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Reader supports Dale for Representative spot
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:43 AM
I recommend to your readers that they vote for John Dale as Representative to Congress from Indiana’s Fourth District. John Dale is the Democratic candidate running against the Republican incumbent Todd Rokita.
John Dale supports Hillary Clinton for president. Todd Rokita strongly supports Donald Trump. Rokita put out a press release on Thursday, Oct. 13 defending Trump with regard to his misogynistic grabby comments revealed last week and reiterating his support for Trump.
Reader has call to action for IWA
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
I read in The Paper Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 the county council slashed IAW funds. As a taxpayer, I have been bothered by the IWA gift for many years. IWA used to be called Economic Development and the county was giving them $65,000 a year and it was raised to $75,000 a year.
IWA may be a wonderful organization doing great things for the county but they are so secret we don’t know what they are doing. For years we have heard the propaganda of the organizations possibilities. They have always been willing to tell of great things that may happen.
I realize that hopeful prospects don’t always do what you hope for. I have articles dated back to 2012, such as Jack Clark the auto parts manufacturer from Illinois, a prospect. Have not heard of him coming to Crawfordsville. A year ago we were told the IWA answered 60 calls. Any results? None mentioned.
Reader backs Clinton for President
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:52 PM
With just about three weeks left in this year’s election it is clear that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the presidency when one considers safety, prosperity and preservation of tradition.
While terrorist threats have caused much concern for safety in the US, the reality is that very few Americans have been killed by such attacks. Domestic violent crime is at historic lows. The world may appear chaotic but the average American is actually less vulnerable to violent death than at most anytime in history. A vote for Donald Trump will not make you more safe. Trump prides himself on being disruptive, dishonest and unpredictable, three characteristics that lead to a less safe environment. Hillary Clinton is, consistent, honest and predictable, characteristics that tend to create a more stable and safe environment.
Prosperity like safety requires a steady, honest and rational leader for it to develop in society. Hillary Clinton is such a leader. Unpredictability, greed and irrational decision making, all qualities dominant in Donald Trump, are actually abhorred by business. Business thrives in a predictable, safe environment. If you want a chance at prosperity over the next four years one should vote for Hillary Clinton.
Reader has fix for roads without more taxes
Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
Most people living in rural Montgomery County would agree that their roads are in desperate need of repair. The challenge is finding the money to repair them. This year the Indiana General Assembly did give counties a one-time appropriation out of the state’s surplus, but everyone can agree that is not a long term solution. So what is?
One simple solution would be the General Assembly to actually dedicate sales tax from gasoline sales to road maintenance, not just some of it but all 7 percent of it. And another way is for the General Assembly to make sure local roads get their fair share of the state/local split of the $0.18-per-gallon gasoline tax revenue. The best thing about these two solutions is they do not require a tax increase to make our county roads better.
Reader: Take note ofConstitutional Amendment
Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:00 AM
Did you know that the first item on the 2016 ballot is a Public Question to decide on an amendment to the state Constitution? Indiana only allows the Legislature to propose amendments to the Constitution, and only after a measure passes both houses, in two consecutive legislatures (in this case 2014 and 2015), and with the same wording, can the question proposed be put on the ballot. The exact wording of the question was determined by Senate Enrolled Act 57, effective July 1l, 2016 and certified for the Indiana ballot on Aug. 9, 2016. But few people in Indiana have been aware of this.
“Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”
Reader: Council to consider an apartment "Snoop Ordinance"
Friday, October 07, 2016 4:00 AM
I was shocked to read what the City Council is considering. They want me to force my tenants to let a "City Snoop" into their home; their palace. And they want to charge me for this invasion of property. Incredible! How many rental properties are there in Crawfordsville that would have to pay $100 an intrusion which they call an inspection
Reader opposes rental licensing
Thursday, October 06, 2016 8:54 PM
Greetings Council members and fellow citizens: I write today to express my concern with the proposed ordinance involving Rental Property Registration and Inspections. It is my feeling this proposed ordinance is redundant, unnecessary, costly to those who can least afford it, and worst of all, a tremendous overreach of government in terms of intrusion into private homes.
Reader urges attendance at forum
Monday, October 03, 2016 4:00 AM
I’m directing this Letter to the Editor to all eligible voters in Montgomery County.
I would like to strongly urge all of you to attend the upcoming Candidates’ “Meet and Greet” Forum this Thursday, Oct. 6. It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women.
This is a great opportunity for you to observe and compare your respective potential elected County Commissioner and State Representatives and learn more about their positions and expectations. During the 6 p.m. “meet and greet” session, you can share your thoughts and concerns with the candidates in a one-on-one setting. If you wish to address a question to all candidates, you can also ask questions during the 7 p.m. on-stage portion of the event. Candidates for non-contested offices have also been invited to attend to meet with voters.
Candidate weighs in on election system
Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:52 PM
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
Buck family says thank you
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
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!
House candidate advocates revising drug laws
Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 AM
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.
Burkett family thankful
Friday, September 02, 2016 4:07 AM
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.
HHSB thanks all for Vietnam Wall
Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:00 AM
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.
Reader unhappy with proposed ordinance
Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
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?
Candidate sees economic storm on horizon
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
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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