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Thursday, September 03, 2015
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  • Can’t keep a good man down
    Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:31 AM

    I had heard the rumors about this week’s guest and didn’t like them: “He’s really bad; not gonna’ make it . . .” so I’m more than happy to inform everyone that our fella’ is doing amazingly well. Yes, he does have Clippers (similar to MS), gets tired easily and he sometimes loses his speech, but he’s improving daily. The last MRI was good and medicine is being cut back. Plus, his myelin seemingly is repairing itself. Then, his gorgeous, sweet wife is taking extremely good care of him, too. Certainly, I was very happy to see him and had a great time at their beautiful home. I’m sure glad “ya’ can’t keep a good man down!” 

  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:27 AM

    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County supports the recommendation by Montgomery County Clerk and Deputy Registrar to move to a system of Vote Centers to replace traditional precinct polling places. The LWV supports this change as long as voter convenience is assured and not compromised. The LWV supports Vote Centers that will operate on Election Day. These centers will be conveniently located throughout the county.

    What are Vote Centers? A Vote Center is a polling place where any registered voter can vote on Election Day. Vote centers are connected through secure internet connections, and as ballots are cast, an electronic poll book is instantaneously updated and makes tracking voters in real time. Sites must meet ADA requirements, have adequate parking and internet connection.

    Vote Centers are designed to make it easier to vote by providing greater flexibility for voters who will now have multiple locations at which to vote, often much closer to employment or daily travel than former precincts.

  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:15 AM

    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

    Federal spending accounts for about 20 percent of the nation’s GDP, the budget analysts note; if current trends continue, that will rise to fully 25 percent by 2040. Revenues will not keep up — they’ll amount to only 19 percent of GDP.

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:42 PM

    September 11, 2001. 

    With each passing year it becomes more apparent how much our lives were changed by attacks on American soil, not by another nation but by those who hold another ideal. An ideal that we cannot accept. An ideal that is opposed to The American Way of Life.

    It has been 14 years and we continue to struggle to regain "normalcy." All the time we face the nagging fear that this is the new normal for America and the world.

    So, what was it like on Sept. 11, 2001? For every American, there is a different story to tell. Here is mine.

    My perspective is not much different than that of many reporters and editors.

    I was living in Waveland and had just started a new job as the editor of a daily newspaper some miles away. 

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:39 PM

    I’m writing today’s column on the last Sunday morning in August. My “count-down” calendar says 56 days until opening night for our Montgomery County Movie (Monday 10/26). That will mark about three years since Philip and I began this little adventure. 56 days and at last count we still had 22 areas to complete. I say “areas” because each of them consists of several perhaps trivial details.

    For example “Opening week,” as you might expect, is a little more complicated than those two simple words might imply. What time do we show the film? Where and how are we going to sell the tickets? What should they have on them? Who will volunteer to usher, set up the lobby, clean the theatre before the next showing? Should we do a weekend matinee showing? What about a program to pass out?

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:31 PM

    Slowly but surely, I am making progress on the unpacking of my new house. Because the packing was done quickly, there isn’t much rhyme or reason to the contents of many of the boxes. A left shoe here, a random charger for some electronic gadget there, it’s all rather hodge podge.

    I imagine if you could peek inside my brain at any given moment, it would look quite similar to the moving boxes. They say a man’s brain is very compartmentalized, and that he can think about one thing at a time, and then put it back in its designated compartment. But a woman’s brain is like a pile of spaghetti, all the thoughts entwined and touching each other. 

  • Monday, August 31, 2015 10:57 PM

    Well we went from all three county football teams opening up with a win to all three schools losing the next week. That’s how the football bounces I guess.

    This week I guarantee there will be at least one football victory in the county. Ok that’s an easy guarantee considering North and South play each other this week and thankfully there are no ties in high school football. Despite a loss last week to power house Brebuef, it sounds like North played a very good game.  I went to the closer game distance wise and made the drive over to North Putnam to see Southmont. South also played a good game just had a few costly turnovers. Southmont’s Nathaniel Farabee has been impressive with his carries this season, #33 is like a tank he just keeps pushing through the line and drags most of the defense with him to gain a few extra yards each play. I love watching Farabee make that extra effort to gain more yards. I’m sure North’s defense will be doing all they can to stop that gain and push the Mounties back. Last year North won 40-14. Most years it seems the North/South battle turns out to be one of the best games of the year. There is a lot of pride on the line with this county match up.

  • Hey fat people, listen up
    Monday, August 31, 2015 10:39 PM

    Notes written on a 59th wedding anniversary card that I’ll never get to give . . .

    If you are a fat person, this column is for you. If you are offended at being called fat, do something about it. But before you get ticked off and quit reading, bear with me a little bit longer. You might find it’s worth it.

    Let me tell you about my Saturday.

    It began with heading to the office a little earlier than usual. That’s because I had to be in Atlanta, Ind. by 9:30 a.m. and I wasn’t entirely sure you could get there from here.

    Why was I going to Atlanta, Ind. early on a Saturday morning? Good question. It’s one I kept asking myself over and over. You see there was a 2.5 mile “fun run” beginning at 10 and the oldest and I had agreed to run in it.

    Back to fat folks.

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 8:07 PM

    This week I want to focus on basic prevention and treatments for insomnia. If the cause is not readily identifiable, it is helpful to keep a sleep log for 2-4 weeks to share with your doctor. It should include sleep and wake times, naps, and actual time spent sleeping. You can download a blank sleep log at

    A lack of good sleep hygiene is one of the most common things I identify when taking a sleep history or reviewing a sleep log. Sleep hygiene is defined as “daily activities and habits that are consistent with or promote the maintenance of good quality sleep and full daytime alertness.”

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 8:01 PM

    "There's someone at the door,” said my wife, which is never a statement of fact, but rather a request for me to go see who it is. Generally, I’d prefer that Mary Ellen not answer the door. She’s a softy and can’t say “no” to solicitors, which is why we have 20 years’ worth of garbage bags in the garage and every spring we donate 50 boxes of Thin Mint cookies to the local food bank.

    The young man at the door was very polite and asked if we would consider changing our cable service. As a creature of habit, I am not inclined to change anything unless something much better comes along…and I say that proudly after 35 years of marriage. I was in a generous mood, so I invited the gentleman in the house and asked him to give me his 60-second sales pitch. “I’m a bit nervous,” he said.


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