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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    To whom might ever read this letter, I have some thoughts I want to share. Having read that Montgomery County is in the process of passing an ordinance that would confiscate illegal weapons at the courthouse and dispose of them at their discretion, I am concerned about one aspect of that policy.
    Many men who go into the courthouse carry pocket knives. I understand that a pocket knife could be used as a weapon. But I also understand that many of those carry significant emotional attachment, some having been passed down through generations and are basically a family heirloom. I don’t know if these truly pose a danger, but if they cannot be carried into the courthouse and if someone accidentally forgets to remove it from their pocket before going in, what is the harm in having a box or something at the front where the pocket knife can be placed until that person leaves? 
    Many of the visitors to the courthouse are farmers and people who carry pocket knives, and many of them are older. Why should they have to either go back to their car – which because the parking lot is not open to the public is likely not very close – or lose something that has been very important to them?
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Something strange is happening in the stock market. Stock prices might be soaring, but everything else says U.S. companies are sailing into troubled waters. There are a lot of signs another big financial crisis is on the horizon.
    The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ have all reached record highs in recent weeks, giving the impression business is good as ever. But analysis by CaseyResearch (“Why Corporate America Can’t Prop Up Stocks Much Longer”) of actions U.S. companies are actually taking suggest otherwise. Business investment fell 2.2% last quarter . So most companies aren’t buying additional property, or building additional plants, or buying equipment, or putting money into research & development. In other words, businesses don’t see many promising opportunities in today’s economy. This is now the third straight quarter business investment has fallen. That hasn’t happened since the 2008 financial crash (the first sign).
    So if that’s the case why are stock prices going up anyway? CaseyResearch explains it’s because companies have spent $2.5 trillion (that’s trillion with a T) since 2008 on “share buybacks.” This is where a company buys its own stock back from shareholders. That makes the stock price look better on paper even if the company isn’t any more profitable. And in the opinion of investment bank Goldman Sachs, buybacks are really what’s driving the stock market up . 
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  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

    Dear Editor,

    We at the Montgomery County Historical Society wish to thank the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard for bringing the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Crawfordsville and having it placed on the beautiful Lane Place grounds. It was truly an honor to be a part of this very moving experience.

    It was wonderful to note the excitement of people walking or driving by and the expectations of practically the whole town as we waited to see the wall fully constructed. When the lower wooden frame was set up on the grounds we still could not envision how huge the wall is. The wall finally arrived and was set up with help from the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard, veterans, Crawfordsville Fire Department, local contractors, MCHS board members and many others. 

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:05 PM
    Dear Editor
    When Byron Cox Post 72 Honor Guard started planning for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall event it became quite evident that a great deal of help and support would be required.
    First, we met with Mayor Todd Barton and proposed our plan. He immediately replied that he and the city were all in. Anything we needed, let him know. We then contacted Steve Frees and Mike Barton of the Historical Society to see if they would be willing to allow us to use Lane Place for the Wall event. They enthusiastically gave us their permission.
    Next Post 72 gave us $1,000 for our deposit in order for us to receive a date. After we received our date of August 12-14, 2016, we began planning.
    The first item on the agenda was money. This is where Montgomery County and the surrounding communities and businesses and organizations stepped up. Thousands of dollars were raised, ranging anywhere from $5 to $10,000. HHSB and their employees were our biggest contributor. We are eternally grateful for the financial support we received from everyone.
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  • Friday, August 05, 2016 9:28 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Donald Trump the Republican candidate for President has racked up a series of hateful comments regarding war veterans, Muslims, Mexicans and others.  His running mate Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana continually tries to make many of Trump’s more incendiary statements more palatable by delivering the message in his calm Indiana way.

    I have objected to Mike Pence’s government agenda in Indiana at virtually every turn.  I have, however, found the Governor to be an honest and hard-working man, with whom I have profound disagreement.  His latest attempts to defend Trump’s hateful comments look painful.  As a thoughtful Hoosier I now feel sorry for Mike Pence.

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  • Monday, August 01, 2016 10:54 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Thanks to the generous support of local businesses, industries, and community organizations Camp MoCoRobo was a huge success! The three day camp, a project of Indiana West Advantage, introduced twenty middle schoolers to advanced manufacturing through LEGO Robotics.  The students and their parents were excited and pleased with the creative and complex robots the campers created. They, also, were very interested in learning how robots are actually used in our local industries. 

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  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:03 PM

    Recently there was a story published about Mayor Barton’s stance on “Indiana West Advantage,” the county’s so-called economic development corporation.  In it, the mayor reports that IWA is moving toward a more private funding system.  Reading that, I was encouraged that IWA was finally heading in the right direction, which is to say, being 100-percent privately funded.  But as I read further, I found the next statement disappointing.

    “’That’s admirable,’ he said.  ‘But where do you draw the line.  If you say 75 percent of funding is coming from private funding then the private sector is calling the shots.’”  Wait a minute, that’s the whole point of a free market.  In a free society the private sector is supposed to call the shots.  We progress toward a socialist economy the more we let government call the shots.  

