessed every time somebody pushes on a door that is clearly marked, “Pull.” 8. Cookie House Toll. Four percent of assessed value on gingerbread constructions. 7. Bonus Onus. The government seizes all casino winnings of people who do the ” Nah-Nonny boo-boo” dance at the penny slots. 6. Chevy Levy. Two dollars for singing the wrong lyrics to Don McLean songs. 5. The Tithes That Bind. Seven percent on rope, twine and bungee cords. 4. Snails tax. Ten percent extra for ordering the escargot. 3. Lancome tax. Similar to income tax but only on folks selling over-priced hair care products. 2. Facebook Share/Like Tax. Five dollar charge every time someone clicks “Share” or “Like” on one of those Facebook posts demanding you click. Folks silly enough to click that stuff will never notice they’re being charged. 1. The Smart Tax. A voluntary system whereby if you’re smart enough to figure out how not to pay it then you have to pay double. This system isn’t any more convoluted that what we have now.

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Weekly Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker; many shades terrible Valentine’s Day, a day set aside to recognize that warm fuzzy feeling called love, can be a make or break occasion in relationships. Spending too little or purchasing the wrong heart ornamented item can have serious repercussions. Similarly, doling out too much dough or God forbid, forgetting the pseudo holiday altogether can also prove disastrous. Spending the time together, going to a favorite restaurant, a movie or engaging in any other choice activity, seems to be a surefire way to avoid tears and an argument. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, one new film opened in theaters for those fight-averse couples. Fifty Shades Darker is the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, about the rocky, and sadomasochistic relationship between a recent college graduate and a mysterious, wealthy man. 2017’s film picks up soon after the conclusion of the first film, Anastasia and Christian have since broken up and Anastasia is working as an assistant at a book-publishing firm. As expected, Christian reaches back out to Anastasia informing her of his desire to get back together, stating that he is a changed man. Soon enough, the two are reunited and the erotic escapades commence once again. Situated between the couple’s many inexplicable fights and their several make up scenes, the film attempts to delve into the background of Christian Grey. At a lavish party thrown by his parents, we’re introduced to the woman “responsible” for Christian’s sexual desires and emotional scarring. And of course, Anastasia and Christian progress in their relationship. As light on plot (nonexistent) as Fifty Shades of Grey was, Fifty Shades Darker isn’t much better in that department. The film does introduce two characters that appear to be villains, but instead of actually doing anything with them, the film cuts Read More

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Living

Lachanophobia: an irrational fear of vegetables

Are you Vegephobic: afraid of vegetables? Produce haters have swerved off the road of nutritional righteousness into the ditch of largely preventable chronic disease: less than their original wholeness; powerless to achieve a higher level of feel good. Plant food nutrition is widely accepted by food scientists for their proven mind/body health benefits. Listen up sweet friends. Just like we were not born to hate each other, we were not born to hate God’s fresh garden produce. We were taught. That’s simply nuts. Disconnected parents who force their kids to eat their veggies so they will grow up healthy, big and strong, may want to stand before a mirror. If moms and dads don’t model the example and eat their veggies don’t expect the kids to embrace plant food. Virtually everything about your entire being, good or bad, mind, body and soul, is deeply influenced by your relationship with earth’s plentiful bounty. Humans require sun-kissed nutrition for energy, to prevent malnutrition, disease and to live long and prosper. “Due to the failed Standard American Diet and our insatiable lust for convenient processed “food-like substances”, Americans suffer from vitamin deficiencies. Chronic Disease rates continue out of control and oddly enough, most consider it normal. That’s nuts. Folks, you weren’t created to be sick. God created you to express perfect health. Alas, the Industrial Revolution made an elite handful of men very rich, but it was the beginning of the end of your birthright of whole health and happiness and the launch of nutritionally bankrupt processed food; an unconsecrated disconnect from God’s heavenly apothecary and the launch of manmade drugs.” From “Eat Right Now with Chef Wendell: 3.0” (chefwendell.com) The down-side of Vegaphobia is that colorful, fresh, sun-kissed produce is the most health-promoting food groups on earth. If you’re not eating enough Read More

