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  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    The heroes who serve in our Armed Forces risk their lives and health to preserve American ideals, and they deserve the utmost respect when they return home.
    Indiana legislators are committed to making Hoosier communities more accommodating to those who served our country, and we are considering several measures this session that would benefit veterans and their families.
    One proposal would require the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to provide parking placards to disabled veterans who are eligible for the disabled Hoosier veteran plate. With this placard displayed, veterans could not be charged a fee for parking in a metered space.
    Another proposed effort would increase funding to pay for county service officers and require counties with more than 2,500 veterans to hire an additional part-time county service officer, giving veterans better access to the support and services they need.
    An additional measure would require the Indiana National Guard adjutant general to facilitate and oversee state-sponsored term life insurance for National Guard members. This change would improve access to life insurance for veterans and their families as well as help make veterans more aware of this program.
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  • Friday, February 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    I consider labels to be an unnecessary way to categorize people. Not only is a label often derogatory, but at the very least it is intended to illicit some kind of emotional response toward a person or group. I do my best to limit labeling, because quite frankly, using labels is lazy.
    Just like a soup can label, social tags are totally superficial. They don’t begin to tell a person’s life story. Calling your neighbor a Conservative or a Liberal, for instance, only scratches the surface. She is also Mother, employee, lover, teacher — all sorts of things.
    For the record, I believe most people would consider me a social moderate, and a fiscal conservative. I hate to spend money, but if I do, I want my money to help the people most in need of it. I don’t care what they do in private.
    Some people think differently.
    An Indiana Senate panel this week voted in favor of moving a hate crime bill to the full Senate. The legislation is aimed at adding Indiana to the list of 45 other states that have hate crime laws on their books. Currently, only Indiana, South Carolina, Wyoming, Georgia, and Arkansas do not.
    The Republican-led Senate will consider the proposal advanced from the Senate Public Policy Committee in a 9-1 vote. Republican Governor Eric Holcomb has endorsed adding a hate crime law this year, citing it is “long overdue” legislation.
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  • Friday, February 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    Back pain is a major problem in this country. It is the second biggest reason that people do not go to work in the morning. The first reason is not having a job.
    I have a longstanding relationship with my back, but ironically, most of my problems come from sitting too long. I read somewhere that while poised at the computer, I should put my butt at the outermost edge of the chair. I tried that, slid off and almost broke my jaw on the keyboard.
    In the past, I’ve written about my healthcare providers, all of whom have tried desperately to counsel me on my sloppy posture. I have a genetic predisposition—sometimes I have pain in dis position, sometimes in dat position. I apologize for da play on words, but if something makes me laugh, it automatically goes in the column.
    Recently a friend advised me about some “new age” therapies. I’m somewhat “old age” and I am very skeptical of this kind of stuff. That’s why I’ve been going to a chiropractor and a massage therapist who use the traditional approach practiced by the mafia for generations: they rough me up, inflict pain, and then take my money. Time for a different approach.
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  • Karen credits this week's guest for saving her life
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, my guest came to my house. When I asked if he was comfy, he told me he’d be comfy if I heard him snoring. No snoozing happened as we laughed and talked for around four hours. Time just flew as we reminisced. There was another time when he was at our house, though. Much more serious of a time when he made me laugh, as best I could, as I was in the throws of an asthma attack and about to die. He said, “Well, I’ll bet you’d call 911 more often, Karen, if you’d known it’d get you seven good looking men in your bedroom!” I wanted to laugh really hard, and I wanted to poke him a good one, but couldn’t do either. But, all-in-all, he and those great Waveland first responders saved my life that night, so you’ll see why I have kind of a soft spot for this young fellow.
    He grew-up the middle child in his family, an older brother and younger sister. His parents came from Eubank, Kentucky so that his dad could work at Donnelleys. His mother some of you may remember worked at Krogers for several years. All three of their kids were born in the old Culver Hospital. When up here, his dad decided to go play some tennis with friends at RRD since he’d not tried his hand at that game before. The kids hung-out at the courts and began to love the game, as much as dad came to do. Truly, this all began a legacy. In fact, his brother is pretty much the best-known tennis player from Montgomery County, going on to play at Evansville in college and now runs a tennis clinic there. All three of the kids graduated from South and all three played the sport.
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Indiana held its Annual Presidents Day Celebration February 16 at the historic Propylaeum in Indianapolis. Local League Presidents and other local Board members from throughout Indiana joined State Board members to evaluate the last election and report on successful local activities as well as honor past State Presidents.
    Montgomery County’s Oscar Anderson, co-president of the LWVIN, convened the program “Evaluating Our Last Election: What we did and where can we go.” Updates were presented on national diversity, inclusion and equality (DEI) initiative and preliminary plans for 100th Anniversary of the LWV in 2020.
