For long-time newspaper readers around here, you might recall that "this, that & tuther" came from my old boss Gaildene Hamilton. Every so often I'll share some tidbits with you that uses the phrase -- and hope that Gail is smiling from that big editor's desk in the sky. Here's another tidbit about that. I'll bet I asked her a dozen times what "tuther" meant. Not sure she ever told me.
A quick search on the source of all wisdom -- the Internet -- tells us that it's "the other." Not sure that's right or not, but hey, who am I to argue with the Internet?
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HERE'S A good wish to Sen. Phil Boots and Reps. Tim Brown and Sharon Negele as they get down to the nitty gritty for all of us over at the Statehouse. This is a budget session, which is a lot in and of itself. However, there are going to be a few controversies this time around as hate crime legislation and marijuana and sports betting are kicked around. The bet here is that at least hate crimes will make it out of committee.
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WHILE ON the subject of the Legislature, here's hoping the senators and representatives don't do the unthinkable and kill public notice advertising. First, it means that the fox will be guarding the henhouse. Second, the amount of money spent is less than one-tenth of one percent of the state's budget. And third, the less transparent government becomes the more the public feels uneasy. In the grand scheme of things, it's not much money and the harm changing it far outweighs the good. Here's hoping they leave it alone.
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ONE LAST note on the statehouse, it's good to see Doc Brown back from that horrific motorcycle crash!
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AND THANK you to so many of you who have been so very gracious about our transition from multiple days to just one day in print and seven days a week online. We realize that not everyone has a computer (and some of us who do still like to hold a newspaper), but the way of the world has changed. I mean c'mon, who would have thought when we were kids that Sears & Roebuck would someday go away!
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AND KUDOS to all elected leaders in Montgomery County. Word is that Nucor is looking at a HUGE expansion and our little corner of God's country is one of the places they are looking at. Good on all of you for putting us in the running!
Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.