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Friday, December 02, 2016

  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions! It still doesn’t seem possible that it finally happened. Although I hadn’t endured all 108 years of disappointment, sometimes it seemed like it. As the son of a lifelong Cubs fan who actually remembered listening to the 1945 World Series on the radio, my roots run deep as a Cub fan.
    I attended my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field with my dad and a friend of his on August 5, 1959, as a special treat for my seventh birthday. I remember the 140 mile drive from our home in Savanna, IL, and the excitement of finally going to a game after listening to the Cubs on the radio and pestering my dad for what seemed like forever to go to a game. I don’t remember much about the game other than the Cubs lost to the Phillies that day, and it was a long ride home. However, it began a lifelong journey as a Cubs fan that has included hundreds of trips to Wrigley Field and other ball parks to see them play.
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  • Monday, November 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    The greying of the federal-government workforce could soon create a hiring crisis as a large swath of older workers retires in the coming years and a new generation declines to fill the breach.
    Simply put, most young people who are in job-search mode tend to look elsewhere, finding no motivation to vie for federal government positions that may strike them as more dreary than dazzling.
    “Millennials want to work some place that seems cool, like Google, or at least for a company with a recognizable name,” says Ann Vanderslice, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, which specializes in advising federal workers about their benefits.
    “Not that the federal government isn’t a recognizable name. But it just seems bureaucratic to them, with lots of rules and structures.”
    The nonprofit group Partnership for Public Service reports that just 7 percent of federal government jobs are held by millennials, even though they account for 23 percent of the overall U.S. workforce.
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  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 4:00 AM
    Many of you may not be surprised to know that the number-one substance used and abused by youth is alcohol. And why wouldn’t it be? Alcohol is readily available in several households across the United States. The media, particularly big block-buster hits like Mean Girls or the Scream TV show in MTV, portrays high school drinking and binge drinking as a “normal” thing to do at parties and with friends. Some parents may even allow their children to drink in their home, because “at least they are not drinking somewhere else.” 
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  • Wednesday, November 02, 2016 4:00 AM
    Thomas Jefferson captured the idea of where a legitimate government gets its authority to govern in the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. 
    This power comes from the consent of the governed. It is we the people, through our votes, that gives legitimacy to our democracy. However, when Jefferson penned his famous declaration, only white, male property owners were actually allowed to bestow that authority. 
    President Lyndon B. Johnson stated at the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” 
    But it wasn’t just African-American men who were “imprisoned” by lacking the vote, women had to fight for this fundamental right as well.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul led their respective suffragist organizations utilizing speeches, marches and acts of civil disobedience to obtain access to the ballot box. 
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  • Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:48 PM
    “The way to deter aggression . . . is to be willing and able to respond vigorously at places and with means of our own choosing.” On Oct. 12, 1954, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles based Washington’s relationship with Moscow on our massive nuclear arsenal and the ability to nuke Russia until it glowed. That lasted until 1969 when the Soviet Union achieved nuclear parity. For the next 22 years, until the USSR fell in 1991, the threat of mutual assured destruction dominated the relationship between the world’s two superpowers. Today’s world is arguably far more perilous.
    During the presidential election of 1960, Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy excoriated the Eisenhower administration for allowing a supposed “missile gap” favoring the Soviet Union. If Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon knew Kennedy was wrong, he remained silent. President Eisenhower, however, knew any strategic weapons gap favored the United States because the U.S. possessed overwhelming nuclear superiority. His certainty relied on highly classified satellite reconnaissance, its quality classified above Top Secret. Eisenhower and Nixon put national security above partisan politics. Nixon lost.
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  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent last month, according to a report from the In-diana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
    The state’s unemployment rate is now better than any of our neighboring states and below the na-tional rate.
    Halloween Safety Tips
    Monday is Halloween, and for many kids across the state, that means dressing up and getting treats from their neighbors. While the holiday is fun for children, it can be tricky for parents.
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  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Fire Department is taking an old idea and putting a new face on it, saving money, increasing efficiency and prolonging fire apparatus life in the process.
    You may have noticed that the department recently purchased a Chevy Tahoe this past spring. This vehicle has been designated as Squad 1. The addition of Squad 1 has shown to be a multi-pronged solution to some of the challenges we face as a department. It has improved access to high-quality patient care and drastically reduced our response times while proving to be very cost-effective. 
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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    A proposed ordinance requiring the registration and inspection of rental properties in the City of Crawfordsville was recently forwarded from committee and will be considered by the city council at their October meeting. Several questions have been raised about the need for such an ordinance. This has led to a healthy discussion of the challenges facing our community. Therefore, I would like to take a few moments to explain the impetus behind this proposal and how it fits into the overall status of our community. 
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  • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 8:44 PM
    New Website to Find Child Care
    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) recently announced a new, online tool to assist families in finding child care and early education providers.
    ChildCareFinder.IN.gov is one of several online enhancements FSSA is making to help parents and families find services in their area.
    The website allows families to search licensed providers by numerous parameters including location, type of provider, hours and licensing status, which will help families across the state meet their child-care needs.
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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lately, I have been reading through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20. It is an interesting read about the current nutrition recommendations for all American citizens in the United States. (You can access the entire document online at health.gov or choosemyplate.org.)
    What really caught my attention throughout the document was the research that compared the average intake, based off of age and gender, against the actual recommendations. Let’s start with the dairy food group.
    The recommendation is three cups each day for ages nine years and older. The recommendation was never met according to the research, I was shocked! Here’s a reminder to eat more yogurt and cheese, or drink more milk!
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  • City editor offers his memories
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    With Sept. 11 coming up Sunday, I wanted to take a little bit of time to reflect on that monumental day and what it has meant to me over these last 15 years.
    When the first plane struck the World Trade Center, I was just getting off the school bus, oblivious to the fact that my life, as well as everyone else’s in the country, was going to change.
    I was only a 10-year-old kid at the time, still in elementary school. There was no way I was going to be able to wrap my head around something that even the adults around couldn’t fathom.
    By the time the second plane struck, all the students and staff were watching it on television.
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  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:05 AM
    CLERMONT – This year’s U.S. Nationals was the NHRA’s 62nd installment. It’s the oldest and most prestigious drag racing event in the world, and it is held every year right in our back yard. Since 1960 the Nationals have been held in Clermont, Indiana. I have been to every one since 1967, save for one. This event is my Christmas and now I have to wait a full year for number 63.
    The weather for the 62nd running could not have been better. All week the conditions were ideal and the cars were quick and fast. Many track records were broken during qualifying and some new faces were at the top of their class. Bo Butner was the leader of the Pro Stock pack and Clay Millican led the Top Fuel field, both first time leaders at Indy.
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  • Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:51 PM

