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  • A delightful and different ATC for you today
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    Let’s get this perfectly straight – I cannot write poetry – it is pathetic (ask any kid I ever taught in school) however, I appreciate aspects of poetry. To me, poetry must speak to you. The second thing is that it must relate to you in some way and when I read the poem, The Ones Who Came Before by Dianne Combs, I loved it, as it spoke to me loudly and clearly and I can relate to almost every word. I asked her if I could use it as I had an idea.
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  • Sen. Boots shares latest from Statehouse
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unique challenges for our state and the entire nation, and my colleagues and I in the General Assembly are working on legislation in response to a variety of these issues.?To improve visitation access for long-term care facilities, my colleagues and I voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 202, which would require nursing homes and other residential care facilities to allow their residents to participate in the Compassionate Care Program and Essential Caregiver Program. 
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  • Book on Indiana history fascinating read
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was a young man, a great weekend would involve being with my girlfriend, playing softball with good friends and enjoying a few cold beverages. As time went by, the girlfriend became my wife, and those good friends and cold beverages were plopped in front of a sporting event on TV (there were a lot less injuries that way).
    Now, my wife and I enjoy spending weekends avoiding the TV, opting instead to wander Indiana, and hoping to run into some of those good friends. Along the way we tend to find a few festivals and flea markets. And once there, I always try to find the booths that have books.
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  • Representative democracy should represent everyone, but doesn’t
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was young and under the scourge of thinking I knew it all now, I made an argument with my father claiming that the will of the majority ought to prevail, such was the crux of democracy. My father countered, “Shouldn’t the needs of the minority be protected?” His answer blindsided me. I wasn’t sure of which minority he spoke--he was a ride-or-die conservative who long held that his party needed to dominate and fix America as if there was only one way to do that. He didn’t mean to, but his contrarian response broke something loose in my thinking. 
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  • A happy little pill called Betcha-wish-ya-hadn’t
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Nature hates a vacuum, and so does Windy Wilson. The other day, emerging from the drug store, he looked around, and, finding no handy audience, spoke instead to the world.
    “Dad-gum ol’ Doc, anyway,” he said. “He’s one-a my bestest pals, but if you go to him for a mizz-ry, he makes you do some things and quit doin’ some other things. Them things Doc wants you to do you don’t wanna do, and the things he wants you to quit doin’ are stuff you bin savin’ up to do a buncha years now.
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  • A, I . . . A, I . . . A, I, Oh!
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    My Uncle Dick had a donkey. If you tickled “Rosie” under the chin, she would bleat out a whimpering “B-a-a-a” sound, that on most days was so authentic that Stanley the Suffolk ram would come galumphing toward the sound in full raging glory.
    My Uncle Dick enjoyed tormenting Stanley.
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  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and various other lymphoid neoplasms
    Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. My knowledge of the subject was a bit dusty before I started researching this column. Medical knowledge of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has rapidly evolved over the last decade or so. It is 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.
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  • Such a good book and such a good recommendation
    Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    I’ve always loved librarians. 
    I remember my first school librarian. Her name was Mrs. Scheau, and she rode a bicycle to school, back when this was still a novelty. She wore a plaid skirt every day, and she was enormously kind. 
    I had no idea how to find a book I would like to read (and isn’t this still a challenge?) But Mrs. Scheau would always have a suggestion when I walked in. 
    “What should I read next, Mrs. Scheau?” And she would hand me the next book. 
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  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers first-class family travel
    Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    My family has spent way too much time in our house during the last few months – because of COVID, winter temps, and admittedly, general laziness. We needed to get away, to have a retreat. With the completely redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade in the driveway and just two and a half hours between us in Indianapolis and the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park, we loaded up to go.
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  • A look at life through the eyes of a childhood neighbor
    Sunday, February 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of the greatest men of God of our time is undisputedly Billy Graham. The reach of his ministry has touched the four corners of the earth.
    I remember watching a message he delivered in Louisville, Ky. some years ago. He shared his realization that he was finally old, when not too long ago he thought of himself as young. He went on to say that this point in life was “definitely not the golden years.” But he feels it is a good time to look back on life and come closer to God.
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  • Forget icy weather, things are heating up at Purdue
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:31 AM
    Considering this week’s heavy snow and generally poor February weather (thanks Punxsutawney Phil), here’re two reasons to have a sunnier outlook today.
    Spring training for Major League Baseball is under way, with the first exhibition game scheduled for Feb. 28.
    Second, Purdue spring football practice began Friday.
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  • Avoiding WEP, GPO reductions
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:15 AM
    Dear Rusty: I am a retired Texas teacher receiving my State pension. I retired in February 2009, before the end of a “loophole” which affected my future Social Security. I had earned enough credits to receive Social Security benefits in addition to my Teachers Retirement System (TRS) pension. At 62 I began getting my SS benefit (reduced by my TRS pension). 
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  • Another Kroger? Unlikely
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    This week we have a question that probably hits near and dear to a lot of hearts from the east end of Crawfordsville. It comes from Debi Scruggs and is about grocery shopping, or rather the lack of an ability to grocery shop over there.

    Dear MAC,
    Is Kroger's planning to build a store near Pace Dairy??? Or anywhere in Crawfordsville?
    Debi Scruggs
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  • The ban on columns making fun of my wife now lifted
    Friday, February 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    I told my wife the other day that the stress of writing a weekly newspaper column was getting to be too much for me. “Look, Mary Ellen, we have been pretty much stuck in the house for a year and there’s nothing left to write about. The other problem is that you put a stop to articles making fun of you. That really makes things more difficult.”
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  • Butch had fun at the old pool room
    Friday, February 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    "Fellers, I served Butch his first ice cream cone at the pool room, and after that first lick, his eyes were as big as silver dollars!" . . . I guess that I listened to my barber, Slim Greve, tell that to his customers hundreds of times . . . in fact, almost every time he cut my hair. Now you might wonder why a barber would be serving ice cream in a pool hall. 
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