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  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Both the Sugar Creek Family Float trip sponsored by the Friends of Sugar Creek and the 51 or 52nd annual Sugar Creek Canoe Race were held this Saturday with great success. I helped launch the family float trip and hear they had a great time going down from the Coke plant to Yountsville Mill. Just an annoying tree on exit, but overall a great time with good feedback.
    The Sugar Creek canoe race went off great. At the starting gun of the canoe race a bald eagle with prey in its talons swooped down over the pack of canoes and kayaks. An auspicious start and patriotic.
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  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:14 PM
    Dear Editor,
    As Nathan Hadley’s parents, we want to thank everyone in our community for the overwhelming response to us at his death. Flowers, cards, thoughts, contributions to organizations, visits, and prayers help us cope each day. Community is very important to us and we are very proud of Nathan’s contribution to his community of Madison, Jefferson County, and the Madison School Corporation. Nathan was truly loved by his family, many friends, and colleagues. His life is an example of spreading a positive spirit to everyone we touch. Thank you all for supporting us. 
    David and Sheridan Hadley,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Our family is truly grateful for all the support we have received during Jack’s illness and passing. Thank you to Hunt and Son for making things easier for us, and to pallbearers and all the friends and family who waited in line to give their condolences. A special thanks to Pastor Kelly Nelson for her comforting words.
    Thanks also to Byron Cox Post 72 American Legion and Wayne Knox, and representatives of the U. S. Air Force for military rites, and to Jenny Beasley of Shady Rail Farms for the wonderful meal after the services.
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  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 11:01 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The Montgomery County Democratic Party will be at the Crawfordsville Farmer’s Market Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. We are concerned about Public Education and want to share how the policies at both the State and National levels can impact the schools in Montgomery County. Taxes are being used to fund private schools, and the public schools are feeling the impact. Public education is the foundation of our democracy and it is being undermined. 
    Understanding the terms, “school choice” for example and the reasons for this change in funding is important for everyone.
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  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 11:00 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Parke County REMC does not have a fair rate structure with regard to solar power. I have 24 solar panels hooked to the PCREMC system. Every kilowatt hour (KWH) of electricity I deliver to their system from my solar panels gets me a credit worth 5 cents. When I want to withdraw this KWH at night they charge me 10 cents to get it back. This is wrong and immoral. Their only counter is that they have real line maintenance cost and permitting a free round trip of my KWH would harm their bottom line. They actually have only a small number of solar systems attached to their power system so it would have no detrimental effect on PCREMC’s ability to function as a going concern. Permitting net metering would in fact have very little effect on their bottom line. PCREMC’s mission is NOT to make a profit, it is to provide reliable power at a fair price.
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  • Sunday, June 04, 2017 9:49 PM
    Dear Editor,
    As your readers know I send in many letters regarding progressive views that I am convinced will aid our nation, county and city. We have a progressive Mayor in Crawfordsville. I support him even though he wears a Republican mantel. I support Jim Fulwider and Phil Bane, also Republicans. I always try to encourage readers to vote for the best possible option and more importantly the most rational candidate on the ticket.
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  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    A huge and grateful thank you to all who helped with the Senior Celebration we held on Thursday, May 18th at the Crawfordsville Park & Rec!!! We had close to 200 Seniors attend the event. There were over 50 blood pressure checks, 20 cholesterol checks, 13 spinal screenings to name a few. Thank you to Director of Food Services, Morris Chaney and Wellbrooke, for serving us a delicious lunch, to the Park & Rec for hosting us, to Town & Country for extra tables and chairs, to the Radio station for covering the event live, to our speakers from Franciscan Health, Toni Bluemke and Theresa Heidenriech; to Bob Rivers from the Crawfordsville Police Dept on senior safety in the community; to Monica Nagele with Purdue Extension and her class on balance, and to Wayne McWhorter who serenaded us on the piano, and all who generously donating their time and services. We couldn’t have done it without the following sponsors and vendors: our Platinum sponsors: Franciscan Health, The Lane House, Whitlock Place Senior Living and Guardian Angel Hospice; our Gold sponsors: Home By Choice, Walgreens, Hickory Creek, ProActive Solutions, Russell Chiropractic, Six Houses Estate Sales, Jeane Dickerson of Carpenter Realty, Care Source, Williamsburg Healthcare, Crawfordsville Audiology and Bickford Memory Care and Assisted Living.
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  • Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We would like to thank all those who came to show support for our Armed Forces veterans at our annual spaghetti dinner. Thank you to those who provided desserts to finish the meal. Thank you Judy Anderson, Mindy Bowling, Kitty Taylor, Tessa Birdsong, Donna Miller, and Nancy Weliever for all you did. Thanks to our small but mighty set up crew of Mike & Marilyn Cohee, Jim Hanks, and Bob Weliever. And thank you to those who stayed after to clean up and put things away. Thank you to The Paper of Montgomery County for the nice announcement article about the event.
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  • Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Just a few weeks ago I served as a delegate to the Libertarian Party state convention. It was about a year ago when I left the Republican Party. I had been a delegate to the 2012 and 2014 Republican state conventions. I was blown away by how differently these two organizations are operated. 
    On Friday May 5th during my three-hour drive down to Evansville, I had few expectations going into the Libertarian convention. But by the time I was heading back up on Sunday I felt more politically energized than I had in a long time. My sense of mission had been restored.
