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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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  • Monday, May 25, 2015 8:55 PM

    Dear Editor,

    Dr. Michael Fons is right on with global warming and I wanted to thank him for his contribution on this subject. I finally got to meet Dr. Fons and he really does seem like a nice guy and he obviously has good intentions. Fortunately, in this case, it certainly does not appear a supernatural answer is what Dr. Fons has in mind for a solution.

    I have talked to some folks about global warming and on more than one occasion, a common theme, with no doubt good intentions, of "God will take care of it" manifested in one form or another. Whatever God is, be it the God of Spinoza, or something else, seems to be pretty hands off. For example, the holocaust, world hunger, childhood cancers, and so forth, have all occurred and still occur in some cases, daily. 

  • Friday, May 22, 2015 9:58 PM

    Dear Editor,

    A sincere thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Through your generous donations, Montgomery County collected 8,970 pounds of food for FISH food pantry to help our neighbors in need.

    Of invaluable help in collecting, sorting and transporting all that food were friends and family of the Crawfordsville Post Office as well as volunteers from FISH and Trinity Mission. Thanks also to Walmart and International Paper for providing boxes.

    One day we hope to solve the problem of hunger in America, especially among children. Thank you for being part of the solution.

    Very truly yours,

    Jerry Whipkey, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers


  • Friday, May 22, 2015 9:49 PM

    Dear Editor,

    For local residents that spend any time outdoors, especially during lovely spring days, it will certainly become evident that poison ivy is getting bigger and more toxic. Encounters with this noxious weed can ruin an otherwise pleasant Indiana day.

    This increase in poison ivy plant size and toxicity is a direct result of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere that is caused by the long-term burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas. Studies by scientists from Duke, Harvard and the US Department of Agriculture clearly show that increased CO2 levels cause Poison Ivy plants to grow faster, get bigger and produce more urushiol, the oil that causes allergic reactions and miserable Poison Ivy rash (PNAS 2006: 103:9086-9).

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:53 PM

    Dear Editor,

    The Indiana legislature has once again passed a funding bill that will severely harm Montgomery County schools. Redirection of state funds from rural school corporations with dwindling populations to suburban schools with increasing populations and increasing funding for out of system Charter schools is a gut punch to Montgomery County. The three school systems, however, meekly seem to take the abuse and put up a futile effort to maintain a misguided status quo. It is time for consideration of consolidation to stem the legislative imposed blight.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 2:10 AM

    Dear Editor,

    Remodeling of the courthouse to comply with the American’s with Disability Act (ADA), ensure proper storm water drainage of the parking lot and enhance security continue to be debated among the County Commissioners and Council. To date, the debate has lasted well over two years. While thoughtful deliberation is needed and should be encouraged, it is apparent that Commissioner Hockersmith and Councilman Davidson are now being nothing but obstructionists. It is time for action.

    Sufficient money has been accumulated in the Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) Fund to adequately address the three necessary improvements. A metal detector has been installed yet reconfiguration of prisoner entrances and exits need to be done as does remodeling of the parking lot to address flooding issues at the corner of Washington and Market. Accommodations for handicap people are the latest hot button stalling issue.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:49 PM

    Dear Editor,


    Thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers, called and visited the funeral home expressing sympathy for the passing of Mildred Woten. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her, but now she is at peace.

    Thank you again.


    Susan Simms, Waynetown

    Mike and Linda Simms and families, Crawfordsville

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:35 PM

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to go on record as saying how offended I was to be treated like a criminal upon entering the courthouse to pay my taxes, all because I carry a very small pocket knife with a two-inch blade, a plastic toothpick and a pair of tweezers. What's the deal? This isn't New York City or Ferguson or Baltimore. This is Crawfordsville and there is absolutely no excuse for that kind of oppression and harassment forced upon God-fearing, law-abiding citizens. People live here to get away from that kind of idiocy, so why must we have to put up with it? Wake up, people! Firearm confiscation and abrogation of your Second Amendment rights are just around the corner.

    Ronald D. Carmony


  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:26 PM

    Dear Editor,

    The Chairman of the Montgomery Republican Party, John Pickerill’s recent column on Free Markets was a sophomoric regurgitation of Econ 101 excerpted from a right wing economist and seasoned with paranoia of socialism. While this simplistic view of free markets commonly attributed to Adam Smith works well for 18th Century philosophers describing the early manufacturing of pins it is hardly appropriate for 21st century US policy.

    18th Century politicians were comfortable with slave labor, often settled disagreements with duels and kept women from having voting or property rights. They also had a life span of about 40 years. Assuming that Pickerill does not actually want to return to such a world it begs the question, what was the purpose of such a column?

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 1:51 AM

    Dear Editor,

    At what point did the loud minority become the deciding voice in our democratic republic?

    The polls are open to all citizens. Few use them. Rather, many wait until they see something they don't like and protest in the street. Free speech is a beautiful thing, ignorant speech is less appealing.

    I hope that representatives of all states continue to represent those who accept their responsibility to vote in proactive ways instead of falling into the reactive state of the loud minority.

    Neil Burk,

    Marbury, MD

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 1:50 AM

    Dear Editor,

    Local Congressman Todd Rokita was back in town yesterday.  He is currently contemplating a run for the US Senate to replace outgoing Senator Dan Coates.  Hopefully he will not run for the Senate, but if he does I encourage your readers to not vote for him as he is not qualified to be a US Senator nor hold his current Congressional seat for the following reasons. Rokita has taken a stand on the environment, education and the economy that is contrary to the benefit of Hoosiers.

    Rokita openly denies the existence of fossil fuel-mediated global warming and CO2 increases even though global temperatures have reached record highs, global CO2 has reached over 400 ppm and the Artic ice cap is quickly disappearing.  He therefore supports the use of coal and gas to fuel Indiana and opposes government support of the development of widespread sustainable power.  Supporting coal and gas development is wrong, as it will contribute to the devastation of the environment and the deterioration of the health of his constituents.


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