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Wandering thoughts on tax day
It's an easy day to pile on the government, isn't it? A bunch of us are sending checks off to Uncle Sam - the one in D.C. or his cousin in Indianapolis - today . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Timmons wanders back into politics
Kudos to County Councilman John Frey. If you didn't catch Monday's Paper of Montgomery County, Frey penned a column that took me and a few others to task over some of the things we've said and written . . .
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Timmons talks courthouse parking lot and GOP
I couldn't make this stuff up if I had to . . .

By now most have heard about the project to turn the courthouse parking lot into a beautiful "gateway" to the city. The project, which reportedly carries at least a $775,000 price tag, will help with the security and safety of the courthouse as well as the aesthetics for the aforementioned gateway.

Balderdash and poppycock.

First off, let's be absolutely clear that there are millions of dollars being spent by the government in our country in the name of security. Let's also acknowledge that while the need is real, a whole bunch of that is pork barrel spending. The plain and awful truth is that if a bad person wants to do a bad thing, a fancy parking lot and cameras aren't going to stop them. Cameras might help document it, but they won't stop a darn thing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
He's not offering Warren Buffett money but . . .
Just in case there is any confusion, let me be very clear about this. I am not Warren Buffett. Let me be more specific. I am not offering you $1 billion. Heck, I'm not offering you a penny. But I would like to help you get some extra vacation at work.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hammer gives history lesson
Somewhere around '71 or so Grand Funk released an album that has always been one of my favorites. So forgive me that on a deserted Saturday morning I was sitting in my office with the volume maybe a bit louder than should have been. Hey, when you've got pretty much the whole third floor of the world-wide headquarters to yourself it's OK to let your hair down a little - at least what little hair I have left.

"Timmons, what do you know about William Howard Taft?"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Wandering thoughts start with Ruth Hallett
Ruth Hallett is a do'er and an idea person.

While you or I might sit around and take it easy, Ruth does things. She thinks. She creates. And she doesn't sit still.

Ruth retired from a career of teaching, but she is far from retired. She's moved from the country into town and is doing what she does - thinking, creating and not sitting still.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time to move past gay milestone?
This is about hypocrisy.

News item No. 1: February is Black History Month.

News item No. 2: Two gay men are making athletic history.

It would be nice if those two items weren't connected, but they are. We, the folks in the media, drew the parallel in a most bizarre and unfortunate manner.

Let's start with the gay men.

Michael Sam, a former collegiate football player who is hoping to make the move to the National Football League, held a press conference recently to announce that he is gay. Apparently it wasn't a huge secret at his college, but it seems he wanted to be upfront about it since it would likely come out during his NFL audition.

The media jumped all over the story. If Sam made an NFL team he would be the first openly gay male athlete in any of the four major North American pro sports, football, basketball, baseball and soccer.

Turns out, though, he would not be.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Two things left to do with MUFFY
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the MUFFY campaign was extended through the end of February. Well, that time is quickly dwindling away and there are two important tasks that I must complete.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Few surprises in election filings
Notes written on the back of a I Survived the Blizzard of '78 poster . . .

The first and biggest 2014 political deadline is in the rearview mirror and there were a few surprises, but not many.

County Councilman Brian Keim said he would only serve two terms and that's exactly what he did when he didn't file for re-election. However, three incumbents did and this is going to be an interesting election. That's because four of the seven council seats are up for grabs. If I use my fingers and toes I think that means a brand-new majority could take office. Some folks will tell you that spells trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Tea Party.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MUFFY extends drive through February
But wait, there's more . . . That's not all . . . If you call right now, we'll double your order . . .

We've all heard those annoying announcers and their pitches on some product that the world can probably get along just fine without.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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