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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:48 PM
    Just reflecting on a city that wants to go younger, my initial thoughts are “OK?” That’s coming from a guy that has only worked in this city for a little over a month. What I know is that the economy here in Montgomery County is dominated by local businesses. Much to my displeasure, the nearest Starbucks is in Lebanon. There isn’t a mall in eyesight. So given that, how does MoCo appeal to younger people . . . moreover, how does MoCo appeal to a millennial? 
    I fit the definition of a millennial, age-wise . . . but I feel wise beyond my years. Thanks, Mama! Thanks Mr. Courtney! I say the changes start with us! City officials who are leading this task force don’t know what we want until we open our mouths and speak on what we want!
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  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    Democracy won’t be sleeping in Montgomery County on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 27! The League of Women Voters in partnership with student leaders from Wabash College will be hosting an all night, 24-hour Voter Registration Marathon at the Masonic Center at 221 S. Washington St. in downtown Crawfordsville. 
    We will be there from 12:01 am Tuesday morning until 11:59 pm Tuesday night. If you are not registered, here’s your chance! It is an easy, fun and unique way to show your support for our right to vote. The process is fast and easy. In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of Indiana, be at least 18 years old (or will be on or before the date of the election), be a resident in your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election date, and not be imprisoned for a criminal conviction.
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  • Where North and South live happily ever after
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    “I can’t believe I married a Mountie,” said my gal this week. Ditto from my fella’ for marrying a Charger, but that was 19 years ago and they’re still as happy as ever, not in the least combative. 
    She noticed him first at his cousin’s house, but he always had a girlfriend with him there. “Oh, Melissa, your cousin is so hot,” she would say. He shook his head and said, “She had drunk goggles on!”
    Well, we had lots more laughs and did some catching-up as I’d not met her except possibly briefly, but had known my fella’ since he was a boy as I watched him in basketball, wrestling and football through his school years. He and his sister were in my daughter Suzie’s class and I always enjoyed those two great kids and their activities.
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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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  • Why are doctors always running late?
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    I’m going out on a limb this week and have prepared myself for the possibility of some backlash to this column. I’m going to attempt to explain some of the reasons why doctors seem to always be running late. 
    I certainly won’t list myself among those who run on time regularly – I run behind frequently for various reasons. I’ll probably come off as sounding like a whiner, but there are some legitimate reasons why doctors leave patients waiting. 
    Some doctors don’t seem to place much importance on the value of their patients’ time, but I don’t think the majority of physicians feel that their time is more valuable. I honestly feel that most doctors would prefer to stay on time while being able to address all of their patient’s problems.
    Suffice it to say that doctors are not always in control of their time. Emergencies and interruptions do come up frequently throughout the day. The patient who was scheduled for what was thought to be a simple headache may really be suffering from spousal abuse and major depression. 
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  • Dick Wolfsie takes turn for the worse
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    I seem to have a great deal of trouble turning things off. Turning them on? No sweat. Light switches, blenders, lamps, ovens, fans. They’re a breeze – especially the last one.
    I used to have a car with a weird issue. When I’d turn off the ignition and get out, it kept running. There was an additional reason I never bought another Ford Pinto, but I forget why now. 
    My wife has to keep reminding me while I’m driving to turn off my turn signal. My car has six airbags, a rear-view camera and voice-controlled GPS directions. I’d give it all up if the blinker would go off automatically after I – what’s the word I’m looking for? Oh yeah: TURN.
    The other day my wife and I were talking via cell phones. “Dick, I gotta go. I have another call.”
    “Okay, see ya.”
    “Dick, are you going to hang up, or not?”
    “I’m trying, Mary Ellen. I pushed the button three times.”
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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters advocates a health care system that provides access to a basic level of quality care. The fact is that there are still many people in Montgomery County without adequate healthcare because they have no insurance. One person to who can help us sort out our options is local resident Marcie Sands. She is a Navigator/Community Health Worker for ASPIN (Affiliate Service Providers of Indiana) and works with people, at no charge, to assist in applying for insurance. She also follows up to make sure folks know how to use their insurance once they have it.
    ASPIN is a nonprofit network whose mission it to “provide innovative educational programs, resource management, program development and network management in collaboration with all healthcare entities to address health disparities and whole health management.” It’s funded by various grants under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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  • Karen's guest: I don't intend to die
    Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    His father was a milkman; mother one of the first carhops at the Gin-Jer-Boo and he worked at the same job for more than 50 years. Later, his dad worked for Mid-States as a wire drawer and mom went from Bell Telephone to being the main switchboard and receptionist operator in the R.R. Donnelley tower. As a boy, he’d ride his bicycle in from their home on Sugar Creek to sit with her in the office with the “towers” of first editions all around him and he read away. 
    Mt. Zion and Waveland HS were his main educational places. FTA; class plays; manager of baseball and basketball and choir were his main aspects at WHS. He graduated with the class of ’64. Immediately, he went to work at RRDs because he could read/write Gregg Shorthand. They had the McGraw-Hill contract and the secretaries got pretty frustrated trying to get their work done while prompted back to proofread shorthand books. Early jobs also included working summers from 1956-67 at the Big Dipper.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    I have had really bad leg cramps for a long time. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I jump out of bed screaming at the top of my lungs. Then I brace myself against the side of the headboard and push down on the ball of my foot, which shakes the entire bed. One night, I almost woke up my wife.
    When you’re as old as I am and you want compassion, you need to limit your friends to those with an AARP card. Recently I shared an elevator ride with a young man who had been an intern at WISH-TV. He asked me, “So how are you doing, Mr. Wolfsie?”
    “Oh, okay I guess, Todd. But I get these terrible leg cramps at night . . .”
    “Well, have a nice day. See ya.”
    On the way back down in the elevator, I saw an old friend, a man of my own vintage. “Hey, Dick, how ya been?”
    “Fine, Joel, except at night I have this problem where…”
    “Don’t tell me—leg cramps. I used to get them, also. Here’s what I recommend: Take vitamin E three times a day. It’s like a miracle.”
    I’ve never trusted the Internet for health information, but I am inclined to take advice in an elevator. 
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    When I pulled into the parking lot of Toys-R-Us, eight-year-old Hudson Charles excitedly admonished, “Hurry up and park!”
    “I’m trying,” I reassured. 
    Suddenly from the back seat, his little voice boomed, “Cheri! Find us a parking space!”
    “What are you doing?”
    “I’m asking Cheri to find us a parking space.” 
    “Do you mean Siri?”
    Siri is Apple’s voice activated virtual assistant. Hudson’s older siblings use the Siri feature on their iPhones. They simply speak her name into the air, along with their requests, and she magically gives them information ranging from what movies are playing in the area to the phone number for the local pizza joint. She will find their photos, play song requests, and even dial numbers for them. 
    I pondered what it means for an 8-year-old boy to grow up thinking it is normal to shout random demands into the air. Demands shouted at a woman, no less. I can picture how this would have looked during my childhood in the 1970s. Back then, her name would have been Amy or Michelle, or perhaps Sunshine. 
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:00 AM

