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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Being an old history teacher, coach and “jack of all trades, but master of none,” it has donned upon me a solution to all this turmoil in our world today. It is very scary to me to think of the world that we are leaving to our grandchildren and their children. History tells us that there has only been one era when there was total peace throughout the world. The Romans had it going back in the day when it was known as the “Pax Roman.” Times were great until some dude named Nero decided to burn Rome and feed the Christians to the lions.
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  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    (In regards to) County seeks input at the Wednesday evening meeting (4-12-17) at NMHS, the HWC planning consultant asked the public to help in the direction they should take when it comes to economic development.
    The HWC speaker made a point to tell and show us on a large screen, in large letters what the plan does not include. The plan does not include planning and zoning. The statement made me and others relieved and wondering who promoted the consultants.
    From checking, I found Commissioners Phil Bane and Jim Fulwider voted yes for a grant to finance the consulting firm. Since Mr. Bane and Mr. Fulwider are promoting the effort I would think they have knowledge of the plan. The consultants are from out of town and just learning from someone about our county, it seems, especially zoning.
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  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    So the U.S. government conducted a cruise missile attack against Syria last Thursday (April 6) and no one is even asking why. Oh sure, the major news networks keep parroting the same claim that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad attacked his own civilians with chemical weapons. But no one is asking the most important questions:
    1. Since the Syrian military didn’t actually attack the United States, is it justified for the U.S. to conduct a military attack against Syria?
    2. Does President Trump (or Obama or Bush or Clinton before him) have the proper authority to carry out a military attack on a sovereign country when we are not at war with that country?
    3. Is there conclusive evidence that it was the Syrian government, and not someone else like ISIS, who carried out the chemical weapons attack?
    4. Does it even make sense to assume Assad would use chemical weapons right now?
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  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I want to say thank you to the Montgomery County Community Foundation for the $1,000 grant money that was awarded to the Linden Carnegie Public Library. The money was made possible by the Luella Brake Trust Fund, A Field of Interest Fund managed by the Montgomery County Community Foundation to benefit citizens who are blind and visually impaired. MCCF has been very supportive of the Linden Carnegie Public Library and we appreciate Kelly Taylor, Cheryl Keim, the MCCF Staff, the Board of Directors and those who make contributions. We are thankful for the kind words about the library and our programs from Cheryl at the ceremony. She understands how much this grant can benefit our patrons and community.
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  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    On Thursday, March 16, the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club held its 58th Annual Pancake Day. Proceeds raised from this wonderful community event support the mission of Kiwanis to serve children in need! The money raised at the Pancake Day supports children in organizations such as the local Boys & Girls Clubs, Youth Service Bureau, and FISH; students through high school scholarships, programming at Crawfordsville Middle School, and at our local elementary schools; and families through the Mary Ludwig Free Clinic. Kiwanis is also a major supporter of Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis including the Three Wishes campaign to raise support for families dealing with autism and other neurological concerns. Under the leadership of Pancake Day Chairman, Jim McCampbell, well over 300 volunteer hours were needed to bring this event to fruition. Its success was possible thanks to fellow Kiwanians; the tremendous support of young people in the Crawfordsville High School Key Club, the Wabash College Circle K club, and Wabash Golf Team; the support of our sponsors; and of course the support of the community who joined us for great pancakes and fellowship! Our sponsors make it possible for the proceeds from ticket sales to support children and families.
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  • Thursday, April 06, 2017 10:57 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Recently the Senate passed its version of HB1002, aka Gas Tax Bill, a 1 billon dollar per year tax increase.
    The basics of that bill that would affect most of us are increases in gas / fuel / surcharge tax over two years. It increases gas tax to 28 cents per gal in 2018, increases fuel tax to 22 cents per gal in 2018, increases the surcharge tax to 21 cents per gal in 2018. Thereafter, 2019 through 2024, gas/fuel/surcharge could increase an additional 1 cent per gal per year depending on the annual index factor (inflation). Also creates a transportation infrastructure improvement fee, payable at registration, of $15 per vehicle, hybrid vehicle at $75 and electric vehicle at $150 and an additional $5 per tire purchased. See Indiana General Assembly, Legislation, Bills, HR 1002 for more details.
