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  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor, 
    John Adams, a Founding Father and our second President believed that "The moment that idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the Laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be sacred or liberty cannot exist." So it is that the ownership of property and associated rights are core to our liberty and are rightly and fiercely defended. Any threat to these rights is met with great suspicion and emotion.
    The Commissioners have publicly given their word that the Comprehensive Planning process will be “collaborative” and that it “requires public engagement and input from the residents.” However, the recently finished Economic Development Plan authored by the Redevelopment Board, used as a data point supporting the need for comprehensive planning, is not publicly available. Additionally, how the Commissioners approved the action brings distrust to the process before it even begins. Both the Commissioners and Redevelopment Board are now starting this collaborative process with the public under a trust deficit. 
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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The volunteers for Mental Health in Montgomery County are on the move. We need your help during our Christmas Drive from Nov. 1st to Dec. 1st. By your donations, you can make Christmas a little better for those residents of our nursing homes, group homes, Crisis Shelter, to name a few. All donations stay in the county.
    VMHMC would like to thank those who participated or helped with the “Fall Gospel Fest” that was held at the First Baptist Church. A thank you goes out to the First Baptist Church, Scott Cox for sound, Mike and Dan Hopkins, Glenna Florence, 4 The Light Gospel Quartet, and the VMHMC Board for allowing me to do this concert for the sixth year. 
    Also thanks to The Paper, the Journal Review, the radio stations, and the places around the county that put up posters. Also to the many who by word of mouth or social media, spread the word. If I left anyone out, please know your help was appreciated. 
    This is just the start of this year’s drive. Watch for our boxes and barrels during the month of November at businesses around the county and donate what you can. 
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  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Happy fall everyone,
    We hope everyone had a wonderful and successful year. It is that time again to plan for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Around 900 meals were served last year and we are very excited and look forward to another great year.
    As you are aware, this community ministry is built on God “Knowing Him, and Making Him Known!” And in 2016 what an opportunity He gave us at the dinner to share Him, His love, His grace and His provisions!! He has shown us that the success of this event is directly related to the dedication of following His guidance, the generosity from area churches, and from the commitment of His children.
    The dinner has been established for no particular group or individuals, but instead to provide a time for community members to come together and share in the day. We invite Wabash men who are unable to travel home for the holidays, parents who have children visiting from a distance and are unable to accommodate the visiting families, brothers and sisters who are together after periods of separation and would enjoy time to catch-up without the hassle of food preparation and clean-up, and those who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone or those who are without the means of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
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  • Monday, November 6, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The First United Pentecostals of Crawfordsville Church would like to thank all those who helped make the 9/11 Memorial Service on Patriot Day, September 11th, a success. Special thanks go to all those who participated in the service, and to the following sponsors for their generous donations:
    Hoosier Heartland State Bank, ProGreen Garden Center, Big R Store, Jack Stevenson Ace Hardware, Pizza Hut, Arni's Restaurant, Subway on Darlington Avenue, Walgreens Pharmacy on W Market Street.
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  • Monday, November 6, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Last month our commissioners took a responsible step toward regulating wind energy in Montgomery County. They have proposed changing the allowable sound limits for wind towers from 60 to 30 decibels. This is in line with the World Health Organization safety recommendations for noise. However, the wind company attended the last commissioners meeting focused on maintaining higher decibel limits. Please contact your commissioners before they meet on Nov. 13. Encourage them to follow through with their proposed changes, and vote to lower decibel limits. Ask them to listen to locals who will have to live beside wind turbines, families concerned about health and child development issues. Tell them the needs of our residents should come before the greed of the wind industry giant.
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  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:32 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I would like to express a well-earned thank you to Les Hearson and Scott Molin for their dedication and service to Crawfordsville. While I occasionally disagreed with some of their decisions while on the City Council, I have always respected their heartfelt desire to do the best they could for the community. Both of these gentlemen are excellent examples of politicians who are in politics for the right reasons, mainly to help people, solve problems and encourage a fruitful environment. Again, Thank you very much.
