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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:22 PM

    Last time in this column we talked about saying, "I don't know" if we really don't know. It's also OK to say no when a request doesn't fit in with your priorities.

    What the heck does that mean?

    I think I'm getting a grasp. It's about organization.

    We can try to do everything. That's a common desire of youth. I recently heard students who were in the top 10 of their graduating class talk about their student activities. Many were in a number of clubs and on sports teams in high school.

    One said, "I think I have been in other clubs, but that's all I can remember." 

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:58 PM

    Last Saturday, my teen daughter and our houseguest, Australian Sam, decided it was time to get outside and explore nature. I’ve recently hit a rough patch in life, and while I was initially uncertain about going along, they convinced me that fresh air and sunshine were exactly what I needed.

    There were other things I needed, too. As we made our way to Turkey Run State Park, I sat in the backseat of the car with a box of fried chicken and a giant Coke. A good piece of fried chicken dipped in hot sauce goes a long way toward soothing an aching heart.

  • Very familiar voice finds home in Crawfordsville
    Monday, May 25, 2015 8:56 PM

    His name and particularly his voice are synonymous with the Indianapolis 500. He’s been in movies with the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Ferrell. He has worked alongside the most well-known and famous stars of Indy car as well as NASCAR. He was on the original team that launched ESPN and later worked for NBC Sports.

    And he lives right here in Crawfordsville.

    Bob Jenkins recently sat down and talked about the life he’s led and how he ended up moving to Crawfordsville last October. For some, it’s a life that’s hard to imagine. For the 67-year-old, despite some personal tragedies, it’s one he’s extremely thankful for.

    “I’m just a race fan who got lucky,” he said while sipping coffee in Allen’s Country Kitchen in downtown Crawfordsville last week.

    Jenkins knows about small towns. He grew up in Liberty, Ind., the county seat of Union County, just a short chute drive away from Ohio. It was a small town during a very different time.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:54 PM

    Just in time, my newest Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue has arrived, I assume for Christmas 2015. Below are some actual items for sale.

    Instant Pickleball Set: This game sets up in the yard in minutes. It combines the skills required for badminton, table tennis and regular tennis. I think we can all agree that when we want spur-of-the-moment enjoyment, the first thing we think of is combining three sports we are bad at. By the way, the national pickleball champion has been accused of deflating the balls in the competition. In pickleball, this is just not kosher.

    The Giant Rubber Duckie: This 8-foot inflatable duck for the pool has a pretty good chance of turning up in your kids’ nightmares. Here’s what the catalogue says: “The Rubber Duckie has a bulbous aquatic form . . . with a bouncing buoyancy that compels wanton water play.” There’s a nightmare for writing teachers.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:52 PM

    “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters . . . I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? . . . We have been assured . . . in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that built it.’ I firmly believe this . . .” – Benjamin Franklin

    We often talk these days about the public sector (government) and the private sector and what role each should have. But we really should be including religious institutions as the third sector of any free society. As Benjamin Franklin noted, freedom thrives most in a society when individuals are driven by personal virtue to voluntarily cooperate with each other. And it is the proper role of our religious institutions to persuade men to live virtuous lives, putting their neighbor above themselves, to voluntarily feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for widows and orphans.

  • 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. 


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