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  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:57 PM
    Dear Editor:
    The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in April 1986 when residents of Bloomington, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But he died before an organ was found. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families.
    For more than three decades, COTA has assisted thousands of patients by helping to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA has built extensive volunteer networks across the nation in an attempt to ensure that no child or young adult needing an organ or tissue transplant is excluded from a transplant waiting list due to a lack of funds. 
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  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:57 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I wanted to thank you and your excellent photographer, Abbey Bullerdick, for the good coverage you gave my poetry reading in last Thursday's issue of The Paper of Montgomery County. Please also let Ms. Bullerdick know how much I appreciated the coverage. Thank you.
    Regards,
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  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:57 PM
    Dear Editor,
    After the next census in 2020 the Indiana General Assembly will once again take on the task of redrawing the state’s election districts. Because Republicans hold a super-majority in both the House and Senate in Indianapolis, there is a lot of concern they’ll game the system and draw the lines to defend their super-majority at the expense of everyone else. Some have even called for creating a non-partisan “Redistricting Commission” to draw the lines instead of letting the General Assembly do it. That’s a nice thought, but good luck on finding enough non-partisan people in this day and age to appoint to that commission.
    But there might be a way out of this dilemma. A wise man once said, “If you want a new idea, read an old book.” What if we followed the model of the U.S. Constitution in how its House and Senate are set up? The U.S. House districts are redrawn every 10 years by population, yes. But the U.S. Senate always stays the same (each state gets two Senators no matter how big or small the state).
    In Indiana we have 100 state representatives and 50 senators. There are 92 counties in Indiana. Why not change the Indiana House to 92 state representatives and assign one to each county? You would never have to redraw House districts again. Oh, sure, you’d still have to redraw the Senate districts, but it would be a big improvement over the system we have today.
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  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:52 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The 8 & 40 of the Crawfordsville American Legion Post would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated in, donated to and attended our Luigi M.A.S.H Reunion dinner held at the Legion Post on March 4. The dinner theater was held to raise money for the camps that children with cystic fibrosis and breathing disorders in Indiana can attend. With enough proceeds from this dinner, we also hope to be able to provide a scholarship for a nurse desiring to go into respiratory therapy.
    A very special thank you to Keith Strain for working with us to create the idea for M.A.S.H. and helping us to put together a great cast of unique doctors and nurses which made the evening a lot of fun and a big success. The evening would not have been possible without his help.
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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I've got to call Tim Timmons out on his article on healthcare on March 28.
    ". . . we've got to stop trying to make it that everyone gets a trophy and a shiny medal." Healthcare isn't about that at all. Actually, healthcare has very little to do with anything you wrote in your column on March 28th.
    Healthcare is about sickness, disease, accidents . . . and death.
    And just because someone has the misfortune of a cancer diagnosis, automobile accident or a lifelong malady -- the end product should not be bankruptcy for that person / family.
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:25 PM
    Dear Editor,
    There are two books in our local library by area resident Rosalyn Van Hook Sodora which are worthwhile reading. These books are about Van Hook family history and recount many important American events like a Van Hook ancestor being with George Rodgers Clark when he captured Vincennes. They also give an excellent portrayal of Indiana history including Native American events. 
    John Oilar,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:24 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Indiana experienced one of its first major victories under the Trump administration this week. While some will lament the action taken to halt the Clean Power Plan, there are thousands of Hoosiers who praise the order. Vice President Mike Pence deserves some of the credit.
    The CPP was not intended to do great things for the environment or global emissions. That was a ruse to manipulate an uninformed public. The CPP was a back-door regulatory maneuver to get cap-and-trade in place. It’s important to recall that cap-and-trade was shot down in Congress, and per media reports even Democrats counseled Obama to let the issue die as their constituents were not in favor of the legislation.
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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:44 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The Crawfordsville Rotary Club would like to thank the many volunteers, donors of auction items and the supporters of the “Wine to Water” Gala for their contributions in making the event a successful, fun evening. Your generosity was greatly appreciated.
    Ron Hess,
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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:44 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Well our Indiana Republicans are ready to break yet another promise. This time it’s their support for repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a free market solution. The Indiana Republican platform promises, “We believe health care decisions should be made by patients, in consultation with their personal physician – not government bureaucrats. We support our Congressional delegation’s continued efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act . . .” 
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