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Lawmakers strive to 'spark innovation'
Over the next decade, more than half of America's economic growth is expected to come from the fields of science and technology.

Today Indiana is home to multiple world-class universities and research institutes, as well as federal laboratories that introduce innovative technologies to the U.S. economy.

Friday, September 12, 2014
WWII soldiers to be honored
This column has two distinct parts - one of pertinent information and the other personal updates.

The important information concerns the upcoming program about the Glider Corps of World War II to be held at the Waveland Fire Station Thursday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Frankness about wealth distribution
When taxation is part of government, wealth redistribution goes hand in hand with it. Taxation was what feudal systems used so as to pay rent to the monarchy. The monarch, after all, used to own the realm. All of it. So just as owners of apartment houses, monarch's collect rent from those living in there.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Trust is not a four-letter word
Trust is too big to be a four-letter word.

For the past few months, everywhere I turn I am confronted by lessons on trust.

Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever find yourself being reminded of some idea over and over and over?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Indiana's primary election system is flawed
Political parties are supposed to be private organizations. So why does government dictate so much control over them? Why does government force county taxpayers to fund political party operations? Why do we put up with this?

Monday, September 8, 2014
Cinnamon, Persimmon seeds and wooly worms
I'm a big fan of the folks who write regularly in our little company. As such, a couple of columns recently - one in Noblesville and the other here from Editor Frank Phillips - caught my eye because they hit on a favorite subject, the weather. Specifically, forecasts for the upcoming . . . I hate to use the word . . . winter.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Patriot's Day is coming this week
Well another month has slipped by and we just keep plugging away. We had 30 in office veteran visits and 58 phone calls to the office. I also was part of a group of local men that visited with veterans at Williamsburg Healthcare. I also attended the American Legion meeting on August 7th and VFW business meeting on August 14th.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Facebook brings people together
When I posted my kindergarten graduation photos on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to receive messages and friend requests from people I last saw at the age of five. Through the miracle of social media, I now have the ability to learn what my kindergarten classmates have been up to for the past forty years.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Needing another coat!
My wife and I try as often as possible to engage in snappy repartee, often peppering each other with questions like these:
Monday, September 8, 2014
Diabetes was first described in Egypt
Diabetes was first described in Egypt about 3,500 years ago. The name diabetes means "to pass through," referring to the frequent urination that occurs in diabetics. The urine also contains glucose, a sugar, hence the name mellitus from the Latin mel which translates to honey. In fact, many physicians in years past diagnosed the disease by watching the attraction of insects, particularly ants, to a patient's urine. Some bold physicians even went so far as to do a little taste test (thank goodness for the development of the urine dipstick)!
Monday, September 8, 2014
Congressman worked to fix lake issues
I learned about the trouble at Lake Freeman virtually as soon as Hoosiers in my home state did: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), acting under the authority of the Endangered Species Act, had ordered Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), operator of Oakdale Dam, to increase flow of the Tippecanoe River. Endangered mussels downstream needed water in drought-like conditions.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Jim Duff is a team player
Remember that "Cast and Crew Biography" sheet I told you about last time? Well Gerri Hester gratefully gave us plenty of background material on hers. She filled up every line on the page and added that part about Trotting Horses on the back.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Once again it's freedom's fault
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance," was how John Philpot Curran put it. Sure enough, but there is vigilance and there is vigilance and the sort I am familiar with is not what people usually think of when they hear the above truth.

My own experience is that in a relatively free society such as ours, the vigilance required consist of unfailingly meeting arguments that aim to support the violation of human liberty with ones that show that the individual's right to liberty is indeed the supreme public good.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Voting Rights Act needs amendment
The League of Women Voters is urging Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act Amendment (VRAA) of 2014. In January, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the Voting Rights Amendment as a workable, common sense solution that would modernize elections process and protect voting rights against discrimination.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
What is the process used for unsafe buildings?
I have noticed a lot of houses in bad condition in Crawfordsville.

I know the Board of Works acts from time to time to clean up those properties or to demolish them. What is the process used?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Woman is determined ... to help her community
Determination; yes, indeed, complete determination is what this week's featured gal possesses. From a young child through her 75th birthday coming up, this gal has spent her life outbesting the best. As a teenager, she so wanted to go to college, but there was no money, and no student loans available at the time. However, her "firmness of purpose and resolve" led her to complete that education several years later (St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Social Work). Please read on to hear the rest of the story of this wow gal, Sandra Wheeler Lofland-Brown.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Winter warnings are like opening a gift and finding socks and underwear
Kids are back in school and the going-back-to-school heat wave is expected to pass in a week or so.

It seems like a good time to look to winter and the excitement that comes with a big whiteout storm. I know, most of us dread the idea of big winter storm but I've always found the forecast of one to be exciting. Sort of like opening a big Christmas present to find socks and underwear inside. Oh, well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Tim Timmons will return next week
Tim Timmons' column "Two Cents" will return next week. Tim is taking a well-deserved break.
Monday, September 1, 2014
The joke's on Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen and I were at the opticians picking out a new pair of glasses for me that were a bit pricey. I often lose my specs, making such a purchase a poor investment. In addition, our beagle chews anything he can get his jaws on. I decided to share this problem with the salesperson. "You know, these are very nice, but I'm afraid Toby might chew them. Toby is..."

With that, my wife burst into laughter. "That's very funny," she said.

"What's funny?"

Monday, September 1, 2014
What we should do about ISIS
Last week, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described the threat arising from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in apocalyptic terms - as well they should. The unspeakable depravities committed by ISIS are enough to evoke images of death's pale horse.

However, neither in that briefing where the two national defense officials explained the dimensions of the threat, nor elsewhere in White House action have we seen an adequate response consistent with the growing danger. We must marshal all of our resources to confront this danger and act strongly, immediately and comprehensively.

This is how we should begin:

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Trains important to country
Train freight, train transportation, and train lore are woven into our country's history. From the fabled Golden Spike which linked one side of our continent to the other in 1869 to the last couple of generations of kids enamored by Thomas the Tank Engine, America's economic and cultural history has been woven into and around rail.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Hey, MAC, how do I get into Nucor?
Nucor sounds like a place I would like to work. Where can I find more information?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mitchell family's roots are deep in the soil
The evening was a riot - an absolute scream. This week's guests dined us and it was one amazing supper with the homemade peach pie by far the best I've ever tasted. Indeed, the meal was awesome, but better yet was the bantering; oh, excuse me, I mean camaraderie!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Coping with smoking
Laws forbidding business proprietors from permitting smoking in their offices, cinemas, aircraft, stores, etc. are now legion. But such government-mandated prohibitions ignore the rights of those who don't mind smoking as well as those who wish to live in a tolerant society.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We can be proud of Nucor
Montgomery County has been home to Nucor Steel for 25 years. Wow! It doesn't seem like it.

You can read the news stories in today's Paper and see how Nucor has grown and you can read comments that indicate what it means to the county.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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