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Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Life is easy – too easy maybe?
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    We got trouble, my friend, right here in C’ville city. Trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for politics.
    (OK, that’s not as smooth as “pool,” but you get the drift – and my apologies to the wonderful Harold Hill, aka, Robert Preston).
    We’re all about comparisons today, so I hesitate to say that life now is any better or worse than it was in the 1960s when riots and protests shook our cities. Or the late 1970s when crime was rampant, there were long lines at gas stations and we had Americans held hostage for an incredible 444 days. Or the Great Depression of the 1930s, the World Wars of the teens and forties . . . and on and on and on.
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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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  • Chicken Little’s warning, or sign of things to come?
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    We all know the story of Chicken Little, the loud fowl who ran around warning the sky was falling, the sky was falling. Of course the sky wasn’t, but CL’s reputation took a real hit over the false prediction.
    Maybe I’m a bit like Chicken Little. Don’t think so, but let’s just put it out there that it’s a possibility.
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  • Brown, Negele vote against open government
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This column appeared in Tuesday’s Paper – and has since been updated to include results from a vote taken in the Indiana House this week.

    Why and when did the hired hands decide they know better than all of us? Whether we are talking Reps. Tim Brown or Sharon Negele or any of their colleagues, every year we keep dealing with the same issue – Indiana lawmakers repeatedly trying to eliminate public notice advertising in Indiana newspapers.
    This year, they might just get it done.
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    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Why and when did the hired hands decide they know better than all of us? Whether we are talking Reps. Tim Brown or Sharon Negele or any of their colleagues, every year we keep dealing with the same issue – Indiana lawmakers repeatedly trying to eliminate public notice advertising in Indiana newspapers.
    This year, they might just get it done.
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  • How did health issue turn into political one?
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    A few weeks ago my wife and I thought there was a chance we might have COVID. According to the CDC website, the symptoms matched up – although not exactly. Still, everything we read said the smart thing to do was get tested.
    So we did and it turned out we did not have COVID-19. 
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  • Kat Burkhart’s departure leaves big shoes to fill
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    Kat Burkhart has become practically synonymous with the Carnegie Museum in Montgomery County. She’s been the curator for the museum and executive director for the separate 501(c)3 for quite a while (November of ’06 for the museum and ’07 for the non-profit arm). And during that time she has led the way in growing the local attraction in a cutting-edge leader.
    So it is that whoever comes in next will have some pretty big shoes to fill.
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  • A voice that our county will always remember
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    If anyone tried to tell you that Dick Munro isn’t cantankerous, well I’m pretty sure Dick Munro would be the first to argue with them. Like a lot of media types who share their opinions with the public, Dick could rub some folks the wrong way. 
    I doubt he ever lost a lot of sleep over it.
    Dick isn’t doing very well these days – Betty, his wife of almost 58 years, said that the family doesn’t have much time left with him.
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  • Timmons talks this, that, tuther . . .
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    Like most of you, I was astounded watching the images last Wednesday from Washington, D.C.
    Like most of you, I never thought I’d see that sort of thing in these United States of America.
    And then came the aftermath. The questions. The deaths. The ugly rearing of impeachment again. The finger pointing.
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  • Before we get too carried away . . .
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    Did Donald Trump get cheated out of the election? I don’t know. I really don’t. And you don’t either.
    My friends, we live in a world where fiction festers into fact quicker than you can add a hashtag and re-tweet it.
    The media, of which I am one, is a big part of the problem.
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