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  • Monday, December 05, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We see it in the headlines all the time. “The economy.” 
    “The economy is slowing.” 
    “Our economic situation is improving.”
    “It’s the economy, stupid.”
    But what does any of that really mean to you or me? If you ask one person, he says it’s how much stuff he can buy with his paycheck. Another person says it’s statistics on inflation, unemployment and Gross Domestic Product. But this doesn’t give us the big-picture on why we should care about economics. Luckily it’s pretty simple. Because it’s up to us.
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  • Monday, November 28, 2016 4:00 AM
    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search or seizure, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.”
    Both the U.S. Constitution (4th Amendment) and the Indiana Constitution (Article 1, Section 11) contain those same words. Their purpose is to limit government, at any level, to protect the privacy and security of individuals against arbitrary invasions by government agents. It doesn’t matter if that agent is investigating a crime or performing some other function, it still applies. Why is this so important? Because at the very core of a free society stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home so that he can be free from unreasonable government intrusion. 
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  • Monday, November 21, 2016 11:55 AM

    Dear Editor,

    “Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering, and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.” -- Walter E. Williams

    Born in 1936, Walter Williams was raised by his single-mother in the Philadelphia projects. After he joined the Army in 1959 he challenged the racism in the military head on, where it was typical for black servicemembers to be assigned the more undesirable jobs. After leaving the Army he attended California State University and University of California, earning his PhD in economics in 1972. As a student he considered himself a black radical activist and at the time believed government interventions, like minimum wage laws and equal opportunity laws, were beneficial to the black community. But when pressed by his professors to examine the evidence he discovered how harmful they actually were, that they were barriers to black employment especially for low-skill workers. He concluded that the best way he could help members of the black community was to teach them how free markets don’t discriminate on race or any other ethnic trait and so lead to the greatest prosperity and true equal opportunity for all. Dr. Williams is currently the John L. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is a prolific writer, opposing socialist systems of government intervention, and supporting laissez-faire capitalism as the most moral, most productive system ever devised by humankind.

