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  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    It is a very humbling experience to help other people who may be less fortunate or just cannot do for themselves like they used to. The Volunteers for Mental Health of Montgomery County wish to extend a huge thank you to all the people who gave of their time with sorting and wrapping all the gifts given to the 200+ people at Christmas. Each person averages 6-10 packages and everything gets wrapped. In order for this to happen, donations must happen and that is where Montgomery County residents always step up. The individuals and businesses come together to make us at Mental Health look good. Thanks to all the businesses for allowing the boxes and barrels to be placed in their stores and lobbies the whole month of November. Thanks to the students in our school systems for the sorting and wrapping of gifts. VMHMC cannot reach everyone who helps us, so this is to all who have helped in any way. Know that you are appreciated in whatever you do to make our Christmas drive a success. VMHMC is a non-profit organization and a member of MUFFY. All donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions about what VMHMC does, like teacher friend, the bridge program, or the Christmas drive, call Ivan Brown at 362-9515 or Beverly Turner at 362-3034.
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  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Another year has passed and another successful community Christmas dinner was enjoyed by many. I first want to apologize to S.D and a 15-year-old young man who got several unwanted calls due to the wrong phone numbers getting out for ordering meals for delivery.
    The night before saw some nasty weather which we have not had to worry about for years. As always, the volunteers came thru and got prep work done Saturday and Sunday and same gals were there Christmas morning to get all cooked. Because of sickness, etc. we missed a lot of our families that are always there to help. This year our drivers did an excellent job and saw 765 meals delivered and carried out. Our crowd was good inside as over 275 meals were served in the dining hall.
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  • Friday, January 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy,” wrote Thomas Jefferson.
    Like it or not, journalists do the lion-share of reporting to Americans as to what its government, be it national, state, or local, is doing or considering.
    So during a time when we can choose from a multitude of news outlets, it’s important that we understand basic principles of journalism – independence, accuracy, fairness, the separation of opinion from news reporting.
    That education should start no later than high school with students learning the responsibilities that come with the freedom of speech and freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment.
    That’s why the American Bar Association endorsed the New Voices legislative movement, which strengthens the ability of students to exercise their First Amendment rights in an educational setting.
    “The ABA has emphasized time and again the importance of civics education in a free society,” said attorney Estelle Rogers of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. “… and I cannot think of any more meaningful civics education experience than participation in the journalistic process.”
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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    At the end of their year, corporations create an annual report for their shareholders. They mail it to those shareholders or present it at a meeting of those shareholders. The information helps investors decide on whether they want to increase or decrease their holdings in that corporation.
    At the end of the year, local governments complete an annual report for their shareholders – taxpayers. For decades and decades, the state legislature has required that those reports be published in local newspapers. The information helps taxpayers determine whether their tax dollars have been spent wisely by elected officials.
    Two bills under consideration in two different House committees would take those annual reports out of the hands of Hoosiers with publication replaced by posting on government websites. H.B. 1004 eliminates the annual report publication for cities and towns. H.B. 1005 eliminates the annual report publication for townships.
    These provisions in those bills didn’t originate from everyday Hoosiers. They spring from the desires of Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, which represent city and town officials and Indiana Township Association, which represents township trustees and board members.
    The proposals in these bills remove the publication from newspapers, which are read weekly by 3 million adult Hoosiers. The suggested replacement is publication on the state Department of Local Government Finance’s Indiana Gateway website.
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  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The No Wind Farms group in Montgomery County is trying to help protect the county and all of its citizens. The current wind energy ordinance falls short of protecting Montgomery County citizens in areas such as health, safety and property rights. There are things that can be done by some residents if the commissioners fail to take action to lower the decibels allowed by these industrial wind turbines, or adequately address the setback limits for the health and safety of the residents.
    The towns in Montgomery County can adopt their own ordinances. The Indiana statute which authorizes “units” to regulate conduct, use or possession of property which might endanger the public health, safety and welfare contains a specific provision at I.C. 36-8-2-13 creating extraterritorial powers in municipalities. That section reads, “A municipality may exercise powers granted by sections 4, 5, and 6 of this chapter in areas within four (4) miles outside its corporate boundaries.”
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  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The No Wind Farms group in Montgomery County is trying to help protect the county and all of its citizens. The current wind energy ordinance falls short of protecting Montgomery County citizens in areas such as health, safety and property rights. The current ordinance defines a setback from residences of 1,300 feet for non-participating property owners. This is not a setback from the property line. This ordinance could prevent a property owner from building a new residence on his own property if it is within 1,300 feet of a wind turbine. In addition to this, 1,300 feet is much too close for the safety and health of residents.
    A proposed amendment for safer setbacks was presented to the county commissioners in a meeting on Nov. 13, 2017. This proposed amendment is based on a very strong legal precedent established in the Indiana courts in 2017 involving Rush County. The commissioners have been silent regarding this proposed amendment, and it has never been on the agenda.
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  • Friday, December 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Enclosed is a poem I have written. You are welcome to print it.
    Remembering at Christmas
    A season when we remember
    Our loved ones and our friends
    But can someone tell me why
    The Christmas season ever ends
    It’s a season of joy
    Happiness and content
    When previous time with friends and family
    Can be spent
    It’s a time when we think of others
    We have compassion and concern
    And if someone is in trouble
    We are the someone whom they can turn
    Does this seem to Ring a Bell
    A familiar sound to you
    Isn’t this the same thing
    Our Savior used to do
    But did he just have a season
    A season of concern
    Or did it last all year long
    Always to whom one could turn.
    Bill Reed
    Crawfordsville
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  • Friday, December 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    As someone who has attended the first two sessions of the Inside-Out Training Initiative, I would like to respond to Mr. Marlowe's opinion article. 
