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It's time to remember how much we owe this nation
There were a couple disturbing posts on Facebook that surprised me last week.

Apparently, a couple of my friends do not like the idea of children reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" in the classroom at the start of each school day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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
State Attorney General weighs-in on marriage case
On Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Chief Judge Richard L. Young granted a temporary restraining order . . .
Monday, April 14, 2014
Athletes need their RICE
The spring sports season, gardening and other outdoor chores are upon us. Weekend warriors will soon be doing all sorts of things to keep doctors who treat musculoskeletal injuries busy. I want to give everyone some pointers in treating those inevitable sprains and strains . . .
Monday, April 14, 2014
It was a Net fix
My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how skinny we are . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I was on TV when I was little
When I was a little kid I got to be on TV. I think the show was called Peggy's Place or maybe Debbie's World . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Economic health vital to community
The League of Women Voters has been studying and supporting Economic Health of Montgomery County for many years. The LWV position notes there are many factors that contribute to economic health including the perception of livability which includes strong business and industry and an available workforce, education and training, recreation and tourism, social and cultural opportunities, health care and support services, housing, transportation and mobility.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Summer shouldn't mean hunger for children
As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation's children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

During the school year, about 31 million American children receive school meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program every day. About 21 million of those children receive meals at a discounted rate or for free, based on their family's income. When summer rolls around, though, only about 3.5 million of these children participate in USDA's summer meals programs.

That means millions of eligible low-income children are at risk of going hungry during the summer months. And we know that to thrive and reach their highest potential, children need good nutrition all year long.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Reminders of Easter come all year long
Easter is approaching.

I know this is true because I keep seeing the TV commercial with the lion wearing bunny ears and trying out to be the Cadbury Bunny. A business near my house has a sign selling chicks and ducklings.

Wednesday, April 9, 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
Councilman disagrees with recent accounts
Several press releases, editorials, and public comments have been published recently that I believe constitute a "second look". To most, the assortment of subjects might appear to be completely unrelated, but I strongly disagree, and offer the following for further consideration . . .
Monday, April 7, 2014
Primary election is right around the corner
The Primary Election May 6 will be conducted in twenty-seven precincts in Montgomery County with the assistance of at least 135 poll workers.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Veterans Treatment Court is much needed asset for our community
Thanks to the efforts of Judge Peggy Lohorn and the Probation Department, Montgomery County has a Veterans Treatment Court. This is, indeed, good news.

Veterans often go through hell while serving our country, namely, us.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Child chooses own baby book
"Bedtime!" I announced with a feigned attempt to hide my glee.

"But mom! What about dinner?"

Seriously. Why do they insist on eating three times a day? And how, after twenty-one years of parenting, do I still occasionally forget to feed them?

It's down to me and the two little ones in the house, so when hubby is out of town, we tend to get off schedule. I had them put their jammies on while I hurriedly scrambled eggs and toasted our two remaining slices of bread. Grocery store! That was the other thing I meant to do today.

I'd like to say the above scenario was because I had surgery recently, and I'm still recuperating. But the truth is, these things happen even when I'm one hundred percent healthy. I won't be winning any mother of the year awards anytime soon. Probably never.

I apologized to the kids for forgetting to feed them. "That's okay," my seven-year-old encouraged, "It's kind of convenient to lump dinner prayers and bedtime prayers together!"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The season of sneezin' is nearing quickly
It's once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers will soon be cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana will be ramping up as spring (hopefully) approaches.

Allergies are a major problem for many people. When allergy sufferers are asked about their quality of life, they generally rate allergies as more bothersome than heart disease and sometimes even cancer. There are many causes of allergies, but I want to focus on the seasonal type.

Seasonal allergies are caused by pollen. Pollen actually contains the plant's male genetic material; it is somewhat analogous to sperm in animals. The goal of any organism is to spread its DNA as far and wide as possible. Pollen is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this task.

Monday, March 31, 2014
Dr. Baird - Some Little Giant
Dr. M. Keith Baird passed away on Saturday. The list of Dr. Baird's involvements and accomplishments is impressive and lengthy. But to me, he was a neighbor - and the best kind of neighbor you could ask for.

For my final two years at Wabash College I lived at 13 Harry Freedman Place. Dr. Baird lived right next door. He always had a smile, a laugh and a story to tell.

