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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Monday, June 29, 2015 6:56 PM

    There I was, minding my own business. Just got back from delivering newspapers on a Saturday morning – and you thought being a CEO was glamorous – when it seemed like a giant shadow passed over the sun. I looked up and blotting out all the light while filling the entire frame of my door was John Hammer.

    “Great ghost of Lew Wallace!” I yelled. “Don’t you ever think about knocking? How do you walk in without making noise? How do you get up here anyways?”

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:50 PM

    I’ve received a request to write about thyroid gland problems. Thyroid problems are fairly common in a family medicine setting. For those who don’t know what a thyroid is or does, keep reading.

    The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the neck. Endocrine glands produce hormones and secrete them into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and facilitate various biologic functions by interacting with cells in different tissues. Hormones are like microscopic fingers that flip switches on cells to make the cells perform particular functions.

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:49 PM

    A great opportunity was missed recently. We had the opportunity to have an intelligent, adult conversation on how best to help the poor among us. The debate was on whether the poor are best served by creating prosperity, or are they best served by complaining about “income inequality” (i.e., about how much more the rich make than the poor). The question was asked, “Would you be willing for the rich to be even richer if it meant improved conditions for the poor?”

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:46 PM

    I don’t want to spend the money; I don’t think we will get a good return on our investment; the house will be a total mess for six weeks; it will be extremely stressful; and, I really don’t care if we have soft-close cabinet doors and roll-out pantry shelves.

    I only agreed to remodel the kitchen because I was sure that once the construction began, I’d find lots of humorous things to write about, which is way more important to me than granite counter tops with beveled (or did we decide on rounded?) edges.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:49 PM

    The 4-H program is well underway for 2015 and the July 17-23 4-H Fair is drawing close. This is the time of year that everyone starts to panic because they don’t have their projects completed – or started – yet. Ethel Sayler, retired Extension Office manager, heard many versions of this panic through the years and wrote a story that rings true to so many 4-H families. I was reminded of this story today when I was bringing 4-Hers home from 4-H Round Up and they were talking about their 4-H projects. As you read it, realize that you are not alone and that sometimes a little humor goes a long way.

  • This week’s guests have fond county memories
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:47 PM

    My first question was, “Are either of you from this area?”  Thinking the answer was no, I was right but sure am glad they picked our community to settle in and raise two fine sons.  Now, I’ve known this week’s couple for 30 years or more, worked with her and admired him.  My buddy and I worked under Mary Bishop, Crawfordsville Library’s director for several years.  Now, our fella’ was born in Ilion, New York in the Mohawk Valley and graduated high school there.  She was born in Indianapolis and graduated in Boonville, Indiana.  This couple met at Indiana State University.  There really weren’t any New York colleges with excellent music programs, and Gary had received letters from a few NY people having gone to ISU.  They sang its praises, so he figured if he didn’t like it, he’d stay a year and go back home.  Loved it, actually, and so did his future wife, Phyllis and if you’ve not figured out by now who this week’s subjects are, meet Gary and Phyllis Hiller, two great folks.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:46 PM

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

    There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear discussed: whether a member wants to be an inside player or an outside player. Yet where members fall on the continuum helps to shape the institution of Congress.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:44 PM

    No one should attempt to treat Ayn Rand and Murray N. Rothbard as uncomplicated and rather similar defenders of the free society although they have more in common than many believe. As just one example, neither was a hawk when it comes to deploying military power abroad. There is evidence, too, that both considered it imprudent for the US government to be entangled in international affairs, such as fighting dictators who were no threat to America. Even their lack of enthusiasm for entering WW II could be seen as quite similar.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:42 PM

    Tuesday marked the 43rd Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more. The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”

  • Wilson’s Words – Family traditions are here to stay
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:15 PM

    There comes a time in everyone’s life when they look back to the past on the way things were when they were younger.

    Sometimes they realize, hey, things really haven’t changed all that much!


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