    Interscholastic athletics is an extension of the classroom. Our coaches give up multiple hours of their time to continue the educational process. Coaches are asked to stress the importance and teach life skills like service, responsibility, integrity, fairness, perseverance, discipline, and commitment. Interscholastic athletics is about making young adults better people who will graduate and become quality citizens within our community. Coaches develop relationships with our student athletes that will last well into their adult lives. Some of these coaches become the mother or father figure that our student athletes do not have available to them. 
    Sportsmanship may be a very small portion of the Inside-Out Initiative; however, there are many other exceptional qualities that are stressed in this program. While it is great for teams to be able to add another "w" to the win column or hoist another championship trophy, I commend the IHSAA for initiating this program in our state.
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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We had another successful year and we served around 900 Thanksgiving meals again. God continues to bless us every year with the right people to help us in every way possible.
    It is so great to see everything come together, with all the volunteers that donate their time in getting it ready and all the food coming in throughout the days to prepare and serve. We served around 197 meals inside and around 700 meals between take out and deliveries. It was great to see all the people fill the room and have a great time fellowshipping, good music & good food.
    Thank you to the pastor, George Smith, for the wonderful prayer before the meal, the great singers, Don Baker, Tim Grino and Terry Smith performing to make the atmosphere even better. To the advertisers to get the word out, the florist with the beautiful center pieces and the center pieces from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and artwork from Eastside Baptist and many preschool/daycare centers (Giggles and Grins, Rosie’s Garden and New Beginnings), the volunteers that gave up their time on Wednesday and on Thanksgiving and all the people and businesses donating money and food. We would like to thank those that wish to remain anonymous for their donations or anyone that gave without us knowing your name or address!!
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Indiana Code Sect. 36-7-4501 requires the Planning Committee prepare a Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Bane said “The plan is not zoning.” I agree, it’s the first step towards zoning. I think Mr. Bane was trying to downplay what they are working towards. The Plan is worthless without zoning and ordinances (laws).
    The Commissioners truly want zoning, enough to try to sway a group to be for zoning. Also using outside source to finance Plan. Normal procedure, go to county council, probably thinking would not get approved, they applied for a grant, bypassing our elected officials.
    The Planning Committee said meetings will be held for public input. My thought is, public input will be used as an OK to move forward with zoning.
    Mayor Barton pushing for county zoning. Crawfordsville has a Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and ordinances, two-mile limit and incorporated which allows Crawfordsville to opt out of county zoning. Wants more control.
    While you’re busy, your property, your life, your freedom will be affected by zoning, leaving you to wonder what happened. Whether you live 5 miles, 10 miles or 11 miles from town you will be affected. The entire county will be zoned. It’s county zoning.
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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    To Mr. Timmons,
    We agree in general that the office of the President should be respected. One must however, be able to separate the office from the man. President Trump has repeatedly shown disdain and contempt for the office by his immoral words, actions and deeds. After repeated sexual assaults on women he was able to squeak by with a minority of the popular vote to become President. He now openly supports a pedophile for the US senate race in Alabama. By the way, do you have any daughters or a Mom or a Sister? He routinely espouses hatred for people of color, immigrants, the rule of law and the media. He is unquestionably a threat to the environment, the economy and democracy. This cannot be dismissed.
    Therefore, I will, like you, continue to hold the Office of President with respect. I will not, however, support Donald J. Trump in any way shape or form and strongly support resistance to his cruel, mendacious and malevolent administration. I say good for Lindsey Vonn. I am also pleased to see Chicago has declared itself a “Trump-free” zone with a motto, “A city he will never sleep in.” 
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I was appalled and disappointed to read in the newspaper that our county commissioners allowed a small group to take control at their one meeting and as a result pass a plan to study the merits of comprehensive planning and zoning for Montgomery County. It would appear that this was a “back door coup” as they did not invite anyone to speak in opposition. They should have postponed this action until those opposed had an opportunity to speak. It came as no surprise when one of the commissioners responded that since this is a republic that he is entitled to vote however he pleases. He is certainly correct but the ethics of his statement are beyond belief.
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  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Thomas Paine (American essayist) wrote “These are the times that try Men’s souls.” The time was 1776 and he was writing about the tyranny of England to impose taxes upon and suppress the individual freedoms of American colonists. Those words were true in 1776 when this nation was conceived in liberty and they are still true today, but we have forgotten that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. I am writing, of course, regarding recent action by our local government to put into action a process that will infringe upon individual property rights which is in violation of the 5th amendment of the Bill of Rights. It could be that the County Commissioners have the best of intentions but the road to hell has often been paved with good intentions. And by the way, road paving has not been a priority of local government for the past many years except for a select few influential folks. The Commissioners desire is to exercise government control of private property but they have failed to fully understand the role of government which is to establish justice and insure domestic peace so that all may secure the blessings of liberty.
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  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The County Commissioners are responding to testimonies at their meetings, and hundreds of signatures and emails concerning windfarms. Although the county has a windfarm ordinance, the “No Windfarms” coalition wants to add restrictions primarily to ensure protection against noise. The county commissioners’ attorney advised that the ordinance will not withstand a legal challenge if it is amended to include additional restrictions. He further stated that the current ordinance, even without amendment, may not withstand a challenge in the absence of county planning and zoning. 
    As the result, the commissioners voted to ask the county planning commission to draft a plan, the beginning of a process that will include the input of every citizen who wishes to participate.
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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The definition of a “dog and pony” show is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends.
    I attended and witnessed a staged performance at the last commissioners meeting. The presentation took place on agenda item 10 – E, “Resolution 2017-12 – Approving Application for OCRA Comprehensive Planning Grant” as numerous individuals were brought forth in support of the resolution. The vote was unanimous for the grant.
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