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  • Monday, May 13, 2019 1:53 AM
    The recent death of both Dick Lugar and Birch Bayh should remind us of the quality of the public officials that have come from Indiana. Lugar and Bayh defined themselves as public servants, not politicians. Bayh is responsible for getting passed into law by Congress two Amendments to the Constitution, including the right to vote for 18 year olds, a feat not before performed by a single individual prior to the founding of the USA. Lugar was a Rhodes scholar, like Mayor Pete from South Bend, Rachel Maddow and Bill Clinton. Dick Lugar was always the smartest guy in the room. Senator Lugar was responsible for getting rid of tons of nuclear warheads following post Soviet dismantling that is widely recognized as a model for de-escalation of threats. I am sad that Indiana has lost some of its old guard but continue to be hopeful by the likes of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and our local progressive Mayor, Todd Barton. I am also pleased to see the Clerk-Treasurer, Terri Gadd won her primary challenge.
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  • Monday, May 6, 2019 9:08 PM
    2018-19 5th Six Weeks
    Kindergarten – Jeffrey Hopkins and Ryley Owens.
    First Grade – Nickolai Corp, Hallie Rhoads and Ryken Skelton.
    Second Grade – Willow Abney, Skylee Heidrick and Parker McCaffry. 
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  • Monday, May 6, 2019 9:06 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Recently a writer to the newspaper called the president’s son unthoughtful and elitist. Just because his thoughts did not align with the writers does not mean he does not have any thoughts. As for elitist, you give him that moniker because you probably do not like the president like a lot of the political establishment on the left and the right who only view him as a political outsider from the street who just has a lot of money. There are many of us deplorables who happen to like much of MAGA.
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  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 6:42 PM
    Dear Editor,
    An April 29, 2019 Commissioner editorial would have us believe the Plan Commission voted favorably and “passed the zoning ordinance back to the county commissioners for approval and adoption, ….” In fact, the plan commission only makes recommendations to the County Commissioners. In this case the plan commission had the option of voting a favorable recommendation, an unfavorable recommendation, or no recommendation meaning neither favorable nor unfavorable. The plan commission voted to send the zoning ordinance back to the commissioners with a “no recommendation” vote. The plan commission took neither a favorable nor an unfavorable position on the zoning ordinance. The ordinance was not “passed” to the County Commissioners in the sense of approval, but “passed” more like a hot potato.
    The editorial continues, “…adoption, thus allowing us to set the much needed ordinances in place which would protect us from undesirable companies settling in to our community”. We’ve heard this many times. Zoning is the only means the commissioners have to protect our County from unfavorable or undesirable companies. The question has also been asked many times “why?” Why is zoning the only means to protect the County from an undesirable company? We are not given a direct answer but are told to do our own research and educate ourselves which would bring us to the same conclusions as the Commissioners. 
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  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 6:42 PM
    A big thank you to the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers for sponsoring a Spring Tea Event, themed “Rocking Around the Teapot.” What a wonderful attendance. Thanks for coming and sharing the evening with us!
    The committee did a wonderful job of putting all of it together. The committee members who took the time to share their talents and hospitality were Susan Vaught, Beth Carroll, Moina Buckles, Judy Chastain, Marge Benge, Judy Tulley, Amy Endicott, County President Martha Swick, and Peggy Dixon. Thanks to Marvin Swick and John Dixon and any others who helped with set up and clean up. A big thank goes out also to 32 Restorations and Auctions for allowing us to take pictures at their facility, and the Pizza Hut for the cheese cups. Thanks also to Fred Clore for bringing his 1955 Ford Grand Victoria for everyone to enjoy. Randy and Beth Carroll for making the Jukebox, music and all, thank you. It was so enjoyed by all! We even had many dancing and wanting to dance to the old-time music! 
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  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    This letter is written in support of re-electing Terri Gadd as the Clerk Treasurer of the City of Crawfordsville. Terri has served in this capacity for the past twelve years and has provided accurate, detailed accounting and transparency. She oversees a friendly, well qualified staff in the clerk’s office. 
    Appointed to the Crawfordsville Regional Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners and serving as treasurer for twelve years, I first worked closely with Clerk Treasurer, Nellie Thompson. Terri was the Deputy Clerk Treasurer at that time. When Nellie retired, Terri was well-trained and positioned to seek and win election to this strategic office, which monitors the City’s finances, department budgets, payroll and claims. Terri is always available to assist and answer any questions. 
    The Clerk’s office also oversees all the grants that the City and departments receive.
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  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    The President's unthoughtful and elitist son came to kill birds in our county solely for his amusement. Our Republican County Commissioner complied to his request like a stooge. I see a big difference between a president like Obama shooting hoops with city officials in Elkhart and this overt power display of killing our local wildlife in association with an NRA convention. Friends of Sugar Creek had a trash clean up this morning with over 40 people helping to make the environment better. If DJTJ had any interest in MontCo other than exploitation, he would have helped us clean up the creek before killing our local sustainable turkey crop. 
    Mike Fons,
    Crawfordsville
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  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    At the recent meeting of the Plan Commission on April 24th, there was a proposal for county-wide zoning. This proposal included greatly increased setbacks for Industrial Wind Turbines from property lines, schools and municipalities. These setbacks would be much safer than the current setbacks in the current Ordinance 2018-4.
    I am opposed to Industrial Wind Turbines in Montgomery County under the current ordinance because of the dangers they pose to the health, safety, welfare and property values of the citizens of Montgomery County. Our county is too densely populated for these things to be in our back yard.
