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A Call to Arms - Around
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the superintendents, principals, teachers, and school boards for joining arms around our children and standing up for them and public education. Thank you, school superintendents Colleen Moran, Scott Bowling, and Shawn Greiner. You are leading the way in Montgomery County advocating for our children to the Indiana Legislature.



The recognition of the absurdity of the recently announced testing schedule, the runaway attempt to castrate public education with vouchers to private schools, and the degradation of schools and teachers has empowered parents and educators alike. The challenge is to remember what is happening now the next time we go to the polls. The Glenda Ritz election and now the reduction of time for elementary testing shows everyone that when public schools and children are under attack educators and parents alike can make a difference. Battles may have been won, but certainly the war continues.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Reader discusses property rights
Dear editor,

I am writing this article because planning and zoning was recently mentioned. I understand the density of any town or city creates a need for ordinances, which most have.

Why is county planning and zoning needed? MCED (Montgomery County Economic Development) has said many times companies calling ask about or want zoning. Now - we learn the county has a shortage of workers. This surely didn't happen overnight. Wouldn't a work force be a number one consideration for a company?

Others say we need county planning. For county planning to work zoning ordinances would be needed to enforce the planning.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Reader talks transportation and oil
Dear Editor,

Transportation of crude oil products will necessarily continue for the foreseeable future to supply the nation's need for energy. Oil products are currently transported in bulk via pipeline and train. Both methods suffer from an aging infrastructure and have had numerous disastrous spills. Some of the more recent preventable spills include the 800,000-gallon crude spill from a pipeline over the Kalamazoo River in Michigan and the massive explosions associate with the recent oil train derailment in Wet Virginia.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Reader's friends hurt by scam
Dear Editor,

We hear about scams affecting people, especially older adults, but never think that could happen to us. I found out it certainly can affect you and me, no matter how well-educated or seemingly wise we may be. Losing control of my identity cost friends $1150-so far. I am writing this to warn all of you about the scam that may still hurt people.

Facebook is a social media used by many people to maintain contact with family and friends. I enjoyed my daily review of postings through my smart phone or via the computer. About five weeks ago, friends said they thought I had been hacked. They received messages "from me" to accept me as a 'friend', even though they were already my 'friend'. Five people contacted me, asking if I had sent them a message encouraging them to send money to websites. The interesting thing was that the messenger seemed to know exactly what those people might be interested in, such as grants for scholarships, poverty assistance.


Friday, February 20, 2015
Reader: I like Carmel
Dear Editor,

A questionnaire from Representative Brown's office mentioned in a recent editorial is directly related to the 2007 Kernan-Shepard report commissioned by former Governor Mitch Daniels. The report is available online from the Indiana Commission on Local Government reform and recommends extensive streamlining of the anachronistic government structure in Indiana including use of professionally trained City and County managers and the elimination of Township government. Part of the motivation is to have a clearer, more accountable structure with fewer elected officials and better coordination of public safety services. Additionally, the report recommends consolidation of school districts to achieve better efficiency and clearer accountability and a number of other structural reforms of government. This report has been the subject of public discussion for over 8 years now and should be a surprise to no one.


Thursday, February 19, 2015
Local government is subject to the most fundamental laws
Dear Editor,

All officials, local, state and federal should be aware of the laws that empower them. These laws can be found in the document known as The Declaration of Independence. The laws for a just government are as valid today as they were in 1776. Calling them ideological or philosophical does not negate them.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
What do we want for our community?
Dear Editor,

Eighty round-a-bouts and a more than $918 million debt - is that where we want to go? I received an interesting questionnaire through the mail from Representative Tim Brown (District 41). I am addressing two of the questions:

Do you support a single county executive that would replace the current three county commissioners?

NO, NO, NO, NO. Indiana taxpayers need to be represented by more than one person in each county. It would be disastrous and WRONG to give any one man or woman that much power.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Reader offers view on purpose of officials
Dear Editor,

The Chairman of the Local Republican Party, John Pickerill's obsession with the Declaration of Independence has been the subject of a few recent letters. The insistence that governmental officeholders should have a prime directive to "secure the rights of fellow citizens" seems like nice bumper sticker material but is misplaced within Montgomery County government, Indiana as a state and the US as a nation.

