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  • Friday, December 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Humor is nothing more than observing the truth from a slightly different point of view. During 2018, I had my share of experiences—both good and bad—that led to this year’s 50-plus columns. Some thanks are in order:
    Thanks to my surgeon, who taught me how to do Kegels. Good manners prevent me from explaining exactly what this involves (guys, ask your wives), but Mary Ellen called me the King of Kegels because I exceeded the required number of repetitions each day. “I do feel like The King,” I said as I headed off to work, “and right now my Pelvis is leaving the building.”
    Thanks to my own spaciness that resulted in a hurried trip one morning to pick up my medication at CVS. I had planned to go next door afterward for a cup of coffee. I pulled up to the window and presented my prescription. “I’m sorry, Sir,” said the lady at the drive-thru, “we don’t have Lipitor, this is Dunkin’ Donuts.”
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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:54 PM
    December is here and it sure is cold outside. Our Volunteer drivers escorted five veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis and two veterans to Danville Hospital Danville, Ill. Any veterans that would like to schedule a ride to either of the Hospitals should contact me at (765) 361-4133 at least one week in advance of your appointment. The phone lines were busy this last month as I had forty phone calls into the office and eleven visitors to the office. Our office hours are as follows: Monday and Wednesday all day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. then on Tuesday and Thursday I am here from 9 a.m. to noon. The veterans of Montgomery County receive each month $89,500 in benefits. 
    This month Marco’s Pizza at 400 West Market Street Crawfordsville, IN had a Fund Raiser on Wednesday the 12th of December for the Veterans Service Office and it was 15% all day for carry out or dine in customers. The money raised will go towards Christmas gifts for the veterans in the Montgomery County nursing homes. Also we need to remember December 7th 1941 as a day that will live in Infamy this was the beginning of WWII. It is of great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our 41st President George H. W. Bush. He was a great man and patriot. 
    We also need to remember that in January 2019 military retirees, those who receive disability for other benefits from the Department of Veterans ‘Affairs, Federal Retirees, and Social Security recipients’ will see a 2.8% pay raise in their checks in 2019.
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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Indiana has a very clear position on our judicial rights: “The courts should be fully financed by the state. Access should be guaranteed to all residents without delay, regardless of their financial situation.” In a recent League of Women Voters “Lunch with the League” program, Bryan Donaldson, Montgomery County’s Chief Public Defender, explained how his office works and why it is so vital in ensuring the rights of all citizens.
    The current public defender’s office is just less than a year old. Prior to that, local attorneys handled cases for indigent clients on a contract basis but the workload became overwhelming. It was difficult to even find private attorneys who were willing to work with the courts. Their own practices would suffer when they acted as public defenders. There are still two contract attorneys involved with the office who handle cases when a conflict of interest occurs.
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  • Seeds have been planted
    Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series about collaborative economic and community development efforts between the City of Crawfordsville, County Commissioners, and County Redevelopment Commission. 
    By Cheryl Morphew
    President of CRMorphew Consulting LLC 
    Construction has been the theme this year throughout the community. While frustrating for some, construction in the economic development world is a very good thing. In fact, it is a positive indicator about the level of confidence in the local community. Investors—be it private or municipal—only invest when they have the financial capacity to do so and can receive a solid return on the investment (ROI), both of which signify a healthy economy. Another reason we in the economic development field love construction is that it clearly is a sign of growth and of better things to come. In most cases when a municipality or public body initiates construction it reflects their proactive efforts to improve their community which in turn can bring new residents, new talent, and new business investment. Here are just a few of the many examples that have occurred or are still occurring in our community.
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  • Afraid of heights, this week's guest's favorite place is The Grand Canyon
    Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Didn’t grow-up with my guest today. She didn’t work for us at the restaurant. Nor is she a high school friend of one of my kids, although my daughter likes her a lot since they’ve met. Considering my age and how long I’ve known her, I’d say she’s indeed a new friend. We got to know each other during the semester I taught English at CHS. We saw each other several times a day and she was always sweet, polite and supportive. Certainly, she helped make my time there a delight!
    She’s a true Athenian that’s for sure. When I see her, she almost always has her gold and blue on. There is always a boa, scarf, something in her hair, or whatever to show she’s a real CHS fan. In fact, her love for the Athenians began very early on during second grade when she was the high school mascot and lead the group out of the large Athenian head during home basketball games. Her much older cheerleading sister (now living in Connecticut) volunteered her for that – she loved the job of cheering the school team. Obviously, she still does! Although she doesn’t work at the school anymore, she can often be seen taking tickets and watching sports events. She noted, “It keeps me connected to the kids, friends, school and community.” 
