Notes scribbled on the back of a political sign, “Vote yourself a farm and a horse – vote Abe Lincoln.”
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REGULAR READERS – all eight or nine of you – might recall that I’ve taken the good folks at MUFFY to task a time or two of late. The issues, just in case you missed them, include a very rough year of fund-raising, 10 months without having a director in place, a lack of transparency and lastly the possibility of moving the local United Fund – long known as MUFFY – into a position where it would be managed by United Way in Lafayette.
However, local board leaders indicated that they plan to have a meeting with local media to answer questions.
Good on them!
One of the reasons there has been criticism is a lack of information coming from an organization that exists to raise money. The point has been made in this corner, and others, that transparency is vital, especially when so many drastic changes are going on with even more being considered.
Last week, an e-mail from board president Heather Shirk and other MUFFY leaders announced plans for a sit-down with media.
Again, good on them for taking a step to perhaps getting things back on level ground. Stay tuned.
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A FRIEND OF mine often says that good guys win. I’m not sure I buy that, but here’s some evidence to support his rosy outlook.
Kent Minnette, an attorney who represents the city of Crawfordsville among other clients, has been tabbed to run the law firm of Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter’s new office in Covington.
And Covington is where a young Kent grew up, went to school, played sports . . .
“For me, coming back home is really interesting,” Minnette told The Paper. “I mean, I’m almost 50 and I’m walking around in places that make me feel like I’m 14 again.”
Minnette truly is one of the good guys. He will only be back in his hometown part-time and will continue to work in Crawfordsville, which is good news for his clients and co-workers. He also serves on the Crawfordsville School Board.
“I love it in Crawfordsville,” he said. Kent and wife Erica have four children Reagan, Reese, Samuel and Jason. The Minnettes continue to be very active in the community.
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YES, READERS
’ Choice ’20 is over and no, the results aren’t out yet. That’s because in an age where everything is automated and instantaneous and so on, I still count the RC votes. And while we didn’t hit a million votes this year, unlike last, we did top 700,000 – so I’m counting . . . and counting . . . and counting . . .
Stay tuned, but one way or another, RC ’20 results will be announced before the end of April. Promise!
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WHILE ON
good things, as our pal Honest Hoosier might say, here’s a tip of the proverbial seed corn cap to the Chamber, the League of Women Voters and the Business & Professional Women for the upcoming Candidate Forum. It’s scheduled for next Wednesday at the CHS auditorium. County council and commissioner candidates will be on stage and other candidates will take part in a meet and greet. It gets started at 6 p.m.
Thanks to three great local organizations for putting this on!
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THE CORONAVIRUS
situation continues to escalate in ways we haven’t seen before. Avon schools got everyone’s attention when they decided to close for two weeks. Since Avon is about 25 miles southeast of Montgomery County, and since our kids travel there for various things.
For example, South’s show choirs were there last weekend for the Avon Vocal Invitational. (And kudos to South for having a spot on the corporation’s web site detailing what the school system is doing so far about the coronavirus situation.)
Along those lines, our county health department sent out an e-mail on Monday with a coronavirus update. However, the department’s web site – at least as of Tuesday morning – reported that there were “no cases in Indiana.”
Hey, no one’s perfect but this is no time for misinformation or incorrect information. Whatever this evolves into, it might be beneficial for the health department to get the local media involved in getting the message out. It might also be important to ensure that the information they are reporting is up to date.
Where all this goes from here is anyone’s guess, but look for things to get worse before they get better.
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THE 1860
Abe Lincoln poster referred to a law on homesteading that basically said any adult who hadn’t taken up arms against the federal government could claim some land. Four years later the slogan was “Don’t change horses in midstream.”

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Wednesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.