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Bright solar for this election
On Friday Oct 10th I attended Tipmont REMC's ribbon cutting ceremony for their Community Solar project where they are selling electricity generated by their recently installed 240 solar panels to their customers.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Reader supports candidate for judge
Montgomery County is in an enviable position with respect to choosing the next Judge of Superior Court 1. All three candidates are well respected, competent and qualified for the position. The voters can't really go wrong. However, one does have to choose and I recommend Ray Kirtley for this position.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Reader supports candidate for Congress
Please join me in supporting John Dale for U.S. Representative of Indiana's 4th District. Mr. Dale is running against incumbent Congressman Todd Rokita. The Congressman from Indiana's 4th district is one of the key representatives of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Reader supports Amtrak line
I support the Amtrak rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago known as the Hoosier State. The service will require the state to pay approximately $3 million per year to continue to operate this service for the benefit of its citizens.
Monday, October 13, 2014
League President responds to column
It is unfortunate that an individual who is the chairman of a local political party has chosen to attack the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Reader gives opinion of candidates
The County Council debates held Thursday evening were enlightening. After carefully listening to the responses of all of the candidates I have a suggestion for voters. Don't vote a straight ticket.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Reader: I know what candidate stands for
After recently attending a campaign meeting for Mark Smith here are a few observations I took away that may help the local Republican Party Chair get over his confusion. Mark Smith stands for centric Republican values.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reader learns a lot on train ride
Dear Editor,

I had an educational and enjoyable ride on the Hoosier State train last week when I accompanied Mayor Todd Barton and City Council President Andy Biddle to Chicago. Here are a few pieces of data I found on the trip in support of this service.

Michigan currently funds passenger rail service with about $42 million per year and has multiple 100 mph lines serving a large percentage of the state. Illinois supports passenger rail with about $50 million per year and has daily trains from Chicago to the capital in Springfield, St. Louis and the Quad cities in addition to the Hoosier State line to Indianapolis. Indiana is being asked to support the Hoosier state with $3 million dollars per year. Indiana is currently running a budget surplus of over $2 billion and has no excuse not to support this much-needed service.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
ALEC's influence in Ind.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a powerful corporate lobbying group masquerading as an educational charity. ALEC was founded by multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporations in 1973. Due to its closed door policy, its operations were obscured from the public eye until recent controversies spurred media attention and resulted in the exodus of many corporate members.

ALEC has two types of members - corporate and legislative. Corporate members pay big bucks for seats on task force committees where they customize industry-written model bills to be presented in statehouses across the nation by its legislative members.

Thanks to ALEC, corporations are writing laws and controlling the public agenda through a well-entrenched group of legislators and corporate money, while giving the impression that this legislation originated from grass-roots initiatives and has private citizen's best interests at heart.

Lobbyist influence used to be a concern, but ALEC makes old-fashioned lobbying obsolete. ALEC allows corporate members to write legislation themselves and pay for access to lawmakers in secret, closed-door sessions. When lawmakers take ALEC legislation back to their statehouses, the lawmakers themselves become stealth lobbyists for ALEC's corporate agenda, cutting out the middleman.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Candidate: Judges need term limits
Two-term limits apply to many offices, from the President of the United States to the county sheriff. So why are term limits important for judges?
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thanks to everyone involved
The 2014 Darlington Fish Fry and Festival was successful in large part thanks to the following sponsors and donors. They provided cash, prizes, and/or advertising for everything we needed.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thanks for supporting Darlington Fish Fry
We want to thank everyone who helped make the 2014 Darlington Fish Fry and Festival a success. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making the weekend possible.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Thanks for support at our recent event
The employees, physicians, volunteers and family members of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network would like to thank the Montgomery County community for joining us for our Community Day 2014, which was held on Sept. 13 at the hospital.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to the AMTRAK station last week
It was gratifying to see all the visible support of passenger rail on view when scores of people from all walks of life gathered at the Amtrak train station last Wednesday to meet the special Hoosier State train carrying Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Reader: Congrats to airport; shame on Rokita
Crawfordsville should be very proud of its airport. Thanks to the hard work of Myra Dunn-Abbott and others, including Mayor Todd Barton, the airport received over $2.4 million in federal grant funds to expand the runway. This is a great example of local economic development activity utilizing federal funds.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Artist has much to show for decades of work
I recently retired from Purdue after 28 years.

