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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:48 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Women for Joe are sponsoring a conservation on Sunday, June 24, 2-4 pm in the Crawfordsville Library. This is a local event of a statewide effort to bring voters together to discuss issues of concern to both men and women. The discussion will be led by a representative of the Joe Donnelly Campaign.
    Joe is interested in what Hoosiers have to say, come and share your thoughts.
    Virginia Servies, 
    Women for Joe
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We had a fairly sudden intense rain this afternoon at about 1:20 on Tuesday in town, it was glorious. My garden appreciates it and the intense ozone smell from the rain makes me happy. I live in drought stricken California in the winter growing avocados, in the summer I come to Crawfordville to get recharged like the Indiana soil. All readers should appreciate the rain we have. It is one of the most valuable and often overlooked resources we have in Montgomery County. I am also encouraged that the clock tower is up and dedicated. Natural and man made advantages, like rain and the tower, are what make Crawfordville a prime place to live.
    Micheal P. Fons,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Monday, June 11, 2018 10:34 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I attended the Comprehensive Planning meeting at Crawfordsville High School and found it very interesting. When the consulting firm speaker finished, he asked the audience to return to the commons and asked for help. There were several photos of Montgomery County and our citizens were to use their knowledge and pinpoint locations of interest for a particular item. Why were Montgomery County citizens asked for their input? The Comprehensive Plan is supposed to have citizens input. Another reason may be those who live here, work here and are raising their family here in Montgomery County know more about the county than the consulting firm. By asking questions, the firm will eventually learn about the county.
    This reminds me of a situation I had in Oklahoma. A little different picture, so please stay with me. I was driving a combine on an Oklahoma dirt road when one side of a culvert dropped from under the combine, turning the combine halfway over. Now I needed help. I called for a wrecker.
    When the wrecker arrived I was expecting the driver to take charge, show his experience and knowledge because I was to pay him. Instead, surprise, he wanted my advice. He said to me, “what do you think we should do?” At this point I am wondering who is supposed to help whom?
    Eventually we did upright the combine using both our ideas, but never-the-less, I had to pay the set fee. Consulting firm, costly outsiders, needing our help, learning about the county so they can advise our leaders what to do.
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  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor, 
    I wish to provide some correction or context to a letter from Mel Vance published last week in the Paper of Montgomery County. In that letter Mr. Vance stated that he was quoting from a speech by President Obama. The following text was said to be from a speech given by Obama in Germany in 2016. “ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs. Order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.” I was concerned that the readers of Mr. Vance’s letter might wrongly infer from this quote that President Obama believed it to be true of ordinary men and women and of what is needed to have order and progress. I thus looked for the complete text of Obama’s speech which contained this quote.
    This text actually is part of a speech given by President Obama in Brussels on March 26, 2014. He was in Brussels for meetings with European Union and NATO allies. The following is paragraphs four and five of that speech. Notice in the last paragraph of this quote the words Mr. Vance quoted but also their context in President Obama’s speech.
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  • Monday, June 4, 2018 10:11 PM
    Dear Editor,
    This past Saturday about 60 special needs individuals and their family members or care givers were able to enjoy "An Afternoon at the Beach" Prom here in Crawfordsville. The Montgomery County Civitan Club sponsored the event at the Crawfordsville American Legion Post on Saturday afternoon "Thanks" to a Hoosier Heartland State Bank "Gives Back" grant and generous donations from about 40 area merchants including Arni's, Pastry Plus, and Just Because Flower Shop. The beach scene for the event was set by art donated by Athens Art from their Oceania Gala earlier this year as well as other decorations and dancing on the beach was inspired by tunes provided by Andy Stetler of DJ K Stet. As attendees headed home after a fun and tiring afternoon of dancing, eating and partying at "The Beach", they each were given a goody bag of donated items from local merchants, a flower bouquet, and a photo of themselves at "The Beach" to remember the event, taken and donated by Kathy, John, and Matt Steele. The Montgomery County Civitan members "Thank" all area merchants and individuals that helped make this event possible.