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  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:32 PM
    Dear Editor,
    I am compelled to throw in a few numbers regarding the current discussion regarding wind turbines. It appears that a small group of zealots have distorted facts to try to compel the County Commissioners to set a noise standard on wind turbines that is unreasonable. I will explain.
    Sound is measured in decibels (dB). Leaves blowing in the wind generate 30 dB of sound, normal conversation is about 60 dB and your TV routinely runs at 75 dB. When I run my chainsaw it creates about 110 dB. Therefore, as a rule sound above 70 dB is annoying to harmful, sound less than 70 db is almost everywhere. Current wind turbine regulations say 60 dB is the limit these machines can give off. The anti wind turbine group is advocating a 30 dB limit. This is absurd.
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  • Friday, October 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    I’ve recently visited some of the state’s trendier cities to try out their bike paths. In the process, I saw a cheap and immediate improvement that Crawfordsville could make to the quality of life here. 
    In Carmel and Zionsville and Noblesville, you find wonderful networks of bike paths and elaborate farmers’ markets. Crawfordsville stacks up well on these criteria, albeit on a smaller scale. Our overall direction is positive, especially given planned improvements. 
    Where we don’t stack up well is in the way we treat our pets. The towns I mention above, along with Lafayette and Avon, are dog friendly. You see it in their dog parks, in residents’ cooperation with leash laws, and presumably, with those cities’ enforcement of leash and anti-cruelty laws. You don’t see dogs running into traffic, menacing passersby, mauling other dogs, and leaving waste on sidewalks, in parks, and in other people’s yards.
    Here in Crawfordsville, dogs are on the loose everywhere, thanks to pet owners who just open the door and let them out. Rather than walk the dog, owners also stake the dog outdoors, and at that point, neglect begins to border on cruelty. It is not uncommon to see a dog staked in the dirt day after day, isolated and unexercised. Other acts as well, such as leaving pets out in subzero weather, confining them in too small spaces, or actually physically abusing them, are deeply disturbing to everyone who sees or hears about them. 
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  • Friday, October 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Thank you to the Crook’s for their response to my letter regarding banning automatic and semiautomatic rifles and large capacity magazines. I’d like to point out a few things that will hopefully move us closer to understanding each other’s position. First, I am sure I kept my call for severe restrictions, i.e. a ban, on just rifles. I understand guns and all of the details described by the Crooks. I have been careful not to include handguns in my suggestions for restrictions and bans. Second, bringing in comparisons of gun restrictions to restrictions of building height and windows is hyperbole that clouds the issue rather than aiding in a discussion. Guns are designed to kill people. Buildings and windows are designed to protect people from the elements. Calling for a ban on semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines is a reasonable discussion point. We currently severely restrict automatic weapons as pointed out by the Crooks, we need to move the restrictions to semiautomatic rifles. We can leave devices designed to protect us from the elements out of the discussion. Lastly, banning these rifles is a partial answer to preventing further mass shooting incidents involving these types of weapons. Doing nothing is wrong. There are no legitimate civilian uses for semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines. They may be fun to play with at a shooting range but they are too powerful for civilian use.
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  • Friday, October 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    Partisan Gerrymandering is the practice that allows the party in power to tilt the political playing field in their favor through the task of redrawing the congressional districts. A study done by the ISTA found that Indiana House districts are some of the worst example of Gerrymandering in the entire country. Gerrymandering leads to uncompetitive districts and lower voter turnout. Indiana?s voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest in the country at 28%.
    House and Senate Districts are redrawn every ten years following the Federal Census. To solve this problem before redistricting is done in 2020, a bipartisan legislative study committee met in the summer of 2016. The Study Committee recommended all Legislative and Congressional Districts be based solely on population, not politics. Legislation was introduced in the 2017 Indiana General Assembly to ensure a transparent process. The bill was stopped in committee. What are the plans for the 2018 General Assembly?
