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Saturday, May 02, 2015
  • Dear Editor,

    If you haven’t noticed, Crawfordsville has changed in the past 40 months. Citizens are attending our local Ivy Tech located in the Commerce Park. Cracker Barrel is open for business, due to a storm drain that was installed along Highway 231. More than a dozen run down houses have been torn down to improve the appearance and safety of neighborhoods.  Crawford Industries, Pace Dairy and Random House have all expanded their facilities, creating more job opportunities for our workforce. The municipal golf course has been updated, a Splash Zone was installed at the Milligan Park and a playground for kids was established on the west side of town. Last but not least, work has finally started on the old Culver Hospital. These are all visible signs of progress that have been taking place in Crawfordsville due to the efforts of our current Mayor, Todd Barton. 

     
  • Dear Editor,

    It appears that the Tea Party followers are now looking to rebrand themselves by donning the robes of a new group, the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC).  Apparently the Tea Party image has not been as effective as they would like in promoting their destructive ways, so they need a fresh brand complete with a systematic rating for elected officials and candidates and the signing of an anti-government pledge.  It is unclear if they have a secret handshake or dress code.

    What is clear is that the RLC wants to dismantle government and make it ineffective.  They clearly state their purpose is to abolish government programs and to shrink government.  They want to strangle government by eliminating taxes and promote only the absence of regulations like zoning in the name of chaos, which has been rebranded as “liberty.”

    Luckily they have been able to recruit only two candidates to their caucus, Johnathan (sic) Pickett for Mayor and David Christensen for city council.

     
  • Dear Editor,

    Indiana Farm Bureau and its members are not opposed to annexation when it is voluntary.  However, the forced annexation process that Indiana currently allows is heavily weighted in favor of cities and towns.  That is simply not fair.

    If the leaders of a city or town decide that they want to annex an area and the landowners are not willing to be annexed, those landowners have two alternatives:  Give in, or take the town to court.

    The lives of those landowners will change overnight.  They cannot imagine the amount of work or money needed to fight off an annexation. 

    In order to challenge an annexation in court, those landowners have to determine which of their neighbors are in the annexation area, contact them and gather signatures on a petition.  And they have to raise money on their own to pay for an attorney. 

     
  • Dear Editor,

    The Republican Liberty Caucus is a 527 voluntary grassroots membership organization dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government, and free markets.  Founded in 1991, it is the oldest continuously-operated organization within the Republican Liberty movement.

    Republican Liberty Caucus members are active in grassroots campaigns and legislative initiatives across the nation and seek to push our RLC-endorsed candidates and issues to the forefront at the federal, state, and local level.  We maintain relationships with various liberty groups, like the Tea Party, in order to collaborate on issues of mutual interest.

    RLC principles are best summarized in the Liberty Compact, which we ask any candidate seeking RLC endorsement to sign:  “I pledge to the citizens of my electoral district, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.” 

    In the upcoming Crawfordsville primary election the local RLC chapter asked each Republican candidate to sign the Liberty Compact, and two candidates signed the pledge:  Johnathan Pickett (mayoral candidate) and David Christensen (city council candidate).

     
  • Dear Editor,

    In the obituary for Larry Robison last month his family requested donations to Darlington Forever Inc., an organization he was actively involved in.  The focus of DFI has been the Darlington Community Center.  The address included was an old one, and while the Post Office was very helpful in directing the mail to our organization, please publish the correct address.  It is:

    Darlington Forever Inc. (or just DFI), P. O. Box 187, Darlington IN 47940. We appreciate all the donations made in Larry's name.  Thank you!

    Mary Lou Weliever, Secretary,

    Darlington Forever Inc.

     

     
  • Dear Editor,

    I was pleased to see the recent letter by Montgomery County Tea Party advocate Richard DeWitt regarding ground water contamination caused by IMPEX over the period from 1946 to 1990.  In an effort to acknowledge common ground regarding this unfortunate and preventable disaster I offer the following comments.

