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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

  • Notes scribbled on the back of a Ross Perot for President sticker . . .
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  • For the eight or nine of you who regularly follow these weekly dribblings, that headline should come as no surprise.
    When people cast their ballots – and I sincerely hope everyone does – don’t vote for those who have attacked their opponent.
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  • The news that Cline Grain closed sent ripples through Montgomery County that may quietly fade away as ripples sometimes do . . . or might simply be the first sign of a pending tsunami.
    Perhaps it’s easy for some to ignore the story that broke more than a week ago now. To review, The Paper obtained documents from the Indiana Grain Buyers Warehouse Licensing Agency stating that Cline Grain has closed multiple locations. In short, that meant Cline could no longer receive grain for storage, grain bank, warehouse receipts, deferred pricing or any other grain merchandising.
    Some in the farm community – and let’s not forget that Montgomery County IS a farming community – have had angry words for the Clines. 
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  • Notes scribbled on the back of a Cheech and Chong album cover . . .

    This week’s subject is politics, class. Class. CLASS! (If you’re old enough to remember Cheech and Chong you won’t have to google that.)

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  • Before my dad passed away we were talking about the future. I told him I wasn’t sure how I’d do without him in my life. He looked at me, smiled and said, “sons bury fathers, Bud. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”
    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in more than one out of every 10 deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 percent of teen-age deaths are the result of suicide. It is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. for teens, the fourth for people 35 to 44 years of age and the eighth for the 55-64 age group. Overall, the CDC says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
    The problem, or at least part of the problem is that we tend not to talk about it.
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  • MUFFY got a much-needed shot in the arm last Wednesday when it was announced this year’s annual campaign goal was exceeded.

    When Drive Chair Brad Monts and his team carried this year’s drive to a successful conclusion it marked the first time since 2006 that the MUFFY goal was met – and only the fifth time since 2000.

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  • One of the things I’m most proud of at The Little Newspaper That Could is our community involvement. While many newspapers seemed to get away from giving back to their communities while they sent their profits to some other state, our company always thought part of a successful business strategy involved giving back.

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  • Timmons out wandering around again

    Notes scribbled on the back of a Honey Cone concert ticket . . .

    I’ve gotten a fair amount of feedback over a recent column that asked who you would put on your Mt. Rushmore of Crawfordsville Montgomery County people.

    Some of the suggestions? Marion Kirtley, Phil Bane, Sen. Phil Boots, Thaddeus Seymour, Velma Keesling, Ag Vance, Morris Davis, Will Shortz and more. My favorite though was from a nice lady who I will not call elderly but has lived around here for a looooong time. She took me to task . . .

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  • Who would you put on your Mt. Rushmore of Crawfordsville / Montgomery County? Maybe if we came up with a good answer it might make a better mural than anything else we have right now? Just saying. But back to the question.

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  • He was a senior from Wabash with long hair and a longer attitude sitting in front of the football-coach-turned-mayor. It was a job interview that might’ve resembled the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

    “I remember walking into his office – he looked at me and said, ‘do you think you can do this job?’ I said ‘you called me.’ ”

    The view from the other side of the desk?

    “It was back in the old coaching days. You had a requirement for your players. I asked him if he was going to cut his hair and beard. He said no.”

    Man the lifeboats?

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  • The Paper got a black eye last week.

    And we deserved it.

    One of our employees, Stu Clampitt, was arrested for being on school property. Stu, who has been our managing editor, has worked for our company in a number of different jobs over the last nine years. He’s also a convicted sex offender. As such, he’s not supposed to be on school property.


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  • A hundred or so years ago I was a cub reporter working for Marlis Gaildene Hamilton and learning more about news than a guy who started out in the toy department (known as sports) should. Back in those days, sports writers didn’t often make the jump to news. I guess the powers that be figured if we had trouble dealing with grouchy coaches we’d never make it with even grumpier politicians.

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  • Notes scribbled on the back of a train ticket to Punxsutawney, Pa. . . .

    Just for the record, I believe it’s incredibly stupid, irresponsible and downright silly to make such a big deal about whether or not we’re going to have an early spring based on if a rodent sees its shadow. I mean, c’mon people. How backward can we possibly be? Everyone already knows that wooly worms and the number of fogs in August gave us all the info we need.

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  • What you hold in your hands – be it a bit of newsprint or an electronic device – is just the method used to read these weekly meanderings. Truth to tell, if you’re holding paper and ink, there just isn’t much there in the way of raw materials, is there? It’s just a little bit of paper and an even smaller amount of ink. If you’re reading this on your phone, tablet or some electronic device, then the product is nothing but a bunch of electrons. Yet, somehow, thousands of you wonderful readers invite us every day to come into your homes.

    Believe me, it’s an invitation we appreciate. Deeply.

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  • Hospital, city on move

    You’ll pardon Terry Klein, chief operating officer for Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Crawfordsville, if he’s beaming a little these days. Ditto Dr. Tim Tanselle, Pam Miller, Nancy Sayler and a whole lot of other folks at the hospital.

    They are part of the team that are heavily involved in a $15.3 million investment in our local hospital from the good folks at Franciscan. The plan includes the addition of a brand new emergency room as well as improvements and additions in imaging equipment and remodeling.

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