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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:32 PM
    Smithsonian Magazine, which by the way, is one of my favorite reads, had an article a few years back that looked at the year 1908.
    It was an exciting time. America was the land of infinite possibilities. It would seem the only thing that held anyone back was the reach of their imagination.
    Consider:
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  • Timmons talks cyber attacks, more on MUFFY and Estes who?
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an “Adlai and Estes are the Bestest” campaign button . . . 

    It was quite a week at the Worldwide HQ of the little paper that could. I suppose it’s a sign of the times, but we once again had to battle a cyber attack. This has happened before to us, from someone breaking into our e-mail system to locking up our files with ransomware. We reported everything to Constant Contact and the Indiana State Police and it’s our hope those responsible are caught – we may even have a suspect. But at any rate, we apologize to our customers who have to put up with the hassle in the meantime.
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  • What’s wrong with MUFFY – actually, a lot
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:21 PM
    Montgomery United Fund faces a monumental decision.
    Let me correct that. The board of directors face the decision. If they handle it like the organization has handled business for the last few years – get ready for this county to lose the United Fund agency it has had since 1970.
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  • The one, the only, the best . . . is back and better than ever
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 8:52 PM
    Yeah, baby . . . it’s back! It’s back. It’s better. And it sure as . . . shooting beats anything anyone else offers around these here parts!
    Yup, Readers’ Choice ‘2020 is on!
    But before we go any further about the promotion the Little Newspaper That Could introduced to Crawfordsville more than a decade ago, let’s take just a moment and review, shall we.
    Last year, you . . . yes, that would be you Bill and Mary and Chuck and all the thousands of you who read this newspaper – cast more than 1 million votes in our crazy little contest!
    O.N.E. MILLION!
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  • How much time are you spending on e-mail?
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:33 AM
    Someone sent me an e-mail (which, as you read this story, is amazingly ironic) that I thought worth passing along as we roll into the New Year. So much of our time at work ends up being wasted, and it’s hard to think of too many things that waste more of our time right now than frivolous use of e-mails and the Internet. So without further ado . . .
    An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.
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  • Hammer says Democrats are opening door for retaliation
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:45 AM
    There must be a million songs written about Saturday. From Jukebox Saturday Night that Glenn Miller and his boys did so well to Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night and the Sandpipers Come Saturday Morning to Chicago’s Saturday in the Park . . . sensing a theme here?
    Yeah, Saturdays are the best.
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  • It can’t really work that way, can it?
    Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:12 PM
    There must be a million songs written about Saturday. From Jukebox Saturday Night that Glenn Miller and his boys did so well to Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night and the Sandpipers Come Saturday Morning to Chicago’s Saturday in the Park . . . sensing a theme here?
    Yeah, Saturdays are the best.
    Back in the day it usually meant a softball tourney with my favorite softball team of all time, the old Boswell Photos gang. Later, it meant swim meets and the opportunity to watch daughters in the pool. Waaay back when, it was fishing with dad and grandpaw.
    Maybe that’s why I enjoy my Saturdays in the office now. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lifetime of memories and Saturday is just a good day. I wake up in a good mood, have some coffee, head in to work and get things done. It’s quiet and – AIIIIIEEEEE!
    A hulking figure the size of Montana suddenly was in my door.
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  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    "I’ve had it, Timmons!” Hammer screamed.
    I was like the cartoon cat from years ago. You remember when the dog snuck up behind it and started barking its fool head off? The next picture would be the cat, claws sunk into the plaster on the ceiling.
    Where John Hammer comes from and how he sneaks undetected to the door of my office is beyond me. I suppose it’s better than even money on what will happen first – I’ll figure it out or die from the heart attack.
    “Had what, John,” I asked – while I wondered if portable defibrillators were affordable enough to stick on my Christmas list.
    “Do you remember the Folgers Coffee ad a few years ago when the brother came home at Christmas and surprises the family,” Hammer asked.
    “Vaguely.”
    “Oh you know,” Hammer said. “A young guy gets out of a taxi at a house on a city street. There’s snow. When he gets to the door a young girl opens it. They grin at each other and he says he must have the wrong house. She points at herself and says ‘sister.’ ”
    “Oh, yeah, I remember,” I said. “I was thinking he was in the Army or something.”
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  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:31 PM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Visit Laos 1968 travel brochure . . . 
    * * *
    ISN”T THIS the time of year that’s supposed to be full of peace, joy and goodwill to all? Well, OK . . . it’s only Dec. 11 so there’s still time . . . but you know, I’m not holding my breath.
    Let’s begin with the lawsuit that was filed last week by Sugar Creek Wind against Montgomery County. How does that play out? I am not an attorney, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night so I won’t pretend to know. I do know that the suit is no surprise and that the county has been preparing for it for some time. 
    The surprise is how some of the naysayers are coming out of the woodwork now. The anti-zoning contingent are saying that this is what happens when you rush into planning and zoning. Some of the anti-wind folks are saying that the county didn’t do its homework.
    Everyone’s mad.
    I don’t get it.