    Amy Smith, Greencastle LWV member and Associate Professor at Ivy Tech, shared valuable information on voter turnout by county and Indiana overall in recent elections with popular vote and percentages won by Democrat, Republican and Libertarian parties for US Indiana Senators and Representatives. Key information was distributed on the League’s emphasis on Making Democracy Work focusing on: Redistricting, Voting Rights and Voter Protection, Improving Elections and advocacy for the National Popular Vote Compact.
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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Let me be clear, by no means am I claiming high ground. There are differing opinions on hate crime legislation and I am no expert. What I am though is a 60something old guy who’s been around the block a time or three. At the risk of ticking off my friends on the left, when it comes to the debate in the Statehouse I fear we are on the wrong track.
    First, I take exception to those who say Indiana is an embarrassment because we are one of five states in the country without hate crime legislation. There used to be a time in this country when groupthink wasn’t a mandate – some of you probably remember that.
    Second, and let me be really clear on this point, I’ve got absolutely nothing against any of the groups that will supposedly be protected if this legislation passes. It really doesn’t matter if the category is race, religion, nationality, gender or anything else. It’s pretty simple. A crime is a crime is a crime. If the exact same crime is deemed worse because it targets one group instead of another, something feels inherently wrong with that.
    But, as I listen to the rhetoric from the governor and others, the reasoning goes that Indiana needs to be a welcoming state – and that if we don’t pass this legislation, we’re not.
    What happened to Hoosier Hospitality?
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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently I was invited to participate in a high school job fair experience with select students from all three Montgomery County school corporations and Western Boone. Our two Montgomery County career coaches, Samantha Cotten and Clayton Randolph, wanted to create an opportunity for students to interact more with local area businesses and make some meaningful connections with them. As a community, we are privileged to have these two career coaches working hard for our local students and giving them opportunities we never had growing up.
    At the Job Fair, I enjoyed speed networking with the students. We, the business leaders, were scattered throughout the room and the students had two-minute segments to create a connection. I wasn’t able to connect with every student in the room, but I was able to meet with some interesting students. Their interests and dreams ranged in a wide variety of fields. I met a student who wanted to be a mechanical engineer for a local manufacturer to help them maintain and design their processes. There was another student who wanted to be a welder. I even met one or two who hadn’t figured it out yet. Our young adults are going to accomplish some great things right here in Montgomery County and they are passionate. So brace yourselves for what our community has in store.
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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, I’d like to introduce you to Montgomery County’s newest county councilman from District One, Tom Mellish. He takes over for Dick Chastain who retired after a long and distinguished career as councilman. I sat down with him this week to ask a few questions:
    FREY: What is your professional background?
    MELLISH: I am a retired Principal. I led Sugar Creek Elementary for 23 wonderful years. The world of education is a rewarding one and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    FREY: Where do you live and tell me about your family?
    MELLISH: I have lived in Montgomery County for over 27 years with my wife, Cynda. We have raised two sons who graduated from North Montgomery High School and now reside in the Indianapolis area. We could not be prouder of them and feel fortunate to have raised them in such a great community.
    FREY: Any current or past board work?
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  • Monday, February 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. I must admit my knowledge of the subject is limited. It’s a medical condition I’ve tended to avoid because of its complex and evolving nature. It can, however, be a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that is illustrative of where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
    “Lymphoma” is a broad term used to describe a large number of “lymphoid neoplasms.” A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of cells that can be benign (not usually dangerous to one’s health) or malignant (cancerous). Lymphoid neoplasms are composed of cells found in the lymph system. This system is responsible for filtering out and killing foreign invaders in our bodies, particularly infectious agents.
    The lymph system contains two types of specialized cells that can kill these foreign substances, either directly (T cells), or indirectly (B cells). B cells produce antibodies that bind to the foreign agents to help remove them from the body. When B and T cells multiply out of control, it results in lymphomas.
    The various types of lymphomas are named using a complex classification system based on cell morphology (what they look like) and lineage (their genetic makeup). Lymphomas are broadly classified into Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is further divided into B-cell and T-cell types. B-cell lymphomas account for about 80 percent of NHL.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Thomas Laurence Nicolson
    Monday, February 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    The soldiers have come from all realms of economy, this week’s from one of the wealthiest of the Crawfordsville area families, but, yes, most from quite poor circumstances. This one is just one of the exceptions.
    Thomas Laurence Nicolson was the son of Thomas B. and Anne Kenyon Nicholson. Her father, Wiley Kenyon was quite an admired man and delved into many aspects of Montgomery’s early life, including being our first or one of the first photographers in Crawfordsville. He owned several government patents in the heating field and was a gold digger (literally). Anne’s mother, Mary Elizabeth O’Neall was the daughter of Abijah O’Neall, who came to Montgomery County, settling at Yountsville in 1834. He was a miller and kept a country store. Also, he served as a surveyor and was a farmer, plus he sheltered escaped slaves for the Underground Railroad. 
