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  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:52 PM
    Dear Editor,
    There has been a lot of discussion recently about establishing an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission in Indiana to manage the redistricting process.
    To restore integrity to Indiana's election system we must not allow any one political party (or an alliance of two political parties) to have complete control over the entire Indiana election system like we do today. This not only applies to control over redistricting, but to all decision-making over our election system.
    This includes membership to the Indiana Election Commission and Division, Recount Commission, County Election Boards, Precinct Election Boards and filling of office vacancies by precinct committeeman caucus.
    All bona fide political parties must be treated equally
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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone for coming to our aid after the tornado.
    To everyone who showed up Thursday to help with the massive clean up. We don’t know what we would have done without you!
    Whatever we needed . . . it was done!
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  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Drug abuse in our community and in Indiana is worse than ever. Some media are now calling it an epidemic. Hospitals and our emergency responders are being overwhelmed with overdoses. Kids are being neglected, many having to be permanently removed from their parents who become addicted. According to the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, 98 percent of the children being serviced by Court Appointed Special Advocates are there because of their parents’ substance abuse. 
    We’ve been fighting the drug problem with the same approach for almost 50 years now, by trying to prohibit access to addictive drugs and to deter abuse by locking people up who get caught with drugs.
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  • Friday, September 02, 2016 4:07 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The family of Marvin L Burkett would like to thank our friends and family for the flowers, food, cards, phone calls, the monetary contributions to Whitesville Christian Church, and those that came during the visitation and as well as the funeral services.
    We also want to thank Mike Whitacre for his compassion and comforting words, not only at the funeral services, but for the time he spent with our family the past couple of weeks.
    Thank you to Russell and Sally Hester, Phil and Karen Record and Mitzi Keller for their participation in the services as well as to the ladies of the Whitesville Christian Church for the dinner.
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  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Everyone at Hoosier Heartland State Bank would like to thank the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard, the City of Crawfordsville and all volunteers and sponsors for bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to the historic Lane Place this month. Being involved with this event was a once in a lifetime experience.
    Everyone at HHSB, has a deep appreciation for our military personnel and veterans and we were humbled and very thankful to have been involved. It truly was a tremendous opportunity to personally thank veterans and to honor the men and women inscribed on the wall.
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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    To whom might ever read this letter, I have some thoughts I want to share. Having read that Montgomery County is in the process of passing an ordinance that would confiscate illegal weapons at the courthouse and dispose of them at their discretion, I am concerned about one aspect of that policy.
    Many men who go into the courthouse carry pocket knives. I understand that a pocket knife could be used as a weapon. But I also understand that many of those carry significant emotional attachment, some having been passed down through generations and are basically a family heirloom. I don’t know if these truly pose a danger, but if they cannot be carried into the courthouse and if someone accidentally forgets to remove it from their pocket before going in, what is the harm in having a box or something at the front where the pocket knife can be placed until that person leaves? 
    Many of the visitors to the courthouse are farmers and people who carry pocket knives, and many of them are older. Why should they have to either go back to their car – which because the parking lot is not open to the public is likely not very close – or lose something that has been very important to them?
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Something strange is happening in the stock market. Stock prices might be soaring, but everything else says U.S. companies are sailing into troubled waters. There are a lot of signs another big financial crisis is on the horizon.
    The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ have all reached record highs in recent weeks, giving the impression business is good as ever. But analysis by CaseyResearch (“Why Corporate America Can’t Prop Up Stocks Much Longer”) of actions U.S. companies are actually taking suggest otherwise. Business investment fell 2.2% last quarter . So most companies aren’t buying additional property, or building additional plants, or buying equipment, or putting money into research & development. In other words, businesses don’t see many promising opportunities in today’s economy. This is now the third straight quarter business investment has fallen. That hasn’t happened since the 2008 financial crash (the first sign).
    So if that’s the case why are stock prices going up anyway? CaseyResearch explains it’s because companies have spent $2.5 trillion (that’s trillion with a T) since 2008 on “share buybacks.” This is where a company buys its own stock back from shareholders. That makes the stock price look better on paper even if the company isn’t any more profitable. And in the opinion of investment bank Goldman Sachs, buybacks are really what’s driving the stock market up . 
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  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

    Dear Editor,

    We at the Montgomery County Historical Society wish to thank the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard for bringing the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Crawfordsville and having it placed on the beautiful Lane Place grounds. It was truly an honor to be a part of this very moving experience.

    It was wonderful to note the excitement of people walking or driving by and the expectations of practically the whole town as we waited to see the wall fully constructed. When the lower wooden frame was set up on the grounds we still could not envision how huge the wall is. The wall finally arrived and was set up with help from the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard, veterans, Crawfordsville Fire Department, local contractors, MCHS board members and many others. 

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:05 PM
    Dear Editor
    When Byron Cox Post 72 Honor Guard started planning for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall event it became quite evident that a great deal of help and support would be required.
    First, we met with Mayor Todd Barton and proposed our plan. He immediately replied that he and the city were all in. Anything we needed, let him know. We then contacted Steve Frees and Mike Barton of the Historical Society to see if they would be willing to allow us to use Lane Place for the Wall event. They enthusiastically gave us their permission.
    Next Post 72 gave us $1,000 for our deposit in order for us to receive a date. After we received our date of August 12-14, 2016, we began planning.
    The first item on the agenda was money. This is where Montgomery County and the surrounding communities and businesses and organizations stepped up. Thousands of dollars were raised, ranging anywhere from $5 to $10,000. HHSB and their employees were our biggest contributor. We are eternally grateful for the financial support we received from everyone.
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  • Friday, August 05, 2016 9:28 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Donald Trump the Republican candidate for President has racked up a series of hateful comments regarding war veterans, Muslims, Mexicans and others.  His running mate Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana continually tries to make many of Trump’s more incendiary statements more palatable by delivering the message in his calm Indiana way.

    I have objected to Mike Pence’s government agenda in Indiana at virtually every turn.  I have, however, found the Governor to be an honest and hard-working man, with whom I have profound disagreement.  His latest attempts to defend Trump’s hateful comments look painful.  As a thoughtful Hoosier I now feel sorry for Mike Pence.

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  • Monday, August 01, 2016 10:54 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Thanks to the generous support of local businesses, industries, and community organizations Camp MoCoRobo was a huge success! The three day camp, a project of Indiana West Advantage, introduced twenty middle schoolers to advanced manufacturing through LEGO Robotics.  The students and their parents were excited and pleased with the creative and complex robots the campers created. They, also, were very interested in learning how robots are actually used in our local industries. 

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  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:03 PM

    Recently there was a story published about Mayor Barton’s stance on “Indiana West Advantage,” the county’s so-called economic development corporation.  In it, the mayor reports that IWA is moving toward a more private funding system.  Reading that, I was encouraged that IWA was finally heading in the right direction, which is to say, being 100-percent privately funded.  But as I read further, I found the next statement disappointing.

    “’That’s admirable,’ he said.  ‘But where do you draw the line.  If you say 75 percent of funding is coming from private funding then the private sector is calling the shots.’”  Wait a minute, that’s the whole point of a free market.  In a free society the private sector is supposed to call the shots.  We progress toward a socialist economy the more we let government call the shots.  

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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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