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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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  • Monday, May 22, 2017 11:20 PM
    Dear Editor,
    We would like to thank the Ben Hur Home and staff and Dr. Mathison for the good care Bob got throughout his illness. We especially want to thank Bob's roommate Richard Steward for visiting with him and it gave us some peace knowing he was watching over him when we could not be there. We can't thank him enough. We want to thank our grandsons and nephew who were pallbearers and our nephew John Wells for his song at the grave site and thanks to the Color Guard who came to the cemetery. We thank the ladies of the Darlington Methodist Church for the good meal after the service and for the food delivered to our home by friends and family. We thank everyone who called, sent cards and flowers and memory gifts and to Country Hearts and Flowers for the grave site flowers. And last by certainly not least we thank Burkhart's Funeral Home for all their help and to Pastor Mike Whitacre for his wonderful message and to Pastor Joe Sanford for his concern for our wellbeing. Thanks again to everyone. We feel very blessed.
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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:54 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The annual Armed Forces Day spaghetti dinner will be held on Sunday, May 21 in the Darlington Community Center (former Armory). Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted with all veterans invited to eat free. We hope to have Cpl. Leighton Willhite USMC retired who is an Iwo Jima veteran as a guest. Brittany Wallace, a veteran’s affair aide from Senator Todd Rokita's office will be present as well. Dede Wright-Thornburg will have a display of pictures and memorabilia relating to the local National Guard. She hopes some of the veterans in attendance will be able to put names with more of the faces in the pictures she has taken. The military museum room in the Community Center has been painted and is waiting for carpet to be installed so memorabilia can be put on display. 
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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:17 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Montgomery County landowners have begun breaking ground for the 100 turbine wind farm in Sugar Creek and Madison townships. Plans began in 2008, and were finalized in 2013. I encourage anyone living in rural Montgomery County to view the document online at the county recorder’s website. The “Economic Development Agreement between Sugar creek Wind LLC and Montgomery County, Indiana” features a Road Use Plan showing tower locations. Residents need to know where these towers will be placed. 
    Some experts state the safe distance for living beside a wind tower is 2-3 miles. In 2009, the Commissioners decided the towers can be placed just 1300 feet from your property line! Research has been done worldwide that has proven potential health effects from living too close to wind towers include sleep disturbances, headaches, anxiety, memory dysfunction, dizziness, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. In Brown County, Wisconsin, the health department there declared their local wind project a “Human health hazard”. In Oklahoma, it was ruled that turbines cannot be placed more than 1.5 miles from schools. Indiana is lagging in its wind power regulation. Next door in District 54 Indiana State Rep Tom Saunders wants a temporary suspension of wind development in Indiana due in part to the health issues they can cause. 
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:29 PM
    Dear Editor:
    The week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday is traditionally when we celebrate Nurses’ Week. And on May 10, we recognize National School Nurse Day. We are especially fortunate in Montgomery County that our schools prioritize the health and safety of students and staff, by having a professional school nurse in each school. Parents can send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain healthy, safe, and ready to learn. More children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, food allergies, and mental health concerns are enrolled in schools each year. School nurses help these students to remain in class, learning and participating. And we also deal with emergencies, injuries, and acute illnesses that occur during the day. For many children, a school nurse may be the only health care professional to whom they have access. School nurses save lives and save money by providing a safety net which keeps students in school and parents at work. 
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:29 PM
    Dear Editor,
    John Pickerill’s latest letter concerning the misguided efforts to enact a war on drugs is spot on and I agree with him on this issue, In addition to criminalizing drug addiction, which should be treated as a health problem, successive administrations both State and Federal have closed down mental health facilities leaving many mentally impaired individuals eventually housed in the prison system for some minor offense. The prison system is now the largest mental health care provider in the nation. Criminalizing mental and physical health problems is wrong, costly and actually tends to perpetuate and exacerbate the underlying problem.
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:28 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Congressman Todd Rokita voted this week to deny healthcare to approximately 10 percent of the 680,000 constituents of Indiana’s 4th congressional district. Todd Rokita does not care about the health of the people he represents in Washington. Todd Rokita only cares about their votes.
    Should healthcare actually be withheld from 10 percent of the population it is likely that rural hospitals and clinics will suffer due to the lack of paying patients, further jeopardizing the health of those that can afford healthcare and reducing the number of healthcare jobs.
    Todd Rokita supports the use of coal, oil and gas for the generation of electricity and has made a serious commitment to deny regulations of the harmful effects on human health that the air and water pollution caused by burning these fuels creates. There are numerous alternatives to coal and gas like solar and wind that do not have the same detrimental effects on health, however, Rokita is against them. Again, Todd Rokita does not care about the quality of the air and water of his 680,000 constituents because he does not care about their health, he only cares about their vote.
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  • Saturday, May 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We see it in the news constantly: The drug abuse epidemic. Sometimes it’s heroin. Sometimes it’s meth. Sometimes it’s prescription drug abuse. But the results seem to be the same. Those addicted tend to neglect their job, their family, and themselves. Emergency rooms and emergency medical responders are seeing more and more of these people overdose.
    Our society’s response is to treat it like a criminal problem instead of a medical problem. And we’ve been doing it that way for 46 years. We declared a War-On-Drugs in 1971, aggressively sent the police after users and dealers to get them off the streets. We tried to teach drug users and drug dealers a lesson by making the punishment so awful it would deter others. We made judges hand out mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug-related convictions. We allowed police to conduct civil asset forfeiture.
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  • Wednesday, May 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    A big thank you goes out to the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers for sponsoring another great Spring Tea “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”!
    Thank you also to a great Spring Tea Committee, which do a great and supportive job each year. Those people being: Judy Tulley, Susan Vaught, Patsy Stephens, Moina Buckles, Beth Carroll, Judy Chastain, Paula Boots, Marge Benge, Marilyn Nunan, and Janet Fields. Great job ladies, as always!
    We appreciate the vendors for sharing their time and talents with us. Those vendors were: Brenda Stumpf, microwave baskets; Jeff Davies, The Carpenter ( unique gifts and custom furniture); Karla Bradley, Kerusso; Carol Starlin, Young Living Essential Oils; Vicki Stites, Scentsy; Deborah Schweigel, Norwex; Becky Thompson, Yard Art; Marcia Neel, Fairy Gardens, Miniatures and more; Margaret Caldon, Stained Glass; Susie Baldwin, Crawfordsville Public Library; Rachel Hilst, Refurbished Clothing ; Autumn Crum, Lula Rue; Brit Heide, Lip Sense; and Eliza’s Consignment Shop, Jewelry.
    We appreciate Eliza’s taking the time to do a style show for our enjoyment.
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  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    All the prosperity we enjoy today we owe to capitalism. For decades progressivists have attempted to challenge this notion. One of the most notable was the 1979 interview Phil Donahue had with Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Prize winner in Economics.
    Donahue posed this question to Friedman, “When you see around the globe the mal-distribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few ‘haves’ and so many ‘have-nots,’ when you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism, and whether greed is a good idea to run on?”
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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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