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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Many adults begin to become less active as they age. But regular physical activity in older adults can be very beneficial. Physical activity can help delay, prevent or manage many costly chronic diseases. Although many know physical activity is helpful nearly 31 million adults over 50 are inactive. It is important that you assess your needs and abilities before starting any kind of exercise routine. If you have been inactive for a long period of time or are concerned about how increasing your physical activity may affect you, consult with your doctor. They can help you choose the right type, intensity and duration of the exercises that would work best for. 
    It is recommended that older adults participate in aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes each week. Over time, regular aerobic activity can make the heart and cardiovascular system stronger. Some examples of aerobic activity would be walking, swimming, dancing or riding a bike. If you are unable to reach the 150 minutes each week, you should be as physically active as your abilities will allow. 
    It is recommended that older adults also participate in muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. When doing so you should include all of the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms. Some examples activities would include using resistance bands, weight machines, hand held weights or even just carrying groceries. 
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Valentine’s Day wasThursday this week. By the time you read this, you’ll know if you’re in love. It’s a state that you know you’re in, not sure how you got there, yet know you never want to leave.
    I know what everyone else knows about love — nothing. That validates me as an expert.
    The real authorities, however, are the Greeks. They had seven types of love they believed everyone experiences over a lifetime. There is Eros, the love of the physical body. Eros was the Greek god of love and sexual cravings.
    Another love is Philia, or a heartfelt love that you have for a brother or sister, or for a best friend. Pragma is time-honored love. It was the highest form of love known to the Greeks. Think of the love your grandparents share.
    Ludus is playful love, a flirting, carefree love. Ludus folks would now be called “friends with benefits” — no deep roots, no strings attached. Agape is the love of the soul. The Bible talks about Agape, a deep unconditional love that never expects anything in return — a love from the goodness of the heart.
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    My wife casually mentioned to me the other night that my chest needed a little development. (While I suppose your better half is permitted to assess your upper half, I’d suggest not responding in kind.) She thinks my body lacks definition, but I disagree. It’s in the dictionary under scrawny. Women are definitely more interested in men having muscles than a sense of humor. No female has never said: “I wish Matthew McConaughey would put his shirt back on and tell more jokes.”
    I used to go to a gym to play racquetball, and I’d see men and women fine-tuning their physiques, yet I wasn’t inspired to fiddle with my own. Never really interested in the pure pursuit of brute strength, I would watch weightlifters during their routine. They’d pick up a heavy thing, then they’d put it down again. Such indecision.
    After this stinging critique of my body, I read in Prevention magazine that when you reach 45 years of age, you begin losing one percent of your bone density and muscle mass every year. Old photos of me from high school show there was very little mass to start with, although some did roll in across my midsection in the early ’80s. Density? I asked Mary Ellen about that, but she said not to worry, that I’m as dense as I’ve ever been—and she’s not one to just toss out compliments.
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  • Lucky in love, our guest also won an important horse
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Had such a wonderful time visiting with my amazing guest this week, who recently celebrated her 10 x 10th birthday. Yep, she is 100 but gave me to know that she’s not the oldest person in Waveland, Lillian Presslor is!
    Her home is like a museum, full of dolls, pictures and just wonderful family items. She apologized for the mess – no need – I loved it and although I stayed more than three hours, I could easily live there, not only for the nostalgia but because I so enjoyed visiting with this knowledgeable, interesting, sweet lady.
    Born in Paris, Illinois, she grew-up in Portland Mills, Indiana where she attended Russellville school and lived on the family farm where she began her working career at age seven when her mother was badly burned with hot canning wax while fixing tomatoes. There was a few week old baby at the house and no one else to help. Mom was forbidden to get her hands in water or do any work. So, washing, ironing, cooking became her life. She really loves being outdoors, though. Arranging, weeding and working in the flowers, gardening, she loves it all. Still does it, although she rides her golf cart around moving from place to place.
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  • Local judge right at home on the bench
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County Superior Court Judge Heather Barajas lights up when she’s asked about the best part of her job.
    Recently, Heather was kind enough to sit down and talk about her time on the bench, her career and life in general. Other than family, nothing made her smile like the adoptions she deals with in court.
    “I just want them to understand how much they are loved,” she explained. 
    That seems an odd comment from the person presiding over a variety of legal proceedings, but the former assistant district attorney has seen all sides.
    “I dislike when parents are ugly to each other and put their kids in the middle. This is such a big event. It means so much.”
    Heather said the youngsters usually leave court with one of two books, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss or You Are Special, by Max Lucado. She writes a note inside each so they child will have a personal message (as well as a stuffed animal) to commemorate the special day.
    As she described everything, it wasn’t clear who was most impacted, the child, the parents . . . or perhaps the judge?
    “I love adoption hearings,” she said. “It’s really the only time everyone leaves the courtroom happy.”
    Not everything in court has happy endings – although the ones that do tend to stick out.
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