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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
  • Behind the Lens -- Youth camps around the county
    Monday, July 06, 2015 10:50 PM

    Ah, it’s good to see that the high school athletic teams are back working hard and getting ready for the upcoming school year.

    We are just 45 days away from the first high school football games for the fall season. I’m sure coaches have the count-down to how many more hours of practice they have until the first game and are in panic as they think about all they have to do to have their teams ready for the season.

    There are still many opportunities left for youth players to improve as well.

  • Monday, July 06, 2015 6:39 PM

    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart condition. My heart and specifically the place where it connects to a valve was bigger than it should be. Or maybe the valve was too little. I’m kind of fuzzy on the details. One doc said something about cracking open my chest and fixing it.

    So I did what I’ve always done in my life when I got bad news. I went and asked someone else.

    The second opinion was much more to my liking. I’m pleased to report that I take a few pills now and the aforementioned chest is still intact.

    So, you would think that was a great wake-up call. After all, I’ve been a guy whose weight was hovering around three bills. Drank too much. Ate all the wrong things. A no-brainer, right?

    You would think.

    That’s the point, I didn’t think.

  • Wilson’s Words – Southmont vs North Montgomery
    Sunday, July 05, 2015 10:29 PM

    When I think of sports in Montgomery County, memories of rivalries, championships and comradery absolutely come to mind.

    However, a thought at the forefront of every Montgomery County resident is definitely the heated rivalry between the Southmont Mounties and the North Montgomery Chargers.

  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:11 PM

    Diabetes was first described in Egypt about 3,500 years ago. The name diabetes means “to pass through,” referring to the frequent urination that occurs in diabetics. The urine also contains glucose, a sugar, hence the name mellitus from the Latin mel which translates to honey. In fact, many physicians in years past diagnosed the disease by watching the attraction of insects, particularly ants, to a patient’s urine. Some bold physicians even went so far as to do a little taste test (thank goodness for the development of the urine dipstick)!

  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:09 PM

    Time magazine named it the greatest comedy sketch of the 20th century. At the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, a continuous loop runs to the delight of fans. In 2005, the line "Who's on First?" was included on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest movie quotes of all time.

    When I was about eight years old, I first heard it performed on the Abbott and Costello TV show and I remember thinking, Wow, baseball AND funny. What could be better than that?

    The origins of this timeless piece of comedy are a bit sketchy, but even Abbott and Costello conceded that the premise of confusing names with other parts of speech had a long history in Vaudeville. 

  • Sunday, July 05, 2015 9:07 PM

    The front page of the June 26 Journal & Courier heralded, “Affordable Care Act Subsidies Upheld. Supreme Court vote preserves tax credits for more than 180K in Indiana.” The photo showed two young adults celebrating outside of the Supreme Court, holding “Still Covered” rally signs, happy as can be that the government is going to help them pay their healthcare insurance premiums. The caption noted that of the 180,000 Hoosiers who used to buy insurance this year about 9 of 10 received a tax credit, which lowered the average insurance premium by $320 a month.

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:43 PM

    Independence Day 2015 marks 49 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect – yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

    The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966. This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

  • Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:39 PM

    Should aiding suicide be illegal? That is the question which faces legislators who are being urged to repeal statutes which state, basically, “Every person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony.” I will argue, ever so briefly, that not all cases should aiding suicide be illegal, although the severest onus of proof of justification would be required in such cases.

  • From basement flood to lunch with Karen
    Wednesday, July 01, 2015 7:35 PM

    Coming from a basement flood to lunch with me, I talked this week’s guest into letting me interview her because I love this little lady immensely. Convertible-top down, she was ready to cruise. In a few minutes, we were at one of my fav eating places (ha, not Pizza Hut this time) Up the Creek down by Turkey Run. We hadn’t seen each other for quite some time and we greatly enjoyed our visit, albeit it was too short. I met this gal when Jim, Jay and I moved in next door to her parents, Bob and Nancy Ford on Center Drive in Crawfordsville. She became a buddy right away and in the not too distant future, we were thrown together in various organizations as her daughter was in our daughter’s class and her son was a grade younger but in several clubs and sports with our son. We’ve remained friends for what now, 40 some years and I’d like you to meet Lynnetta (Lynne) Michael.

  • Wilson’s Words -- Though school’s out, summer is a time for learning
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:31 PM

    For as long as I can remember, Montgomery County has been a hot-bed for educating the area’s youth in the way of sports.

    This take shape in many forms – the foremost being summer training camps and sessions for all of the adolescent residents of the county.

    My experience took me through many organizations and programs, several of which still exist today.


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