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Thursday, December 08, 2016

  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hard to believe that we are gearing up for our third year of The Challenge. Harder to believe than that is the fact that I haven’t regained all those pounds I’ve lost.
    Some people say that’s a good thing. (“Some people” being defined as my wife, my daughters, my heart doc, my regular doc, people who know me well and generally anyone I have much contact with.)
    For those not familiar with The Challenge, here’s the scoop and why it might be important to you. First off, it’s a local version of The Biggest Loser television show – or a group of people who go through a workout program and compete to see who can lose the most weight. Our twist is that we raise money while we do it with the proceeds going to a good cause – this year our community’s youth through an expanded Newspapers in Education program and a swimming program to teach potentially life-saving skills to deserving youth. The Challenge ’17 winner, or the person who loses the largest percentage of their body weight, walks away with $500 cash money!
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  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    Don’t know about you but work just seems, I don’t know, busier than it used to be. Granted, I never had a three-martini lunch. But I did used to play golf. On company time. And my boss knew. He encouraged it. That’s back from the era of secretaries and punching out at 5 p.m. on the dot.
    Those days are long gone.
    Maybe that’s why I love Saturday mornings in the office. The pace is slower and I can turn on some tunes and enjoy the genius that is Roger Miller. What? Scoff if you must, but have you ever considered the brilliance behind lyrics that told us we can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd? Just saying.
    At any rate, I was deep into the third or fourth verse of do-wacka-do (Google it) and was in rare voice when, you guessed it, John Hammer appeared in the doorway like a dark cloud blotting out the sun.
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  • Reflections on the season of giving thanks
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    It doesn’t seem possible that Thursday is Thanksgiving. It sure didn’t seem remotely like it a week ago when temperatures were in the 70s. I guess the recent dip in the mercury with a few of the white flakes flitting about helped bring the reality around.
    Truth to tell, I could live without the reminders. But I digress.
    More truth to tell, I have much to be thankful for. I think many of us do, even if we don’t always realize it. So I thought I’d list a few of the things that I’m thankful for and would love it if you would share the same back. 
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  • Election Day was the time to pick winner
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    Blame it on the everybody-deserves-a-trophy crowd.
    This isn’t a rant about these inane protests over Trump winning the election. It’s not even a rant on the equally inane ramblings of leftist-liberals who’s heads are stuck so far up their posteriors that they can’t even accept a perfectly legal outcome.
    No siree, Bob. 
    Today’s ramblings stem from the fact that we have far too many idiots out there who apparently believe they get to pick and choose who they recognize as leaders AFTER THE ELECTION.
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  • Go out and vote . . . today’s your last chance
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an Allan Sherman book . . .
    Did you vote? If so, good for you! If not, I hope you are reading this while the polls are still open. I’m not often in the habit of telling people to stop reading my ramblings, but hey, stop reading my ramblings and go vote. Now.
    What? You want to know who you should vote for? Well I did indeed cast my ballot already and can attest to the fact that “none of the above” was not a choice. So, my friend, you are on your own. 
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  • Thoughts on election and IWA funding
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    The election is two weeks away and a quote from Gerald Ford keeps rattling around the cobwebs between my ears: “Our long national nightmare is over.”
    At least that’s what I hope. It’s nice to think that when the hanging chads clear there will be an obvious victor and the country will unite behind our new president.
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  • Have a spooky good time touring downtown
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:00 AM
    Our History-Mystery Tour started back in 2007. It hasn’t been produced every single year (we give it a rest every few years), so this isn’t the 10th time your favorite little Montgomery County daily has brought forth the tales of the macabre to downtown C’ville.
    However, it is our seventh time and seven’s supposed to be a lucky number. Since Halloween is certainly the season for superstition, we’ll go with that and predict that this will be our best year ever.
    No idea what I’m talking about? Where have you been since 2007? The History-Mystery Tour is an entirely original work produced by the little elves and gnomes who hide in the rafters of our worldwide HQ in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. Yup, back in 2006 and 2007, they were hard at work in our wonderful local library researching those spooky and eerie events from Montgomery County’s wonderful past (and they got a HUGE amount of help from the librarians!). 
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  • Are you man or woman enough . . .
    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    Catchy headline, huh? But maybe the more appropriate question is, are you tired of being maybe a little more than enough?
    Do you get tired just thinking about exercising? Does the scales snicker when you step out of the shower? Or worse, does it cringe when you approach? Do the waiters at the all-you-can-eat-buffet give you dirty looks when you walk in? Do your clothes all have elastic in the waistbands?
    Trust me, I know how it feels. Been there, done that . . . and outgrew my T-shirts.
    So friends, have we got a deal for you!
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  •  Answers are simple, but not easy
    Tuesday, October 04, 2016 4:00 AM
    In 1970, The Temptations released a record (remember those?) that rose to No. 3 on the charts. The title was Ball of Confusion. The first words went like this . . . 
    “People moving out
    People moving in
    Why, because of the color of their skin.”
    It went on to talk about segregation, humiliation, cities on fire, gun control, politicians asking for more taxes, fear, suicides, tension everywhere . . . 
    Sound familiar? Hard to believe those lyrics are 46 years old.
    And how about 140 years?
    Just down the street from the world-wide HQ of our little media empire, Gen. Lew Wallace penned one of the top selling books of all time, Ben-Hur. Near the beginning of the story Gen. Ben has the three wise men sitting around talking before they head off in search of baby Jesus. 
    “The enemy of man is man, my brother,” one said to the other two.
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  • How long can race be an issue?
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    (EDITOR’S NOTE: This column first appeared in The Paper in July of 2010. It is being reprinted today in its entirety. Mr. Timmons will have a follow-up column next week on the subject as well. This is in connection to a column written by Paper Sports Editor David K. Jones last week.)