    I am in agreement with the idea that owners should get to choose who to sell their property to and at what price and that these same owners should not violate the property rights of others.  Owner should not, however, have complete and unfettered decision-making authority over how land is used.   Land consists not only of the soil but also the air and water above and below it and is an irreplaceable part of any community.  Certain regulations as to land use benefit all and in the end lead to sustainable prosperity.  Maximizing prosperity should not be the goal.  The goal should be using the land in a way that provides for durable prosperity from generation to generation. 

     
  • Dear editor,

    To all our friends and family, thank you so much for all your prayers, calls, e-mails, cards, visits, food, floral tributes, donations to the Darlington U. Methodist Church and Darlington Forever, Inc., and many other thoughtful acts of kindness during the recent passing of our husband, dad, and papaw, Larry Robison. We are grateful to the Darlington First Responders for their compassion and respect at a very difficult time. Hunt and Son Funeral Home did a wonderful job of coordinating a beautiful service. Thank you to Pastor Joe Sanford for your support in so many ways during this time and for your comforting words at the service. Music provided by Larry Melvin was lovely. Thank you to Byron Cox Post No. 72 of the American Legion and VFW 1431 for your meaningful ceremony honoring his military service. We are so grateful for the family and friends who shared favorite memories or special quotes. A special thanks goes to the Darlington United Methodist Church for providing a delicious meal for us. Thank you also to Bennie McKinney and Mace Cemetery for preparing the gravesite. We are appreciative of all the many ways that everyone honored this life well lived.

    The family of Larry G. Robison

    Lynn Robison, Darlington

    Gail, Roberto, Gaby, Laura and Tito Heredia, Columbus

     
  • Dear Editor,

    The Montgomery County Tea Party supports the following statement on property rights: 

    “The owner has complete decision-making authority over how to use his land as long as it doesn't harm someone else or violate someone else's property rights.  It also means the owner gets to choose who to sell to and what price he is willing to sell it for”.

    There was a recent letter in The Paper (4/16/15 on the Opinion page, A4), titled “Watch those chemicals”. The LTE is about Impex and the toxic chemicals that had been used, it was claimed that “The Tea Party advocate’s elimination of environmental regulations and zoning that prevent companies from contaminating local environments and poisoning residents.”

    As one can see Impex violated “someone else’s property rights”. The Tea Party realizes there is a need for regulations which are administrated by IDEM.

    The Tea Party advocates the principle of liberty which states “The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and a minimum of government regulations”.

    Richard DeWitt

    Crawfordsville

     
  • Dear Editor,

    I was pleased to see that Senator Boots is working for the best interests of the community by voting against a bill that would repeal the Indiana Common Construction Wage.  Indiana was been eroding the rights of the working man for far too long and it is about time that one of our local representatives stood up and did the right thing rather than going along with the destructive Pence agenda that is turning Indiana into a third world economy.  Decreased wages, destruction of the environment and erosion of public education is not going to make Indiana more business friendly.  Thank you Senator Boots.

    Michael P. Fons,

    Crawfordsville

     
  • Dear Editor,

    Many years ago there was a television show called, “Slattery’s People.”  It was so long ago there was no color telecast at that time.  Richard Crenna was the lead actor’s name.  I always remember the show starting with this quote, “Democracy may not be the best form of government, but is so much better than all others!”  I believe that qualifies as an oxymoron.   

    Today we have, “Madam Secretary, who has yet to mishandle any international crisis,” but I digress.  We have no international crisis in our fair city, but we do have a very important election coming up on Nov. 3.  One of the challenges of your local chamber of commerce is to serve as a liaison and voice in legislative matters affecting the business community.  We are partnered with the League of Women Voters and the Indiana Federation of Business & Professional Women in sponsoring campaign forums to inform the voting public.  Much time, effort, and planning is involved in these events.  Up to this time the voting turn out and enthusiasm for selecting our leaders pales in comparison to other cities and states.  

     

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