    Seems to me that the county was pretty much ready to welcome wind until a pretty loud contingent started screaming that they didn’t want wind turbines. So the county did what we all accuse politicians of never doing, they listened.
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  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:57 PM
    Notes scribbled on the back of 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates program . . . 
    For those keeping score at home, this is the 69th day of fall – there are 91 total, so we’re almost done with days of autumn. Spring begins on March 19 . . . so, there we go. Only 106 days until spring (and yes, I swiped that from Bits’n’Pieces). Welcome to looking at winter through rose-colored glasses – or hopefully looking past it.
    * * *
    THERE’S BEEN a lot of buzz about the incident involving County Councilman Mark Davidson being on Nucor property while hunting. Councilman Davidson, owner of Davidson Greenhouse, was kind enough to tell The Paper that he made a mistake by going on that property. He said he had shot a deer the day before and was just trying to be a good sportsman and retrieve it the next day.
    Makes sense. 
    The Paper filed a public records request with the Department of Natural Resources because, according to several people in law enforcement, that’s the agency that dealt with the incident. It’s not that we doubt Davidson. But anytime an elected official runs into something like this it’s better to get the facts and not innuendo or rumor. So we’re waiting on a report, and specifically want to know if the DNR confiscated Davidson’s gun and if they gave him a ticket for not wearing an orange vest. 
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  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:09 AM
    It’s hard to believe, but the little paper that could is now going on our 16th year. So on the eve of Thanksgiving, please bear with a vagabond newspaperman as I offer a few thank yous that are much needed. I’ll also apologize because there isn’t enough space in this edition, or any other, to list everyone I should. There’s simply no way we’ve gotten to this point in life without owing a ton of gratitude to a ginormous crowd.
    But no matter how big, this list has to begin with you, dear reader. Whether you’re a reader or an advertiser, there’s no way on God’s good earth we could have survived 15 years without you. You have been more patient than we deserved and more supportive than I could imagine.
    For many of you, the idea of having a truly local newspaper was important and you have supported us from day one. For others, you seem to like at least some of the work we do and you have been great to us. But for everyone, regardless of the reason, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We simply would not be here without you.
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  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    I used to think the best thing about working on Saturday mornings was the peace and quiet so opposite the daily beehive of activity at the worldwide media HQ on Jefferson Street. Then I realized that I could spend hours and not hear the word impeachment one time.
    Score!
    So there I was, working happily away without a trace of a Pelosi or Schiff around. On this particular Saturday I was in the mood for one of my favorite musical genres and was listening to Stevie Wariner sing about a Crash Course in the Blues and Mitch Barker chilling with his Stone Cold Winter Blues. All I needed was my pork pie hat and sunglasses.
    Just as Mitch was wailing about cashing that ticket and rollin’ out of town – and I was playing a mean air guitar – a giant ham of a hand smacked my door.
    In retrospect, I’m sure my body was deciding on a coronary or just an accident. Fortunately, I was sitting at my desk so the outcome wasn’t really obvious.
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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Let me say that I’m often amazed when someone I don’t know comments on something I wrote. It’s hard for me to believe that anyone thinks my scribblings are worth the time . . . Beyond that though, what really leaves me scratching the declining hairs on my head is when there is a lot of agreement.
    Bewildered and grateful, might be two appropriate words.
    So thank you very kindly for the over-the-top reaction to last week’s babblings about the national anthem. I can’t think of anything I’ve written – with the exception to a column questioning the talent of a high school football team in West Texas – that’s drawn so much reaction. And I certainly do not believe anything has ever generated so much positive reaction.
    It gives me faith in our future.
    No, not because of my writing. Far from it. It gives me hope because so many of you agree that the insanity must stop – particularly when it comes to the very glue that holds this country together, our patriotism.
    If your outpouring was any indication, this country is in better shape than many people think. And that, my friends, feels pretty darn good!
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  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:14 AM
    I am many things – a husband, father, grandfather, Catholic, American, a fat guy, a journalist, a business owner . . . Like everyone, the list could go on. We all are a lot of things – some that define our character, some that don’t.
    And there are some of those things (even though pride is not something we’re supposed to focus on) that I am proud of – journalist being one. That may not be a wise thing to say in today’s world, but I tend to think of journalism as a profession that chronicles life in home towns and not so much the muck-raking version others see.
    Then I read an article from the New York Times and I don’t feel so proud.
    You’ve surely heard of this insanity by now. If not, a reporter named Julia Jacobs had a 1,350-word piece published last week that questions television stations for playing the Star-Spangled Banner.
    “. . . the decision to revive the anthem tradition comes at a time when overt allegiance to “The Star-Spangled Banner” has become one of the lines that separate blue and red America.”
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  • Bubba gets into ‘spirit’ of season
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: In the spirit of the season, we are sharing a popular Timmons column about his friend Bubba and Halloween. 

    Got to admit, I’m not crazy about the recent turn to cold weather. As I get older I really like warm weather. I hate to admit that – the part about getting older, I mean.
    I especially dislike cold temps at Halloween. It’s fun to watch kids, young and old, get into the spirit (no pun intended) of the season. Cold and crappy weather tend to put a lid on the fun, know what I mean?
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