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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:48 PM

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent article, “North School Board Talks Teacher Shortage,” it was reported that North Montgomery Superintendent Colleen Moran suggested that the shortage of teachers evident in Montgomery County was rooted in the education polices of former Governor Mitch Daniels and former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. She was also quoted saying, “they painted a picture that education is broken. It’s never been broken,” and she calls on voters to keep these changes in mind when they go to the voting booth this fall because, “if policies do not change it could get even worse.” Finally, she says, “So let’s go out and talk about the rewards of education,” and it is this quote that prompted me to respond to the article.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:22 PM

    Dear Editor,

    A week in the life of Crawfordsville / Montgomery County does not get better than the past one: designation as a Stellar Community by the State; double the turn-out at the second Crawfordsville Main Street’s Finish Line Festival; record attendance at the Lew Wallace Study and Museum’s Taste of Montgomery County; and visitors from around the world at the Indiana National Lucas Oil Championship at the Ironman Raceway.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:54 PM

    Dear Editor,

    The Waynetown United Methodist Church is grateful and deeply appreciative for the many caring individuals and groups who graciously and generously donated to the 2nd Annual Summer Lunch program at the church. Each Thursday this summer, children and their families were offered a free lunch and groceries to take home. Over 160 meals were served and a bountiful pantry provided food for additional meals for families less fortunate in our community.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:47 PM

    Dear Editor,

    If you have been watching the news you have all seen the protest signs, “Black lives count,” we all know that each and every life has value and a purpose. This statement cannot be any further from the truth as a matter of fact if we really want to be clear we should note that every race and culture counts. However I would like to insert something that I think we as a nation need to acknowledge and comprehend. I find it utterly appalling and disgusting that we as a nation will acknowledge our cruel history of slavery, but we refuse to acknowledge who this nation really belongs to. This country does not belong to the African Americans, Latinos, or the Caucasians, this land belongs to the Native Americans. My family and ancestry consist of Irish, French Blackfoot Cherokee, and Cherokee on my mother’s side and Scandinavian Scottish, Cherokee on my father’s side. Both my parents originate from Tennessee and Oklahoma. I have a question where the cry was for social justice when my ancestors were being raped, tortured, starved, butchered, and driven like cattle from their land? We will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday and dedicate the whole month of February to black history month. God forbid if we do anything to honor great leaders like Chief Sitting Bull who stood against General Custer when they tried to wipe out the Sioux nation that just isn’t American! We will celebrate Columbus Day and honor Spain but heaven forbid we acknowledge the Viking explorer Leif Eriksson who discovered America Five hundred years before Columbus was even born. 

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:14 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Many have been deceived on the stellar community grant. This is common with politics and in Crawfordsville, where Republican is really code for Democrat. Where Democrats embrace the "progressive" Republican mayor. People have different philosophies, but deception should not be tolerated, when generally, democrats want the big spending big government, and have often been for certain civil liberties, and republicans are supposed to be fiscally conservative, less taxes, less government. Libertarians on the other hand, want to cut government, want less taxes, demand civil liberties and want the government out of our lives and so much more. Libertarians are often seen as the best of both worlds for many voters, especially the younger generation. The educated, the younger crowds and the intellectuals, free thinkers and even the religious community. It is a very diverse group.  
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:06 PM

    Dear Editor,

    I’ve lived and worked in this community for over forty years and I am very happy here. Our community receiving the Stellar Grant has been a hard fought battle and I thank and congratulate all involved. However, I feel we are being bribed with our own money to assume our government is just and amiable in its redistribution of our tax dollars.

    Patrick “Slim” Burns


  • Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:03 PM

    Dear Editor,

    The idea that began nine years ago as a fun summertime fundraiser for the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum has evolved into the county’s largest picnic and one of the area’s most successful summer festivals. The ninth annual Taste of Montgomery County is returning to the grounds of the Museum in Crawfordsville on Saturday, August 22 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Museum staff and a small army of volunteers are preparing for the most successful outing ever.

  • Sunday, August 16, 2015 9:58 PM

    Dear Editor,

    The National Night Out Committee of Montgomery County would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the following organizations for making the 2015 National Night Out event a success. Thank you to: The Montgomery County Probation Department, Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department, Walden Recycling, Drug Free Montgomery County Coalition, Pam’s Promise, the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery County, Children’s Bureau Community Partners, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Montgomery County Sherriff’s Department, Crawfordsville Police Department, Crawfordsville Fire Department, Halfway Home, Center for Women’s Ministries, Family Crisis Shelter, The Kids’ Dentist, East Side Baptist Church, Purdue University Extension, Valero Renewable Fuels, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Elks Lodge Club, Inspire, MUFFY, Montgomery County Boy Scouts, Montgomery County Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Celebrate Recovery, Girls Night In, Achaius Ranch, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, the Crawfordsville District Public Library, Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau and Sizzlin’ Sounds. 

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 8:26 PM

    Dear Editor,

    I observed Monday’s County Commissioner’s meeting with hope that a simple vote on changing county employee insurance carriers from United to Cigna resulting in an approximately $150,000 savings over the renewal rate offered by United would go smoothly. Yet this is Crawfordsville in August and big storms blow in often from the prairie. On queue, in blasted Commissioner Hockersmith with his ill conceived demand to strip abortion funding from any new or renewed insurance policy. This a typical Hockersmith power grab for his marginalized Tea Party constituents. After a number of forced amendments to the motion to approve the change to Cigna as carriers which would include limitations on contraceptive methods that are safe and legal and should be covered by all ACA approved health plans a vote was taken. An approval for the restricted motion was granted.

  • Friday, August 14, 2015 8:25 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Anyone reading this has undoubtedly also read about the potential rate increase in your electricity bill which was approved on first reading at the August council meeting. As the newest member of the Utility Service Board, I would like to address this issue.

    As pointed out by Councilman Molin, as well as Phil Goode, the manager of Crawfordsville Light and Power, the average increase per month for a residential customer will be approximately $4. It would be my hope that everyone will take the time to understand why this is necessary. It is all too easy to simply assume that it’s just another way for another company to take your money. This is not the case at all.


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