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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 10:58 PM
    Dear Editor,
    In case you missed it last week, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives here in the Hoosier state just voted to raise your taxes. On February 16, House Bill 1002 was passed 61-36 to hike gas and diesel prices on Hoosiers by $0.10 per gallon, and adds another $15 a year to the cost of registering your vehicle. And those environmentally-conscious drivers who paid extra for an electric car, you get to pay extra again, a $150 extra for registration (government always finds a way to extract its pound of flesh from the taxpayer). HB1002 also gives the governor the power to add tolls to highways.
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017 10:58 PM
    After days of frenzied reports of intercepted calls between the U. S. National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and Russian Intelligence agents, we awakened to the early morning news that Flynn had submitted his resignation the night before. Trump’s comment afterward, expressed via tweet, was “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?”
    This sounds like the response of a juvenile delinquent who got caught shoplifting and then angrily demanded to know, “why are there so many tattletales?” Somehow it doesn’t sound presidential, and any parent knows this kind of response is generally an inadvertent admission of guilt. And yet this appears to be the new rallying cry of many conservative politicians and talk show hosts - the same ones who wholeheartedly applauded wiki-leaks when the damaging information stolen from private emails and leaked to the press worked to their advantage. 
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:42 PM
    Dear Editor,
    We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that was extended to our families in this difficult time of Cami Carpenter Miles passing. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the food train and anyone who provided food, goods or supplies of any kind to the family. Thank you to Mike Whitacre for his beautiful service and guidance to our family during this very difficult time. To the many, many people that were able to come to the funeral services and support our family. The many kind words that were spoken about her will always be treasured. She loved and touched so many in her life. To all of you that sent prayers, flowers, cards, monetary contributions, etc. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is so appreciated.
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:17 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The 2016 Volunteer Event Leadership Team for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and our American Cancer Society Community Manger would like to thank all who contributed to our successful event in October. A tremendous thank you goes out to all of the businesses, walk sponsors, the City of Crawfordsville, the Crawfordsville Police Department, and the many volunteers. 
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:17 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Thank you to the cooks and bakers who provided soups, desserts and extras for the Souper Sunday at the Darlington Community Center. We thank the many diners who enjoyed the opportunity to try various soups and desserts. Thank you to our small but mighty set up crew: Bob, Jim, Mike and Phil. And we had many volunteers who stayed after eating and helped put everything away . . . thank you!! We thank The Paper of Montgomery County for the great previews of our event! And we hope to see all of you at our next 5th Sunday dinner in April.
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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Trump protesters are unrelenting and Trump’s approval rating has sunk to record lows after 3 chaotic weeks in office. Even those who voted for Trump must be experiencing buyers remorse if they’re paying attention to the disparities between his campaign promises and the reality of policies actually being delivered since the election. The Republican Congress has an obligation - both to their President and to their own constituents - to advise the President when his proposed legislation will have ill effects on our economy and on the financial interests of our citizens, but the majority of our Republican Congressmen have been unwilling or unable to fulfill this obligation.
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  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    As an informed and concerned citizen I find it difficult to get information about city and county affairs. Both have websites with the city’s website being far more advanced and informational than the county. Trying to find up to date information on meetings and such on the county site is almost futile. I would like to see both government entities utilize social networking better to keep the concerned citizens informed better. Here are a few examples of what I believe they could do to keep us informed.
    1. Notify on Facebook/Twitter of road closures due to accidents or railroad stoppages on Market Street. This could be done through the Crawfordsville Police Department. INDOT usually post notices on state roads and when people share the post it lets people know to avoid that area and seek a better route.
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  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    It is sad to see what today’s political power does to good people. And it is heartbreaking when it happens to someone as nice as Dr. Tim Brown, a good Christian man and compassionate doctor. I have been told on more than one occasion how he went above and beyond the call of duty as an emergency room physician to help patients and their family deal with tragedy. But for even a good person, being elected a state legislator and proceeding into the statehouse is like walking into a swamp. Corporate lobbyists are constantly on the prowl to influence lawmakers, to pass a certain bill that will give a government-granted advantage to their company, which will give it a government-granted rise in profits. And those lobbyists have unbelievable amounts of money at their disposal. Even as a good person, when you’re up to your armpits in alligators it’s hard to remember your objective was to drain the swamp.
    Rep. Brown made the following promise to voters: “I, Tim Brown, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Indiana, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” That pledge is about to be tested. The Republican-proposed gas tax increase (House Bill 1002) will be voted on next by the House Ways & Means Committee, and Rep. Brown is its chairman.
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  • Monday, February 06, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    My last post was meant to be inflammatory. I am as much a narcissist as current President Trump, the evidence has been revealed. I have, however, sought to read history and apply constraints on my behavior that have seemingly evaded our President. President Trump has acted in an evil and vindictive manner since his inauguration.
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  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Jesus and Alexander the Great died at 33, Napoleon died in exile at 51. Ceaser died at 56 getting shanked. Ha ha, I outlasted them all. Socrates made it till 80. I have my sights on his record. My goal assumes Trump does not make me drink hemlock and does not convict me of making people think in a rational manner. 
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  • Monday, January 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Our deployed military men and women have dangerous jobs, which recently became more dangerous.
    U.S. troops and advisors have been working alongside the Iraqi Army in their quest to eradicate ISIS, and while fighting a common enemy, they have forged bonds of trust and camaraderie essential to survival in combat.
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  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Although the media reported on the Commissioners’ agenda item regarding 2017 IWA Contract, the Commissioners felt further explanation of the decision was needed. The position needed clarification and we are requesting that Commissioner Bane’s statement, made in recent Commissioners meeting, be published in its entirety.
    Statement from Commissioner Phil Bane Jan. 24, 2017:
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  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We want to thank Montgomery County and surrounding area citizens.
    Our sincere thanks to you for your support for the volunteers for Mental Health gift drive! You are awesome! You are appreciated for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:50 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Another year has passed and another successful Community Christmas dinner enjoyed by many. This year by Christmas Dinner enjoyed by many. This year by Christmas falling on Sunday saw some challenges. The dining room did not start serving until 1 p.m. to allow church service to clear the parking lot for our diners. Also we missed a lot of our families that are always there to help serve. 680 meals were delivered and over 240 meals were served in dining hall. 
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  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:52 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau would like to thank everyone who participated and made contributions to the 2016 REINdear Program. With the gracious support of the community REINdear was able to provide holiday assistance for over 1,230 children in Montgomery County.
    We are grateful to our “super elves” who assisted 20-or-more children, Operation: Toy Box; IAFF Local 4143 (fire department); Nucor; LSC Communications; Wabash College faculty and staff; New Ross Angel Tree; St. John’s Episcopal Church; First United Methodist Church; Banjo; New Hope Christian Church; Valero Renewable Fuels; Ladoga Community Fund; Waynetown Christian Church; First Christian Church; Whitesville Christian Church; Harvest Fellowship; Advanced Chiropractic; and Christ Lutheran Church. We are just as grateful to the additional 101 organizations, churches, and individuals who assisted anywhere from 1 to 19 children. 
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