    Ralph Illingworth,
    Secretary, Montgomery County Civitan Club
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  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 10:22 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Thanks Crawfordsville Shriners, Crawfordsville Knights of Columbus and their wives for a great night, May 29th as your guests. Another great meal for us you cooked, thanks for your fellowship and hospitality as always. Thanks for D.J. Byrd a great person and Purdue speaker. Best of luck D.J. with your career. Thanks again Shriners, D.J. and Knights of Columbus. 
    G.K. Jerry Grabman,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 10:21 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I want to again thank you and your staff for putting the Grave Flags for Veterans announcement in The Paper numerous times again this year. I can depend on you and The Paper to support our veterans. We had another good year in putting the flags on all of the Montgomery County cemeteries.
    Thank you
    Steve Middleton
    Montgomery County Deceased Veterans Flag Committee Chairman
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  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:41 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Women In Network – WIN of Montgomery County supports and encourages women to take leadership roles, serve on committees and boards and run for public office. Formed in early 2018, the growth of this organization is exciting! In our effort to support women, WIN is hosting various events to identify, inform and instruct on ways we can become involved in our community. 
    Our next event will provide information on running for school boards. Montgomery County has three excellent school systems served by separate boards. Our schools are one of our highest concerns as parents and citizens of our community. The future leaders of our community are growing and learning every day in our schools.
    We encourage women to join us as we explore the role of school board members including qualifications, terms, responsibilities, policies and challenges. We’ll provide a packet of information and discuss and answer questions. The session is free, non-partisan and open to women who may be thinking about how they can contribute to our community.
    Please join us on Saturday, June 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, 119 East Main Street, Crawfordsville. Contact us at womenwin6@gmail.com by Friday so we can reserve a place for you.
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  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:40 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I tried out my new $49 laser thermometer on the sidewalk and middle of the street Sat, 5-26 and Sun 5-27 at about 4:30 pm, in front of my house on Vernon CT. Saturday air temp was 92, Sunday was 97F. Maximum mid-street temp recorded was 142F, with most reading about 135F. Maximum concrete sidewalk temp was 135F with most reading about 121F. I could not walk in bare feet on either surface without feeling like I was getting an immediate burn.
    One- please do not walk any non-camelid animal on the streets during these hot times, dog paws and human feet will burn fast.
    Two- we are also experiencing a drought, water your gardens.
    The continual use of fossil fuels for the generation of electricity and transportation has and continues to make these apparent extremes the norm. I support both solar and wind power in Montgomery County.
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  • Monday, May 28, 2018 10:46 PM
    Dear Editor, 
    Montgomery County is a great place to live. When we consider the quality of life and necessary amenities present here, it is evident that our friends and neighbors have done an excellent job of maintaining a tranquil way of life without the congestion and high property taxes of the Lafayette and Metropolitan Indianapolis areas. When all is considered it is easy to discover that Montgomery County has a great deal more to offer than the majority of counties in Indiana. The amenities that are lacking can be found a few miles to the north or east. 
    Now comes the ruling class with a desire to impose a Comprehensive Plan upon the populace of the county. Planning is a necessary thing that most of us continually do. Good planning involves four basic criteria. A desirable plan is reasonable, affordable, flexible and does not adversely affect other people. Government plans seldom meet these criteria, especially the negative impact upon citizens. We need to understand the word comprehensive means all-inclusive and if put into place may include such mundane projects as getting permission to paint your house and if granted, the choice of color to use; permission to put a new roof on your house or add a deck; and to conduct a Bible study in your home. Yes, there are places were such controls exist. These are the places where the secular elites believe that mankind is too stupid to plan for themselves but the elite can save them from their stupidity if they will only trust and obey. We should also consider the Plan Commission and Zoning Board members are not elected officials but are appointed by the ruling class and only those whose views are favorable to the ruling class get chosen to serve. 
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  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I am an avid reader of Tim Timmons’ columns, but today's column was sadly astute. I'm sure some things could be put into place, but at what cost, I'm not sure. The courthouse has the metal detector, but I'm not sure how well the kids could go through that in a timely manner. I have four grandchildren in the school system, and I worry each day they are there. Probably not as much as their Mammaw, I'm sure. I know we are not immune to a school shooting as it's been over 30 years since ours occurred. To close, I just wanted to say that this column should be read in both the House, and the Senate. If it would wake just one of those lunkheads, maybe, just maybe, they would understand that we want them to just once, do their jobs. Sorry for ranting on so much!!