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LATEST NEWS

Perry Township Kiwanis plans chili cook-off fundraiser: Feb. 24

Six teams will battle for the trophy at the Kiwanis Club of Perry Township chili cook-off and auction Friday, February 24. Competing will be Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department, Tom Anthony of the Greenwood Kiwanis Club, Missy Lookebill of IHOP, Rick Mize of Center United Methodist Church, Kevin Wheeler of Cardinal Insurance Services, and Scott Splichal of the Kiwanis Club of Perry Township. Proceeds from the cook-off will support the Hunger Inc. food bank. The chili cook-off fundraiser is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church, 5445 Bluff Rd. at Epler Avenue. Diners will be given a form to vote for their favorite chili. Adult meals will be $7 and include chili, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Meals for kids under 8 will be $3 and include hot dogs, chips, dessert and beverage. All major credit cards will be accepted. Members of the Key Club, the Kiwanis high school affiliate, will assist at the event. Diners can bid on 30 items during a silent auction, including weekend stay in a Gatlinburg, Tenn., condo, 40-inch color TV, an Amazon Echo Tap, handmade jewelry and a Crew carwash, among many other exciting items. Proceeds from the auction will support Riley Hospital for Children. Southside businesses donating items for the auction include Cardinal Insurance, Buck Creek Players, Teddy’s Burger Joint, Point Blank Range and Gun Shop, Climb Time Indy, Finish Line, Craig Leatherbury, Pure Bliss Salon, Crew Carwash, Strohm Automotive, Jackson Systems, Cardwell Do It Best Home Center, Martin Fine Furniture, R. Keith Rooney, D.D.S., Julie Murphy, Painting With A Twist, Jockish Flowers, Teresa’s Hallmark Gold Crown, the Glittery Boutique and You-Are-the-Potter studio. “We’re hoping to see a large crowd cheering on their favorite teams while enjoying a delicious meal,” said Les Branham, president of the club. “Plan Read More

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Hope for Tomorrow

Justin Thang uses fashion to educate, promote Burmese traditions and fit into American culture By helping to organize the fashion show for the Myanmar Union Day and previous Chin National Day celebrations, Justin Thang is doing more than simply celebrating these historically-significant events. He’s using the clothing to educate others, promote the Burmese culture and reflect back on how far he and his family have come. “Cultural costume or fashion is the easiest way to promote who you are and introduce where you come from,” he said. “This is one of the unique things we have as a Burmese youth. We can show our American friends where we come from, who we are and introduce them to what we face to get here. I thought that this is the way I can fit into American culture.” Thang moved to the United States at 17, arriving in a small Michigan town in 2007. A year later, he and his family moved to Indianapolis where he enrolled as a junior at Perry Meridian High School. He started seeing that many of the other Burmese youth have different traditional customs. Thang participated in his first “fashion walk” at the Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy in 2008.  He also joined the fashion group for the Chin National Day celebrations that year. “Until 2011, we only had four or five couples all the time showing almost the same colors, type of fashion,” Thang said. “I was like, we have more than that. Why do we only have five all the time? I asked can I start leading this fashion show? They trust me and they let me do it.” The first year Thang organized the show during Chin National Day, 2013, there were 16 female and 16 male participants modeling clothing on stage at the Read More

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Chin National Day 2017

Cultural fashion, dance, singing and talent to be showcased during Chin National Day Chin National Day is a good time to learn about the Chin community, while experiencing some of their traditions firsthand, says Chin Community of Indiana President KJack William. Chin National Day comes originates Feb. 20, 1948, when Chin representatives voted to adopt democracy for electing local and state leaders. The central Indiana community, consisting of more than 12,000 Chin people, will recognize Chin National Day on Saturday, Feb. 18, 12 to 5 p.m. at The Life Center of Southport. The festivities kicked off last weekend, during the annual Paih (wrestling) competition. The event begins with an amateur match, before the main competition with wrestlers from around the world. A new champion this year, Rung Lian Ceu, won the $6,000 prize. The Feb. 18 event will consist of a cultural fashion costume show, dance, singing and different entertainment. Indianapolis Rotary Foundation President Matt Will will be this year’s guest speaker. The foundation has been a primary sponsor to make this event possible. New this year, 30 competitors have been competing for a ‘Chin America’s Got Talent’ show. The top three will compete during Chin National Day. “We would like to create opportunity for our young people so they can show their talent,” William said. “We have a lot of students and young people who have talent but they don’t have a place to show it. This gives them a chance to perform.” William invites everyone on the Southside to join the day’s festivities. “The Chin Community has been here in Indianapolis for 15 years,” he said. “This is a good place to learn about the Chin community, the cultures and who they are. We feel this is the day of independence for Chin people. It’s not a real Read More

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Lachanophobia: an irrational fear of vegetables

Are you Vegephobic: afraid of vegetables? Produce haters have swerved off the road of nutritional righteousness into the ditch of largely preventable chronic disease: less than their original wholeness; powerless to achieve a higher level of feel good. Plant food nutrition is widely accepted by food scientists for their proven mind/body health benefits. Listen up sweet friends. Just like we were not born to hate each other, we were not born to hate God’s fresh garden produce. We were taught. That’s simply nuts. Disconnected parents who force their kids to eat their veggies so they will grow up healthy, big and strong, may want to stand before a mirror. If moms and dads don’t model the example and eat their veggies don’t expect the kids to embrace plant food. Virtually everything about your entire being, good or bad, mind, body and soul, is deeply influenced by your relationship with earth’s plentiful bounty. Humans require sun-kissed nutrition for energy, to prevent malnutrition, disease and to live long and prosper. “Due to the failed Standard American Diet and our insatiable lust for convenient processed “food-like substances”, Americans suffer from vitamin deficiencies. Chronic Disease rates continue out of control and oddly enough, most consider it normal. That’s nuts. Folks, you weren’t created to be sick. God created you to express perfect health. Alas, the Industrial Revolution made an elite handful of men very rich, but it was the beginning of the end of your birthright of whole health and happiness and the launch of nutritionally bankrupt processed food; an unconsecrated disconnect from God’s heavenly apothecary and the launch of manmade drugs.” From “Eat Right Now with Chef Wendell: 3.0” (chefwendell.com) The down-side of Vegaphobia is that colorful, fresh, sun-kissed produce is the most health-promoting food groups on earth. If you’re not eating enough Read More

