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Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • 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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  • Couldn’t disagree with LWV more . . .
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Are you reading the three-part series from the League of Women Voters about the Electoral College? I hope you are. It’s interesting, well-researched and, as always, well-written.
    And I couldn’t disagree with it more.
    But thank God for them for writing it.
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  • Dear graduates, listen up . . . or not
    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s that time of year – except I did not sit by the phone and wait for the call that never comes. I have no idea why schools aren’t beating a path to my door to see if they could secure me as their graduation speaker. Perhaps they all think I’m just too busy; that I couldn’t possibly cram another speech in.
    Hmmmm. OK, let me check my calender. Hey, what do you know! Turns out I’m wide open!
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  • Well, it’s not quite Green Eggs and Ham, but . . .
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    With sincere apologies to Theodor Seuss Geisel, or maybe I should use his more well-known literary pseudonym – Dr. Seuss.

    One mask, two mask, black mask, white mask.
    Do not ask.
    Just wear your mask.
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  • Tiptoeing through the tulips, and other random thoughts . . .
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    Scribbles from the back of a Eugen Peter Jeljenic for president bumper sticker . . . 
    * * *
    I’VE HAD A virtual plethora of feedback from a lot of you (well, OK, the eight or nine who regularly read my scribblings) about a few columns lately. The consistent theme seems to be that my points are on target . . . along with a question: Why aren’t more people making those points?
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  • Problems are obvious; are answers?
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    Recently I wrote a piece in which I challenged anyone who thinks I’m a racist to step up and prove it. All my writings are out there in the public domain and so if I wrote it, it’s there.
    The response was overwhelming . . . that I didn’t write a single thing that crossed a line.
    And the response from the anonymous posters who now had to come out from behind the shadows . . . crickets.
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  • Jim Johnson hits ground running as GOP chair
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00 AM

    The current status of the Republican Party in Montgomery County is in the hands of a young man with virtually no political experience.

    And that might not be a bad thing.

    Jim Johnson took over as the county GOP chair when predecessor Dan Guard decided not to run for another term. The 31-year-old Western Boone graduate has a background in media, but not politics. 

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  • A response, and a challenge, to critics
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    For the regular eight or nine of you who read my rambles, this week may come as a bit of a surprise. For anyone else who has just happened along, the surprise is that I don’t normally respond to criticism or argue with readers. My view has always been, I’m lucky enough to have a spot for my two cents each week. It’s my point of view and no one else’s (which, I think, I’m entitled to). Therefore, as logic goes, so is everyone else. If they agree or disagree with something I wrote, that’s their God-given right – and why should I have a problem with that?
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  • Former GOP chair leaves big shoes
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    Just a few years ago the Montgomery County Republican Party was in disarray. Some blamed leadership, others blamed different ideology – whatever the reason, the divide was as wide as an ocean and didn’t seem to be shrinking.
    Enter Suanne Milligan.
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  • Getting down to root of the problem . . .
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    I understand disagreements.
    Been married almost 40 years and have two full-grown daughters. In our house, the male hormones were seriously outnumbered.
    I. Understand. Disagreements.
    So when it comes to voter fraud, I get it that we are going to have different views. 
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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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  • Two-way street? Maybe not
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:00 AM
    I love ‘70s music. The ‘60s are pretty darn close. We all have our own musical tastes, but for me, the era of Motown, mixed in with some good, old fashioned rock’n’roll from the ‘60s and ‘70s is the best there is.
    The iPod had my favorite playlist going Saturday morning. The office was deserted and I was on a roll. The tune was straight out of 1972 . . . the O’Jays belting out one of their big hits, Backstabbers . . . 
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  • Voice of County laid to rest
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dick Munro, the man with the great pipes who was known as the voice of Montgomery County, was laid to rest yesterday.
    Fittingly, the heavens opened a bit after the services and shed a tear.
    Heaven’s gain is our loss.
    3 comment(s)
  • In the winter of life . . . .
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    I used to write for a living, and it was the most fun job I ever had. Then, in my so-called infinite wisdom, I decided I wanted to move up the corporate ladder and become a boss.
    What was I thinking?
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  • Good goal, good start
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    Monday morning found a couple dozen folks sitting in a big room in Fusion 54. If they all knew exactly what was going on, then they were way ahead of me . . . not that that would be unusual.
    All I knew going in was I got an invite to show up and listen to a discussion about adding 100 jobs and 100 houses in Montgomery County.
    Who can argue, it’s a great idea. And it sounds neat.
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