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Elected officials should think for themselves
There is a reason why we have seven people on County Council instead of just one. It's to make sure county tax dollars aren't spent recklessly. The County Council is a deliberative assembly.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Be sure to check your blood sugar
A patient has asked me to write about hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. The word originates from the Greek elements hypo- meaning "under," glykys meaning "sweet," and haema meaning "blood."
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Council candidate responds to GOP chair
In a recent column in The Paper of Montgomery County and the Journal Review, John Pickerill asks, "What does Mark Smith stand for?" Although I am running against the County Council District 3 candidate rather than the local Republican Party Chair, I am glad for the opportunity to tell voters what I stand for.
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Friday, October 17, 2014
Reader suggested I meet this week's guest
Ohhh, exciting! I was able to meet someone new for this week's guest. I received an anonymous letter singin' this little gal's praises and after I met Pat Perry, I can add more to the list.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The logic of equalization
This morning my TV news station reported on how the Federal Communications Commission drafted an order to visit broadcast newsrooms and make sure they treated newsitems fairly, that they make balanced presentations of the pros and cons on various public policies. The order was, however, quickly rescinded.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
League applauds Youth Service Bureau
"Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau Updates" was the topic presented by Karen Branch, Executive Director of the YSB, at the October Lunch with the League. The topic is of keen interest to the League of Women Voters which had effectively advocated for creation of a Youth Service Bureau in 1971 as part of local League study of Juvenile Justice.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A mom can wipe fears away, for now
Hudson Charles is my loving, little boy, always showering me with kisses and hugs. He is also my worrier. His worries are much deeper than those of the average six-year-old. Many days, I take him onto my lap and attempt to wipe the creases from his brow.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Survivors are the bravest people
Some of the bravest people on earth are breast cancer survivors.

I know. My wife is one of them.

In 2008 she went through multiple surgeries related to breast cancer, including one surgery that was made necessary because she was dismissed from the hospital too soon after an operation.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
It's time to get your flu shot
The weather is getting cooler and it's time to get your influenza vaccine. Most people us the term "flu" in a very generic sense, meaning anything from cold symptoms to having a case of vomiting and diarrhea. The "flu" in this column refers to respiratory influenza.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Northridge left him shook up
I'm a proud Hoosier, born and bred. Sure, we've lived in just about 10 percent of this great country, but head and heart always called me back home again to Indiana.

And this week, on 10:16 Thursday morning, we Hoosiers are being asked to participate in this year's Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!

Monday, October 13, 2014
Ask Wolfsie: Death just doesn't become him
Over the past ten years, when people have inquired about my dog Toby, they've always made reference to my last beagle, Barney, who accompanied me on more than 2,600 TV shows between 1992 and 2004 on WISH-TV. "There will never be another Barney," folks often say.
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Monday, October 13, 2014
Councilman offers advice to current candidates
Following the upcoming election, there will be at least 3 new members on the Montgomery County Council. When that happens, I won't be the most junior guy with the secret handshake. For the new men (why no women??), here are a few tips from someone who not very long ago was exactly where you will very soon be.
Friday, October 10, 2014
My rich society: novels, etc.
I read several novels at once -- well, side by side. At least four of them.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Candidate forums give voters chance to hear directly from the candidates
The General Election November 4 will be exceedingly important for Montgomery County, the state of Indiana, and the nation. The League of Women Voters encourages all citizens to be informed about the issues and the candidates on the ballot and to be sure to VOTE!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This week's guest has many different talents
Although I'm not sure when I met this week's young lady, I know about when I got to know her. One of my grandsons and her daughter and son went to Southmont. AJ (mine) and Travis (hers) were on a couple of sports teams together. When she found out I scrapbooked she'd send me pictures of AJ she had shot.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Alphabet soup: interpreting the results from lipids tests
This week I want to tackle the alphabet soup of TG, LDL, and HDL. More and more people are attending health fairs and are having their blood fats or "lipids" checked. They get a report from the lab that lists the various types of lipids but they have no idea how to interpret the results.

What role do lipids play in the body? Besides storing energy, they are critical molecular building blocks for things such as cell membranes. The cell membrane is like a semi-liquid envelope that makes up the outside of each of our trillions of cells. Floating around in the cell membrane are all kinds of other molecular structures that allow things to pass into and out of our cells and also facilitate control of cellular functions. The body also uses lipids to produce various hormones like steroids.

Triglycerides (the TG in the alphabet soup) are the main component of vegetable oils and animal fat. They are one of the major energy-storing molecules in the body and are also responsible for transporting fats that have been absorbed from the diet. Fat and liver cells can also manufacture triglycerides.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Don't get shamed as a passenger
A new trend has caught my attention. It is called, "Passenger Shaming." On both Facebook and Instagram, you can find accounts specifically for the purpose of posting pictures of people who should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior on airplanes.

I looked through the photos tentatively, fearing that I might see an image of myself, or one of my kids. We are diligent about being good travelers, but there are occasions when, after twenty hours of jetting around with small children, that I might let my guard down.

Here are few rules of thumb to help keep you from being publicly shamed on your next flight:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Election season hits high gear this week with debates
There's a definitive nip in the air that wasn't quite so evident a few weeks ago. If you look around, there's a lot more leaves on the ground today than last week. Those leaves that haven't fallen yet are turning colors. Down south, there's a pretty big deal being made over covered bridges. And when you drive by homes, there's some colorful items sprouting up in the lawns.
Monday, October 6, 2014
What does Mark Smith stand for?
The most important piece of information we voters need to know about the candidates is, what core beliefs would guide their decision-making if they got into office. This can be difficult if a candidates avoids taking a stand on issues important to the voters. It's even more difficult for them when the candidate is also an Independent candidate.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Be informed at what's going on
It is not often that we hear good news about the political process or that government is doing the right thing. This is my first turn at the political arena and I must say that I have been very pleased with my almost three years of participation.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
You will never get him to spill his two secrets
This week's guest has two secrets - one is the real name of the Montgomery County Family Horror Movie he and Dick Munro are working on. No matter how hard I try, I can't worm it out of him.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Never wait in line when your neck is bleeding
I walked into the doctor's office with blood running down my chest, dripping onto the carpet.

"Can someone help me?" I asked, ignoring the patient ahead of me in line at the window.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
'National Popular Vote Compact' betrays our Constitution
So what could possibly be so bad about electing our President by a majority of the people nationwide? That would be the fairest way to do it, right? Aren't we a democracy?
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Hammer takes swing on newspapers
I really used to enjoy working Saturday mornings. The office is quiet with no one else around and I can turn on a little music, turn it up a tad if I feel like it and get things done. But somehow John Hammer manages to find a way in and tends to show up when I least expect it. For someone with a weak bladder, that's not necessarily a good thing.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
It has been a busy month at the hospital
It has been a busy month at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville.

First, we had a great turnout for our Community Day 2014 on Sept. 13.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


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