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Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • Common sense missing from proposed bill
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    When I read about Indiana House Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour drafting a bill that would require journalists to register with the government and get a license and fingerprinted, I chuckled.
    Then I thought about it.
    Then I gulped.
    Forget the fact that this is dangerously close to the slippery slope that includes burning books and big brother. Forget too (please) that we on this side of the line often deserve the criticism we get from both lawmakers and you good folks out there in readerland. Heck, let’s also forget the fact that Lucas is probably just doing this as a publicity stunt and it was only a few months ago that he took down a few ill-advised Facebook posts and issued an apology.
    The bigger issue is that we continue to find ways to not have civil, or even intelligent debates. 
    Politicians, from local to state to national, seem to get thinner skin each year and come up with more lamebrain ideas. Sure, there are some like my friend Sen. Phil Boots. If you want to talk to Phil about an issue, you may or may not end up agreeing. But he will certainly hear you out and you can bet he’ll respect your point of view. He’ll also tell you straight up how he feels. 
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  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Our first Sunday edition is in the books and, to paraphrase actress Sally Field, you like us! We could not be happier! But what would a column be without some drama, so let me share.
    As Neil and Stacey are putting the finishing touches on the Sunday Edition, I’m over at Ft. Benjamin Harrison for the Indianapolis Half Marathon. Lest anyone get the wrong idea, do not be impressed with the previous sentence. Anyone, and I truly mean anyone, can sign up for an event such as a half marathon. Doing it, and especially doing it reasonably well, is another story altogether. Believe me when I tell you that I did not do reasonably well. Let’s just say that a nice couple who very likely could qualify for our Notable Nineties passed me at one point and kindly asked, “are you OK?” I thought about telling them to mind their own business. Thought about a lot of things I could say. And had I been able to breathe at that moment, I probably would have.
    But I digress.
    When the 13.1 miles were completed, it still took another hour or so to get back to my phone. That’s because I was parked on the other side of the base and despite a few thousand able-bodied military personnel within a grenade throw, there was absolutely no military transport going in that direction. How do I know? Because I asked each one of them. Actually, asked might not be the best term. Pleaded or begged? Yeah, those fit.
    So, I get back to my phone and, as the kids say, it had blown up. Apparently there was a major malfunction at the printer and our Saturday paper was in worse shape than I was . . . and at that point, that was saying something.
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  • Monday, October 09, 2017 5:07 PM
    Tim Timmons tells you a little about himself, his goals and why he wants to take on The Challenge IV.
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