    No, I’m not a politician, or even a political analyst, but I am a United States citizen who still has the right (at least for now) and quite frankly the responsibility, to ponder, probe, and question anything that is status quo -- especially political agendas. I can only hope that most people do the same. So, in the privacy of my own home (where only the government is listening), I’ve been reading and discussing, “Stealing America,” written by Dinesh D’Souza.

    Mr. D’Souza, an Asian-Indian, was a hopeful, grateful, and legal immigrant who believed America was an exceptional nation. He came here as a student and became a successful author and filmmaker by applying and defending conservative principles. Oh, and because of his political affiliation, he now has a criminal record. He was convicted in a federal court, and spent eight months in jail for improperly donating money to a friend who was running for the Senate. That friend was a Republican candidate. 

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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:17 PM
    If you attended North Montgomery High School graduation, you heard Valedictorian Kristen Glass speak earnestly and humbly about the upcoming cliffs that the class of 2016 has to face out in the ‘real world.’  Glass has been a dedicated volunteer at the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau all throughout her high school career
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  • Monday, June 06, 2016 1:00 AM

    Summer break means higher food insecurity for children across Indiana. Nearly 3,000 kids in Montgomery County – 49 percent of its public school students – have reliable access to nutritious meals thanks to free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast programs during the school year. Yet when school ends, many of these young people struggle to get the fuel they need to thrive.

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