    Okay, allow me to start off-topic for a sec . . .

    Is anyone else infuriated with the ending of the Lions-Colts game? For one, we still cannot tackle. I got so lost in counting the broken tackles for the Lions, I ended up falling asleep on half the game.

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  • Lifestyle modifications are foundation for treatment of GERD
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    I left you hanging last week wondering about the treatment of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). First, a quick review. Remember that GERD is caused by stomach (gastro) acid going backward (reflux) up the tube from the mouth to the stomach (esophagus).
    Recall that the risk factors for GERD include decreased tone of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), loss of normal muscular function of the esophagus, excess production of stomach acid, delayed emptying of the stomach and overeating. Fatty or fried foods, coffee, tea, caffeinated drinks, chocolate and mint are all foods that can cause GERD. Alcohol and cigarette smoking are also risk factors.
    When I see someone complaining of GERD symptoms in the office I review my patient’s history to try and identify any risk factors. Many patients immediately request medication to help control the symptoms rather than try and control the underlying cause(s) of the GERD. Direct-to-consumer advertising has been very effective in selling medications to treat this ubiquitous problem. If you ask any insurance company what it’s largest drug expense is, it’s often a class of medications called PPIs or Proton Pump Inhibitors (more below).
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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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  • MoCo, meet David; David, meet MoCo
    Monday, September 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    How is it going MOCO? Some of you may recognize me from another section of the Paper. A section where I give recognition to a certain athlete or team, in each week’s column, for being the Baller of the Week. 
    My name is David K. Jones, I am your sports editor for this newspaper and will be in the news section from time to time to discuss how Crawfordsville is making changes to its city to adapt and attract more millennials. Which, by the way, is huge to even think in that regard.
    Being 20-something primes me as a main focus for that premise and I have noticed a few things since accepting this position a little over a month ago. First thing I noticed is a testament to my coffee-drinking mentality; where are the Starbuck’s?
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