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Movie 'Vegucates' League and guests
The fifth Annual Green Issues Summer Movie Series, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library, held its July session with a well-attended screening of "Vegucated" (2011).

"Vegucated" is a funny and entertaining documentary about veganism--a form of vegetarianism. Unlike more typical vegetarians, vegans don't eat any animal-based foods (e.g. no eggs, milk, butter, or honey) and don't wear any animal-based clothing ( leather, wool, or silk).

Thursday, July 24, 2014
What about business customers' cable?
Hey, MAC,

I read in The Paper that Metronet is installing new equipment in the homes of Accelplus customers. That's fine but I own a business and I'm wondering when Metronet will get around to sending me a letter and scheduling my installation.

Tied in Knots, Wondering About Cable


Thursday, July 24, 2014
Writer finds novel way to rich social life
I read several novels at once -- well, side by side. At least four of them.

In a way they provide me with a highly varied social life, as if I dined with different groups of people on different occasions, breakfast with a collection of W. Somerset Maugham characters, lunch with a group assembled by Philip Kerr and Daniel Silva, and so forth.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Romance started in new school
This week's subject would have graduated with a dozen others from Middletown (Henry County) High School, likely as Valedictorian with his straight A's. However, Larry Frye lost his mother, his father remarried, and moved them to Richmond, Indiana with Larry beginning 9th grade in a class of 490. Making straight F's at the larger school, a church member helped Larry straighten himself out. Larry also met a sweet girl, Barbara Good, who sat behind him in class (F-G). She lived on the north side while he lived on the far east side. He walked often to see her. They dated through high school. Upon graduation, Larry asked his youth minister, "How do you go to college?" They sat down together and filled out papers. Larry soon found himself at Bethany College.
Thursday, July 24, 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
Who Wins the Race for Patients-the ER or the Urgent Care Center?
Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Colo., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. "Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?" she asked. "Why? How should a consumer respond?"
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wars and politics and Patriots, oh my!
My sister-in-law is a wonderful person, except for an unfortunate lapse in judgment. Against all logic and the Hoosier genes ingrained in her DNA, she is the biggest New England Patriots fan I know. Most of the family won't even speak of it. I'm relatively sure it must have come from a terrible fall she took as a child. I presume she landed on her head and that's what created this peculiar and erroneous allegiance.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lyme Disease
The arrival of warm weather this year means we have to start worrying a little bit about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it.

Lyme Disease was named in the late 1970s when an outbreak of arthritis in children occurred around the town of Lyme, Connecticut. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s.

Monday, July 21, 2014
What a trip!
My wife is planning a very exciting vacation to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. This was a big surprise to me. Not the vacation part, but the 35 years. I thought it was 34. Right now she is on the back porch, the patio table stacked high with books and brochures, notepad in hand, as she prepares for her next Internet search. She has made me look at photos and videos of Rome, Venice, Marseille and Monaco. I'm not sure why we are even going. I've already seen everything I want to see. Plus, I'm taking her to Olive Garden tonight. Are women ever satisfied?
Monday, July 21, 2014
Studying Indiana's top issues
In Indiana we pride ourselves on having a citizen legislature. This means lawmakers work at the Statehouse for only part of the year, while maintaining other jobs and pursuits to keep a healthy perspective on what it means to be a Hoosier.

During the legislative "off-season" lawmakers still address vital issues affecting Indiana, by serving on interim study committees.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Everyone has a story to tell
One of the things I learned early in the Radio Interview business was everybody has a story to tell... everybody... and most people have more than one. But if you want to know that story you have to ask. Many members of our movie team don't believe they have done anything worth mentioning. So I made up a Montgomery County Movie "Cast and Crew Biography" form for them to fill out and give back to me so I can pass that info on to you.
Friday, July 18, 2014
When will the barricades come down?
Hey, MAC,

I'm tired of driving around the barricades on U.S. 231 at the bridge over Sugar Creek. I thought that was supposed to be Crawfordsville's front door. When will the work be finished?

Thursday, July 17, 2014
'Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets'
"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets" is the saying that brings to mind the wonderful family of this week's article. I met this awesome group several years ago during summer baseball with The Pony Express team. Our wonderful coach (head of this week's family) and some amazing young players were runner-ups in a large tourney in St. Lois and ended-with a 39-18 record.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Look for League booth at fair
The League of Women Voters invites all residents to drop by the LWV Booth at the Montgomery County Fair July 18-24.

Information will be available about voting, voter registration, and contacting governmental officials. Free copies of FOCUS and the 2014 Political Directory will be distributed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
All my imagination?
Over these last few days I have sat reading and listening to many comments about the Zimmerman episode but could only shake my head mostly in disbelief--has the country gone crazy?
Thursday, July 17, 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
Hammer gets something off his chest
It was a Saturday morning and the outer office was deserted and dark. My light was on and the speakers - and my voice - were cranked up. The Ides of March, a one-hit wonder from 1970, and I were teaming up on a loud version of Vehicle.

"I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan, won't you-"


Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Please go away
My wife is planning our summer vacation, which we will take in the fall. We took our spring vacation this summer. We got behind in 1984 and still haven't caught up. I don't have much input into the planning of these trips, but Mary Ellen did assign me an article to read in ShopSmart magazine:
Monday, July 14, 2014
Solution to rising healthcare costs
The rising cost of healthcare is hitting more and more Americans in a big way. People are spending a larger percentage of their income on it, while at the same time its quality seems to be going down. So what's going on here? Why are healthcare prices rising so much? Well, one of the biggest reasons is healthcare prices are not transparent.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Are we doomed to polarization?
We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don't much like the way it's performing.

The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, "a defining feature of politics today." In the public's eye, Washington gets most of the blame for this.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Long holiday was long working weekend for movie crew
Despite the long holiday weekend your Montgomery County Movie camera, cast and crew were out filming everyday but the Fourth. (The only cast member available that day was our resident Englishman who would rather not be reminded of it) Other days or evenings from Tuesday through Sunday we shot scenes inside and outside Southmont High School,
Friday, July 11, 2014
Who do you blame for favors?
It is one of Ralph Nader's ongoing complaints about American corporations that they control the American government. A great many on the Left share this view and so badmouth corporate commerce endlessly. Business corporations are supposed to possess their enormous control over government by means of infusing huge sums of money into campaigns, as well as by doing all kinds of other very expensive favors for politicians. By getting very chummy with government, corporate managers secure for themselves lasting friends in most administrations and succeed at

influencing legislation and regulation. Mr. Nader thinks that it is this process that accounts for most of the ills of our society.

And to a large extent he is right.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Troubled about covered bridges over water
Hey, MAC,

Why is the Darlington Covered Bridge a National Historical site but the Deer's Mill Covered Bridge is not?

Troubled about bridges over water


Friday, July 11, 2014
Amazing athlete and fabulous teacher are at top of Karen's list
There are many type people I admire, many I've written about, but amazing athletes and fabulous teachers rank up at the top and I was lucky to interview one of each this week. Both are born and bred Montgomery Countians and although they are in my age range, they're practically newlyweds.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Protecting and engaging voters
Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since the LWV was founded in 1920.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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