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  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:45 PM

    Local entrepreneur and sage friend Bud Arnold gave me an article from the Indianapolis Business Journal the other day. Bud’s an involved guy. He knows I’m President of our local economic development corporation – Indiana West Advantage (IWA) – and his optimistic logic and pragmatism on local topics have influenced my opinions, so I read the clip with anticipation.

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  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:05 AM
    You’ve been misinformed. Again. It’s not just that you’ve not been given good information — which would merely make you uninformed—it’s that you’ve gotten bad information which could lead you to believe untrue things.
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  • Sunday, December 28, 2014 6:04 PM
    I was looking through this year's scribbling­by­Utley and was struck by the diversity of who I connect with. Lots of reports, web content, financing, marketing and business plans; and many, many County and State related papers that tend budget, politics and the challenges of economic development.

    And yes, there were a fair number of editorials. These were for you. My hope is they improved your perspective on Montgomery County in some meaningful way.

    I peck on my editorial keyboard when compelled by events or emotion. Usually, subjects spring from facts or opinions that I think you'll find valuable if I can just find the special angle or insight that delivers the light. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not so much.

    Good and bad feedback ranges from friendly sidewalk conversations to hateful public letters. Controversy is never a goal. I ignore the haters but I don't avoid unpopular subjects. Public perceptions are tough to sway, but little of worth was ever achieved staying safe. I often say, "people can smell the truth", so I tell you what you need to hear and trust your instincts.

    Some things I don't tell.
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  • Friday, October 10, 2014 2:19 PM
    Following the upcoming election, there will be at least 3 new members on the Montgomery County Council. When that happens, I won't be the most junior guy with the secret handshake. For the new men (why no women??), here are a few tips from someone who not very long ago was exactly where you will very soon be.
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  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:00 PM
    It's an objective fact. Communities create jobs in whole new ways compared to just a few years ago. It's important that we in Montgomery County adapt to that reality or we risk becoming a place where nobody wants to be.
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  • Sunday, June 1, 2014 10:00 PM
    Last week, Republican Party President John Pickerill informed the County's party faithful that unless you think exactly as he does-we no longer have the right to call ourselves Republicans. I'm curious how you feel about that kind of divisiveness, but having been a fiscally conservative, small government Republican for more than four decades-I find that sanctimonious drivel disturbing.
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  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:00 PM
    People frequently ask me, "What's the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County?" My answer is consistent and irrefutable. Unless Montgomery County competitively grows its economy in the coming years, we will inevitably devolve into a rural backwater of poverty, declining schools, growing crime, deteriorating infrastructure, and eroding quality of life. No Pollyanna there.
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  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:00 PM
    Once again, we're into the election season. Like the other councilman who are not campaigning for this election cycle, I'm apprehensive over outcomes that might tamper with the county's advantageous cooperation with Crawfordsville, or our continuing fiscal efficiency which has weathered the economic roller coaster ride of the past few years.

    As a devout optimist, I'm always confident come election time that voters will tap the most clear-thinking and capable to represent their interests. But, admittedly, all too often my confidence has been foiled by good candidates with failed campaign strategies. So this year, I predict that victorious Montgomery County candidates will not make these five campaign strategy gaffes:
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  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:00 PM
    I've been contemplating the impending split in the local Republican Party.
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  • Sunday, April 28, 2013 10:00 PM
    The most pressing dilemma confronting the County Council is how to continue providing the current level of County services with ever-diminishing revenues. There was a point when trimming the fat made excellent sense, but after years of belt-tightening, personnel cuts and all manner of financial juggling we've now reached the point where if we don't find new income pretty soon - roads don't get properly repaired, public safety gets compromised and traditional government services predictably falter.
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  • Sunday, April 7, 2013 10:00 PM
    What is the opposite of progress?

    County Councilmen are thinking creatively about that question. Why?
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