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Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • Live, in front of a studio audience . . .
    Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    High school was such a blur for me. Amongst all of the drama that is spewed out more than a New York Post tabloid that you see while waiting to buy bootleg Froot Loops from the fourth Dollar General in town, I would always remain inside the comfort of my head thinking about conspiracy theories and Hot Pockets. The talks about Justin Bieber coming out of irrelevancy for the third time in his career, and agricultural lingo would put me to sleep faster than chemistry class lectures. Sure, I loved to write while in Honors English classes, but having to write about all of that philosophical gobbledygook that my teachers would have me muster up became such a cliche (along with “Grammar and How to Properly Use It Vol. 20).
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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    What does it say about our culture when moms and their children are facing unbearable pain and trauma during the pandemic? This crisis has simply amplified the way women in the U.S. are undervalued, or not valued at all. While it is widely known that America lags far behind all other industrialized countries in paid maternity leave, appropriate childcare and suitable work/life balance for mothers, the challenges of the current public health crisis have brought to the fore just how bad we are as a country, a society, and a culture. 
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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    The most recent attack at the United States Capitol will most likely insure a permanent fence and additional security. The attack which resulted in the loss of life for a long serving Capitol police officer and the attacker is another senseless violent act. 
    Recently we have heard about a brutal attack on a Filipino woman in New York City. A 75-year-old Asian woman was brutally attacked in San Francisco and ten people were killed by a lone gunman at a grocery store in Boulder Colorado.
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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    Many of us have changed the way we purchase and prepare our food over the past 12 months. Families now spend more time cooking at home. We are learning that local meat provides a better and more affordable alternative to the big box store.
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  • The lasting effect of friends and good acquaintances
    Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    John Donne wrote centuries ago “No man is an island.” Sometimes I think we may run our lives in a fashion that we think we are an island.
    If we are blessed, we surround ourselves with family, friends, acquaintances, but are they really part of us and we a part of them? There are those who seldom find their way from their self-exile on their personal island to actually share with others a sunset, a walk on the beach or watching a kite bounce in the sea breeze.
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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    Fifty years ago this spring, my wife and I, both Air Force intelligence officers, returned to Udorn Air Base, Thailand from an “in-country rest & recuperation” trip to Chaing Mai. That night I worked the mid-shift in the intel shop at headquarters 7/13th Air Force. It fell to me to prepare and deliver the morning intelligence briefing to the major general who thought he ran air operations in Northern Laos; a delusion since that war was run by the U.S. Department of State and the CIA with Air Force support. 
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  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    In the late 1980s, as a pre-med major at the University of Pittsburgh, I pulled many all-nighters at Scaife Hall at Pitt’s School of Medicine. My friend Dirk and I knew the only way we would ever make breakfast at the cafeterias at the Towers or Lothrop dorm-halls was by staying up all night studying and then sauntering in zombie-like at 6:00 a.m. for eggs and pancakes. Otherwise, the typical early morning fare for me and my buddies was “O Fries” from the iconic Original Hot Dog Shop, washed down with cheap beer around 2:00 a.m.
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  • Butch says: You are so beautiful to me . . . well, maybe
    Saturday, April 10, 2021 7:26 AM
    Let me ask you a question . . . Has anyone ever begged you to do something for a good cause, or on a dare . . . and you agreed to do it . . . and then later on you had second thoughts? Well, that's what I thought. I guess we all have. But you are stuck with your decision, and you follow through. It just takes willpower and courage. Here is an example of some good guys who had a LOT of courage and true dedication to their hometown . . . 
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  • Can I still suspend my Social Security benefits?
    Saturday, April 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: Is it still possible to suspend Social Security benefits for a time? And, if so, how often? Signed: Curious Senior

    Dear Curious Senior: If you have already reached your full retirement age and are receiving Social Security benefits which you claimed earlier, you can voluntarily suspend your benefits to earn Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs) and get a higher benefit amount when your payments are resumed.
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  • Expectations already sky high for Purdue basketball next year
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Wait until next year was the rallying cry of the Brooklyn Dodgers for decades until they finally beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
    Next year can’t come soon enough for Purdue men’s basketball and the other 66 NCAA tournament teams that failed to accomplish what Baylor did Monday night, win the national championship.
    Expectations will be much higher for the Boilermakers, who were among the nation’s youngest basketball teams in 2020-21.
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  • Time to debunk myths about public notices
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s time to debunk the myth of the financial burden advertising public notices places on local government units.
    The cost is the No. 1 cited reason given by representatives of local government associations while testifying for the elimination of the publication requirement for a specific public notice or all public notices. 
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  • National Volunteer Week salutes local county volunteers
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Each year, thousands of volunteers in Indiana donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 47th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021.
    Research reported by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 30% of adult Americans (77.3 million) volunteered 7.9 billion hours of service worth $167 billion in 2018.
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  • Born on 4th of July - well almost, but he had spirit
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dellie Craig at the Crawfordsville District Public Library knew I’d love the picture of this man and equally as important, his license to practice medicine in Montgomery County. I’m a freak on our early doctors – love to research ‘em and find out what they did, if they saved someone in unusual circumstances, enjoy discovering their family members – well, you get it - I love to write their biographies.
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  • Well, that explains a lot . . .
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    Life in the big-city newspaper world is a non-stop, busy – sometimes hectic – whirlwind of frantic activity.
    The constant clanging of teletype machines, copy boys scurrying about, being yelled at by crusty copy editors enveloped in blue-gray clouds of cigarette smoke.
    Oh, sorry – wrong decade. Still though, we’re pretty danged busy.
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  • LWV talks waste, recycling, responsibility
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you take a stroll or a run through Montgomery County, keep your eyes to the ground. You’ll notice what people discard without much thought: vape pods, aluminum cans, plastic bottles (some half full of brown spittle), plastic ware and nowadays, masks. Almost everything is “single use.” Easy come, easy go, the saying supposes. What did the world look like before packaging exploded into existence?
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