My faith in our government is obviously greater than reality would support.

A few weeks ago I expressed my belief that the "shutdown" would be brief-no more than a couple days, I thought.

Three weeks later, the impasse came to an end-temporarily.

Oh, well, not the first time I was wrong and undoubtedly not the last.

I was outraged when Sen. Evan Bayh chose to not run for re-election a few years ago. He said that Washington had become too divisive.

"He came from a political family!" I told anyone who would listen. How dare he complain about political bickering!

Now, a few years later, we all know about the gridlock in Washington.

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I received great news last week. About six months ago I used this space to urge everyone to see a physician when their bodies indicated a problem. Mine was a new-found diabetes condition coupled with being overweight that had led to the "blues" if not outright depression.

I have not written about my physical condition since then because most people have their own problems and shouldn't be concerned about mine. But, last week my doctor's nurse took my A1C, which measures blood sugar averaged over 90 days and mine was exactly where it needed to be! That plus losing 32 pounds has made a tremendous difference in my energy and my outlook. My wife (God bless her) tells me I'm no longer hard to live with like I was a year ago. Well . . . not AS DIFFICULT to live with, maybe.

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Have you attended a school board meeting recently? If not, you really should.

All three school boards watch finances closely but South Montgomery is facing the possibility of being taken over by the state if the school corporation can't get its financial house in order in the next few years.

The problem seems to be declining student enrollment. The state gives each school district money based on how many students are enrolled.

Guess what? There are fewer babies being born each year. So, unless there is a major influx of families into our county, the number of students is bound to continue to decline.

I am reminded of a lady I once knew who said in a Sunday School class when our kids were small, "The problem with the pill is that the wrong people are using it."

In other words, people who think and feel responsibly only have children they are ready to raise.

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Congratulations to Jay Strickland and Tuttle Middle School on his honor as being chosen District 4 Middle School Principal of the Year. He is well deserving.

I have to mention, though, that I remember the enthusiastic presentation made by Susan Streetman and Gary Linn to the Crawfordsville school board in the mid-1990s. I think Russia was the subject. I was impressed with those teachers and I noticed they were two of the people who nominated Strickland to be principal of the year. Indeed, he has good people teaching at Tuttle.