    One of the first things that hit me was the deep respect given the delegates by the Libertarian state leadership. It is the delegates who hold all the real decision-making authority at a Libertarian convention (as it should be). This was very refreshing for me, coming from the Republican Party where GOP state delegates had no real input, no real debate, no real vote, where the GOP State Convention was pretty much just for show, more of a coronation than a convention. Like many liberty-Republicans who tried to go into the bowels of the GOP and reform it from within, I ran into one wall after another just trying to get them to follow their own rules and be faithful to their own platform. But the Republican establishment would have none of that. After attending two GOP state conventions it was apparent that all decisions had already been made in advance by a privileged few at the top. Lowly GOP state delegates are expected to fall in line, be good little soldiers, and rubber stamp those top-down decisions. Obedience was rewarded with privileges and appointments. Disobedience was punished with ostracism and last-minute rules changes to thwart any “rebellion.”
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  • Monday, May 22, 2017 11:20 PM
    Dear Editor,
    We would like to thank the Ben Hur Home and staff and Dr. Mathison for the good care Bob got throughout his illness. We especially want to thank Bob's roommate Richard Steward for visiting with him and it gave us some peace knowing he was watching over him when we could not be there. We can't thank him enough. We want to thank our grandsons and nephew who were pallbearers and our nephew John Wells for his song at the grave site and thanks to the Color Guard who came to the cemetery. We thank the ladies of the Darlington Methodist Church for the good meal after the service and for the food delivered to our home by friends and family. We thank everyone who called, sent cards and flowers and memory gifts and to Country Hearts and Flowers for the grave site flowers. And last by certainly not least we thank Burkhart's Funeral Home for all their help and to Pastor Mike Whitacre for his wonderful message and to Pastor Joe Sanford for his concern for our wellbeing. Thanks again to everyone. We feel very blessed.
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  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:54 PM
    Dear Editor,
    The annual Armed Forces Day spaghetti dinner will be held on Sunday, May 21 in the Darlington Community Center (former Armory). Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted with all veterans invited to eat free. We hope to have Cpl. Leighton Willhite USMC retired who is an Iwo Jima veteran as a guest. Brittany Wallace, a veteran’s affair aide from Senator Todd Rokita's office will be present as well. Dede Wright-Thornburg will have a display of pictures and memorabilia relating to the local National Guard. She hopes some of the veterans in attendance will be able to put names with more of the faces in the pictures she has taken. The military museum room in the Community Center has been painted and is waiting for carpet to be installed so memorabilia can be put on display. 
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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:17 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Montgomery County landowners have begun breaking ground for the 100 turbine wind farm in Sugar Creek and Madison townships. Plans began in 2008, and were finalized in 2013. I encourage anyone living in rural Montgomery County to view the document online at the county recorder’s website. The “Economic Development Agreement between Sugar creek Wind LLC and Montgomery County, Indiana” features a Road Use Plan showing tower locations. Residents need to know where these towers will be placed. 
    Some experts state the safe distance for living beside a wind tower is 2-3 miles. In 2009, the Commissioners decided the towers can be placed just 1300 feet from your property line! Research has been done worldwide that has proven potential health effects from living too close to wind towers include sleep disturbances, headaches, anxiety, memory dysfunction, dizziness, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. In Brown County, Wisconsin, the health department there declared their local wind project a “Human health hazard”. In Oklahoma, it was ruled that turbines cannot be placed more than 1.5 miles from schools. Indiana is lagging in its wind power regulation. Next door in District 54 Indiana State Rep Tom Saunders wants a temporary suspension of wind development in Indiana due in part to the health issues they can cause. 
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:29 PM
    Dear Editor:
    The week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday is traditionally when we celebrate Nurses’ Week. And on May 10, we recognize National School Nurse Day. We are especially fortunate in Montgomery County that our schools prioritize the health and safety of students and staff, by having a professional school nurse in each school. Parents can send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain healthy, safe, and ready to learn. More children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, food allergies, and mental health concerns are enrolled in schools each year. School nurses help these students to remain in class, learning and participating. And we also deal with emergencies, injuries, and acute illnesses that occur during the day. For many children, a school nurse may be the only health care professional to whom they have access. School nurses save lives and save money by providing a safety net which keeps students in school and parents at work. 
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:29 PM
    Dear Editor,
    John Pickerill’s latest letter concerning the misguided efforts to enact a war on drugs is spot on and I agree with him on this issue, In addition to criminalizing drug addiction, which should be treated as a health problem, successive administrations both State and Federal have closed down mental health facilities leaving many mentally impaired individuals eventually housed in the prison system for some minor offense. The prison system is now the largest mental health care provider in the nation. Criminalizing mental and physical health problems is wrong, costly and actually tends to perpetuate and exacerbate the underlying problem.
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  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:28 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Congressman Todd Rokita voted this week to deny healthcare to approximately 10 percent of the 680,000 constituents of Indiana’s 4th congressional district. Todd Rokita does not care about the health of the people he represents in Washington. Todd Rokita only cares about their votes.
    Should healthcare actually be withheld from 10 percent of the population it is likely that rural hospitals and clinics will suffer due to the lack of paying patients, further jeopardizing the health of those that can afford healthcare and reducing the number of healthcare jobs.
    Todd Rokita supports the use of coal, oil and gas for the generation of electricity and has made a serious commitment to deny regulations of the harmful effects on human health that the air and water pollution caused by burning these fuels creates. There are numerous alternatives to coal and gas like solar and wind that do not have the same detrimental effects on health, however, Rokita is against them. Again, Todd Rokita does not care about the quality of the air and water of his 680,000 constituents because he does not care about their health, he only cares about their vote.
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