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Monday, September 27, 2021
  • New book highlights Naptown’s history
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    Like a lot of us who grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, we got to watch Indianapolis go from Naptown (with heavy emphasis on nap) to the vibrant city it’s become today (leaving aside the insane crime rate for a minute).
    And like a lot of you from the same era, I take pride in the Circle City and enjoy frequent visits there for a variety of events, from sports to entertainment to dining. 
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  • Look for an interesting year on the local political front
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    I may not always agree with the League of Women Voters (heck, I don’t always agree with myself), but I love the Government Directory they publish. It is chock full of great information, including all the elected officials, precincts, boards and commissions, townships, libraries, schools and more.
    A. Lot. More!
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  • This, that and ‘tuther – take two
    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:00 AM

    NOTES FROM the back of an I Like Ike campaign button . . .

    * * *

    THERE WAS an abundance of tidbits from last week, so beg pardon but here’s take two of more ‘tuthers . . . 

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  • This, that & ‘tuther
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021 4:00 AM

    Notes from a 1982 Calvin College (in Grand Rapids, Mich.) postcard that offers a Crawfordsville connection . . . 

    * * *

    I HAD A boss a few decades ago who, when asked what she was doing, would answer “this, that and ‘tuther.” I never did learn what ‘tuther meant but she was the best boss I ever had,

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  • In the spirit of collegiality . . .
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    Ever had one of those days at work? Coffee spilled on your shirt in the morning, forgetting to do things all day (and the boss noticing), a nagging headache that just won’t go away (veiled reference to the boss again) and a phone that just won’t stop ringing.
    Yeah, that pretty much sums up my Tuesday.
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  • No evidence of defunding police here
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    We live in a crazy world. Parents can’t spank kids. Teachers have their hands tied when those unruly children arrive in class. Crime, especially shootings in metropolitan areas, happens at alarming rates. And people are calling for the de-funding of police departments. And to be clear, these aren’t the loony tunes who seem to attract TV cameras. No sir, these are duly elected members of city councils, state legislatures and our U.S. Congress who promote this insanity.
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  • Summer nights at the old drive-in theater
    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    A little while back one of my favorite writers – Butch Dale – wrote a great piece about life back in the day of drive-in movies and cruising. It sure brought back a lot of memories. Butch painted a vivid mental picture of weekend nights that included a trip to the Ben-Hur Drive-In Theater. I loved reading it because it not only was a story superbly told, but those weekends at the drive-in could have been almost anywhere in the U.S. 
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  • How soft are we now as a society?
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    Last week I touched some nerves apparently, because the backlash was quick and severe – some of it downright mean. (Although one comment made me chuckle when it said I was nowhere near the athlete Simone Biles or LeBron James are . . . wow, not exactly a news flash. But hey, when I was younger I actually was a pretty good athlete . . . but still nowhere near James and Biles. Trust me on that one!)
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  • Scattershooting across platforms
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an International Amphitheatre postcard, dated Aug. 26, 1968 . . .
    There’s a bit of a buzz coming from the venerable institution at the corner of Grant and Wabash. Seems the Wallies are coming back in a few weeks – classes start on Aug. 25 – and word is that vaccines are going to be required.
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  • This week’s message is brought to you by . . .
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    We take time out of our regular programming to bring you this special advertising announcement . . . 
    There. Full disclosure, the little paper that could depends on advertising dollars. So what I am about to write comes from that spot close to my heart – the wallet.
    As many of you know, the newspaper world is under attack. Let me say that again. We’re under attack. And please notice I did not say the newspaper world is dying. I didn’t say that because we’re not. 
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  • MUFFY is dead . . . Long live the new king
    Wednesday, July 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    For 50 years in this community, MUFFY was a proud leader of the pack. 
    I was lucky enough to have been around MUFFY in the early 1980s. I worked as a volunteer on the drive and was honored to serve on a couple of MUFFY-sponsored boards.
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  • God bless America . . . without many apologies
    Sunday, July 4, 2021 4:00 AM

    It’s Independence Day, the day we celebrate the founding of this great country of ours. So please forgive me for puffing out my chest a little and taking pride in what I and a few million of my friends believe is the greatest country on the face of this planet.

    And please also forgive me for not couching everything I am about to say in politically correct language. 

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  • Hammering home points on Olympic athlete
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    Holidays, are great, aren’t they? OK, I admit that they are pretty disruptive to work flow, but that’s also admitting – as my wife likes to point out – that I need a life.
    Gun to head (is that even politically correct to say anymore?), if I had to rank the holidays – the REAL ones, not National Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day – the 4th of July ranks near the top of my list. I’ve said it here before, I love Indiana and I love this country. 
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  • It’s a question of fairness
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    When the good Lord was handing out blessings, somehow I got more than my fair share. I have a wife who has put up with me for 38 years. That union produced two baby girls who turned into lovely young women . . . who produced four grandchildren . . . with more on the way. I grew up in God’s country and love the great state of Indiana. And I’ve had a career that’s allowed me to see this great country of ours from one coast to the other
    The Big Guy upstairs, with a lot of help from my mom, instilled a love of reading and writing that put me on a path to what I do today. 
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  • Hammer says time for fixing is ticking away
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    “What the hell is going on Timmons?” the big booming voice of John Hammer exploded, shattering what had been a quiet and peaceful Saturday morning in the office.
    “Apparently my heart medicine,” I shot back, hoping that whatever pills the cardiologist has me taking were doing their job.
    “I’ll give you three examples,” Hammer said, ignoring the obvious signs of cardiac distress.
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