The Declaration of Independence was the philosophical justification for a group of rebels to overthrow the legitimate English government of the US colonies. This document laid the foundation for armed conflict that would lead to a new government that would produce its own set of laws including rules and procedures to make, repeal and maintain new and useful laws for the benefit of its citizens. Securing these rights and justifying their recognition by other nations of the world was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence and it did a great job in doing so. The Declaration of Independence is not, however, the best document to cite for guidance for local City and County government officials to follow.


Monday, February 16, 2015
Senate Bill 309 is the story of David and Goliath
Dear Editor,

By an 8 to 2 vote, the Utility Committee moved Senate Bill 309 to the floor of the State Senate on Thursday. The Municipal Electric Utilities tried to get language put into this proposed bill that would allow the customers to have a voice on this Municipal Electric Territory issue. Unfortunately, the committee of 10 Senators voted to move this on with the same language, which the Rural Electric Co-op's and the Investor owned Utilities requested.

Property owners' rights should be considered in the battle over these properties, which are adjacent to the 72 Municipal Electric's service territories. This is like three thieves fighting over these Indiana cornfields without consideration for the person who owns and controls the property. Ultimately, the special interest groups and the large Utilities are pushing the pending legislation. It's up to our senators to sort this out and make the best decision possible for Hoosiers.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Darlington leaders say thank you


Dear Editor,

We thank all those who made our 2015 Souper Sunday so successful. To those who brought soups and desserts thank you! They were all delicious as shown by the small amounts left! And to those who braved the snow and cold for warm soup and good company, thank you! Thank you to our faithful setup/clean up group---small but mighty! Thank you to The Paper of Montgomery County for the pre-event notices and to Scotty for the picture and article of the day.

Our next event will be the 5th Sunday Dinner on March 29 in the Community Center. The menu will include pork tenderloin in gravy and we hope to see everyone there. Anyone who is interested in helping with the dinner is invited to contact Susie at 366-8938 or Mary Lou at 794-4787. Thank you!

Susie Birdsong and Mary Lou Weliever,

Darlington Forever Inc.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Councilman talks courthouse
Dear Editor,

This letter is to clarify a few facts about the courthouse project in reference to A.D.A. compliance and the wheelchair lift option as opposed to the ramp option.

First and most importantly is the question of which option would best suit the citizens that are disabled in one way or another. It is my opinion that a ramp system with four ramps combined with equal numbers of resting stations is not how we should welcome those visitors with disabilities. With approximately 160 feet in length, this not only would make for a strenuous climb on a normal day, but a horrendous task during foul weather. The lift would not only be more convenient and less strenuous for those who need assistance, but would also be more aesthetically pleasing at the entry to our historical courthouse.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Reader looks at abatements
I am glad to see the list of abatement's in the county is being issued for public consumption in The Paper. I hope Crawfordsville follows suit so the people can see who and how much money is not being taxed in the whole county. Fifty Million is a lot of money and if it was taxed at the 8 percent business tax rate would bring in four million tax dollars for the county budget.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Reader opposes Keystone Pipeline
Dear Editor,

The most recent State of the American Energy Report published by the American Petroleum Institute clearly and unambiguously states "Few things threaten America's future prosperity more than climate change." This may be the first time the American Petroleum Institute has acknowledged climate change and it's potentially detrimental effects. That they did so almost immediately after 2014 was declared the hottest year in recorded history is no coincidence. Continuing to deny global warming - when 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred during the 21st century - would seriously undermine their credibility. Despite this, much of