The first time I met Dr. Baird in person was actually in the classroom in 2009. Yes, this man, who had earned a degree in 1956, frequently sat in on classes 50 years later just to keep learning. He would show up to several classes I was in, and we would occasionally chat. And then one day we realized we were heading to pretty much the same place on campus. And realized we were neighbors.
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Monday, March 31, 2014
Crawfordsville industry in 1929
Excerpts from "The Athens of Indiana" - An anthology to Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce - 1929

R.R. Donnelley & Sons company was described in 1929 as one of the finest equipped printing plants in the United States, employing a total of 485 men and women, and printing a complete line of work including telephone directories, magazines, pamphlets, industrial forms, booklets and books.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Couple sticks together like Super Glue
"Super glue," was the comic answer to what keeps this week's duo together. Commitment, respect, keeping promises and working together wrap-up the real answer along with their commitment to the higher realm. After visiting his Uncle Chet, age 94 and Aunt Marge (92) recently, they decided to add, "Taking advantage of everyday," to their list.

Pat and Karen McDowell met during high school, he a Junior, she a Sophomore at the local drug-store hang-out in Lafayette. Friends of Karen had suggested she go but didn't because she enjoyed her babysitting money. When she did, the handsome Pat grabbed her heart because of his fun personality and strong values. Friendship is definitely part of their relationship of 50 plus years. Karen said he was her first basic beau and she the first he'd dated seriously. Well, they clicked and are still those high school sweeties. For their 50th anniversary their children gave a big party for them in the back yard. Karen said it was perfect.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
League encourages voter registration
The May 6, primary election is just six weeks away. Key primary elections will be held for national, state and county offices. The candidates elected will be on the November ballot. Those elected in November will make decisions that affect your job, your health care, your energy costs, your security and the legacy you leave to future Americans.

All eligible citizens are urged to be a part of this important election by voting on May 6. But, you only can vote if you are registered, and the registration deadline is April 7.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Too much of a good thing? Hope in our excitement we don't make ourselves sick
Is it possible to eat too much ice cream?

I wonder.

They say too much of a good thing will make you sick. I know that's true when it comes to red licorice. I managed to eat too much when I was a kid and today I cannot even look at the stuff.

Montgomery County has been handed a Really Big Deal. We have had the GNCC Iron Man for many years. Now we have a shot at pro and amateur motocross racing.

Wednesday, March 26, 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.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Campaign mistakes that winners will avoid
Once again, we're into the election season. Like the other councilman who are not campaigning for this election cycle, I'm apprehensive over outcomes that might tamper with the county's advantageous cooperation with Crawfordsville, or our continuing fiscal efficiency which has weathered the economic roller coaster ride of the past few years.

As a devout optimist, I'm always confident come election time that voters will tap the most clear-thinking and capable to represent their interests. But, admittedly, all too often my confidence has been foiled by good candidates with failed campaign strategies. So this year, I predict that victorious Montgomery County candidates will not make these five campaign strategy gaffes:

Monday, March 24, 2014
Flu going, parvovirus coming
It won't be long before we'll be through flu season and will start seeing cases of Fifth Disease. The person or persons responsible for naming this illness didn't have much imagination. Rubella, measles, scarlet fever and roseola were already taken. Since it was the fifth illness described that also caused a skin rash or "exanthem," that's where it got its name. It's also known as "erythema infectiosum."

Fifth Disease cases usually start to show up in late winter and have a second peak in the spring. It's usually seen in kids between five and 15 years of age. The rash is usually of great concern to parents and schools, but by the time it appears, the person is no longer contagious. The time from infection to rash is about two to three weeks.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Transportation, park were boasted of
In 1929 the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce could readily boast of its transportation and communications conveniences. It was stated that Crawfordsville was fortunate to being located at the crossing of numerous railroad lines and highways, giving direct access to purchasing centers and markets in every direction. The Peoria and Eastern division of the Big Four R.R. from Indianapolis to Peoria, the Vandalia division of the Pennsylvania R.R. from St. Louis and Terre Haute to Logansport, and the Monon R.R. from Chicago to Indianapolis and Louisville crossed here. Two traction lines in Indianapolis and Lebanon gave hourly passengers and express service east and south. State highways 32, 34, and 43 gave bus lines and truck lines great access to Crawfordsville as well as a building automobile trade.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Survey isn't saying what Wolfsie wants to hear
At first glance, it seemed like a pretty good deal. Enjoy a complimentary $25 gift card from one of the local supermarkets. All it required was answering a few questions online. I knew it was a marketing scheme. I wasn't born yesterday. In fact, as you'll see, I was born 114 years ago.

I had to agree to certain contractual terms, including my permission for the research firm to forward my responses to businesses so they might then contact me about possible purchase of their products or services.

Friday, March 21, 2014


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