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Friday, May 27, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:30 AM
    The older I get, the more easily I find myself becoming distracted. I’ll start on one task, switch to another, get interrupted and then go on to something else entirely different. A while later – might be an hour, might be a week – I’ll wonder what happened to that first task I was working on.
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  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:00 AM

    Coming soon to a political backroom near you soon, the Empire Strikes Pick, or if you prefer westerns to sci-fi, Pickerill’s Last Stand.

    Call it whatever you like, what it’s going to be is a Republican caucus designed to fire current GOP County Chair John Pickerill. After the recent primary, it would appear that the “real GOP” has the two-thirds votes to accomplish it and, judging from Pickerill’s quotes in The Paper, he seems resigned to the fate.
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  • Monday, May 09, 2016 11:31 PM

    Every year around this time I sit by the phone . . . waiting. I figure some school somewhere will call and ask me to share this nearly four decades worth of journalism knowledge with the young folks they are getting ready to unleash on the world through a graduation ceremony. After all, I spoke at my high school graduation more than 40 years ago. It’s something everyone ought to do every half-century or so.

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  • Monday, May 02, 2016 11:57 PM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Ross Perot for President sticker . . .
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  • Monday, April 25, 2016 11:49 PM
    For the eight or nine of you who regularly follow these weekly dribblings, that headline should come as no surprise.
    When people cast their ballots – and I sincerely hope everyone does – don’t vote for those who have attacked their opponent.
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  • Monday, April 18, 2016 11:22 PM
    The news that Cline Grain closed sent ripples through Montgomery County that may quietly fade away as ripples sometimes do . . . or might simply be the first sign of a pending tsunami.
    Perhaps it’s easy for some to ignore the story that broke more than a week ago now. To review, The Paper obtained documents from the Indiana Grain Buyers Warehouse Licensing Agency stating that Cline Grain has closed multiple locations. In short, that meant Cline could no longer receive grain for storage, grain bank, warehouse receipts, deferred pricing or any other grain merchandising.
    Some in the farm community – and let’s not forget that Montgomery County IS a farming community – have had angry words for the Clines. 
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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:05 AM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Cheech and Chong album cover . . .

    This week’s subject is politics, class. Class. CLASS! (If you’re old enough to remember Cheech and Chong you won’t have to google that.)

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  • Monday, April 04, 2016 11:53 PM
    Before my dad passed away we were talking about the future. I told him I wasn’t sure how I’d do without him in my life. He looked at me, smiled and said, “sons bury fathers, Bud. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”
    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in more than one out of every 10 deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 percent of teen-age deaths are the result of suicide. It is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. for teens, the fourth for people 35 to 44 years of age and the eighth for the 55-64 age group. Overall, the CDC says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
    The problem, or at least part of the problem is that we tend not to talk about it.
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  • Monday, March 28, 2016 11:53 PM

    MUFFY got a much-needed shot in the arm last Wednesday when it was announced this year’s annual campaign goal was exceeded.

    When Drive Chair Brad Monts and his team carried this year’s drive to a successful conclusion it marked the first time since 2006 that the MUFFY goal was met – and only the fifth time since 2000.

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  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:17 PM

    One of the things I’m most proud of at The Little Newspaper That Could is our community involvement. While many newspapers seemed to get away from giving back to their communities while they sent their profits to some other state, our company always thought part of a successful business strategy involved giving back.

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  • Timmons out wandering around again
    Tuesday, March 08, 2016 7:46 AM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Honey Cone concert ticket . . .

    I’ve gotten a fair amount of feedback over a recent column that asked who you would put on your Mt. Rushmore of Crawfordsville Montgomery County people.

    Some of the suggestions? Marion Kirtley, Phil Bane, Sen. Phil Boots, Thaddeus Seymour, Velma Keesling, Ag Vance, Morris Davis, Will Shortz and more. My favorite though was from a nice lady who I will not call elderly but has lived around here for a looooong time. She took me to task . . .

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  • Monday, February 29, 2016 11:35 PM

    Who would you put on your Mt. Rushmore of Crawfordsville / Montgomery County? Maybe if we came up with a good answer it might make a better mural than anything else we have right now? Just saying. But back to the question.

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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:22 AM

    He was a senior from Wabash with long hair and a longer attitude sitting in front of the football-coach-turned-mayor. It was a job interview that might’ve resembled the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

    “I remember walking into his office – he looked at me and said, ‘do you think you can do this job?’ I said ‘you called me.’ ”

    The view from the other side of the desk?

    “It was back in the old coaching days. You had a requirement for your players. I asked him if he was going to cut his hair and beard. He said no.”

    Man the lifeboats?

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  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:14 AM

    The Paper got a black eye last week.

    And we deserved it.

    One of our employees, Stu Clampitt, was arrested for being on school property. Stu, who has been our managing editor, has worked for our company in a number of different jobs over the last nine years. He’s also a convicted sex offender. As such, he’s not supposed to be on school property.

    Period.

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  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:23 PM

    A hundred or so years ago I was a cub reporter working for Marlis Gaildene Hamilton and learning more about news than a guy who started out in the toy department (known as sports) should. Back in those days, sports writers didn’t often make the jump to news. I guess the powers that be figured if we had trouble dealing with grouchy coaches we’d never make it with even grumpier politicians.

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