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  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Senate Republican caucus recently unveiled our budget proposal to fund state government for the next two years.
    The proposal is balanced with strong “rainy day” reserves. The budget also continues to support students and teachers with a $775 million increase in K-12 funding.
    This week, my fellow senators and I voted down $200 million in additional state spending offered in amendments to the state budget by the Democrats, which would have thrown our budget out of balance.
    Keeping Indiana’s budget balanced means making tough decisions and living within our means, and I’m pleased with the work we put in to protect Hoosier taxpayers.
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’ve often wondered, if Jesus was God, and God knows all that has happened, is happening, and is about to happen, was Jesus afraid when he was brought before Caiaphas, setting into motion what would ultimately end in his death?
    After years of thought, the answer for me is, “Hell yes, he was afraid!”
    Before we delve too deeply into biblical history, let’s include a prudent disclaimer: I am neither a scholar of ancient history, nor am I a student of the bible. I went to Sunday School, but mostly for the snacks.
    While the other children rushed upstairs to class, I would lag behind with the other youthful backsliders in our church kitchen ‘sampling’ the cookies and juice, until Mrs. Phillips, our Sunday School teacher, would beckon us upward with a stirring rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” in the key of deaf.
    I have read the bible front to back several times, but honestly, it always leaves me with more questions than answers.
    Actually, on any given subject — like the story of Noah’s ark, for instance — I have a flood of questions (every pun intended). I’m still trying to figure out if there were any mosquitos onboard. If there were, and Noah accidentally swatted one of them, did he instantly regret it, or was his utterance of “Got the sucker!” the first in ancient history?
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    I always dread the arrival of the monthly AARP magazine. My wife picks through it and confronts me with ways we should amend our current financial and medical approaches to life in our senior years . . . 
    “Listen to this, Dick: men over 50—that’s you since 1997–who eat fish just once a month are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack and will live 10 years longer.”
    “Wow, now that is amazing! So, what’s for dinner?”
    “Turkey burgers. I don’t want to stink up the house. And consider this: chocolate is actually good for you. It says here that chocolate contains antioxidants and that it can prolong your life. But chocolate contains calories and fat that can cause obesity and heart disease. I guess it’s not all good news.”
    “Yes, Mary Ellen, that’s why they call it bittersweet chocolate. By the way, I read yesterday in the AARP magazine that the best place to put your money is in a CD that pays 7 percent. Why don’t we do that?”
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    There are four commonly known parenting styles, authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglectful. There have been numerous studies completed on how the different parenting styles effect children. Each style has their own set of pros and cons. However, a study from 2012 titled The Impact of Authoritative, Permissive, and Authoritarian Behavior of Parents on Self-concept, Psychological Health and Life Quality showed that the authoritative style has had more positive effects on children. 
    Parents who show a more authoritative parenting style are often high in responsiveness and demandingness. When they are setting rules for their children they listen and take into consideration their child’s thoughts and opinions. But the parents are still the ones making the final decision. When they set rules they are clear and consistent. They make sure that their child knows what the rules are and that they understands them. Studies have found that children who have this type of parent often perform better academically, engage in more extracurricular activities, are more confident and tend to have higher social skills. 
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  • A Black Mercedes is the dream car for this week's guest
    Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today’s young man loves orange. You’ll know that when (no peeking) you see his photo. I was impressed with this fella’ as he was so at ease talking to these two old folks (yep at Pizza Hut with the hubs). In fact, he noted that his strongest point, is talking to people. His weak point is the same as mine, being too trusting! Mrs. Stump, his French teacher ranks as his favorite at CHS and French his favorite subject although he really loved his finance class. That’s good as that’s what he plans on majoring in at Valparaiso when he goes in the fall. Jim and I both really enjoyed getting to know my male senior choice this year for the Around The County article feature.
