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Thursday, December 3, 2020
  • VSO issues monthly report
    Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:00 AM
    Well the month of December is here and the weather has changed and it is with temperatures in the low 30s.
    Well now the Veteran Roudebush Hospital and Danville, Ill. hospitals are all open for limited access for appointments but nothing available for drivers to take veterans to the VA. We have had no veterans go to the VA this month. 
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  • This Boone County man's name was a household prayer
    Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:00 AM
    Not far into Boone County William H. Burroughs was born August 19, 1849 to William M. and Evaline Sanford Burroughs almost exactly a year after their marriage. It was William’s second marriage and William H. joined other siblings with two others (Thomas and Sarah) later joining him. His father was a farmer near the Hazelrigg area and William H. grew up learning a great deal about that career. His schooling as a boy mainly was through an academy in Lebanon. His first love was decidedly teaching which he did for a dozen years, until health sent him another direction. 
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  • Humor that could come from either side of the aisle
    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 4:00 AM
    OK, so half the country has lost its mind. Which half? Depends on what side of the fence you’re standing on. 
    Add to that the anger and frustration we’re seeing and things don’t look so good right now.
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  • LWV: We need more youth in democracy
    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 4:00 AM
    In 2020, young people showed up for democracy.
    Every Hoosier county reported more than 50 percent of those registered voted, a record not achieved since 1992. This year, the vote among 18-29 years old increased by about 10 percent. According to Tufts University’s CIRCLE non-partisan research center on youth civic engagement, young voters were 52 to 56 percent of all votes cast. 
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  • Are you ready to learn how to be a cowboy?
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:00 AM
    Steve was just sitting there on the tailgate of his pickup, looking out at the world and thinking he’s doing all right. The two little kids walking down the sidewalk saw their favorite cowboy sitting there and grinned.
    “Hi Steve!”
    “Oh hey there, Bobby … Sylvia … how you kids doing these days?”
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  • A nice long chat with an old friend . . . on Zoom
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:00 AM
    Yesterday, I had a nice long Zoom chat with an old friend. 
    I know this is nothing remarkable these days, but it was the first time my friend Andrew had used Zoom and I was frankly a little surprised. 
    Andrew isn’t on Facebook. “It’s none of anyone’s business what I’m up to!” he tells me. 
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  • Advent-ually, things surely will get better
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:00 AM
    Sunday marked the first day of Advent. Advent is the period of time on the Christian liturgical calendar –– a season, if you will –– which leads up to Dec. 25, the day we commemorate the birth of Christ.
    Advent covers the span of four weeks preceding Christmas, and includes all four Sundays. In Eastern Orthodox tradition, it is the 40 days prior to Christmas. The word advent comes to us from the Middle English folks, by way of the Latin, meaning “coming toward” us.
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  • Answering questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines – part 1
    Monday, November 30, 2020 4:00 AM
    A lot of my patients and friends have been asking me questions about COVID-19 vaccines. I’m sure many of you have read or seen information about the vaccines in the news, but I’ll start from scratch for those who have not. This is a huge topic and rather than try to squeeze some basic information into one column, I’ve chosen to go into more detail and split up my treatise over three weeks.
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  • 2021 Genesis G90 chases the classics in Auburn, Indiana
    Monday, November 30, 2020 4:00 AM
    I recently had an opportunity to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Ind. – one of my all-time favorite collections, stocked with history’s most coveted motorcars. There will be a full tour and interview with the museum’s curator coming soon, but I enjoy nothing more than spending a few hours communing with the Duesenbergs in their art deco showroom. 
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  • Butch says it was a great day . . . for sure!!!!
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 6:23 AM
    In 1960 . . . What did you do today, Butch?
    "Well, I woke up at 7 a.m., and my Mom fixed me bacon and eggs, toast and jelly, and a glass of orange juice. Dad had already milked the cows and was back in the field plowing corn. I fed the sows, gathered the eggs and watered the calves. Then I walked over and helped my neighbor, Forrest Flaningam, collect honey from his beehives.
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  • No simple answer to question on when to claim benefits
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: I'm almost 59 and hope to retire from working soon. Should I take Social Security as soon as possible, or wait for the maximum amount?
    Signed: Planning Ahead

    Dear Planning Ahead: I’m afraid there’s no simple answer to your question, except “it depends.” It depends on your health; it depends on your need for the money when you retire; and it depends on your life expectancy. Plus, your marital status may also influence your decision on when to claim. 
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  • The prospects for Trump & Pence in 2024
    Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:00 AM
    Whether it was North Side Gym in Elkhart or the Southport Fieldhouse, or packing Evansville's Ford Center with 11,000 supporters in September 2018, President Trump was at the spearhead of a populist movement. His MAGA rallies filled Indiana's basketball palaces, with thousands who couldn't get in standing outside.
    In contrast, at a solo Oct. 22 campaign rally at Fort Wayne International Airport, Vice President Mike Pence drew a very, very modest 400 supporters.
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  • Pass interference call against Boilers was downright offensive
    Friday, November 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    Unlike Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, this columnist is not subject to disciplinary action from the Big Ten Conference. So allow me to say what Brohm couldn’t following Friday night’s theft by referee at Minnesota.
    In 50 years of watching college football, the offensive pass interference call that wiped out the go-ahead touchdown and likely cost Purdue a 38-34 victory ranks among the worst. One national website claimed it was “perhaps the worst call in college football history.”
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  • Pizza in a Can and Christmas Dinner in a Can
    Friday, November 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    My son Brett has wisely chosen to bring his lunch to work every day, avoiding dining in restaurants during the pandemic. I asked him what he was taking to eat in his company’s breakroom, and his response was: frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I had never heard of these and bought a box out of curiosity (you have to defrost them first) and now I’m hooked on the stupid things. In fact, I have to hide them in the downstairs freezer behind the Healthy Choice dinners. If my wife finds out what I have been paying for this rip-off, she may never microwave anything good for me again.
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  • Keeping houseplants happy in winter
    Friday, November 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    Houseplants are key to my happiness, especially during the doldrums of winter. Having a little greenery in the house (or a lot, in my case – about 40 different plants!) has beneficial effects for the mind. Studies at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M have shown that studying or working around houseplants results in increased concentration and productivity, and can even increase memory retention by 20%! This comes in handy for anyone that can keep plants at their workplace, including those of us working from home this season. 
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