'Wait until next year' means something great, now

"Wait until next year" was the refrain used by generations of Cubs fans, referring to the long wait to return to the World Series and win it all.

This phrase now refers to a return to the World Series "next year" and a repeat championship. I've been a Cubs fan for approximately 60 of my 67 years on Earth. At times it was frustrating, however, I never doubted that this day of joy would arrive.

When I was 11 or 12 years old, I started going to games at Wrigley Field with such friends as Scott Menke, Ron Tiedeman and "Big Al" Herrbach (may he rest in peace). We would take the South Shore to downtown Chicago and then hop on the El for the ride to Wrigley. The trip was always half of the fun. It cost about $10 for the trip over, a ticket into the game and a hot dog and drink. We would get the cheap seat tickets and, if there was some open seats up front and a friendly usher to let us down, we would end up in prime seating. We saw great players such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins. We also saw the likes of Moose Moryn, Cuno Barragan and Moe Thacker. We saw more losses than wins, but that made the wins more valuable to us.

As I got older, I was able to take my wife, kids and grandchildren to Wrigley for a wonderful experience. I now have a great-grandchild, who I am looking forward to giving this grand experience to. In conclusion, some aspects of the game have changed, strategy-wise, however, it still remains a great experience for all to enjoy.

When you go, make sure that you get there early to check out the souvenir shops and try to obtain some autographs. This past summer, my grandson got one from ex-Cub Carlos Zambrano and I hope that he will cherish it forever. Go Cubs and wait until next year!

Wayne Retseck

Trail Creek


Unresponsive candidates made choice easy

To All the candidates in this year's election who failed to respond to the Federal Candidate Survey questions asked in the La Porte County Right to Life Issues Guide, I say this: You made this one of the easiest voting days I've had in a long time. I say this because I decided to not vote for anyone who didn't take the time to make their positions known to their constituents concerning the Right To Life, a very important and controversial issue to say the least.

You work for us and we need to know your stance on issues important to us in deciding your future in government. Your failure to respond left me and, I hope, others no choice but to skip over all those who did not respond to the questionnaire.

Mike Zeese

Michigan City


Leaf pick-up has been great

I am absolutely thrilled and appreciative with the leaf pick-up routine this year. I don't know who decided this, but it is great and the men are doing a great job. Thanks to the Park Department, also, as they are getting their leaves up very fast this year, also.

Diane F. Hack

Michigan City


Secondhand smoke a real danger

With The Great American Smoke-Out date coming up on Nov. 17, Healthy Communities of La Porte County wants to continue raising public awareness of the deadly consequences of smoking, but just as importantly, of the toxic effects to our county's citizens of inhaling other people's exhaled cigarette smoke, known as secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals and toxins, and has been classified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as a Group A carcinogen, a cancer-causing chemical.

Cigarette smoking is no longer just a personal health issue, but secondhand smoke has now become, not only a serious public health concern for the general public of adult nonsmokers, but a special concern for children, whose bodies are still developing, making them more vulnerable to these inhaled toxins.

An increase in childhood illnesses, such as respiratory tract infections, ear infections and asthma are attributed to inhaled secondhand smoke, along with infant mortality from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

We would like to urge all smokers, who do not intend to go smoke-free for the 24 hours of The Great American Smoke-Out, to be mindful ot the rights of all citizens to breathe clean air, and to, at least, smoke outside of their homes, away from children and other non-smokers.

For help in kicking the smoking addiction, and to receive free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy medication, call the Indiana Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-Quit-Now or visit www.indianaquitline.net.

Susan Pinnell

Healthy Communities of LaPorte County


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