    We had lots of laughs when he told us his mom and dad don’t spoil him but both sets of grandparents’ have always gone above and beyond. He giggled. With that said, he noted that all four of his grandparents are his heroes, all being realistic and teaching him wonderful, solid and good life lessons. As per the folks, he contributed his strong work ethics to them. My heart melted when he added, “I respect them to no end!” Definitely, he is out-going like his mom and can be serious when he needs to be like dad. Also, he gets his love of hunting and fishing from dad and enjoys sharing music with mom. He is an only child of an only child and said that’s exactly what he wants. Very down to earth, he thinks he could only raise one right because he wants to give all his attention to that person, being involved with everything. Plus, being in financing, he realizes it’s expensive. Besides that, he wouldn’t want to listen to bickering if there was more than the one!
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    A couple of years ago I wrote a column on what the world would look like if I was lord commander (yes, Game of Thrones is back). 
    To this day, I still hear about that once in a while and some of you have had some fun sharing what the world would look like under your watch.
    So, since we all know that the only thing that doesn’t change is . . . well, nothing. Here’s an updated version.
    In my world, police, firefighters and teachers would be among the highest paid folks in society.
    In my world, high school consolidation wouldn't be so widespread and small towns like Darlington, Ladoga, Waynetown, et al would still be thriving.
    In my world, there would be no such thing as class sports.
    In my world, the only way you would get a trophy would be to win a championship. Losing teaches valuable lessons: If you want to be better than the other guy, work harder. And when you work hard and still lose, stick out your hand and give the guy or gal who won the respect they deserve.
    In my world, my weight wouldn't look like perfect score in bowling, and I’d be closer to 40 than 70.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’ll tell you what no one wants to talk about: their toes.
    I could get people to discuss intimate details of their financial or their love lives before they would open up about their feet. Oh, sure, there are exceptions. 
    “I just had my first pedicure of the season!” says a friend of mine, showing off her toes with a stylish French pedicure in a pair of bright red sandals. I am also wearing sandals and make sure my feet are hidden under my chair as I compliment her lovely toes. 
    (Lovely toes! I think. Who has lovely toes over the age of 50? It’s unnatural.)
    The undeniable fact is, while our personalities get richer, our humor evolves, and our empathy grows, our feet just get uglier by the year. I once met a woman who said it was a requirement for every older woman to paint her toenails. 
    “Otherwise,” she insisted, “you look Amish or dead.” 
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  • 2019 Mazda Miata flips its hard lid
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    Back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda ripped souls out of classic European roadsters and planted them in the refreshingly reliable MX-5 Miata – a car that’s become the gold standard for pure sports cars, even rising from student to master while spawning the Fiat 124 Spider. But, the Miata has yet to conquer the near-luxury German roadsters from Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. The next front is opened with the MX-5 Miata RF that flips its hard lid.
    I love the Miata’s manual cloth top that can be flipped back with one arm in a fraction of a stoplight, but on the road, it has typical convertible flapping and road noise. Banishing all that is the RF’s coupe roofline with targa top. Unlike the Corvette’s targa roof, which is fully removed and stored in the luggage compartment, the RF’s is a one-button power affair that retracts behind the seats like a folding hardtop. In photos, the RF looks a little frumpy, but in the metal, looks really sexy.
    My favorite view is from the rear three-quarter where you can see the wide curvy fenders draped over 17” gray alloy wheels. Up front, the angry air inlet echoes the first-generation Miat, but is flanked by LED headlamps and running lights. The fastback roofline gives the car an entirely different profile – much more mature.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:39 AM
    Wow spring is finally here! Our volunteer drivers have escorted eleven veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and eight Veterans to Danville, Ill. hospital. I also received 58 phone calls to my office this past month and had seven veterans into my office for consultations. Any veteran that needs a ride to Danville, IL or Roudebush Hospital in Indy please call me at 765-361-4133 at least a week in advance. 
    We have two new volunteer drivers we are in the process of getting them signed up to drive the VA Vans. Thank you and I will give you their names after we have all the credentials in order. If you are still interested in being a volunteer van driver for us please call me at 765-361-4133. We will help you with the paperwork. 
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’m not sure if you have noticed, but there have been a consistent scheduling of ribbon cuttings in Montgomery County. Since January, there have been 12 ribbon cuttings and there are more scheduled in the near future. Ribbon cuttings are a free service the Chamber of Commerce offers to all businesses who are starting up or have another celebratory event they are wanting to commemorate. They are simple events to coordinate and have a small time commitment, but can make a big impact on the business or community involved. 
