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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
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
Internships offer great opportunities
I want to say a few words in praise of interns.

Internships give people the opportunity to work in a "real world" setting for a limited amount of time. It helps a person, especially a young person, decide if they truly want to go into a certain line of work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The more things change ...
some things never change.

Take the latest debate over false alarms. Police and fire departments are called out because someone's alarm system acts up. Or, maybe a bird gets into the house and sets off the alarm. That actually happened here not long ago.


The poor bird must have had a coronary when the police arrived!

But this is not new.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Another take on marriage
Here's another take on the same-sex marriage controversy: Are you ready for this? Nothing, really, has changed.

I am writing this on Friday night, after the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago put a stay on the order allowing same-sex marriages in Indiana. But this column began before the stay was ordered. It seems to me little, if anything, was changed by the order ending the ban on same-sex marriage. Think about it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Not free? Bummer!
Wouldn't it be great if we had some means of accessing a worldwide database of information?

If it were only available from our homes, offices and cell phones.

What if it contained movies, music and more information than the largest set of encyclopedias ever printed? What if you could read The Paper of Montgomery County from anywhere in the world?

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Leave your family something better than antiques
"I spy ..." another local author's book fair in my eye. Or on my calendar, at least.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
What newspaper do you own?
What newspaper do you own? It is this one!

Now, that may come as quite a shock to the people who invested to make The Paper happen, but in a real sense this is your paper. And not just the copy you plunked down 50 cents to buy, either.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The graying of Montgomery County is apparent
Have you noticed the lack of color lately?

No, I don't mean you need your eyes checked. I'm talking about the color of people's hair.

According to the 2000 census (not the most recent) the age make-up of county residents was evenly divided for ages 18-44 and ages 45-64. The most recent information from is the median age is 39.

That was Jack Benny's age and if you don't get the joke, you are probably near that median age or younger.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tell me these are not tax dollars at work . . .
This is how our government operates.

On Friday, I was given an e-mail from a company that sent us a "news story" about a supposed increase in food stamps usage in Montgomery County since 2007. The piece cited various statistics and referred to the Family and Social Services Administration. In an attempt to verify or debunk the piece, I tried to contact the local FSSA office by phone but could not find the local number. Eventually, I did reach a web site and a telephone number that promised to help callers find their local office. I called it and was given the address, but no phone number. I drove to the address and entered the office.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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