Random thoughts scribbled on the back of an Alfred E. Newman for President bumper sticker.

THERE SEEMS to be a lot of talk going on in the smoke-filled backrooms of politicos all over Montgomery County lately. Lots of rumblings about who's coming and who's going. Stay tuned and we'll do our best to sort it out in a week or so.

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YOUR FAVORITE Montgomery County Daily newspaper is going to add another new feature to the local newspaper scene, fantasy racing!

Sports Editor Neil Burk just might be the Bill France of Montgomery County. Neil has a pretty neat new feature he's going to unveil just as the Daytona 500 gets rolling. Not only will this involve America's favorite racing sport, but good ol boy Neil is going to make this interactive so you can get involved as well. Stay tuned to Neil's sports pages for details in the next couple of days!

On a semi-related note, I sure miss the glory days of the Indianapolis 500 and USAC. Back when there was one organization and there were American and foreign heroes alike, open wheel racing in this country was a sight to behold. Will it ever happen again? Maybe if the boys at 16th and Georgetown hire the NASCAR marketing geniuses . . .

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AS OUR friend Honest Hoosier would say, here's a tip of the cap to the good folks at our local Youth Service Bureau. Karen Branch and her fine staff have come up with a great idea for a fund-raiser, Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars.

Since MUFFY has truly fallen on some very challenging times in regard to raising money, the YSB's new twist and a fun event will not only help fill their coffers but help them maintain the ability to continue their good work and valuable mission.

Keep watching The Paper for more information and be sure to set aside May 18 to get out and watch politicians like Mayor Todd Barton and Councilwoman Heather Perkins Dennison out there doing their thing . . . so to speak.

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YESTERDAY WAS Presidents' Day and of course there was no mail delivery. Since there's been so much talk about Saturday mail delivery, we've had a lot of people asking about what The Paper will do regarding our Saturday paper?

If you are just catching up, the folks in charge of the nation's postal service said they would like to discontinue Saturday mail service around August of this year. There is a debate on whether or not the USPS can make that decision or if it needs Congressional approval, but either way most experts seem to agree that at some point Saturday mail delivery will go away.

There were a lot of conversations at the state press association recent annual meeting about what newspapers who use the post office will do. Lots of ideas and options tossed about. However, the most important person in this equation is you, our reader. If you are so inclined, please drop me a line and let me know what you would like to see. A lot of people are saying just publish an online-only paper that day. Is that what you want? We're here to listen.



Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be reached at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.