    Dave Curtis,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:58 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I just read your article on who blames who about school shootings. Such a terrible world we live in. It’s not the gun that kills, but the idiot that pulls the trigger. Has anyone looked into the violence that is on television, or the video games that are played? It seems that through these, when someone is shot and/or killed they are alive the next show or game. Maybe we should look to Hollywood, or the gamers and come up with a solution. Maybe this would give our politicians something to think about, other than blaming each other. 
    Marvin Swick,
    Linden
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:58 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Things you need to consider before signing a wind lease or re-signing.
    In the years to come, you might like to give or sell a piece of property to friends, family, children, or even great grand-children. That would not be possible, because the wind company holds the lease/easement to the whole property. Will banks be willing to loan money for construction on the property leased for 20 years or more to a foreign company? Should houses and property become unsellable because of location and wind turbines, what is the legal procedure for the neighboring landowners? If wind companies and turbine lease holders are so sure they won't cause property values to decline in the area, be sure there is a "property value guarantee and buy out" included in the leases or county wind ordinance agreements. 
    Insurance companies - Have you considered or done any research into property value decline in counties due to wind turbines? Do unsellable properties become uninsurable? What are the rights of non-participating land owners? Because of wind turbines height and setbacks, he is stopped from using his own property, that he must still insure, pay taxes on and can't use, maybe can't live in or sell. 
    Trespass Zoning - The non-lease holder gets partial use of his land after being forced to donate the use of his land to the wind lease neighbors, without receiving just compensation from anyone. The neighbors can't build anything new or additions to existing buildings, can't plant trees, can't enjoy the use of the property as they wish, or safety. Implied in the "Golden Rule of Civilization" Do on to others as you would have them do unto you. Big wind can argue and deny, but it is a fact that wind turbines harm property resale values, and translates into real, measureable financial harm to people.
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 10:57 PM
    Dear Tim Timmons,
    Thank you for your "Two Cents" today concerning our seniors, and the state of our nation.
    I think the last your last four words say it all -- "God help us all."
    I could go on for hours talking about what I have seen and learned about the state of our nation since before I graduated from high school in 1962. But to say that we need God's help says it all. And that is what I have been praying for -- that our nation would return to God and seek his ways.
    God Bless,
    Bill Milam,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    As some may already know, Montgomery County has engaged the services of HWC Engineering of Indianapolis for a “comprehensive plan”. I wondered exactly what “comprehensive plan” means and how it might affect us. I’ve written this article to share what I found so far.
    I devoted a couple of days to understand the state legal issues of comprehensive planning, to look at similar plans in similar counties, and what some of their outcomes were. I also tried to understand if the rumors are true that "this is a back door to zoning" and, if so, what is my opinion on zoning and this approach? Finally, I took a look at campaign finance donations to see if that may in any way play into the recent decisions.
    Let's start with the last one: campaign finance. None of us can judge the motivations of other individuals. So what can I say about campaign finance reports? County commissioner campaign expenses are small compared to what we hear about for state and federal offices. They spend a few thousand (or less) advertising and holding events. I don't think we can claim any of these commissioners are bought and sold by campaign funds. However, this also means that a campaign donation of just $500 or $1000 adds significantly to marketing ability against opponents. It is noteworthy that several out-of-county contracting firms donate to Montgomery County campaigns. These firms clearly have an interest in who is elected. HWC engineering, the firm being paid $79,600 to perform the "comprehensive plan" is one of those firms. HWC’s executive VP (Terry Baker of Fishers, IN) also is an individual donor. It is also noteworthy that this and similar firms donate far more to Mayor Todd Barton than to the county commissioners. Mr Barton’s campaign fund is much larger overall as well. The mayor will not be voting on this comprehensive plan (this plan is for unincorporated areas). However, after looking through the process it is clear to me that adopting a comprehensive plan likely leads to more use of civil engineers by the county commissioners as well as joint projects with the city. The more the comprehensive plan is utilized, the greater will be the need for civil engineering firms. I suspect that Mr Baker will reap some profits from his small investment in Montgomery County politics.
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