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Here's hoping they can get 'it' done
Here's hoping Vandalia Heritage Foundation can get it done.

"It" of course is the renovation/rehabilitation of the Ben Hur Life building on the corner of Main and Water streets in downtown Crawfordsville.

I've been known to "flip-flop" on my opinions and here I go again.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This, that and 'tuther
Maybe the sun wasn't shining much last weekend, but Crawfordsville and Montgomery County really did for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event just south of town.

Do they still hand out keys to the city? If so, the Tom Shaver family should get a set. Those folks have single-handedly been front and center on creating a great economic boost for our little corner of the world through this event and their annual efforts with the Ironman.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Habitual behavior
Mary Ellen and I have been happy together for so long that we sometimes forget how much we annoy each other, so on the trip back home from our recent vacation, it was time catch up on our bad habits.

For example, I told Mary Ellen that she is a relentless pointer. She points at everything. "See that pretty house," she'll say, and then she points at it; or, look at that sunset (she points, like I don't know where the sun is); "Your turn signal is on," and then she directs her finger at the blinker. Really, is that necessary?

Monday, August 18, 2014
Swimmer's Ear can begin in number of ways
I've seen a fair number of cases of swimmer's ear in the last few weeks. We tend to see more cases of this in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions.

The medical term for swimmer's ear is otitis externa, indicating inflammation of the external ear. This is in contrast to the more common otitis media, or inflammation of the middle ear (the part of the ear behind the ear drum).

The number of people who suffer from swimmer's ear is about four per 1,000 per year, or about three to five percent of the population.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Looking for a smooth ride
Hey, MAC,

I've noticed the bridge over Sugar Creek on U.S. 231 is pretty rough. Will it stay that way or will it be smoothed out?

Ready But Not Rough


Thursday, August 14, 2014
The League's principles
The Principles of the League of Women Voters are "concepts of government" to which the League at all levels subscribes. They result from principles supported and positions taken by the League as a whole in fields of government to which the LWV has given sustained attention. They serve as authorization for adoption of national, state and local program and a basis for taking action at the national, state, and local levels.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Policy sans ethics
Yet another ancient political debate concerns whether public policy needs to be based on certain norms, or ethical principles.

Classical and a few modern political philosophers -- e.g., Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, John Locke, et al. -- argued that to learn how to govern, one must have certain values for which governing needs to aim.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
After talking with this week's guest at his beautiful home, I realize that I had learned so much about religion, life and especially how to fix my Italian grandparents' Victrola. I was greeted by Simon, Daryl and Mary Helen Fry's spoiled, but debonair cat, a real handsome fella' who meandered to the table several times to check-out our conversation progression.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
What does a producer do?
If you've ever seen a movie, and it's hard to imagine there's someone who hasn't, you've seen the phrase "Produced by" then somebody's name up on the screen. So what does a movie "Producer" do?
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Here's hoping they can pull it off
Here's hoping Vandalia Heritage Foundation can get it done.

"It" of course is the renovation/rehabilitation of the Ben Hur Life building on the corner of Main and Water streets in downtown Crawfordsville.

I've been known to "flip-flop" on my opinions and here I go again.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Concussion: 'I got my bell rung'
Fall sports season is here and I've already seen a few athletes who have suffered concussions. Concussions have always been a part of sports, especially those involving high-energy collisions such as football, soccer, hockey and basketball. I'm sure you have read or heard that research is allowing us to get a firmer grasp on how to manage concussed athletes.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
A glimpse into Timmons' world ...
On occasion I have been told that I too often refer to sports. So with apologies to Karen Zach, Ruth Hallett and a few others, please indulge me once again. (Or not. Mallard Fillmore and really good reading is just a few pages away.)

