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Sunday, April 19, 2015
  • Dear Editor,

    A goodly number of years ago, I was born and immediately named after a dear aunt, whose name was Evelyn. Upon entering the room into which I had just appeared, my dad took one look and said “she’s not an Evelyn, she’s Lyn.” It stuck and I have been Lyn ever since.

    Because my birth certificate reads Evelyn, it’s the name I must use for anything remotely legal, which of course includes running for an office. My name has appeared as such several times in my quest for city council at large. Because my husband has been repeatedly asked “Is that your wife?”, I thought I should clarify that Evelyn F. Wray is really me.

    Lyn Wray,

    Crawfordsville

     
  • Dear Editor,

    The unemployment rate for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) working in competitive community jobs is estimated at 78 percent. A barrier to employment faced by people with disabilities is having access to reliable transportation.  An important step towards increasing access to public transportation is increasing Indiana’s investment in the Public Mass Transportation Fund (PMTF).

    The PMTF, utilized by 65 Indiana transit providers, has been stagnant at $42.5 million the past seven years. Had it remained indexed to the state sales tax (as it was until 2011) and the fund been allowed to grow at the average annualized rate since its inception, it would yield nearly $60 million today.

    Employing people with disabilities is good for people, good for business and good for the economy.  The Arc of Indiana, as part of the Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit, continues to call on the Indiana General Assembly to invest in individuals who can and want to be part of the work force and Indiana economy by funding public transportation at that $60 million level each budget year.

     John Dickerson,

    Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, Indianapolis

     
  • Dear Editor,

    Since I was half of the attendees at the recently held IMPEX groundwater cleanup public meeting held Wednesday evening at the library, I thought I would pass on a few highlights.  The contaminated soil at the site has been removed and replaced.  The building was removed years ago and no further contamination is ongoing.  The ground water under the site has residual amounts of detectable contamination that should degrade to non-toxic byproducts over the next 20 years or so.  An area north of the plant running to Wabash Avenue is slated to be restricted for use of well water for potable purposes via City ordinance.  No TCE contamination has been detected in Sugar Creek.  Representatives from IMPEX (2 lawyers, two consultants and 2 IMPEX employees) along with an IDEM representative gave convincing evidence that living within this area currently posses no significant health risk from the trichloroethylene (TCE) spills from the IMPEX plant during its operations between 1946 and 1990.  A closeout plan is in the works and IMPEX, now just a real estate holding company, may sell the site in this industrial area at some point in the future.  Further details can be found here: http://ero-crawfordsville-impex.com/overview.html.

     
  • Dear Editor,

    The Chairman of the local Republican Party, John Pickerill continually longs for the past. His nostalgic yearnings for small government lacking any regulatory oversight, no taxes and unplanned growth are quaint but misguided. He continually espouses the rhetoric of the Tea Party backed by large corporate bureaucrats that want to plunder the wealth of our community and leave us with the dirty toxic mess of past ages of such unregulated capitalist growth.

    Pickerill's attacks on two of the most respected and productive Republican community leaders, Barton and Hearson, is malicious and wrong.

    We live in a very competitive, global environment crowded with over seven billion people that requires thoughtful planning and regulation if we are to fully enjoy our little patch of earth known as Crawfordsville. While certain aspects of actions by past administrations to improve our business climate have been rocky, the fact is that we now have a world-class gigabit fiber system free of debt and a 
  • Dear Editor,

    Thank you to all who came and supported our recent 5th Sunday dinner at the Darlington Community Center. We had a great crowd who enjoyed the meal and visited with friends and neighbors. Thank you to those who set up, brought desserts, prepared the food, served, and cleaned up. Special thanks to Sam and Betty Moffitt for the delicious pork! And thank you to Dan Bennett who served as the photographer. His pictures will be available to see at the darlingtonindiana.com official town website. Thank you to the Paper of Montgomery County who made a prominent announcement for us.

    Hope to see everyone on Sunday, May 17 at our annual spaghetti dinner in honor of all veterans and Armed Forces Day.

    See you then!

    Susie Birdsong

    Mary Lou Weliever

    Co-Chairs of Darlington Fish Fry and Festival

     
  • Dear Editor,

    I have never written a letter to an editor before, but I take exception to the fact that a local blowhard seemed fit to call me a racist, not based on my character or actions, but merely on a group I belong to, that he apparently does not like.

    If the Tea Party were truly like the Ku Klux Klan, we would not have allowed him to attend our meetings. While there is a wide variety of opinions and beliefs within the Tea Party, most of us do believe in constitutional law, an informed and involved electorate, as well as open debate.

    Open debate has served our nation well from its inception, but some citizens and politicians seem to think we should follow their ideas and opinions like sheep. They are threatened by open debate and an informed electorate so when facts fail them, they resort to name calling, generalizations and gross exaggerations to discredit and quiet the opposition.

     
  • Dear Editor,

    Thank you to everyone who attended our 50th anniversary open house. We enjoyed visiting with you. Thanks to those who sent us cards. Thanks to our children for hosting our celebrations.

    Wayne and Pat Newhart,

    Crawfordsville

     
  • Dear Editor,

    How do you say thank you to so many wonderful people? Anyway, thank you to those who came on Sunday, March 15 at Browns Valley Missionary Baptist to share their God-given talents. Many were blessed and our prayer is that you were blessed by these folks. A special thank you to Ivan Brown for helping with the sound and to Betsy Teal for playing the piano for us.

    Pastor Ken Green

    Browns Valley Missionary Baptist

     
  • Dear Editor,

    The recent passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Indiana legislators and signed into law by Governor Pence has focused the national spotlight on one of the most insidious and hateful aspect of the people known as Hoosiers. For over a century the prejudice and hate pent up in residence of Indiana has been exemplified by the strong presence of the Klan. According to scholar James Madison in his recent book, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, over one quarter of the states native-born white men where members of the KKK in the 1920's. These Klansmen were all Protestant Christians that considered themselves the ultimate patriots. Their burning cross was said to symbolize Christ the light of the world, the purification by fire, the beacon of truth. Their ideals and goals of having a homogeneous white protestant citizenry have not been moderated by more humane, tolerant and just views adopted by the majority of the rest of the nation.

    Immigrants, blacks, homosexuals, Catholics, Jews and Muslims were all viewed as threats and were discriminated against and persecuted all under the delusion that God was on their side and that they were acting as true Americans. This irrational hatred continues today as evidenced by the signing of the RFRA.

     
  • Dear Editor,

    "We're more than corn in Indiana......" "Come join us." "Hoosier hospitality." "Amateur sports capital of the world." "The greatest spectacle in racing."

    Over time, the above tag lines are just a few used to attract attention to our great state. Over the years, much money, time and effort have been directed with the express purpose of getting the attention of tourists, retirees and businesses so that they may visit and or relocate to our fair state. Who would have guessed these vast resources could have been saved by the passage of one simple law. A law endorsed and promoted by our local elected representatives, Senator Boots, Representatives Brown and Negele, passed by our legislature and signed into law by Governor Pence.

    This one "enlightened" law has exposed the state of Indiana to more attention from border to border and sea to shining sea than anyone had expected. Our tourist and economic development folks have 

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