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  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The Waynetown Merchants Association would like to express our gratitude to the community for another great year and fish fry. The money we make from this event is used throughout Waynetown and Wayne township to enhance the lives of our residents through community events such as the Easter egg hunt, senior citizen and veterans appreciation dinner, sponsorship of cub scouts, ball teams and the park and pool and downtown community and many worthwhile requests we receive for financial aid to organizations each year. We could not have had the fish fry this year without the participation of so many. So thank you to Aunt Millie’s Bakery, Christian Union Church, Cub Scout Pack #365, Darlington Road Band, Pat Fay, freedom Festival Committee, Graphics Garage, Gregg’s Corner Market, Highway 341 Band, Horner's Automotive, INPrint, Dan McGrady, Tim McGrady, Millers Quality Meats, MSI Foods, Stan Powell, Prairie Farms Foods, Meg Rosen, Scott Septic & Portables, Sennett Cattle Farm, Shortline Amusement Co., Sizzlin Sounds Productions, South Montgomery FFA, Star Ambulance, Keith Switzer, T&S trash service, The Clay Pot Nursery, The journal Review, The Paper of Montgomery County, Waynetown Baptist Church, Waynetown Christian Church, Waynetown Maintenance Sept., Waynetown Pizza King, Waynetown Police Dept., Waynetown Town Council, Waynetown United Methodist Church. Waynetown Volunteer Fire Dept., WCVL & WIMC radio and all of our volunteer kitchen crew. Every year families from the surrounding community come for good food, fun and entertainment and many return from out of state for this time honored event. We are so proud of our family friendly town. The town's next big event will be our Christmas in the Park. So come and enjoy our town and park.
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  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    We learned of the movie shooting first from the little paper that could; but now that the whole world knows, we have received calls, texts and emails from all over the country. The prevailing question in all of those communications has been, "what the heck did the guy think the officer meant when he commanded him to drop the gun three times?" Instead, he pointed it at the cop. We have come to expect that kind of risky behavior around the country when we watch the evening news, but Crawfordsville?! What was the actor possibly thinking?
    Ron Carmony
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  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    To the editor,
    As Ronald Reagan once said, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.” This is certainly true for our friend Mike Fons. The smoke has hardly cleared from the Las Vegas shooting so now we have the familiar call to BAN ALL GUNS! ESPECIALLY THE ONES WITH SCARY SOUNDING NAMES! In his call to ban both automatic and semi-automatic weapons, Mike shows his true lack of knowledge . Fully automatic weapons, or “class 3”, are heavily taxed, heavily regulated and very expensive. Legally owned fully automatic weapons have been used 3 times to commit crimes since 1934. Fully automatic weapons fire as many bullets as are in the magazine or belt until the barrel over heats or the trigger is released. A military machine gun is an example of a fully-automatic weapon. Semi-automatic weapons fire one (and only one) bullet for each pull of the trigger. The reason it is called semi-automatic is because the recoil generated by the firing of the bullet ejects the spent casing and loads another bullet into the chamber. 
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  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00 AM
    I wonder if the few that signed land contracts with the wind energy companies realize the contract is binding on the land owners for the term, but wind energy companies can void the contract after start up? They may leave a road bed, ditches and huge/deep craters in their once productive fields. 
    Rich Watkins, 
    Linden
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  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    It must be said no matter how unpopular it may be, the U.S. needs to actively restrict the availability of automatic and semi-automatic rifles and large capacity magazines. There are no good reasons for any non-military residents to have such weapons. Rational people may have legitimate need for a rifle or handgun of limited range and bullet capacity, but no one except military personnel need automatic or semi-automatic high capacity and large caliber weapons like the one used recently in Las Vegas and similar ones used in dozens of mass shootings over the past few years. I encourage your readers to consider voting for political candidates at the State and Federal level that would help enact legislation that would mandate extremely severe restrictions of such weapons.
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