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Senate Bill has energy leaders talking Tipmont supports SB 309
Economic development has been cited as the basis for continuing to permit municipal electric annexations of electric cooperative service area in Indiana. Having served on economic development boards and as the CEO of two municipal electric utilities, I've gained some insight regarding the relationship between municipalities, municipal electric enterprise funds and local economic development efforts. Based on that experience, I'd like to offer some comments.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Senate Bill has energy leaders talking CEL&P opposes SB 309
The City of Crawfordsville is fortunate to be able to provide residents with our own local electric utility service since 1890. Of the 569 municipalities in Indiana, we are one of only 72 communities that have a municipally-owned electric utility. The benefits of our electric utility are numerous - rates are set locally, leadership is local, and the power lines are serviced locally, which means our employees live and work here in our community. Even more, if you have concerns, compliments or just want to pay your bill, you don't have far to go for assistance. We are one of the few who still have a local utility office opened to the public. Municipal electric service is cost-effective, reliable and something our community is deservedly proud of.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Reader encourages discussion of rail line
Dear Editor,

For all of us Indiana citizens concerned about seeing passenger rail not only continue but develop, this is a crucial week. I urge you to call and write Governor Pence (317-232-4567), Representative Brown (317-232-9651; e-mail at: h41@iga.in.gov), Senator Boots (317-232-9400; e-mail at: s23@iga.in.gov) and Representative Nagel (317-2329816; e-mail at: h13@iga.in.gov) to let them know that you favor investing in rail in Indiana. As of Jan. 31, the contract for the Hoosier State with Amtrak will run out. As our mayor has noted, we do not want to lose this vital resource. To attempt to recover it if we do, will be nigh impossible. Based on what is happening in states as varied and Florida, Texas, California, and Maine, the next generations, your elders, and those in charge of Indiana's economy in 10-15 years will thank you.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015
ACLU leader opposes Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Dear Editor,

My View: Reject legislation that uses religion to cloak discrimination, and practice the golden rule.

This is awkward. Awkward and complicated.

But balancing the rights and values Americans hold dear is often awkward and complicated. The Founders intended that our Constitution would protect individuals' rights while promoting the common good.

The Indiana General Assembly is considering legislation, called RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) or "Hobby Lobby" bills. Those who promote these bills explain that the purpose is to protect religious liberty and, in the words of a supporter, to "protect churches, businesses, non-profits and individuals against unjust lawsuits and/or government action that could result in fines, prosecution or worse." But butting up against the right to religious freedom is the equally important American value of being free from discrimination. So, are these good bills or harmful bills? Are the bills a necessary

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Darlington leaders say thanks
Dear Editor,

As members of the Darlington Community Center Board and the local nonprofit Darlington Forever, Inc. we are thrilled to receive the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant for $336,880 for much needed improvements to the Darlington Community Center. In an earlier press release it was stated that $32,040 came from the Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) as part of the necessary match to receive this grant. It did indeed come from funds placed in a pass-through account with the MCCF; however, those funds came from donors who are primarily former or current Darlington community residents. Many of them are alumni of the Darlington and Bowers Schools, while others are former Indiana National Guards who served at the Darlington Armory. Without the generosity of all our

Monday, January 26, 2015
Respect those risking their lives
Dear Editor,

On Thursday January 15, I was stopped at the light at South Boulevard and 231, facing north. I was five or six cars back from the front of the line. Coming toward us, going south, was a fire truck and the fire rescue vehicle, both with lights and sirens blaring. I sat there appalled at the inconsideration of the drivers that were in the path of those emergency vehicles. Some simply ignored them, others tried to beat them, a few actually tried to get out of their way. For those that didn't, was their radio so loud that they didn't hear the sirens? Were they driving with their eyes closed so they didn't see the flashing lights? Was their destination more important than potentially saving a life? The drivers of these emergency vehicles very literally risk their lives every time they are on call for basically one reason: to save the life of someone. I would wish that each and every one of the drivers I saw that day could sit in the passenger seat of either the fire or rescue truck as it made its way to save one of their loved ones. Bet their driving habits would change rapidly.

The travesty I witnessed Thursday is certainly not an isolated incident; I see this kind of thing happen on a regular basis. I guess my "front row seat" this time really brought it home for me. What will it take for our community to honor and respect our policemen, firefighters, and county law enforcement who are dedicated to saving lives?

Lyn Wray

Crawfordsville


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Reader gives take on taxes, spending
Dear Editor,

The Republican County Party Chairman has once again provided the community with beneficial information regarding running for office in his previous column.

