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'Courageous step' by Breeding


What a courageous step for a distinguished politician to take by switching parties.

Mr. William Breeding's announcement on Dec. 5, 2018, that he is switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party should get a great number of people in Crawford County to consider his reasons. It is not that he is going to run in 2020, as he is currently not planning on running for re-election. It is much more than that; it is about values, including religious values.

He states the Democratic Party has left him, not that he has left it. It does come down to what values a person holds and how serious is he to show in public how he demonstrates the honest values. Mr. Breeding has many high qualities and does not support the disrespect shown to the office of our elected president by the media and the Democratic Party. A good person respects the position of United States president, not just the person who holds the office. Every person, including the president, has human faults, and that is understood to be the way life is to all of us. In reality, we are always supporting a sinner in this office.

Mr. Timberlake noted his grandparents, while some were Democrats, were not for gun control, open borders, abortion or transgender issues as we see the Democratic Party is today. These are not the Republican values, and if you examine your own values, you may decide they are not yours, as well. If these are not your values, then you may decide it is time for you to make that important logical change.

Consider, how can any religious person can take the view that killing the weakest among us, the unborn, by Planned Parenthood, is an acceptable position? Democrats, whether they want to believe it or not, when voting for a person in this party are supporting this position. Someday, it is my hope, we will look back on this time and wonder how it could happen to good religious people.

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
January 02, 2019

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Linked! features shout-out


I just wanted to give a shout-out to Robby Kellems of North Harrison for his Linked! article "Satire: The only voting guide you need."

I liked it! Community Refrigerator Inspector? Town Cartwheeler? Deputy of Turning a Light Switch Off and On? Town Executioner? And Walmart Cashier?

Great sense of humor during a divisive voting season. Thanks for the laughs, Robby.

Charles Newton
December 26, 2018

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Two of three deserve praise


Two of the three articles in the Oct. 3 Viewpoints section were excellent. They are "Improving Indiana's technology climate" by Erin Houchin, our District 47 state senator, and "Treatment, rehabilitation are right kinds of prison reform" by Curtis Hill, Indiana's attorney general. Both are efforts to make improvements for all citizens.

This can not be said for the third article, "We live in polarized times" by Lee Hamilton, currently from the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. The author says some good things about "we have to appreciate the roles of cooperation, collaboration and comprise in a representative democracy and deal with opponents not as enemies but from respect, civility and a recognition that they share more in common than divides them."

Many great comments here and high agreement to the open-minded American citizen who does not pay much attention to or actually viewed the live interaction of the Senate proceedings on the interviews with Dr. Ford, the accuser, and Judge Kavanaugh, the accused. From his article, you would think there is equal emphasis to correct both the Democratic and the Republican members of the committee to make improvements. But, if you watched the interaction, you know the truth that this only needs to be referring to one party because they are the extremes who dominated discourse in an irrational manner with no civility and no respect to the accused. It was disturbing to see our elected senators be so ugly at the way they treated the accused.

Thus, this article is just hypocrisy from the author in a manner trying to give him credit as a respected and fair advisor of what both groups should do to be good and proper. He does not acknowledge the imbalance between the two parties in their behavior. Thus, he is making an effort to cover up this vast difference between the way the two political parties conducted themselves. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy.

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
December 05, 2018

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Linked!Features Shout Out


I just wanted to give a Shout Out to Robby Kellems of North Harrison for his Linked! article "Satire: The only voting guide you need".

I liked it !!! Community Refrigerator Inspector? Town Cartwheeler? Deputy of Turning a Light Switch Off and On? Town Executioner? And Walmart Cashier?

Great sense of humor during a divisive voting season. Thanks for the laughs, Robby.

Charles Newton
English, IN
November 14, 2018

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Crawford should be proud of emergency responders


This accident occurred to me Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at American Legion Post 133 in Alton.

I was visiting my twin brother, Garry Kemp, and we were at the American Legion Post 133. There are numerous games of chance at the legion. I was sitting at the bar next to a punch board with knives. A patriot had won one of the knives, and the bartender asked me if I could remove one of the knives from the cardboard which was attached with a plastic tie. I removed the hunting knife from its leather pouch and, with my left hand on top of the cardboard, started to cut the tie. The knife went through the plastic tie and into the base of my thumb.

My brother, who is a volunteer fireman for the Leavenworth Fire Department, immediately applied a towel and pressure to my cut. Looking down on the floor and seeing my blood, I fainted onto the floor. When I came to, other volunteer firemen had arrived on the scene. They asked my brother, who had been applying pressure to my cut, if he wanted someone to take over. He said no and continued until the Crawford County EMS arrived some 20 to 25 minutes later. I was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, where I received 15 stitches.

I want to thank the Leavenworth Volunteer Fire Department and the Crawford County EMS for their fast response. Most of all, I would like to thank my brother, who, with his training, applied pressure until the EMS team arrived.

The great people of Crawford County should be proud of their volunteer fire departments and the Crawford County EMS. They all were very professional and well-trained to handle any emergency situation. THANK YOU!!!