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  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    What a year! It was just about a year ago that the little paper that could followed the lead of some companies that close up shop for a week at the end of a year, do some general housecleaning, assess where things stand and look ahead.
    We did that, and you were kind enough to allow it. It’s like we’ve said a thousand times, this is far more your paper than ours. So boss, if it’s OK with you again, we’re going to take what’s a lost week anyways and use it to clean up, look ahead and, oh yeah, do a little Christmas celebrating. 
    What that means is that our offices will be closed the week of Christmas. Actually, we would’ve been closed Monday for Christmas Eve and Tuesday for Christmas, so this only impacts Wednesday to Friday.
    In addition, we’re giving our printer a Christmas break and only publishing our Online Edition that week as well as keeping the website up to date on obituaries and any breaking news. Of course we’ll give our print subscribers credit so that they don’t lose out.
    So, is this just a week for goofing off? As much as I’d like to, we’re going to be getting our heads together and talking about what’s next. I would tell you to expect big changes, but in today’s world, it’d really only be news if we didn’t have big changes, right? Don’t know about you, but it astounds me as to how much things constantly change. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – William D. Taylor
    Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    So little is known about this week’s soldier. Evidently William D. Taylor owned a boarding house as he had 15 people living there, with nine different names and various occupations in the 1870 census. He owned $1,400 in real estate with $200 personal property in Ward 2 of Crawfordsville. Quite a fortune for a colored man at that time. 
    He joined the service on January 4, 1864 and remained in Co. D 28th Colored Infantry until July of 1865 when all the members of the company were discharged in Corpus Christi, Texas. Co. D consisted of mainly men from Marion, Montgomery, Orange, Vanderburgh and Vigo County, but only one of those that I saw, Corporal Abraham Richy, is noted as from Montgomery. About 95% say Marion County, but my guess is that means where they were when they joined. 
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  • Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    My patient Jim asked me to re-run my column about warts. They are very common - it’s estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10 to 20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.
    Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses (HPV). When people hear HPV they often think of genital warts that are caused by particular strains of HPV virus, some of which have been associated with cervical, mouth and throat cancers. There are over 100 known types of HPV, all of which share the characteristic of being able to infect skin cells.
    Warts are spread by direct or indirect contact with another person who has them. People can also spread them from one body location to another. They commonly attack skin that is dry, cracked or has an open wound. The incubation period from infection to development of a wart is usually one to three months, but may take years.
    The appearance of warts runs the gamut from small flat lesions to large, raised ones. Larger warts are typically seen on the palms or soles of the feet. “Planter’s wart” is common misnomer for a wart on the bottom of the foot. These warts have nothing to do with gardening or farming. The proper term is “plantar wart.” Plantar is the anatomic term for the bottom surface of the foot. These warts usually appear to have a central core or seed, hence their other common name, “seed wart.” These “seeds” are actually small blood capillaries that have clotted.
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  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently awarded a combined $100 million to Indiana towns, cities and counties to improve their roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program, which was established by the General Assembly in 2016.
    Through this program, INDOT matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 receive a 75/25 percent match, while counties with populations of at least 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of at least 10,000 receive a 50/50 percent match. 
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Last week, I continued my tradition of lampooning the annual Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas gift catalog. This week, I’ve looked back on some 300 items and pick my favorites from the past 15 years. Some are still available in the current collection . . . still more are in garage sales.
    THE GORILLA IN THE ROOM: This is a 96-inch inflatable PVC gorilla for those people who love the expression “That's the 800-pound gorilla in the room.” Sure, this might be a funny conversation piece the first time your friends see it, but it will quickly become the 19-pound gorilla on eBay.
    THE 36-IN-ONE POCKET TOOL: This Swiss Army knife includes scissors, nail file, pen, bottle opener, and screwdriver, to name just a few components. Out in time for Christmas will be the French Army Knife, with 36 different corkscrews. 
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  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Redistricting is one of the top issues supported by the League of Women Voters of Indiana.