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  • Monday, November 21, 2016 4:00 AM
    “Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering, and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.” -- Walter E. Williams
    Born in 1936, Walter Williams was raised by his single-mother in the Philadelphia projects. After he joined the Army in 1959 he challenged the racism in the military head on, where it was typical for black service members to be assigned the more undesirable jobs. After leaving the Army he attended California State University and University of California, earning his PhD in economics in 1972. As a student he considered himself a black radical activist and at the time believed government interventions, like minimum wage laws and equal opportunity laws, were beneficial to the black community. But when pressed by his professors to examine the evidence he discovered how harmful they actually were, that they were barriers to black employment especially for low-skill workers. He concluded that the best way he could help members of the black community was to teach them how free markets don’t discriminate on race or any other ethnic trait and so lead to the greatest prosperity and true equal opportunity for all. Dr. Williams is currently the John L. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is a prolific writer, opposing socialist systems of government intervention, and supporting laissez-faire capitalism as the most moral, most productive system ever devised by humankind.
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  • Monday, November 21, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Why has the Department of Education decided that our children will be told that they are too weak to accept life and think for themselves? It appears that our schools are teaching our children to be submissive and listen to “smart and caring leaders” who will tell them who should be president and who should not. Leading up to the Russian Revolution school children were taught that the Czar was a buffoon and enemy of the people and should be replaced by “those who knew what was best for them”. Maybe the Czar wasn’t the right person to lead Russia but it is not the role of education to teach children who should be the president, governor or any other leader. This needs to be stopped immediately in this country.
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  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The founding fathers wanted an outsider, a common man so to speak, for president - one who wasn't corrupted by a foreign government that had become infiltrated with elites whose only cause was to become richer. George Washington was a surveyor by trade and received substantial fees for surveying. He served as a County Surveyor in Virginia and was a General in the Continental Army. He was a man interested in the future of America and he served this country admirably. He was a businessman as well as a military hero but was able to shape the office of the president of this new country.
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  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Indiana voted overwhelmingly for Trump and the Republican candidates for Governor, Senate and Congress. Good luck with that.
    As many of your readers know I have strongly advocated for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates. In advocating for such candidates I support my preferences with data and facts from honest engineers and scientists following the scientific method.
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  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The good news from Tuesday’s election was that Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected as President. The bad news was that Donald Trump was elected President. But, the reality is that not one vote has yet been cast for President of the United States. When you were voting you might have missed the fine print that read, “. . . a ballot cast for the named candidates for President and Vice President of the United States is considered a ballot cast for the slate of Presidential Electors nominated by that political party . . .” 
    So if you marked your ballot for Donald Trump you were actually casting a vote for the Indiana Republican Party’s slate of 11 Presidential Electors, who are Stephanie Beckley, Daniel Bortner, Laura Campbell, Jeff Cardwell, Donald L. Hayes, Randall Kirkpatrick, Ethan E. Manning, Kelly Mitchell, Edwin J. Simcox, Kevin Steen, and Chuck Williams. 
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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I am also disgusted by the two parties’ nominees and the process this year. One of the things I thought of to show our dissatisfaction is to fly our flags at half-mast on Election Day. Although usually reserved for mourning particular events or losses of life, this act would represent the mourning of the people of the death of our political system. Not only in the presidential election but the party politics of obstructionism that threaten the very fabric of our unique system of government.
    If Clinton is elected president, the opposing party vows to never seat a new Justice on the Supreme Court. So if this happens, then when they get in office the other party will do the same thing and eventually there will be no court left and the balance built in the constitution will be corrupted by their personal vendettas.
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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:21 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Darlington Fish Fry and Festival so successful. The Darlington American Legion Post 302 did a great job running the fish fry. Their fish sandwiches are second to none!
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  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:43 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I recommend to your readers that they vote for John Dale as Representative to Congress from Indiana’s Fourth District. John Dale is the Democratic candidate running against the Republican incumbent Todd Rokita.
    John Dale supports Hillary Clinton for president. Todd Rokita strongly supports Donald Trump. Rokita put out a press release on Thursday, Oct. 13 defending Trump with regard to his misogynistic grabby comments revealed last week and reiterating his support for Trump.
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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I read in The Paper Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 the county council slashed IAW funds. As a taxpayer, I have been bothered by the IWA gift for many years. IWA used to be called Economic Development and the county was giving them $65,000 a year and it was raised to $75,000 a year. 
    IWA may be a wonderful organization doing great things for the county but they are so secret we don’t know what they are doing. For years we have heard the propaganda of the organizations possibilities. They have always been willing to tell of great things that may happen. 
    I realize that hopeful prospects don’t always do what you hope for. I have articles dated back to 2012, such as Jack Clark the auto parts manufacturer from Illinois, a prospect. Have not heard of him coming to Crawfordsville. A year ago we were told the IWA answered 60 calls. Any results? None mentioned. 
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  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:52 PM
    Dear Editor,
    With just about three weeks left in this year’s election it is clear that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the presidency when one considers safety, prosperity and preservation of tradition.
    While terrorist threats have caused much concern for safety in the US, the reality is that very few Americans have been killed by such attacks. Domestic violent crime is at historic lows. The world may appear chaotic but the average American is actually less vulnerable to violent death than at most anytime in history. A vote for Donald Trump will not make you more safe. Trump prides himself on being disruptive, dishonest and unpredictable, three characteristics that lead to a less safe environment. Hillary Clinton is, consistent, honest and predictable, characteristics that tend to create a more stable and safe environment.
    Prosperity like safety requires a steady, honest and rational leader for it to develop in society. Hillary Clinton is such a leader. Unpredictability, greed and irrational decision making, all qualities dominant in Donald Trump, are actually abhorred by business. Business thrives in a predictable, safe environment. If you want a chance at prosperity over the next four years one should vote for Hillary Clinton.
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  • Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Most people living in rural Montgomery County would agree that their roads are in desperate need of repair. The challenge is finding the money to repair them. This year the Indiana General Assembly did give counties a one-time appropriation out of the state’s surplus, but everyone can agree that is not a long term solution. So what is?
    One simple solution would be the General Assembly to actually dedicate sales tax from gasoline sales to road maintenance, not just some of it but all 7 percent of it. And another way is for the General Assembly to make sure local roads get their fair share of the state/local split of the $0.18-per-gallon gasoline tax revenue. The best thing about these two solutions is they do not require a tax increase to make our county roads better.
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  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Did you know that the first item on the 2016 ballot is a Public Question to decide on an amendment to the state Constitution? Indiana only allows the Legislature to propose amendments to the Constitution, and only after a measure passes both houses, in two consecutive legislatures (in this case 2014 and 2015), and with the same wording, can the question proposed be put on the ballot. The exact wording of the question was determined by Senate Enrolled Act 57, effective July 1l, 2016 and certified for the Indiana ballot on Aug. 9, 2016. But few people in Indiana have been aware of this.
    “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”
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