    So, what is the big deal of a ribbon cutting? A ribbon cutting is a sign of economic growth in a community and an indicator of attractiveness for businesses to invest in. Generally, when you see ribbon cuttings in your community, you are experiencing the result the hard work of the economic development group. Our community has established an Economic Authority joint venture between Montgomery County and the City of Crawfordsville. They have hired a consultant to assist them in the economic development efforts of our community and are accomplishing much. As you can see from the many ribbon cuttings, much work is being done to ensure our community’s growth and success. 
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 10:01 PM
    I hear the word “can’t” quite a bit:
    “Everyone talks about getting a good job, but my family can’t afford to send me to college.”
    “I’m willing to work, but I can’t make ends meet on my income.”
    “I have a family and I can’t find the time, freedom, or money or to go to college. I’m stuck.”
    “Even if I got a credential, I can’t imagine that anyone would hire me into one of those high-wage jobs. The system is rigged.”
    You may hear some of the same things. You may even say them yourself. But this April, as we celebrate National Community College Month, we are Ivy Tech Community College are focused on helping people understand that they can get an affordable education, succeed in college, make it work even with a job and a family, and find a great job after just two years. In fact, that is exactly why Ivy Tech exists—to turn “can’t” into “can”—and to transform lives in the process.
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 10:00 PM
    Did you know that 1 in 3 youth say that they have the skills to handle what twists and turns that life throws at them? Therefore, it is important that we provide youth with the opportunity to succeed; otherwise we all fail. That’s where the 4-H program comes in. The 4-H program meets youth and families where they live, serve community needs, and build critical life skills youth need to thrive. We all want our youth to succeed. The Indiana 4-H program helps youth build their career readiness, autonomy, and independence. 
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Clarinda Rose Nicholson stated at the age of 100 that the hardest thing to endure throughout her 10x10 years was to watch her three sons, the youngest only 15, shoulder their muskets and go off to the Civil War. One of those three was Elihu Nicholson, one of our two soldiers featured this week receiving a new government stone for his part in that war. We also are featuring his son, James F. Nicholson who was a soldier in the Spanish-American War. Oddly, all three of Clarinda’s sons who went off to fight for the North died in the same year, two just hours apart and all two years before their mother who was hale and hearty up to the very last weeks of her life. 
    There was incorrect information about James F. on findagrave as he was confused with his uncle, Elihu’s brother, James F. Nicholson. James F. Nicholson in the Oak Hill Grant Avenue cemetery is the son and was not in the Civil War as was originally noted on findagrave but served in the Spanish American war. He was a Christmas baby, born eight days before in 1869 and passed away in December as well, Dec 9, 1910. The Civil War soldier, James F., Elihu’s brother, is buried in Illinois. Just a warning on grabbing information, check it out, please! 
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  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, the Indiana Senate Republican caucus unveiled our budget proposal to fund state government for the next two years.
    Most importantly, the Senate Republican budget plan is balanced and maintains healthy “rainy day” reserves. Aside from anything else we do as a state, I believe it’s imperative that we keep Indiana’s budget balanced.
    The Senate Republican budget continues Indiana’s track record of putting K-12 education first by devoting over half of General Fund spending to our schools. Total funding for K-12 education would reach over $17 billion – a $775 million increase over the current state budget.
    Other highlights of the Senate Republican budget plan include:
    Providing $75 million to support the expansion of broadband internet access in rural communities.
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  • Friday, April 12, 2019 9:44 PM
    I’ve been trying to find recent photos of myself to post on Facebook that accurately reflect my current age. We got out some scrapbooks that featured shots of us during a few recent vacations.
    I found a really flattering one and I couldn’t help but comment to Mary Ellen that I thought I looked pretty good, maybe 10 years younger than my actual 72 years. My wife agreed completely, and then she skipped to the next photo from our cruise.
    “Who’s the old man gobbling down that giant sausage sandwich?” I asked.
    “That old man would be you, Dick.”
    “That can’t be me. That guy looks 85.”
    “You just didn’t take a very good picture that day.”
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