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Friday, May 27, 2016

  • Friday, May 27, 2016 8:31 AM

    This column from SNM CEO Tim Timmons first appeared in 2013. We offer an encore presentation this weekend in honor of Memorial Day.

    I never had any intention of joining a fraternity when I went off to college some hundred or so years ago. Just never really saw myself in that light.

    However, most of the guys who played football were all in the same fraternity, one that looked, smelled and acted like anything other than a typical fraternity - especially the smell part. Since it wasn't the preppie crowd we thought, my roommate and I signed up for our own little Animal House experience as pledges for Sigma Nu. I know, I know, a lot of guys my age now say they lived in something like the fictional Delta Tau Chi frat John Belushi and Co. made famous in the 1978 movie. I mentioned smell. All I'll say is that we didn't have running water in the joint for a semester. That push us to the top of the list?

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  • Friday, May 27, 2016 12:10 AM
    Elections have always been big deals in small towns and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways to be a big fish in a community like “The Valley.” About your only other options are serving on a church board or opening a law office.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:49 PM
    A baseball pitcher doesn’t get to call his own balls and strikes. A convicted felon doesnt set his own prison sentence. Thats because those parties have a self-interest in the judgment. The television industry, however, in spite of its self-interest, is still allowed by the federal government to issue content ratings for its own television programs.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:45 PM
    Have you ever walked in a home where feelings just perch into your mind? Well, when I visited this week’s couple, words such as cozy, unique, and perfect are adjectives describing their abode. To top that off, exceptionally delicious homemade brownies (need that recipe, please) greeted me.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:44 PM

    The League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library recently kicked off the 2016 Green Film Series with “Just Eat It,” a film made by two young Canadians highlighting the situation of global food waste. The filmmaker, Grant Baldwin, had read about the well documented fact that North Americans and Europeans waste 40% of all food that is raised in their countries. In other parts of the world, the percentage is still sobering at 30%.

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:43 PM

    Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth.

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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:39 PM
    What is Memorial Day and why do we observe it? Originally, the day was called, Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868 as a time for the nation to morn and decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:35 AM
    Exactly a year ago, I filed a petition to dissolve my twenty-four-year marriage.  That’s what the form read across the top, “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.” The wording seemed kinder and gentler somehow than the word “divorce,” but it still hurt a great deal.
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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:30 AM
    The older I get, the more easily I find myself becoming distracted. I’ll start on one task, switch to another, get interrupted and then go on to something else entirely different. A while later – might be an hour, might be a week – I’ll wonder what happened to that first task I was working on.
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  • Monday, May 23, 2016 3:56 AM
    It’s once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana will be ramping up as spring (hopefully) arrives for good.
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  • Monday, May 23, 2016 3:55 AM

    The League of Women Voters recently published an article in this newspaper titled, “Money in Politics.” It makes a very important point, that political campaign financing methods should do the following: Protect representative democracy from being distorted by big spending in election campaigns; Ensure transparency and the public’s right to know who is using money to influence elections; Enable candidates to compete equitably for public office; Combat corruption and undue influence in government.

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  • Friday, May 20, 2016 11:15 PM
    I’ve grown up knowing what racing is. I have watched a few NASCAR and Formula 1 races on TV growing up, but never really experienced it to know what all goes into it, what makes it so exciting and challenging, etc. Until I went on a field trip with my son to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the practice laps of the Indy 500. It was…
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  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:40 PM
    The home of my childhood rests snugly between two lakes with names descended from ancient Native Americans. It’s been a while since I’ve had a mailing address in “The Valley” and through the years a lot of things have changed. In 1993, a traffic light was installed at the town’s main intersection, Bearden’s Corner.
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  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:00 AM
    When I get depressed, which thank goodness, isn’t often, all I have to do is look out my front window and check-out my neighbor’s yard.  It’s like a botanical garden and the colors just perk me up.  It reminds me of Mr. Rogers’ song, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood … won’t you be my neighbor?”  Certainly, I have a great neighbor, and she’s my guest this week.
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  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:00 AM
    The newly formed Montgomery County Diversity Council will meet Saturday, 1 p.m. in the Masonic Temple, 221 South Washington Street.  The Council is a non-government, non-partisan, think tank and advocacy group dedicated to peace, prosperity, constitutional values and results as well as principles of life, liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness.
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