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Thursday, September 03, 2015
  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:48 AM

    No need to keep readers in suspense – the fallacy is to aim for certainty beyond the shadow of doubt! It is very costly because by holding on to the belief that if one lacks such certainty, it’s OK to believe this or that and to do this or that, one is wasting enormous resources. And this is the basis of much public policy – especially, since the funds to engage in such fruitless pursuits can be obtained via the extortionist methods of taxation which creates the illusion of no limits. It is no accident that President Obama, for example, has linked his own public philosophy to the idea of hope – as seen in the title and theme of his famous book, The Audacity of Hope (Canongate, 2007). Pursuing what one can only hope for, mostly against all reason, is just how one produces enormous debts, especially when one doesn’t need to worry about who will have to foot the expense of such pursuits.

     
  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:39 AM

    OUR OPINION

    For decades, your local government units have published proposed budgets and notice of the hearing where you have the opportunity to question or offer your opinion concerning the planned collection of tax dollars, expenditure of those funds and estimated impact on your property tax rate.

    State law required the publication of this important information as a paid public notice advertisement. Paid notices give the government unit control over what is printed and prevent the newspaper from adding any editorial spin on the text or delete any of the budget information. To collect the fee, the newspaper has incentive to make sure the notice is published error-free and on the designated date to give you time to make arrangements so you can attend a budget hearing if you so choose.

     
  • 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.

     

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