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  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:55 PM

    There’s no getting around it. Americans are using more medications and spending more for them. The latest evidence just came from Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager, which acts as a middleman between drug makers and employers. The number of Americans—almost 600,000---with yearly medication costs of more than $50,000 rose 63 percent from 2013 to 2014. The group of patients with costs over $100,000 nearly tripled.

    By any measure these are huge increases that don’t signal much hope that the U.S. can bring down its medical spending, which is now over 17 percent of the country’s national income. Express Scripts was frank about the long-term impact on employers and others who actually pay most of those bills. It’s an “unsustainable $52 billion a year.”

     
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:51 PM

    There’s been a pretty impressive movement afoot for over a century or even more championing the idea that human beings are but complicated machines, nothing special at all in the world. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) folks tend to hold this view—machines, in time at least, will do whatever people can, maybe even much better than we do it, like thinking, feeling guilt, empathizing, regretting, apologizing, and the whole gamut of stuff many think is unique to human life. No, say the AI folks, it’s just a matter of handling some of the technicalities and then, voila, we will have machines just like us. After all, aren’t machines already doing many of the tasks most of us had once thought only people could do? Sure.

     
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:43 PM

    Dale Petrie will be presented the “2015 Making Democracy Work Award” by the League of Women Voters at the 2015 Annual Meeting tonight at Crawfordsville Country Club.

    This award recognizes and honors a member of our community who has been a leader and actively engaged in the hands-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.

    Dale Petrie has demonstrated tremendous leadership and support for our community in an amazing variety of areas and organizations. Montgomery County has been exceedingly fortunate that Petrie--a graduate of Manual High School in Indianapolis and 1975 Wabash College – chose to stay in Crawfordsville where he has been employed for 39 years at Sommer Metalcraft Corporation.

    Petrie is an Elder at the First Christian Church where he serves as President of the Board and is a member of the choir.

     
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:42 PM

    If you are limited by space, mobility, or resources; container gardening could be a great way to still grow your own plants. Container gardens can grow almost any vegetable or herb! Some of the benefits of container gardening include:

    • No tilling is needed to prep the garden.
    • Little to no weeding and maintenance is needed.
    • A small porch or area will suffice for having a container gardening.
    • Watering is easy and can be done without a hose.
    • Cages and trellises can still be used in containers, just like gardening in a large space.
    • Pots, cages and trellises can be reused year to year.

    Simple Steps to Planting Your Own Container Garden

    1. Clean and clear pots of old dirt and plants.
    2. Put new soil in each pot, almost full to the brim.
    3. Make a hole for the plant or the seeds to be planted.
    4. Re-cover with dirt and water thoroughly.
    5. Continue to water throughout the growing season. 
     
  • No curve balls here, Karen’s subject is a great young man
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:40 PM

    This week’s guest is a fantabulous young man. He has his priorities straight and goes out to accomplish what he wants. Also, he’s fairly unique that he went two years at the old high school and two years in the new CHS. For grade school, he attended Nicholson, and the Middle School in 6-8. It was at Tuttle that he found his first love, Jen Carroll. She ended-up his wife. Jen is now a first grade teacher at Hose. Although I had met, seen and heard of Jen’s husband, Brett Motz, I didn’t really get to know him until last semester when he became my lunch hour buddy at CHS. Since a bad break, I have no strength in my left arm, so I greatly appreciated Brett grabbing my Diet Dew bottle and opening it. I didn’t however realize that I had lunch about every day with CHS baseball royalty. 

     
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:35 PM

    Last weekend, we celebrated my sister’s college graduation. She chose to pursue a degree later in life, while working and raising two daughters on her own. To say I am proud of her is an understatement.

    Our cousin threw a wonderful party, using all the special graduation decorations. Banners, balloons, streamers, and shiny foil confetti shaped like caps and diplomas. My seven-year-old son sat on the floor, scooped up a handful of the tiny confetti shapes and exclaimed, “Look at all these icons!”

    He felt a little sheepish when all of us middle-aged folk started laughing, but I explained to him, “Don’t be embarrassed, buddy. They do look like icons! We just never realized it before.” 

     
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:32 PM

    A friend of ours is a retired military man. He says, "That's above my pay grade" when asked to comment on something for which he doesn't have an answer.

    I'm getting that way and find myself saying, "That's above my pay grade" quite often these days. Usually when speaking with my wife.

    We were on our way home from church Sunday and she began asking me about a subject which now escapes me. That's the nice thing about getting older -- your memory grows shorter and you discover new things over and over each day.

     
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 10:52 PM

    A lot of people followed The Challenge. I know this because I’ve been asked about it more times than I can count – although technically, that may not be saying very much. The questions vary. Some people want to know how much weight I lost. Some wanted to know who won. Some asked how much money we raised for MUFFY.

    But there was one thing that almost everyone asked about – how do I sign up for The Challenge next time?

    Well friends, next time is here and if you want to know how to get involved, read on.

    Let’s quickly recap. Last year, the good folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily came up with the crazy idea of having a weight-loss challenge with the idea of raising money for MUFFY. Of course there were multiple good partners from around the community who jumped in to help –none bigger than Athena Sport & Fitness and the good folks at Franciscan-St. Elizabeth.

     
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 2:08 AM

    I had a request to write about lupus. Lupus is the shortened name of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is an autoimmune disease first described by the physician Rogerius in the 12th Century. There are many opinions regarding the origin of the name “lupus.” One of the most popular is that the rash on the face of many lupus sufferers resembles a wolf’s face. Lupus is Latin for wolf.

    Autoimmune diseases are a group of illnesses caused by a person’s immune system attacking their own body. In the case of lupus, the immune system makes antibodies against proteins in the nuclei of cells, where the DNA is found. It is believed that people who develop lupus have an underlying genetic predisposition to the disease. There is no single “lupus gene.” It appears to involve problems with multiple genes.

     
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 2:05 AM

    10. The monologue. Unlike other hosts, Dave is quick to admit when one of his jokes has bombed, a technique he learned from Johnny Carson. But here’s another difference in late night monologue style: for Fallon in particular, virtually every punchline is followed by additional commentary, attempting to reinforce the joke. Letterman’s zinger is over when it’s over, except for the host’s mugging to the audience. Which approach is better? Well, if you were a Jack Benny fan like I was, you’d know the answer.

    9. Fun facts (a segment they have discontinued). Based on the fictitious Federal Bureau of Miscellaneous Information, the sketches began with some relatively obscure but legitimate facts to set up the premise, but then we got gems like this:

    Orville Wright was the first person to return his seat to the upright and locked position.

     

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