The call for Republican candidates to subscribe to three canonical beliefs is however troubling. Belief that taxes and spending should be reduced in all cases is nonsense. Some taxes are needed to provide for some spending on essential services like roads and schools. Belief that taxing and spending should be balanced and appropriate for the needs and sustainability of the community seems like a more rational goal.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Thanks for community dinner help
Dear Editor,

The 2014 Community Christmas Dinner was an overwhelming good time for all. The weather (47 degrees) might have attributed to our wonderful day as we had more folks dine with us at the beautiful Elk's Lodge dining room than in past years. Diners seemed to stay and visit, visited with Santa, and received gifts and lots of beautiful poinsettias from local florists.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Reader offers take on platforms
Dear Editor,

Thanks to Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman John Pickerill for the comparison of party platforms in his recent editorial. Looking over the position statements it is evident that laws and regulations can be crafted that satisfy both the Democratic and Republican criteria. All of the words like "should", "adequate" and "effective" permit subjective interpretation. Office holders that can see that not all of the constituents will agree on the definition of "adequate" when it comes to any number of matters, yet justifies his actions with rational arguments and facts can and should prevail representing either party.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
REINdear gives thanks
Dear Editor,

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau would like to thank everyone who participated and made contributions to the 2014 REINdear Program.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Thanks for retirement party
Dear Editor,

We would like to thank our children and grandchildren for the wonderful party they put on for our 60th wedding anniversary. Thanks to all of our family and friends who mailed cards or came by with gifts, cards and visits.

Jack and Carolyn Bayless


Monday, December 22, 2014
Thanks for the support
Dear Editor

With much effort by many, hundreds of toys were collected, distributed and now reside under Christmas trees awaiting the special visit from the jolly gent from way up North. Whatever the family tradition on when gifts are exchanged, boys and girls all over Montgomery County will have at least two toys plus games, DVDs and books to help make Christmas at little brighter in their homes this year.

This year celebrates the 21st anniversary of Operation: Toy Box. What began as a one-time effort, this local program has provided thousands of new toys to area children.

But before that special day takes place, I'd like to take a few moments to thank several merchants, organizations and individuals who are going to help make Christmas 2013 a very special day for these many children in our area.

For these past 21 years, the goal of Operation: Toy Box has been to collect and distribute new toys to Montgomery County children to insure that each "child has a new toy under their Christmas tree" on Christmas morning. Begun as a last minute program by the Crawfordsville unit of the Indiana Armory National Guard in 1993, it has expanded and become a Christmas tradition in Montgomery County with the help of co-sponsor Delta Theta Tau Sorority. My thanks to all of my sorority sisters who worked so hard in mailing out letters and assisting with the setup, distribution and clean up for this special project.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Recount served purpose
Dear Editor,

The recount is complete. It went smoothly and came out with a crisp unambiguous answer. It is good to see that local government appears to be working well on one of its important functions.

All the parties involved acted commendably. Every once in awhile one needs to test the systems that have been put in place to insure fair and timely elections, which is one of the key functions of government. Congratulations to all involved.

New voting equipment and the change to voting centers remains necessary. Just because our old system still works doesn't mean we should not change to an even more cost effective and user friendly system that has comparable accuracy.

Hopefully the details of how County elections are actually run will remain in the forefront of discussion and new voting machines and voting centers will be authorized in 2015 with a fresh council.

Michael P. Fons

Crawfordsville


Saturday, December 13, 2014
What is best option for accessibility?
Dear Editor,

I would like to point out something in regards to the handicap access problem at the courthouse. It seems like we have a choice here of making a long ramp with a one-time cost and some maintenance like salting in the winter or an elevator which costs more and will have a higher annual maintenance cost. Fiscally the ramp is the choice but there are other factors involved here that I believe need to be looked at.

A lot of elderly people or people who use canes do not use wheelchairs but have limited mobility and cannot walk up a long ramp or up stairs. An elevator would give these individuals better access to the courthouse than a ramp. The elevator would also provide better protection of handicapped individuals from the harsh winter weather or the hot humid summers. Also the elevator would be available to everyone.

The ramp would also be an eyesore. Why go through all the trouble with the parking area and then put a mammoth ramp that defeats the whole purpose of making a pleasing entrance to the city. I believe that the extra expense of an outside handicap elevator is justified here.