While there, my artwork earned worldwide notice through being published in international magazines. My work can be seen in such buildings as Matthews Hall, Wang, MSEE and Physics as well as other locations across campus. I have done many logo designs and cover illustrations for Purdue publications. One artwork was on the cover of an engineering textbook. My wife and I have distributed 200 prints of my campus artworks to staff, students and visitors.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Girl Scouts important to young ladies
How does a girl learn to embrace science and technology? Or defy gender stereotypes and become a firefighter? Or learn to resolve conflict in a healthy manner when she thinks she's just having fun.
Monday, September 8, 2014
We need to know the people with responsibility
The solution for many of the concerning problems in our society may be to transfer responsibility from the faceless bureaucracy of state and federal government to the people we know at the local level. That is an appealing solution I want to embrace.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sing for Christmas
It is that time of year again when I have the great pleasure of announcing an invitation to join choir members in our surrounding area, for the purpose of organizing the 13th annual Community Christmas Choir.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Easier to buy a gun than to vote
It is easier to purchase a gun in Indiana than it is to vote.

In order to vote one must 1) be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana, 2) be at least 18 years old, 3) not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime and 4) be registered to vote. In order to register to vote one must have either A) a valid Indiana driver's license or B) an Indiana state-issued identification card.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Fish Fry to salute agriculture
We would like to show our appreciation to our local agriculture industry by honoring them with "A Salute to Local Agriculture" as our 2014 theme for the Darlington Fish Fry and Festival Parade. We hope to showcase farm implements, other agriculture related businesses, and farm families.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
GED graduation refreshments appreciated
The Crawfordsville INFBPW would like to thank Kroger's, County Market, Kym Bushong, Julie Cerney, Donna Astin, Pat Hall, Jill Jarvis of Mom and Pops, Ruby Burkhart, Pat Knauer, and Nellie Thompson for their donation of cookies punch mints nuts plates and napkins.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Talk about cost as well as promotion
In response to Mr. Utley's letter of Aug. 11 in The Paper of Montgomery County: No one can help but be appreciative of a volunteer.

However, I am getting tired of the promotional bragging about MCED, Montgomery County Economic Development. Shouldn't it stand on its own merit?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Some student loans are misappropriation of money
Misguided legislation allowing for-profit colleges to receive student loans, federal grants and financial aid is a misappropriation of tax dollars offering little benefit to students, and potentially limiting economic growth.

Student loan debt in the U.S. has doubled since 2007 and now totals almost one trillion dollars, surpassing credit card and auto loan debt.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Thanks for filling the boot!
The Crawfordsville Professional Firefighters would like to thank everyone for their generous donations as we stood in the streets again this year to collect for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) "Fill The Boot" campaign. This was the 60th year of partnership between the International Association of Firefighters and MDA. Go to to find more information on this partnership.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
League of Women Voters comments on Voter ID
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization which seeks to enable citizens to make informed decisions. Founded by the activists who secured voting rights for women, the League has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative government. Protecting the voting rights of all Americans, assuring opportunities for citizen participation, and working for open accountable, representative government is a major concern of the League.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Professional services should be bid out, too
Questions that come to mind from the Montgomery County Security/ADA Compliance/Parking Lot project:

Why should a government project above a certain dollar amount have to be bid out, but a professional service for the government above that dollar amount does not? Shouldn't we get the best price for our tax dollars also for engineering services, general contracting, insurance etc?

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Physician with Ebola paid high price in desire to help others
As I write this, I don't know if Indianapolis native Dr. Kent Brantly is dead or alive. But I do know why he recently left the United States to care for patients in Liberia suffering from the Ebola virus, with which he has become infected himself.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
It's easy to install solar power
I would like to demonstrate to the citizens of Crawfordsville how practical and easy establishing a partially solar powered home is here in our fair city and how this can actually save you money. I have recently installed solar panels on my house in the center of the city. The cost was less than the average used car and the benefits will accrue for at least the next 30 years.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Power plant not really 'green'
Last weeks ribbon cutting for the repurposed Crawfordsville Power Plant purchased by Sterling Energy Group was a well-attended event with many smiling faces anticipating the maintenance of a handful of jobs in the community. While I applaud Mayor Barton's attempt to find a way to find value in an old building, I am concerned that the risks regarding keeping this coal fired power plant operating does not warrant the small benefits that may be gained by continuing its operation.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

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