I am a Dan Dakich fan. For those who aren't into sports and haven't already turned to the funnies, Dakich is a former Indiana high school basketball star who went on to play and coach at IU (and other places) and now is - in my not-so-humble opinion - the best radio talk-show guy around.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
County must adapt to new ways
It's an objective fact. Communities create jobs in whole new ways compared to just a few years ago. It's important that we in Montgomery County adapt to that reality or we risk becoming a place where nobody wants to be.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Serving Our Veterans - Veterans Administration Reforms
Like you, I was outraged at the recent Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) news stories that revealed subpar care for our veterans. That is why my colleagues and I lead passage of a bipartisan and bicameral reform bill that will improve access to care for veterans.

The legislation included many of the reforms included in H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act, which passed the House with my support on June 10.

Monday, August 11, 2014
City ready for Big Race
August in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County is about to become extra special as our community hosts the first Indiana Grand National Motocross Race.

Crawfordsville Main Street is working in partnership with other community groups to welcome the racing community and show our very special home to the world of in-person fans and the others who will listen and watch the races on radio, television, and mobile devices.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Give non-profits relief from IRS delays
A flurry of scandal has recently surrounded the Internal Revenue Service.

Over the past few months, we have learned about missing emails from IRS employees and revelations of clear bias and hostility by a top IRS official towards organizations with certain political beliefs.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Happy Birthday, Coast Guard
I want to say a big belated "Happy Birthday" to those who served with the U.S. Coast Guard who has celebrated its 224th anniversary of serving the U.S. On the date of Aug. 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard was formed when Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariffs and trade laws, prevent smuggling and protect the collection of Federal revenue. It continues today with added responsibility of patrolling our waters for terrorist. They do a fantastic job.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Why government fails, and what we should do about it
As election season approaches, I've been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It's that our government often fails - and that we need to address this. What's odd is that while the frequent failures in government's performance are very much on ordinary people's minds, politicians don't talk much about fixing them.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
My dog wants to go shopping with me
Hey, MAC,

What would it take to have places to tie up dogs allowing one to shop and exercise the animal?

Crawfordsville Shopper

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Zerelda Wallace - inspiration for League
Yesterday was the 197th anniversary of the birth of Zerelda G.Wallace, stepmother of Lew Wallace. Zerelda became a key leader in both state and national suffrage associations, and her life was dynamic, resourceful, and inspirational. The League of Women Voters believes it is appropriate to annually recognize and celebrate Zerelda's role in working to gain women the right to vote.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Beautiful and broke
My favorite place to live in America is California. But don't get me wrong--one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places, some in Miami, some in Houston, some in Cleveland, and some in the San Francisco Bay area. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position about human social life.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Karen has learned a lot, by Keck
This week, the conversation began with names. My maiden name is Bazzani and boy, is it hard to spell and pronounce. Well, my guest said, "When my name was Kathy Smith, I never had to spell it for anybody, but Keck, I do, although you'd not think so!" I met this great lady, Kathy Smith Keck, when I did my student teaching (at age 36) at North Montgomery. She taught me so much, and although we've gone different ways, I always enjoy talking with her whenever I meet her and we had a grand reminiscencing this time, too.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
National Night Out is really good idea
I really like the idea behind National Night Out.

Crawfordsville celebrated National Night Out in fine style last night at Milligan Park.

Jane Christopherson planned for activities to fill the park from one shelter to the other. There was free swimming for an hour and lots of free food.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Voter ID and the Secretary of State race
One of the most important elements of a free society is a free and fair election process. Election integrity ensures it is easy for citizens to vote, but hard to cheat. The Indiana Secretary of State is responsible for enforcing election integrity. Therefore when we voters go to the polls on November 4th, who we choose for Secretary of State is vitally important, especially this year when we consider the candidates and their support (or lack-thereof) for Indiana's voter photo ID law.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
It's begun. MUFFY's 2014 drive is under way
The MUFFY drive for 2014 is officially under way.

Does anyone care?

It's been a rough few years for MUFFY, the organization that provides help to thousands of people in our community. First off, they had to go through a tough year with yours truly leading the effort to raise money. For the record, we fell short of our goal and that's a serious deal. I'm very confident that Lisa Cooper, this year's drive chair, will fare far better and will once again get MUFFY donations at the expected amount.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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