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Seven decades later, Ernie still has impact
Back in April, the 18th was pretty much like any other Friday. Probably not many people stopped and thought about the fact that it was the 69th anniversary of the day WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle was shot and killed by a Japanese machine gunner.

Some guys grew up gym rats, I grew up a newspaper one. My parents believed strongly in reading, so it's no great shock that my life's work tilted toward the written word. Trips to the library started when I was too young to remember. It was a bigger treat when my dad would let me look at some of his books from the Army. I became a huge fan of two authors in particular, Bill Mauldin and Ernie. For those who are too young, Bill drew a wonderful cartoon about two GIs named Willie and Joe. Ernie tended to write about the same kind of guys. I also found out that Mauldin was from out west and that Ernie and I had something in common - we were both Hoosiers. From that moment forward, Ernie was my favorite. His writings made an impression on me and I don't know that the ink in my veins today came from there, but surely the transfusion had begun.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wars and politics and Patriots, oh my!
My sister-in-law is a wonderful person, except for an unfortunate lapse in judgment. Against all logic and the Hoosier genes ingrained in her DNA, she is the biggest New England Patriots fan I know. Most of the family won't even speak of it. I'm relatively sure it must have come from a terrible fall she took as a child. I presume she landed on her head and that's what created this peculiar and erroneous allegiance.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Hammer gets something off his chest
It was a Saturday morning and the outer office was deserted and dark. My light was on and the speakers - and my voice - were cranked up. The Ides of March, a one-hit wonder from 1970, and I were teaming up on a loud version of Vehicle.

"I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan, won't you-"


Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Book might be upside down but Kelly's not
Writers are different. No two ways about it. If you've never sent letters to complete strangers begging for just a morsel of attention (these letters are laughingly called queries) it would be hard to understand. Writers write. They write their thoughts, their observations. They write their hopes, their dreams. Red Smith, a noted newspaper journalist, once said that writing was easy - you just sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A different twist on Independence Day
It's the norm this week to write about our nation's 238th birthday. This is where scribes wax poetic about patriots, history and fireworks, not always in that order. Instead, here's a story about none of that, and yet all of it. This is a story about a sense of community and of doing for others. It's a story that doesn't directly connect to the 4th of July, but encompasses so many of the things the holiday is really about.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Terry Klein making impact on local scene
There've been no great surprises for Terry Klein six months into his position as vice president and chief operating officer at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health here in Crawfordsville. Considering his background, that's no surprise.

"I grew up in a small town just like this," he said the other day sitting in his office. "This is a close (staff). There are many long-term employees. It's a good environment."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Open letter to County Commissioner Phil Bane
From the looks of things some local politicians, like County Commissioner Phil Bane, are getting upset. Nothing wrong with that. Bane and others are being questioned and apparently, they don't much like it. Nothing wrong with that either. What is wrong, though, is the decision to ignore a good part of their constituents and conduct business in a way that not only doesn't help move the county forward, but could actually hurt. And since he won't talk directly with us at your friendly Montgomery County daily, let's try addressing this to him.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
These are a few of MY favorite things
Strawberry ice cream and booths full of goodies

Bright red decorations and no winter hoodies

Vendors that show up and people who sing

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
It's time for everyone to fix the political divide
It's easy to pick on politicians. It's a lot like picking on newspapers. We're both out there, doing our jobs in full public view and are subject to a whole lot of second-guessing. On this side of the ink barrel, we often tell young folks to not get into this business if they don't have steel-toed boots or thick skin. I don't know what they tell the political types, but I'm guessing it's much the same.

But maybe that's a class a few of our hired hands, i.e., elected types, missed. It seems like some of the folks who work for us get their toes stepped on or their feelings hurt pretty easily.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Hard to believe his phone didn't ring . . .
It would seem in today's world it wouldn't be hard to get hold of someone. Between home phones, cell phones, texts, tweets, e-mails . . .

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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