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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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  • Monday, July 11, 2016 10:49 PM
    Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank my family and friends for making my 95th birthday celebration so special. Spending time with you was such a joy.

    Guy McCance

    Crawfordsville

     

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  • Monday, July 11, 2016 3:23 PM

    Dear Editor,

    John Pickerill continues his fact distorting efforts to create false appearances. I read his latest diatribe with great interest and felt the need to set the record straight. First, I want to say that everyone is entitled to their views on local government and I fully respect that. As a result, I listen and largely avoid responding to each statement. However, I feel John Pickerill, and those surrounding him, weave misleading tales based on half-truths and outright deceit. Therefore, I must respond with facts as I am hearing repeatedly from those I represent that it’s high time someone start setting the record straight by and “call them to the table.”

    In his latest piece John suggests that decisions regarding contracts for professional services are made based on who is, or isn’t, donating to political campaigns. It’s the age-old, worn out, go-to argument used by naysayers for many years.

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  • Monday, July 11, 2016 12:00 AM

    Dear Editor,

    On July 6, the Crawfordsville Board of Public Works awarded the Downtown Loop Trail design contract to HWC Engineering from the five proposals it received. Coincidentally, Mayor Todd Barton has accepted more election campaign contributions from HWC Engineering (and its executives) than anyone else listed on his campaign finance reports. This begs the question: Is the city awarding contracts based the company that will do the best job? Or is the city awarding contracts based on which one gives the mayor the most campaign cash?

    Let’s look at the facts and see how the numbers add up. The five engineering firms who submitted proposals for this project were HWC Engineering, United Consulting, Beam-Longest-Neff, Parsons-Cunningham-Shartle, and Randell Ernstberger Associates. Since 2011, three of them have given money to Barton’s campaign. Beam-Longest-Neff gave $250. Parsons-Cunningham-Shartle gave $500. And HWC Engineering itself gave $1000. But HWC’s executive vice president, Terry Baker, also gave Barton $500. And HWC’s president, Ed Jolliffe, gave Barton a staggering $4250! So all in all, HWC Engineering has influenced Barton with $5750! That’s ten times the amount as from any of the other four companies. In fact, Barton has accepted twice as much from HWC Engineering than anyone else listed on his campaign finance reports (the next highest is from Johnson-Williamson Insurance at $2750, followed closely by the city attorney’s law firm Kirtley-Taylor-Sims-Chadd-Minnette at $2400).

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  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 11:55 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 1800s, I want to be part of seeing it prosper and grow for future generations.

    Hopefully this clarifies my position.

    Thank You,

    Greg Morrison

    Darlington

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  • Wednesday, July 06, 2016 8:41 AM

    Dear Editor,
    I often wonder why I never saw anything about a meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Party.

    In the 6/21/16 issue of the Journal-Review, I noticed an article announcing a meeting that evening at 6:30 PM at the Montgomery County Public Library. I decided to attend and arrived at the appointed time to see a little local history made when they selected a local Republican Chairman. I was informed that I “could not go in there”.

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  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:40 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Half Way Home would like to thank the Montgomery County Community Foundation for support of our 180-day residential, sober living program.  Our program serves women in our community and surrounding communities and offers a holistic approach to the treatment of substance abuse and other issues negatively impacting women in our community.  Crawfordsville and Montgomery County would not have the non-profit and social service agencies that we are able to boast of without the financial support of the Foundation.  For 25 years, the Foundation and local citizens willing to serve on its Board of Directors, have made Crawfordsville a beacon of light for the poor, the impoverished, the uneducated, and the needy in our community.  Thank you Kelly, Cheryl, Sarah, Kyle, Jennifer, and Paula for all of the hard work you do.  Thank you to the current Board of Directors:  Larry Griffith, Jessica Bokhart, Heather Dennison, Tony Cosenza, Keith Blaydes, Peggy Burkett, Scott Feller, Joyce Grimble,Sheridan Hadley, Sam Hildebrand, Tom Mellish, Sharon O'Dell-Keedy, Torey Rauch, Mike Reidy,and Tom Utley, and all part Board members for the tireless and time-consuming work you do to promote the foundation, solicit funds, review grant applications, and make the difficult decisions of who to fund. And we want to extend a special thank you to the citizens of our community who financially contribute to the foundation by generously donating their own money and funding the accounts that generate the money for grants.  Montgomery County lives because you give.

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  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:27 PM

    Dear Editor,

    “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’  And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

    -- Gospel according to Matthew

    One mission that all Christians share is the individual responsibility to care for the needy.  And in fact, this is a duty shared by most religions of the world.  This individual mission is to volunteer our own time, talents, and treasure to help our neighbor, to get down in the “mud” where the poor are and get our hands dirty, walk side-by-side with them, show them mercy and love.  And when I say “love” I mean Christian love, that kind of love to will the good of the other first, to put their good ahead of your own good, and expect nothing in return.  It is my firm belief that that is the Christian mission.  When someone asks, “what’s the meaning of life,” I think it’s to love in this way.  And of course Jesus Christ provided the perfect example of this kind of love.

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