    Race.
    How long can it possibly be an issue?
    From the inane statements that one idiot’s actions should bring an end to Indianapolis’ Black Expo to the idea that a USDA employee had to resign because of the fallout over a racially motivated act she said she did 24 years ago, race is in the news
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  • JUMP into mentor project
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:00 AM
    A few months ago, The Paper of Montgomery County and the Youth Service Bureau began working on an idea to help promote the Juvenile Mentoring Program. JUMP pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth to give kids positive role models.
    Who could argue with that?
    Local media have been highlighting the kids, individually, for some time. The idea with this new project was to create a special edition that shows these great kids as a group, page by page.
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  • Helping Legion a real honor
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dale Wilson is the Commander of our local American Legion, Post 72. I’ve had the privilege to work a little with Dale on a couple of things recently. So when I saw an e-mail from him the other day, it wasn’t a big surprise.
    What was a surprise was that he asked if The Paper would be willing to help publicize something. 
    I can’t really imagine much of anything the Legion would ask that we wouldn’t be willing to help with. Then I read the e-mail thread he had forwarded.
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  • Our community needs a strong MUFFY
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    MUFFY needs you.
    And you need MUFFY.
    Wait, you say. You’ve never relied on charity in your life. That’s fine, and good for you. But that doesn’t change the fact that you need Montgomery United Fund For You. Because MUFFY makes this community better. A strong MUFFY makes for a stronger Montgomery County.
    Why? The reasons are numerous.
    MUFFY raises money, a lot of it, that goes to all sorts of different places. Some goes to help victims of domestic violence and abuse. Some helps kids learn that there are options other than what they might see in a broken home. Some goes to help the fight against drugs in our community. Some lends a hand to a person in need. Some might help keep a good person from going bad.
    Sure, you say, but how does that make our community better?
    Think of it this way. In every scenario above, what happens if that help is missing?
    In every single case, there is a price to pay. Things can always get worse. That could mean involving law enforcement and courts. It could mean the schools have more problem students to deal with – or worse, more hungry students in the building.
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  • The Little Newspaper That Could . . . Can!
    Tuesday, September 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    If you’ve read the story above about our delivery options changing, then I’d be obliged if you would bear with me a little longer for . . . as we professionals like to say, the rest of the story. OK, maybe Paul Harvey said that and not us professionals. And maybe some of us just want to think we are professionals, or hope to be when we grow up. OK, maybe some of our better halves would say, if we grow up.
    But I digress.
    It really is a pretty exciting time in the newspaper world. While everyone is comparing us to 8-track tapes, pop-top cans and rotary phones, we are serving a larger audience than at any time in our company’s 12-year-history.
    Wait, let me say that again.
    We have more readers today, around 33,000, than we have ever had in the history of our company. Are we bigger than the Journal-Review? I suspect when it comes to inside Montgomery County and not Fountain County or anywhere else we are.
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  • Chamber going places in C'ville
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:00 AM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Dave Brubeck concert ticket . . .

    Someone asked me what I would do if I wasn’t in newspapers. Since the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t want me to play first base, I truly don’t know. Truth is, I love newspapers. I even love newspapers as we evolve into newslasers or wherever it is we’re heading at light speed to a fiber optic cable near you.
    (By the way, stay tuned in the next few weeks for a revolutionary announcement from your favorite Montgomery County daily on what at least one of our next steps is going to be!)

    I digress. Sorry.

    If Mrs. Timmons had not instilled a huge love of reading and writing in her young son, I’m not sure what I would’ve turned out to be.

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