Jerry Turner,

Crawfordsville


Friday, December 12, 2014
Reader discusses potential retaliation
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Chairpersons say thanks for Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Dear Editor,

Another Thanksgiving is gone and the Lord blessed us again with a great turnout. We have a very caring and wonderful community that is willing and ready to help serve and make this possible. It is so cool to see everything come together, will all the volunteers that donate their time in getting it all ready and all the food coming in throughout the days to prepare and serve. We served around 228 meals inside and around 649 meals between take out and deliveries. It was great to see all the people fill the room and have a great time with fellowship, good music and food.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Red Cross sees caring in community
ear Editor,

At the center of our community lies the reason for us all to be grateful - caring hearts! As we go about the hustle and bustle of the Holidays it is apparent our community cares for each other! As I read the paper, listen to the radio and talk with our neighbors there is a lot of activity going on! Activity that is all about helping others in so many ways! It is wonderful to see ages coming together to assist each other.

The Red Cross has been blessed by caring hearts this past year! We have been able to be here to assist our neighbors that have gone through the emotional strain of their homes being damaged by home fires and tornados. We have been able to reach out and assist our military families during their time of need to ensure their loved ones returned home or received a message from their families. Many times this year we stood beside our firefighters during an ongoing response to ensure they had needed water and food. Many of you turned out to the blood drives that helped ensure someone's tomorrow or took a CPR class to be ready to help a neighbor .We are thankful for all the churches and schools that are on our shelter list to be able to help us care for our community when the time comes. To our wonderful volunteer's that go out to help around the clock! You are amazing!!

Why are we here? To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

Monday, December 8, 2014
Letter was nice change of pace
Dear Editor,

Got The Paper this morning and opened it up to see another long Letter to the Editor. Thought one more tiresome argument about states rights or Washington rights. Same old argument that they had when the colonies started to form the United States. Were we going to be a national country or just each state another tribe like in Europe. This went on after the Civil War when they had to get the Southern states back into USA. It never lets up. Now are they are criticizing President Obama with the usual same old arguments down through history. But much to my surprise was a story of a great train ride to Washington, DC. I read every word of this wonderful well written letter. A great change for Letters to the Editor. Thank you Helen Hudson!!

Bill Stieg,

Crawfordsville


Friday, December 5, 2014
An open letter to Governor Pence
Dear Governor Pence,

Imagine you're in charge of a company that serves the public good; imagine your company, unlike others in the same business, has to ask for money every year to keep itself, an arterial of the country's transportation system, running. Imagine that fracking, another part of America's "essential business," is gumming up your works. Imagine that high winds last night halted the Capitol Limited train east of Sandusky Bay, winds so strong it was unsafe to cross the bridge for many hours.

No wonder then that Amtrak President, Joe Boardman, was a bit distracted in the dining car this morning when I recognized him-what a surprise that he was there!-and greeted him. I spoke his name. He looked for a moment like he wanted to crawl under one of the white tablecloths covering the tables in the dining car. "The train is five hours late," he said mournfully. "Yeah," I said, and reminded him about why I recognized him: I spoke about our Crawfordsville rally on October 1 to save the Hoosier State and to improve passenger rail service everywhere in Indiana. On that day, he himself stood in our CHS kids' Amtrak station garden, greeting us and shaking hands. He brightened briefly. "We sent INDOT another contract again yesterday." I smile, putting my thumb tentatively up. "Good news?" He shrugged, "Not necessarily."
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Monday, December 1, 2014
Reader: No smoke at Courthouse
Dear Editor,

Smoking should be banned from the Montgomery County Courthouse. Tobacco smoke is a carcinogen. Tobacco smoke from your cigarette or mine is a carcinogen. Citizens deserve an environment as free as possible from carcinogens to conduct public affairs.

Smoking is a choice not a right. The Chamber of Commerce now supports repeal of the current bad Indiana law called a "Smokers bill of rights." Smokers should not be classified into a protected group.