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:52 PM
    I would like to thank everyone that supported our Summer Reading Program this year at the Linden Carnegie Public Library. Thanks to their generous donations we were able to have great programs and also give away fun prizes! Thanks to Angela's Images (Lafayette), Clark Truck Equipment, Dairy Queen, Hoosier Heartland State Bank (Linden Branch), Little Caesars (Lafayette), Jimita & Mayank (Mike) Patel, Linden Pizza Corner, McDonalds North, Mitchell Agency, Nucor Steel, and Pizza Hut. I would like to thank Coach Tom Lutz and the North Montgomery football players and cheerleaders for the awesome football/cheer camp!  Thank you to Madeleine Bryant of Pawsitivitea (Linden) for bringing her sweet rescue dogs to the library and explaining how their program operates and offering tips to the children about how to approach unfamiliar dogs. 
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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:50 PM

     Letter to the Editor:

    On behalf of the West Central Solid Waste District (WCSWD), we would like to thank everyone who participated in the June 18th Tox-Away Day at North Montgomery High School. 612 vehicles participated in the 5-hour event. 131,200 lbs. of toxic and hazardous materials were collected and safely removed from the environment including 994 tires, 15,640 lbs. of appliances, and 10,230 lbs. of electronics.

    WCSWD is a 3-county district (also serving Putnam and Parke Counties). WCSWD sponsors 3 annual events and District residents are welcome to participate in any or all 3 events, plus an Electronic Recycling Day held in June at the Parke County Fairgrounds. Annual costs for these events can range from $65,000-$100,000 due to the volume collected, dangerous natural of materials, hazmat trained staff, and fees associated with sorting, recycling, and properly disposing of these materials. 

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  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 10:08 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Just in case your readers have not connected some serious political dots please allow me to do so.  Indiana Senator Dan Coates just recently publicly denounce Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz by saying “He’s the most self-centered, narcissistic, pathological liar I’ve ever seen — and you can quote me on that.”  

    Mike Pence, the current Republican VP candidate picked By Donald Trump initially endorsed Ted Cruz for President.  Donald Trump does not share Mike Pence’s view on many social issues. As evidence I give you Peter Thiel’s pro-LGBTQ talk at the recent convention.

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  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:33 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Congressman Todd Rokita who is now running for governor wants to eliminate regulations that prevent contamination of your air and water, repeal you healthcare coverage, reduce your retirement income and restrict your right to vote.  He has so little respect for your intelligence that he counting on the fact that he can dupe you into electing him by simply stating that he is defending freedom.  The freedom he is defending is the freedom to have corporate sponsors run roughshod over your well-being and quality of life.

    Rokita is for jobs, however the jobs he wants are the same as found in third world counties.  These jobs are uniformly low paying manufacturing jobs that expose workers to toxic chemicals, do not provide health insurance, and prevent the formation of unions that can engage in collective bargaining   Again, Rokita is counting on the fact that you are gullible enough to not see what he is doing and just hear the word “jobs.”

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  • Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM

    Dear Editor, 

    Anyone who would describe Hillary Clinton as "steady and level headed" cannot possibly be serious. Mr. Fons surely jests. She is a lying, corrupt and "careless" shrew who has a lower trustworthiness rating than Obama. And, that's really low. There's not a rational person in the country who could read FBI Director James Comey's stinging castigation of the woman and still think she would be the best candidate for president. Now, throw in the obvious shenanigans of tarmac-gate, where Slick Willy and Loretta Lynch "discussed grandchildren and golf." Yeah, right.

    Ron Carmony

    Sebring, FL

    formerly of Crawfordsville

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  • Friday, July 15, 2016 9:59 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Donald Trump has picked Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican party presidential bid.  Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence seem like people more greedy for power than truly committed to help most Americans including but not limited to Hoosiers.  I understand That Hillary Clinton may not appeal to many readers, however, she is steady and levelheaded, qualities not found in either Trump or Pence.  This will be one of the more interesting elections. 

    Sincerely,

    Michael P. Fons

    Crawfordsville

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  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:01 PM

    Recently I posed the question, “Is the city awarding contracts based on which contractors are giving the most campaign cash to the mayor?"  I had used the latest example of HWC Engineering being awarded the contract for designing the Downtown Loop Trail project because the city had selected HWC from among the five engineering companies who had submitted proposals, while at the same time HWC had contributed more money to Mayor Barton’s election campaign than any other entity listed in his campaign finance reports since becoming mayor.

     

    A day or two later, Mayor Barton provided a well-articulated response claiming that my letter to the editor took things out of context and didn’t present all the facts or the whole story.  He assured readers that political contributions from contractors and vendors to his campaign have no influence on which companies are given contracts.

     

    Although I was disappointed that he felt he had to make several personal attacks and other false statements to try to discredit my position on this issue, I was glad to hear him say that his corporate contributions do not affect how city contracts are awarded.  So, after some thought and prayer, I realized it would be best to build on that, and not worry about the slanderous remarks he made.  As a wise man once said, “Never wrestle with a pig.  You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.” 

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  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:04 PM

    I have been reading the recent letters or as I should say attacks toward me for my filing to take Tom Utley’s vacated spot on county council. When I decided to run for county council I was aware there would be three vacated positions available. In the primary we had six Republican candidates running to fill these three spots, and the top three would move on to the November election. To my knowledge the amount of votes received did not position us in any priority as to our importance of being on the county council, we each would have our one vote as to any decisions that were presented to the council. Now that no one has filed to run against us in the fall election, we will all take our positions January 2017. When the opening came available to finish out Mr. Utley’s term, I saw this as an opportunity to get acclimated to Council responsibilities prior to starting my full term in January. I’m sure Gary Booth saw the same opportunity, but I feel I have the same privilege to seek this opportunity. No matter what the outcome of the caucus, I’m looking forward to taking my position and responsibilities on the county council. My reason for running has not changed, Montgomery County has always been my home, It’s where I raised my family, own a business, my family has had businesses and we own land that dates back to the 1800’s, I want to be part of seeing it prosper and grow for future generations.

    Hopefully this clarifies my position.

    Thank You,

    Greg Morrison

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