Larry D. Kemp
Mascoutah, Ill.
October 24, 2018

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Grateful for IMPACT 100 Southern Indiana


Unabashedly, the beautiful Grand in New Albany was alive with the goodness, the beauty and the power of God at the IMPACT 100 Southern Indiana celebration last week. Our beloved community has so much to be proud of and the wonderful women who are involved in and are leading the initiative of IMPACT 100 have taken their rightful place on that long menu of blessings by their amazing inspiration of hope and wholistic beneficence.

We who are associated with non-profit organizations are genuinely privileged to serve in our community because we are abundantly blessed with the friendship, loyalty and support of these women, as well as so many other persons who truly believe that their goodness and kindness will help to bring the transformative change and peace for which we all long.

During this special season of harvest and thanksgiving, I pray that God, the giver of all gifts, will continue to reveal his goodness to this beloved community and that His spirit will rest gently upon us all opening our eyes to see and our hearts to love with compassion so that His providence will bring the outcomes that will bless those who are affected by each of our lives.

In the words of the artist Josh Groban, "Our world needs so much, but there's so much to be thankful for " And, we are proud of and very grateful for those of you associated with IMPACT 100 Southern Indiana. We truly hope your membership and mission grow exponentially!

Sister Barbara Ann Zeller, President/CEO, Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries Inc./Guerin Inc.
October 24, 2018

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Answering earlier letter's question


This is in response to the Aug. 3 issue's People's Forum letter, "Will you be next?" where the lady asks if we have seen the TV show of old, antique junk (my term) in woods and fields.

She says junkyards — where parts are recyclable — saves folks money. Therein lies the problem. Some folks scatter old cars, machinery, etc. on their property instead. Do we have a county ordinance against this? I applaud Mr. Shelton. Why can't we help the elderly, etc. clean up their property and get some pay while doing it? Give teenagers a summer job. Look at Taswell, and doesn't English look great around the golf course?

Hoarders don't sell or get rid of anything. Is there a law against owning too many cats or dogs? Recently, on Hatfield Road, one or two pit bulls got loose and killed and ate one of their neighbor's sheep. The law wasn't notified, but would the county have reimbursed them for the sheep? Just wondering.

Mary Green
English, Ind.
September 12, 2018

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Let's join others in improving county


To the concerned citizens who care about the future of the county, I feel your pain. I, too, care about the future of the county, and I am hopeful that the county is being run as efficiently as possible.

I, however, would like to propose a new way to improve the county. Many concerned citizens and I are actually pitching in and trying to improve the county. In 2018, the Crawford County Chamber of Commerce has hosted two seminars to try to provide advice and resources to our local businesses and anyone else who wants to attend, as we have made sure the subject matter is not restricted to businesses. The Chamber also partnered with Economic Development to bring Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo to Crawford County to discuss the evolving training and education needs today, and how Crawford County can provide more opportunities to children and adults alike.

Purdue Extension has provided health and nutrition programs and has created opportunities for kids to get hands-on with technology and improve their STEM skills, teach kids the value of hard work, build crafts and many other things that I'm sure I have missed.

The Community Foundation of Crawford County took the lead in securing Crawford County's participation in HCI, which we have had around 15 to 20 meetings related to in the last almost two years, including a public forum to identify what the biggest needs in the county are, and we are working diligently on a capstone project to try to improve the county at this time. The Community Foundation has also given out a lot of grants to improve worthy programs and organizations in the county, and Christine and Laken are very faithful to support other organizations whenever they have time and oftentimes even when they don't.

The sheriff's department, in conjunction with several other departments and some businesses, held an outdoor skills camp this year for local youth in honor of Charlie McDaniel. There are also increased opportunities to get involved in ministries in the jail.

CASA, the local volunteer fire departments, the volunteer reserve deputies for the sheriff's department and the town marshals' offices, the 4-H board and their supporting volunteers that aren't on the board, the Council for a Drug-free Community, the GRACE House volunteers, the Junior Leaders, each school's P.T.O.'s, the volunteers that run the food pantries, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations that I can't name off right now have all been working hard and doing a fantastic job and helping to improve the county in their own way, whether it is big or small. To any organization or effort that I failed to name, I apologize, and allow me to say that I appreciate each and every one of your efforts and that those efforts are making a difference, even if it doesn't always feel like it.

Nobody can be involved in every volunteer effort in the county. Nobody should even try to be involved in all of them. But look around, find something where you have the right skill set or even just a little bit of time, and help out. That goes for elected officials and regular citizens alike. I know everyone is busy. People have jobs to work, businesses to run, families to take care of, kids' extracurricular activities to attend and other responsibilities that they have to take care of. But if everyone who is concerned about their county and about seeing it improve in the future, about seeing it be a place that people want to come to, to live or to visit, a place that our kids want to stay or come back to when they graduate college or complete a training program, if everyone who wants that could just give a little of their time to one or two volunteer efforts, then think about how much better off our county would be.