One cannot effectively argue that dispensing a carcinogen on County Property should be permitted.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Fons

Crawfordsville


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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Mayor forgot about FISH food pantry
Dear Editor,

Our ill-informed Mayor Barton declared Nov. 17 to Nov. 23 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. He neglected to mention the FISH program. I invite his honor to visit us at the FISH food pantry housed in the First United Methodist Church. We are open 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
There are forms of fanaticism in county
Dear Editor,

Most U.S. citizens are undoubtedly troubled by ISIS terrorism and the prospect that we may have to someday contend with it on our shores. But the good folks of Montgomery County have another form of fanaticism that is troubling as well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Recount is legal, will show who won election
The recount of the Mark Smith-Gail Lough County Council District 3 election is legal, fair and appropriate. Both candidates should be there or have a designee there to observe the recount to ensure integrity.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Government should not regulate family planning
The world population is now over 7.2 billion and is projected to reach 8 billion in less than 10 years. The need to feed and provide energy for this population explosion will place an enormous strain on all resources. Reducing the rate of population increase is essential for the continuation of man as a species.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Reader touches on many subjects
Try and stay with me; this letter contains several unrelated subjects.

1. Courthouse Lot: I believe we should beautify our courthouse parking lot.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Volunteer fair a success
Erma Bombeck once said, "Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another."
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Candidate says thanks for support
On November 4 citizens across the nation went to the polls to elect candidates to national, state and local offices.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Post-election Apocalypse still hasn't happened
It is Wednesday, the day after the election, and Todd Rokita won the House of Representatives. Dr. Fons predicted dire consequences should Mr. Rokita win, but win he did. We conservatives in Indiana have someone in Washington D.C. fighting to keep government out of our lives. Inexpensive energy, notably coal, nuclear and fossil fuels, drives the engine of Freedom and Freedom is what we conservatives will continue to fight for.
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Friday, November 7, 2014
Community invited to help with Thanksgiving Dinner
We hope that everyone had a wonderful year. It's hard to believe another year has gone and it is that time again to plan for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Over 900 meals were served last year and we are very excited and look forward to another great year.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Reader responds to recent letters regarding global warming
In response to the recent letters regarding global warming I would like to make a few additional points. Atmospheric CO2 has risen significantly in the past 50 years.
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Monday, November 3, 2014
Reader: We need to stop the EPA now
Why is the EPA going forward with implementations that will prohibit the use of coal to produce energy in America? Coal is like a vegetable. When the farmer digs a potato out of the ground he washes the dirt off of it. When coal is mined it is dirty, a bit more than the potato, but in the present day, the coal is cleaned up and when it is burned it is very clean. Indiana has almost NO air pollution.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Reader: Have the self-respect to vote for Dale
Please vote for John Dale for Congress.

The recent series of letters regarding Todd Rokita's denial of facts concerning the effects of fossil fuel use on global warming indicates his malicious intent.
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Friday, October 31, 2014
It doesn't matter is a Republican runs as an Independent to me
It's exciting to see we have a choice in the fall election for the District 3 County Council seat. Mark Smith has run a positive grass roots race, is well qualified and is collaborative.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Candidate: I didn't attack my opponent like Tea Party has me
After the moderate Republican candidate for County Council District 3 was narrowly defeated by a Tea Party Republican in the primary election, friends and neighbors approached me to run as an Independent in the November general election to give voters a choice.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Zoning is not the only reason to support a candidate this election
With the election less than a week away it is disconcerting that the only reason one should vote for a candidate is his/her statement on zoning. There is so much more at stake and there is a candidate for council #3, Mark Smith who knows this!
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Indiana is 6th most polluted state
Indiana was ranked the 6th most polluted state in the US according to the Natural Resources Defense Council's list of "America's 10 Most Polluted States". The Gibson coal plant in Owensville was ranked the fifth worst polluter in the U.S., and the Rockport coal plant ranked 10th worst polluter.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
A message to all Montgomery County veterans
I would like to personally apologize for missing the Veteran Expo on Oct. 23, 2014 where many of you showed to get your flu vaccine. I take full responsibility for missing the event. I was scheduled to attend and fell on Wednesday evening injuring my elbow.
Thursday, October 30, 2014


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