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States should propose Constitutional amendments
There is a growing national awareness, and corresponding excitement, over a state-led effort to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As someone who believes in this effort, which is authorized under Article V of the Constitution, I wanted to offer my own perspective and explain why I have played a role in organizing the states to pursue it.

Friday, August 1, 2014
League pleased with County Commissioners' decision
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County was pleased the County Commissioners moved forward with plans to improve the Montgomery County Courthouse. League members have concluded that there are many factors that contribute to the economic health of a community, including healthy, vibrant downtowns, particularly our county seat.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Speedy result after web page comment
Hey, MAC,

Can a few pennies may be spent to re-paint the street lines on Elmore from Mill to CR 250 or at least hire someone with a paint brush and let them do it? This stretch has been a Hazard for sometime now and it should be addressed by someone if not us whom live on the stretch of roadway..

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sobbing for dictators
As the BBC reported, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was provided with mass marches throughout the country in mourning of his recent death. As the thousands were shown on TV, they did what is routine on such occasions in countries with absolute rulers. The people gyrate and undulate and holler, supposedly expressing their earnest grief, although it is remarkable that no tears were in evidence from any participants.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Gene Everett is a traveling man
A multi-talented man, this week's feature fella' is 84-years-old and acts and looks like he's 50. Very healthy, he only takes three pills a day and is full of pep. After hearing about him doing his own cooking, I'm about ready to run over for breakfast one of these mornings. Certainly, we had a good time reminiscing while lunching at Arby's (and here's a hello to our three nice ladies with whom we struck-up a conversation).
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Greatness can come from humble beginnings
I have been thinking lately about what great things spring from the most unlikely places. Boss, forgive me, but I am going to write just a little bit more about our trip to the Ernie Pyle museum. (See Tim Timmons' column in Tuesday's edition.)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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
Keep your chin up!
Surveys show that most people hate at least one part of their body. I'm not happy with my ears, for example. I think they stick out more than they should. My wife says I'm crazy and to be that obsessed with my own looks makes me appear very elfish. I think she meant selfish. Freud wasn't all wrong.
Monday, July 28, 2014
State superintendent intent on improving education
A recently published political cartoon stated, "school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver."

That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the citizens of Indiana. I am the new driver. Let me tell you about how, together, we will not reform but transform our education system for Indiana's future economic prosperity.

I have never met an educator, parent or taxpayer who does not know the importance of education in our society. As a teacher of 34 years, I never aspired to be the superintendent of public instruction, but I felt compelled to run for the position not to turn back the clock on reform but to drive the bus toward real transformation.

The vision of my administration is "Imagining the Possibilities. Making them Happen." The Department of Education's mission is "to build an education system of equity and high quality focused on student-centered accountability."

Monday, July 28, 2014
Science-based medicine
I'm writing this as we're getting closer to the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). No matter whether or not you support the ACA, the underlying impetus for the law remains - the health care "system" in our country is in serious trouble. One of the concepts addressed in the ACA is the requirement that medical treatments are to be studied thoroughly and be based on the best scientific and medical evidence available.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Movie 'Vegucates' League and guests
The fifth Annual Green Issues Summer Movie Series, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library, held its July session with a well-attended screening of "Vegucated" (2011).

"Vegucated" is a funny and entertaining documentary about veganism--a form of vegetarianism. Unlike more typical vegetarians, vegans don't eat any animal-based foods (e.g. no eggs, milk, butter, or honey) and don't wear any animal-based clothing ( leather, wool, or silk).

Thursday, July 24, 2014
What about business customers' cable?
Hey, MAC,

I read in The Paper that Metronet is installing new equipment in the homes of Accelplus customers. That's fine but I own a business and I'm wondering when Metronet will get around to sending me a letter and scheduling my installation.

Tied in Knots, Wondering About Cable


Thursday, July 24, 2014
Writer finds novel way to rich social life
I read several novels at once -- well, side by side. At least four of them.

In a way they provide me with a highly varied social life, as if I dined with different groups of people on different occasions, breakfast with a collection of W. Somerset Maugham characters, lunch with a group assembled by Philip Kerr and Daniel Silva, and so forth.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Romance started in new school
This week's subject would have graduated with a dozen others from Middletown (Henry County) High School, likely as Valedictorian with his straight A's. However, Larry Frye lost his mother, his father remarried, and moved them to Richmond, Indiana with Larry beginning 9th grade in a class of 490. Making straight F's at the larger school, a church member helped Larry straighten himself out. Larry also met a sweet girl, Barbara Good, who sat behind him in class (F-G). She lived on the north side while he lived on the far east side. He walked often to see her. They dated through high school. Upon graduation, Larry asked his youth minister, "How do you go to college?" They sat down together and filled out papers. Larry soon found himself at Bethany College.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
What a great fair!
There is a lot to like at the 4-H Fair again this year.

That's true every year but it seems to go by faster each time. It could have been the cooler weather, but the fair just somehow seemed really good this year.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Who Wins the Race for Patients-the ER or the Urgent Care Center?
Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Colo., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. "Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?" she asked. "Why? How should a consumer respond?"
Wednesday, July 23, 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
Lyme Disease
The arrival of warm weather this year means we have to start worrying a little bit about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it.

Lyme Disease was named in the late 1970s when an outbreak of arthritis in children occurred around the town of Lyme, Connecticut. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s.

Monday, July 21, 2014
What a trip!
My wife is planning a very exciting vacation to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. This was a big surprise to me. Not the vacation part, but the 35 years. I thought it was 34. Right now she is on the back porch, the patio table stacked high with books and brochures, notepad in hand, as she prepares for her next Internet search. She has made me look at photos and videos of Rome, Venice, Marseille and Monaco. I'm not sure why we are even going. I've already seen everything I want to see. Plus, I'm taking her to Olive Garden tonight. Are women ever satisfied?
Monday, July 21, 2014
Studying Indiana's top issues
In Indiana we pride ourselves on having a citizen legislature. This means lawmakers work at the Statehouse for only part of the year, while maintaining other jobs and pursuits to keep a healthy perspective on what it means to be a Hoosier.

During the legislative "off-season" lawmakers still address vital issues affecting Indiana, by serving on interim study committees.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Everyone has a story to tell
One of the things I learned early in the Radio Interview business was everybody has a story to tell... everybody... and most people have more than one. But if you want to know that story you have to ask. Many members of our movie team don't believe they have done anything worth mentioning. So I made up a Montgomery County Movie "Cast and Crew Biography" form for them to fill out and give back to me so I can pass that info on to you.
Friday, July 18, 2014
When will the barricades come down?
Hey, MAC,

I'm tired of driving around the barricades on U.S. 231 at the bridge over Sugar Creek. I thought that was supposed to be Crawfordsville's front door. When will the work be finished?

Thursday, July 17, 2014
'Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets'
"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets" is the saying that brings to mind the wonderful family of this week's article. I met this awesome group several years ago during summer baseball with The Pony Express team. Our wonderful coach (head of this week's family) and some amazing young players were runner-ups in a large tourney in St. Lois and ended-with a 39-18 record.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Look for League booth at fair
The League of Women Voters invites all residents to drop by the LWV Booth at the Montgomery County Fair July 18-24.

Information will be available about voting, voter registration, and contacting governmental officials. Free copies of FOCUS and the 2014 Political Directory will be distributed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
All my imagination?
Over these last few days I have sat reading and listening to many comments about the Zimmerman episode but could only shake my head mostly in disbelief--has the country gone crazy?
Thursday, July 17, 2014

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