Notes from the back of a 1979 We Are Family Pirates scorecard . . .

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CONGRATS TO new Chamber chief honcho Steve House. Steve just started on the job and has already hit the ground running. For those who don't know Steve, he's been a lesson in accomplishments. From a successful coach, teacher and principal in the South system to an assistant college football coach and a Wabash College employee to an assistant football coach at Brownsburg to . . . aw heck, I don't know if anyone can keep up with what all Steve has done . . . the guy just finds ways to make things happen.

If you are in business in Crawfordsville and you haven't met Steve yet, don't worry. You will.

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THANKS TO those of you who have weighed in on the public notice debate. If you haven't been following, there is proposed legislation in Indianapolis that would eliminate some of the public notices that the entities and folks who spend our tax dollars are required to publish in local newspapers. One side of the argument is that eliminating the need to advertise will save the government - and you and me - a lot of money. The thing is, it's just not so. A fair example is that a school spent about $1,600 to report to the public how they spend their money. Sounds like a lot. That's $1,600 out of a $131 million budget.

The bottom line is that putting the information on government websites will effectively mean that any citizen who wants to keep watch will literally have to go to dozens of government websites every day and check to see if anything new is posted. Forget the entire fox guarding the henhouse argument, it's just not a reasonable way for any of us to keep an eye on our money.

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I HOPE YOU have enjoyed some of the columnists in The Paper on Mondays. Mayor Todd Barton, County Councilman Tom Utley and Sheriff Mark Casteel along with others have given readers a great inside look at life through their eyes. I don't know about you, but it's been fun and educational to read.

All too often we don't give enough credit to those folks who are in elected jobs, or even jobs that aren't elected but are funded by our tax dollars. It's easy to gripe. The truth of the matter is, whether they are a Democrat, a Republican, a Tea Partier, an Independent or as non-political as a church mouse, they go to work every day, just like the rest of us. They work hard and try their best, just like the rest of us. They are good folks, just like the rest of us.

I personally want to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to provide their point of view and help inform all of us.

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IN THAT space, there are a few more new faces coming up. The school superintendents at Crawfordsville and North will share some insights in their school systems. The new chair of the local Republican Party John Pickerill is on the schedule. And yes, the Democrats have been invited as well.

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FOR THOSE keeping score at home, the two political parties in Montgomery County split on keeping or booting their leaders. The Democrats stayed with David Hadley while the Republicans went a very different direction in electing Pickerill, a guy who has been extremely active in the local Tea Party.

It's going to be interesting. First, with Hadley back, critics will say that nothing changes. Others will go with the glass-half-full outlook and claim the Dems are gaining in momentum. Time will tell.

For the GOP, Pickerill has an interesting opportunity. It's clear there are splits within the local Republicans. Can Pickerill bring the party together or will Montgomery County end up with essentially three parties - and will that open the door more for the Democrats? To repeat; time will tell.

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SPEAKING OF time, I hate setting the clocks ahead one hour. It's Tuesday and I still feel like I lost something.

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READY TO go racing? Sports Editor Neil Burk is working on a fantasy racing league that has been stuck in the pits. Or in other words, them boys in the garage have been working mighty hard to get the 04 car back on the track and in the points chase. We just want to thank our sponsors and all the fans out there who keep on cheering us on.

Stay tuned. Neil will be waving the green flag soon.



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.