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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:43 PM

    Independence Day 2015 marks 49 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect – yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

    The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966. This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

     
  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:39 PM

    Should aiding suicide be illegal? That is the question which faces legislators who are being urged to repeal statutes which state, basically, “Every person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony.” I will argue, ever so briefly, that not all cases should aiding suicide be illegal, although the severest onus of proof of justification would be required in such cases.

     
  • From basement flood to lunch with Karen
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:35 PM

    Coming from a basement flood to lunch with me, I talked this week’s guest into letting me interview her because I love this little lady immensely. Convertible-top down, she was ready to cruise. In a few minutes, we were at one of my fav eating places (ha, not Pizza Hut this time) Up the Creek down by Turkey Run. We hadn’t seen each other for quite some time and we greatly enjoyed our visit, albeit it was too short. I met this gal when Jim, Jay and I moved in next door to her parents, Bob and Nancy Ford on Center Drive in Crawfordsville. She became a buddy right away and in the not too distant future, we were thrown together in various organizations as her daughter was in our daughter’s class and her son was a grade younger but in several clubs and sports with our son. We’ve remained friends for what now, 40 some years and I’d like you to meet Lynnetta (Lynne) Michael.

     
  • Wilson’s Words -- Though school’s out, summer is a time for learning
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:31 PM

    For as long as I can remember, Montgomery County has been a hot-bed for educating the area’s youth in the way of sports.

    This take shape in many forms – the foremost being summer training camps and sessions for all of the adolescent residents of the county.

    My experience took me through many organizations and programs, several of which still exist today.

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:46 PM

    Hello, Montgomery County!

    I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several readers while out covering a commissioners meeting or a spaghetti dinner (got to love covering those!), and it seems to me that you guys are great at asking for what we in the journalism world refer to as the “five Ws” – who, what, when, where, why (and sometimes how). I’m going to give you those answers now so that the next time we meet, we can focus on you!

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:32 PM

    It was a really big piece of ash. It was still glowing a dull orange color when it floated down to a few yards in front of our car. It landed exactly where we had been sitting on a blanket just a few minutes before.

    Mom, Dad and I had attended the fireworks show in a nearby town when for some reason — it was probably windy and a little chilly — and we had retreated to our car to watch the rest of the show.

    For some reason we had been able to park close to the area roped off for the viewers’ safety.

    Oops. The ropes should have been back about 6 feet further.

    This is the time of year when we sing about “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . ” even if we do not do so any other time.

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:31 PM

    I stopped by my girlfriend’s house the other day and saw that, once again, she was moving furniture. Lots of people enjoy rearranging their furnishings from time to time, but she takes it to a whole new level.

    Not only does she move the furniture, but she generally alters it somehow. She is the queen of re-purposing. For example, on this particular day she had sawed the legs off of her computer hutch, inserted a small stand, and turned it into a TV armoire. Brilliant!

    I’ve seen her build doors for open bookshelves and turn them into cabinets. 

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:28 PM

    Will this rain ever stop falling? This has been a common question being raised around the community and around the state in the past month. From roads getting washed out to basements getting flooded, many people have been directly impacted by recent flooding; but what does it mean for agriculture and gardens in the state and county? 

     
  • 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.

     

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