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Thursday, May 28, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:06 PM

    “Where is Jefferson’s Informed Electorate When You Need Them?” was the topic of Dale Petrie’s presentation at the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters last week. Petrie began with a quote from Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis in 1820.

    "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

  • Karen’s subject this week is a workaholic
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:04 PM

    For the last seven years while following our grandkids in athletics, I’ve watched this young man and I think he may be the biggest workaholic I’ve ever known. He grew up in Crawfordsville and is a 1992 CHS graduate where he played tennis, basketball and was in America’s PRIDE and NHS. He received his BA in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies from DePauw. Spending four years teaching Social Studies at Tuttle, he was Athletic Director there as well. He received his masters in Athletic Administration from Grace College and you know by now, likely, that my subject is the one and only great Bryce Barton, and he’s amazing at his job.

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:01 PM

    Katherine Rushton of The Daily Telegraph wrote a column trying to embarrass those in America, like Republican lawmaker Kieran Michael Lalor, who oppose bringing in Al Jazeera television on to the American television news market. Ms. Rushton feels such opposition is a kind of ethnic prejudice, not sound journalism. Dubbing Al Jazeera “Al Jihad,” such efforts may well be over the top but not necessarily.

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:59 PM

    A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful,” he said. “[T]his Congress, the very body that is so quick to argue against President Obama’s use of executive power... allows an executive war to go on undeclared, unapproved, undefined and unchecked.”

    Those were strong words, meant to spur Congress to action. Yet after a day or two, they sank without a trace. No one in the media picked up the call. No one in a position to influence the Senate or the House made a move to advance a congressional war authorization.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:22 PM

    Last time in this column we talked about saying, "I don't know" if we really don't know. It's also OK to say no when a request doesn't fit in with your priorities.

    What the heck does that mean?

    I think I'm getting a grasp. It's about organization.

    We can try to do everything. That's a common desire of youth. I recently heard students who were in the top 10 of their graduating class talk about their student activities. Many were in a number of clubs and on sports teams in high school.

    One said, "I think I have been in other clubs, but that's all I can remember." 

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:58 PM

    Last Saturday, my teen daughter and our houseguest, Australian Sam, decided it was time to get outside and explore nature. I’ve recently hit a rough patch in life, and while I was initially uncertain about going along, they convinced me that fresh air and sunshine were exactly what I needed.

    There were other things I needed, too. As we made our way to Turkey Run State Park, I sat in the backseat of the car with a box of fried chicken and a giant Coke. A good piece of fried chicken dipped in hot sauce goes a long way toward soothing an aching heart.

  • Very familiar voice finds home in Crawfordsville
    Monday, May 25, 2015 8:56 PM

    His name and particularly his voice are synonymous with the Indianapolis 500. He’s been in movies with the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Ferrell. He has worked alongside the most well-known and famous stars of Indy car as well as NASCAR. He was on the original team that launched ESPN and later worked for NBC Sports.

    And he lives right here in Crawfordsville.

    Bob Jenkins recently sat down and talked about the life he’s led and how he ended up moving to Crawfordsville last October. For some, it’s a life that’s hard to imagine. For the 67-year-old, despite some personal tragedies, it’s one he’s extremely thankful for.

    “I’m just a race fan who got lucky,” he said while sipping coffee in Allen’s Country Kitchen in downtown Crawfordsville last week.

    Jenkins knows about small towns. He grew up in Liberty, Ind., the county seat of Union County, just a short chute drive away from Ohio. It was a small town during a very different time.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:54 PM

    Just in time, my newest Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue has arrived, I assume for Christmas 2015. Below are some actual items for sale.

    Instant Pickleball Set: This game sets up in the yard in minutes. It combines the skills required for badminton, table tennis and regular tennis. I think we can all agree that when we want spur-of-the-moment enjoyment, the first thing we think of is combining three sports we are bad at. By the way, the national pickleball champion has been accused of deflating the balls in the competition. In pickleball, this is just not kosher.

    The Giant Rubber Duckie: This 8-foot inflatable duck for the pool has a pretty good chance of turning up in your kids’ nightmares. Here’s what the catalogue says: “The Rubber Duckie has a bulbous aquatic form . . . with a bouncing buoyancy that compels wanton water play.” There’s a nightmare for writing teachers.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:52 PM

    “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters . . . I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? . . . We have been assured . . . in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that built it.’ I firmly believe this . . .” – Benjamin Franklin

    We often talk these days about the public sector (government) and the private sector and what role each should have. But we really should be including religious institutions as the third sector of any free society. As Benjamin Franklin noted, freedom thrives most in a society when individuals are driven by personal virtue to voluntarily cooperate with each other. And it is the proper role of our religious institutions to persuade men to live virtuous lives, putting their neighbor above themselves, to voluntarily feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for widows and orphans.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:55 PM

    There’s no getting around it. Americans are using more medications and spending more for them. The latest evidence just came from Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager, which acts as a middleman between drug makers and employers. The number of Americans—almost 600,000---with yearly medication costs of more than $50,000 rose 63 percent from 2013 to 2014. The group of patients with costs over $100,000 nearly tripled.

    By any measure these are huge increases that don’t signal much hope that the U.S. can bring down its medical spending, which is now over 17 percent of the country’s national income. Express Scripts was frank about the long-term impact on employers and others who actually pay most of those bills. It’s an “unsustainable $52 billion a year.”


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