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Haunts & Jaunts: Central State Hospital

Central State Hospital will always be there.    Standing on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital for the Insane is a surreal experience as dusk descended on a chilly January evening. Our tour guide had led us into the field across from the Pathology Building, now known as The Indiana Medical Museum. We strolled through the grass and thickets on a parcel of ground where the once Victorian castle like Seven Steeples once stood. A car’s horn sounded on Washington Street to the south while a procession of headlights made their way along Vermont Avenue to the north. The world rushed by, yet, for that moment, time had stood still.     Central State officially opened in 1848 as a psychiatric treatment facility, housing patients with conditions ranging from very mild, to those of the criminally insane. As years rolled by more acreage was acquired, with a continued stream of building. Central State served the mentally ill for more than 146 years, however, the early 1970s was not so kind. Many of the ornate era buildings were declared unsafe and torn down. The state replaced these with institutional genre brick buildings. Years rolled on. Patients came and went. Some…never did leave.  Funding woes and reports of patient abuse contributed to the hospitals closing in 1994.     We moved back to the road, heading past the dark and silent Powerhouse, built in 1886. Besides the Pathology Building, it’s the last remaining structure from the 1800s. We discussed the “tunnels.” They  were/are service tunnels connecting various buildings on the grounds. Some say there are more than 5 miles of them; some say less. It’s rumored there are chains and shackles bolted to the wall in a few. It’s also rumored they’re haunted. The tunnels are sealed up, however many feel Read More

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Weekly Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker; many shades terrible Valentine’s Day, a day set aside to recognize that warm fuzzy feeling called love, can be a make or break occasion in relationships. Spending too little or purchasing the wrong heart ornamented item can have serious repercussions. Similarly, doling out too much dough or God forbid, forgetting the pseudo holiday altogether can also prove disastrous. Spending the time together, going to a favorite restaurant, a movie or engaging in any other choice activity, seems to be a surefire way to avoid tears and an argument. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, one new film opened in theaters for those fight-averse couples. Fifty Shades Darker is the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, about the rocky, and sadomasochistic relationship between a recent college graduate and a mysterious, wealthy man. 2017’s film picks up soon after the conclusion of the first film, Anastasia and Christian have since broken up and Anastasia is working as an assistant at a book-publishing firm. As expected, Christian reaches back out to Anastasia informing her of his desire to get back together, stating that he is a changed man. Soon enough, the two are reunited and the erotic escapades commence once again. Situated between the couple’s many inexplicable fights and their several make up scenes, the film attempts to delve into the background of Christian Grey. At a lavish party thrown by his parents, we’re introduced to the woman “responsible” for Christian’s sexual desires and emotional scarring. And of course, Anastasia and Christian progress in their relationship. As light on plot (nonexistent) as Fifty Shades of Grey was, Fifty Shades Darker isn’t much better in that department. The film does introduce two characters that appear to be villains, but instead of actually doing anything with them, the film cuts Read More

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Torry’s Top Ten: New tax suggestions

Top ten suggestions for new taxes by Torry Stiles (Dear readers – It seems our state government is proposing some new taxes on things like gasoline and cigarettes. These things are already pretty heavily taxes already so maybe it’s time for some new ideas.) 10. NonSocial Security. Two dollars a day for folks who refuse to return the greeting from the folks at Walgreen’s, WalMart or other stores. 9. Dumb Tax. One dollar assessed every time somebody pushes on a door that is clearly marked, “Pull.” 8. Cookie House Toll. Four percent of assessed value on gingerbread constructions. 7. Bonus Onus. The government seizes all casino winnings of people who do the ” Nah-Nonny boo-boo” dance at the penny slots. 6. Chevy Levy. Two dollars for singing the wrong lyrics to Don McLean songs. 5. The Tithes That Bind. Seven percent on rope, twine and bungee cords. 4. Snails tax. Ten percent extra for ordering the escargot. 3. Lancome tax. Similar to income tax but only on folks selling over-priced hair care products. 2. Facebook Share/Like Tax. Five dollar charge every time someone clicks “Share” or “Like” on one of those Facebook posts demanding you click. Folks silly enough to click that stuff will never notice they’re being charged. 1. The Smart Tax. A voluntary system whereby if you’re smart enough to figure out how not to pay it then you have to pay double. This system isn’t any more convoluted that what we have now.

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