    What is Redistricting? Redistricting is the process used by government bodies to redraw the boundaries of electoral districts. Rules and criteria for redistricting vary by state and by governmental body, but Federal law requires that districts have about the same number of residents and that redistricting processes comply with the Voting rights Act, which protects voting rights and prohibits voting laws that discriminate against racial, ethnic, or language minorities.
    In Indiana the General Assembly draws the United State Congress and the General Assembly district maps. The process takes place every ten years using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    What is Gerrymanderng? Partisan gerrymandering is the practice of drawing districts to benefit a particular party or candidate. Both Democrats and Republicans engage in gerrymandering. The party in power draws the maps.
    Why is reform needed? Gerrymandering reduces competition. In 2018, only 58% of the candidates for the Indiana House and Senate had a major party opponent. Gerrymandering discourages voting because people do not vote without competition. In recent years, Indiana has been among the states with the lowest turnout. In the 2016 general election, Indiana fell in the bottom 15 states for voter turnout and in 2014 had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country. Statewide turnout in the May, 2018 primary was just 20%.
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  • No kids allowed in bed ... until Opal came along
    Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    These two work together every day. She teaches second; he the high-ability third graders. “We love going to work,” they chimed, indicating they have not only a passion for teaching and children, but life in general!
    She grew-up in Brazil and did dance and drill team, although she said she’s not particularly athletic or a girly-girl. He lived right across the street from where he teaches today. I particularly enjoyed how this man received his job. It was in his folks’ backyard at his college graduation open house. Bob Tandy shook his hand with an offer for employment! Still there, still loves it! 
    His life revolved around basketball and baseball. He has coached many of South’s 1,000 point men (he ranking quite high in points, as well), including his oldest son and wouldn’t doubt the younger two won’t accomplish that as well. Their whole family is involved today. The oldest of three, she has a brother and sister and he is the youngest of two sons. Stay tuned for information on their three C’s. 
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Americans tend to gain about one to two pounds during the holidays. While this doesn’t sound like much, research tells us that this adds up over the years. If you gain 1 to 2 pounds each year and never lose from the year before, this can result in a 10 pound weight gain. And it is so much harder, and less fun, to take off than it was to put on. 
    Don’t skip meals.
    We often take the mentality of skipping meals so that we can save the calories for a later meal, that we know is going to be high in calories. This is a bad idea. This can actually cause you to eat more. Just like you have heard since childhood, never skip breakfast. People who consume breakfast tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day. Make sure you are including high fiber foods. Fruits and Vegetables can be eaten in larger quantities to satisfy hunger, while being low in calories. 
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    We’ve stated before that economic development will not happen overnight, and it won’t happen in the absence of a plan. Last year, the County RDC sanctioned an Economic Development Plan to study the feasibility of growth in certain areas of our county. Areas like I-74 / S.R. 32 and south of S.R. 32 in the Nucor corridor. That plan verified what elected and appointed officials already knew: utility infrastructure was a challenge because it didn’t exist, but more importantly it identified what types of infrastructure, and at what capacities, would turn that around. From that, plans have now been developed in cooperation with the Regional Sewer Board to install water and sewer to those areas to support future growth. This is so critically important from a business development perspective. There has been no growth in those two areas for many years simply because there is no water and sewer. The old adage build it and they will come holds true. When companies are looking to locate to a community or specific site, they are most interested in those communities who are prepared, not those who say, “if you come, then we will build”. Speed-to-market for business is so critical today that those communities who are not ready are overlooked.
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  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Ever wonder when you left the sane, normal world we grew up in and landed in some other dimension? A dimension where:
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas is called racist because Franklin, an African-American character in Charles M. Schulz’ famous Peanuts strip, is shown seated on one side of the table by himself (I thought it might be so he could stay away from the dirt off Pigpen).
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is flagged as promoting bullying because “all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.”
    It doesn’t stop there.
    • The movie is also sexist because Rudolph’s dad tells his mom that she can’t look for the missing reindeer because it’s “man’s work.”
    Wait, we’re not done.
    • There’s advice that we should not have Christmas cookies shaped like Christmas trees with red and green sprinkles because they are not inclusive.
    But want to know the one that gets me the most?
    • It’s not OK to have a holiday party. Seriously! A holiday party! It wasn’t that long ago I learned we can’t have Christmas parties or say Merry Christmas because that was politically incorrect. Now we can’t even have holiday parties because (are you ready for this) not everyone has holidays in December. So the advice is, any parties near the end of this month should be “end of year” parties.
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