    I approve of the greatly increased setbacks for Industrial Wind Turbines in the proposed zoning ordinance, but I am still not in favor of county-wide zoning. It would be nice to simply make these improvements in an amendment to the current Ordinance 2018-4, rather than to force us to approve county-wide zoning. However, it appears as if the commissioners are not giving us that choice.
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  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:16 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Einstein was wrong. There is something that is faster than the speed of light. It is the speed at which the Commissioners adjourn their meetings to stifle public comment. Over the past year or so, the Commissioners have reduced the opportunity for public comment; from open comment, to commenting only on those items put on the agenda by the Commissioners and recently with greater frequency no comment at all. Witness the Commissioners meeting of April 22, 2019. On the agenda was the first reading of a modification to the wind ordinance. For or against, it is a very important topic for the citizens of Montgomery County. There was public attendance by both sides. No public comment was allowed.
    Whether you are for or against a particular issue, stifling public participation should be concerning to all of us. If we all don’t stand up for all of our rights all of the time, even for those whose opinion we oppose, we open the door for further restrictions on our rights. Good public policy starts with open public discourse and citizen participation, even in those instances where it is inconvenient or undesired by elected officials. It’s time to put open comments back on the Commissioners agenda. Let the people be heard.
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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:36 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Regarding Dr. John Roberts’ column: I’ve praised him before but I must do it again. His explanation of the thyroid was excellent, especially considering the amount of space he used. 
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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Editor,
    “Daddy is working hard to help our neighbors and friends,” I say to our girls as we watch the wind blow fiercely through the trees around our home. I’ve said these words many times since my husband, Kyle Stiner, became a lineman for Duke Energy. When the bad weather, car accidents, or other problems arise we wait for his phone to ring with a call to work. We watch his truck roll out of the driveway and say a prayer that he & his coworkers stay safe while they restore the power to our community. Our children know that their daddy will be home as soon as he can with hugs (and usually a special treat too).
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:18 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Who will build the roads? What if instead of taxes paying for roads and sidewalks that need regular repair and upkeep, we found a better way. Instead of asking the state for funding, or using taxes, what if premium services, advertisements, and alternative energy paid for roads and sidewalks instead? Roads that generate revenue this way would be maintained by a private industry. The sky is the limit in terms of revenue possibilities and convenience. Best of all, it would reduce the property taxes. And this way of thinking is not just limited to roads (parks, trash pick-up, you name it).
    Stuck at a stoplight, a blue tooth ad uses your preset settings to play an ad, for some credit or maybe an electronic sign shows you a golden arch. Middle lanes could have light weight discs that constantly generate energy as cars pass. Solar sidewalks and roads generate energy sold to the electric company, and also melts ice in the winter, while selling clean energy locally, instead of buying it from a company in Terre Haute.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:34 AM
    Dear Editor,
    On Saturday April 6, 2019 over 150 people met at the Montgomery County 4H Grounds Building for dinner and information about the negative effects of Industrial Wind Farms and Industrial Wind Turbines. In attendance for part of the evening were Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton, County Councilmen Mark Davidson and Don Mills, and County Commissioner Jim Fulwider. Missing from the event was Indiana Senator from Montgomery County Phil Boots who recently authored SB535 which is an attempt to strip away home rule protections of the small towns. Also not in attendance were Representative Sharon Negele who recently attended a Pro Wind Event sponsored by Roaming Bison Wind Farm in Montgomery County. These people were given invitations along with many other elected officials but apparently they declined.
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 9:59 PM
    Dear Editor,
    On Sunday March 31st the annual “Spring Sing” was held at the New Ross Christian Church. I would like to thank the many people who gave u their afternoon to be there.
    First let’s thank this country for allowing us to come together and share God’s love. God’s house was full of people who came to listen and we want to thank them for coming. The talent seen on that day was shared in God’s love by: Tony Shuman, Glenna Florence, Mike Dalton, Mark Money, Layton Malone, and Homer Faucett. Also. If you were not there, you missed the talents of our young children, Zoey Brown, Kalee and Myah Knox, Lizzie and Abbey Veach and Alizabeth and Gracie Brown this was the first time any of this child had sung in front of a large crowd.
    Many who are behind the scenes make this all come together; Beverly Perry who ran the sound system,
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  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:30 PM
    Dear Editor,
    Oh you sweet summer child! You are so confused that my heart literally hurts for you. Allow me to help you out as well as clear up a couple of information issues.
    You are from Spearville, Kansas. We all know this because you proudly state it whenever possible. Spearville is that magical place that is wholly unpopulated by people (2017 states 807 total population) but overwhelmed by wind turbines. Your father is / was the actual mayor of beloved Spearville. You travel around the country, most notably to actual Wind Farm potential areas. I cannot say that you are a paid employee of Apex Clean Energy, but it sure wouldn’t surprise anyone. In fact, a quick search shows you have lived in at least 24 locations in 4 parts of Kansas, 4 parts of Georgia, and 1 area of Virginia. That’s just your registered addresses though. The reason Indiana isn’t showing up on that list is because you are neither a property owner or renter in Montgomery County. As for possible jobs you are currently holding, I’m not actually aware if you are even paying taxes to our county….but that’s neither here or there when stating facts regarding Wind Energy or Ted Hartke right?
    So, let’s get onto the factual information on this past weekends event speaker, Mr. Ted Hartke. 
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