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  • Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:39 AM

    OUR OPINION

    For decades, your local government units have published proposed budgets and notice of the hearing where you have the opportunity to question or offer your opinion concerning the planned collection of tax dollars, expenditure of those funds and estimated impact on your property tax rate.

    State law required the publication of this important information as a paid public notice advertisement. Paid notices give the government unit control over what is printed and prevent the newspaper from adding any editorial spin on the text or delete any of the budget information. To collect the fee, the newspaper has incentive to make sure the notice is published error-free and on the designated date to give you time to make arrangements so you can attend a budget hearing if you so choose.

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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:40 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Tim Timmons column . . .

    I’ve been getting quite a few letters to the editor lately that start off “Dear Editor,” then quickly address someone else. That’s okay sometimes, but I want to remind everyone that they aren’t called letters to the mediator. If you have an issue with someone or something they’re doing, try talking it over with the person first! I’m more than happy to read and print letters to the editor, but I like it best when the people involved know that they’re involved.

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    AND WHEN IT COMES to people being involved, when’s the last time you got involved with something? Maybe a charity or a program? I don’t say that to accuse anyone – I haven’t done nearly as much as I want to since my days in the Wabash College Glee Club.

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  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:45 PM

    If you’re reading this column, there’s a very high chance that you’re in Montgomery County. If that’s the case, then you’ve almost certainly encountered the road construction.

    Nothing seems to make a level-headed, rational person as frustrated as traffic issues. The thing that really gets to me is people not using their turn signals or stopping for red lights, but that’s an issue for another day.

    Construction is one of those frustrating issues for a lot of people. Earlier today on my way to the office I got stuck at a traffic light. The person in the vehicle in front of me just sat, green light after green light. I had no idea what was going on. I’m not one to use my horn, so instead I turned right as soon as I had the chance. I’ll admit, I got a bit frustrated when I saw that some kind of construction was to blame for the delay. I’m sure many of you have felt that way recently.

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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:56 PM

    I’ve gained a few pounds since my school days.

    Throughout high school, I consistently bounced between a 30 and 32 inch waist. Then, all throughout my time at Wabash College, I was able to wear the very same pairs of jeans I wore in high school. Heck, I even put on some muscle, thanks to the weight room at the Allen Center.

    Then something happened . . . I graduated. I joined “the real world,” as my parents always said. I got a job, got bills and responsibilities, got busy and ultimately got new jeans. Bigger ones. The move from 32 to 34 then on was pretty hard, but I think going from being able to run an eight-minute mile with minimal effort to stopping to catch my breath after one flight of stairs was worse.

    If only there were some way I could change that, some way I could challenge myself . . .

    That’s right, I’ve decided to join what I’m calling “Season 2” of The Challenge!

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  • Living like Lockwood would
    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:29 PM

    When is the last time you really made a memory?

    I’m not asking if you remember what you had for breakfast or anything like that. Rather, I’m asking, when is the last time you did something that you’ll be able to look back on in five, 10 years and think, yes, I remember that vividly. We had a great time!

    Sometimes, all too often, the hustle and bustle of modern life takes precedence over making those sorts of memories. Hustle and bustle and boring routine seem to conflict, don’t they? But really, they go hand-in-hand in making us slowly lessen our appreciation of the little things.

    I can think back to elementary school, and for some reason I can watch myself playing at recess with my friends in my memory as though I actually had recorded those days. But if you ask me what the highlight of my day was a month or so ago, I would come up empty-handed.

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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:58 PM

    Several people have asked me lately, “Scotty, what’s the deal with articles saying The Paper wrote them?” I figured I would take this opportunity to clear up the meaning behind The Paper having its own byline.

    If you see The Paper at the top of a story, that means a few things. First and foremost, it means that the article is a press release or something that was provided to us. Yes, I go through and edit those for spelling or grammar errors (hence the fancy title!), but it’s not something that any one writer on our staff wrote.

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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:46 PM

    Hello, Montgomery County!

    I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several readers while out covering a commissioners meeting or a spaghetti dinner (got to love covering those!), and it seems to me that you guys are great at asking for what we in the journalism world refer to as the “five Ws” – who, what, when, where, why (and sometimes how). I’m going to give you those answers now so that the next time we meet, we can focus on you!

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