I don't intend this to be an indictment of anyone. My hope is that it will be taken as a call to arms to the citizens of the county. Please, let's direct our collective energy in the correct direction, toward improving our county as a whole. Republicans, Democrats, independents, people who are just sick to death of politics, we should all be able to agree that we want the county to move forward. So, pick a focus area or two that you want to work on, find a group or two that are working on that area — if you can't find one, I would be happy to point you in the right direction if I possibly can — and let's start accomplishing that goal. Now can be the time, and we can be the people that we have been waiting on to improve Crawford County.

Jesse Belcher
Eckerty, Ind.
September 12, 2018

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Response to commissioners


They, the Crawford County Board of Commissioners (BOC), hath decreed that anyone whose opinion differs from theirs is misguided, misinformed and incorrect. To mock and ridicule citizens who exercise their right to free speech at public hearings is Trump-like. The next time the BOC wonders why more people don't participate in the governmental process by attending meetings they should look in the mirror. The BOC were all at the meeting. If they had an opinion, they should have expressed it then.

The BOC's letter has contradictory statements (CS), improperly takes credit, deliberately confuses the public with razzle-dazzle B.S. (RDBS) and mightily blows their own horn.

CS1 states they are not taking sides in the tax debate. If so, then, why are they ridiculing citizens who are.

CS2 states the estimated cost of economic development is misinformed. The next sentence says they agree.

CS3 states that saying SIMCO will employ four people is misinformed. The very next sentence, I kid you not, states this new business, SIMCO, will employ four people. The statement also states it will eventually grow to 10. Eventually is called speculation, and in 1929 speculation caused the Great Depression.

CS4 agreed that economic development is not a state-mandated task but disagreed it is a luxury. In most homes, when all the bills have been paid and groceries bought, any money left over to buy a beer is a luxury. Since economic development is not a MUST, it is a luxury, unless the BOC is using the philosophy of buy beer first then groceries.

The BOC improperly credits and blows its own horn when it implies the previous BOC and economic development director did nothing in the post. High Mark Supply (owned by the same people who are starting SIMCO) located in Marengo in 2009 when the previous BOC and economic development director were in office. For eight years under the previous economic development director and BOC, and two years under the current, they grew and are now expanding to a new facility in Carefree. The previous economic development director was also instrumental in getting the new Dollar General in Marengo.

A RDBS and blow-your-horn statement was the one that makes a company expanding and moving to Carefree sound like the BOC has saved mankind.

The most boastful RDBS and blow-your-own-horn statement stated we have fixed more roads, culverts and bridges in the past two years than have been attempted to be repaired in the past. How do you attempt to repair a bridge? Does that mean there are bridges out there that were attempted to be repaired and weren't? If I had a child or grandchild and they ride on a bus that crosses bridges, I would call the BOC and find out if any of the bridges my child rides over was attempted to be repaired. If it was attempted to be repaired, I would raise Cain until it is. A child's safety on a school bus should be at the top of the BOC's list. The public should also be told how many roads, bridges and culverts have been repaired in the last two years and in the past. Since the past goes back to the 1700s when roads were first built and no records kept, 1950 to the present will be sufficient. If the BOC can't produce the records or numbers of attempts, that will prove they are misguided, misinformed politicians making comments in an election year.

Thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to free political speech.

Gary Robinson
Marengo, Ind.
August 29, 2018

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Honor Flight for local Korean War vet timely


The July 25 Style section front page had a particularly inspiring article by Taylor Ferguson: "Pair of veterans take Honor Flight."

Henry Broughton is a Korean War veteran and a highly respected member of the Alton American Legion Post 133. This trip is at a particularly good time since some remains of 55 war casualties from the Korean War are being returned by North Korea to the U.S.A. this week. Respectful transfer ceremonies were conducted for our deceased soldiers. The war may be over for some families, but it is estimated over 6,000 are still waiting for closure of our fallen heroes.

The Korean War major action was from 1950 to 1953. But, the war has never been officially ended by signed agreement. There is a neutral area called Panmunjom between South Korea and North Korea that still has meetings at the tables on the dividing line between the United Nations forces and the North Koreans. Any visitor there has witnessed the blue-colored U.N. buildings and the two flags that had signed agreements to be the exact same height on the tables where meetings are held. And, then, when flags' heights are compared, the North Korean flag is a half inch taller than agreed to. They can not be trusted with even a flag's height.

This trip reminds us to be thankful to our veterans who faced massive Chinese forces, over a million strong, surprisingly attacking at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and other northern areas. Our forces attacked in reverse to successfully get back to the DMZ area and battle stalemate was achieved. Besides the shooting battles, there was also terribly cold conditions to face and survive. If you have ever been lucky enough to talk to a survivor of these battles, you are amazed they did manage to survive. The Chinese have had a close relationship with the North Koreans these 65 years since.

With the meeting of President Trump with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, there are hopes this war can really be ended and that de-nuclearization can occur and their rockets destroyed. Our president has spoken — he believes the leader is sincere and this should happen. He is also keenly aware of the lying and deceit that historically they have conducted and so demands no concessions allowed until this de-nuclearization is fully accomplished.

We are so lucky that Henry was a returning veteran and we get a chance to talk with him and the great life he has lived in Southern Indiana and the community he has contributed to. He has been a great success we can all be thankful for.

Charles A. Totten
Leavenworth, Ind.
August 15, 2018

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