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Frustrated taxpayer

I arrived at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, property tax statement and check in hand. I was stunned to find the courthouse locked and dark inside. In the short time I stood there not sure what to do with my tax payment, which was due that day, eight other people drove up, all prepared to pay taxes. I understand there were many more throughout the day.

I later spoke with a county commissioner who told me the courthouse was closed so that employees could take their Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day fell this year on Wednesday, the day the courthouse is already closed.

It's unbelievable to me that someone — the treasurer, perhaps? — didn't have the foresight to see what an inconvenience and frustration this would pose to many county taxpayers. I strongly feel the courthouse should have been open, regardless of the typical practice of taking holidays on Tuesday when the holiday falls on Wednesday. Many, many taxpayers make their payment the day it's due. That is our privilege and the Treasurer's Office should be open to accommodate us.

County officials are elected BY the people to SERVE the people. This was a poor example of service to the county.

Editor's note: We printed a notice from the Crawford County treasurer on page A3 of the Oct. 28 issue notifying readers that the courthouse would be closed on Nov. 10 and that property taxes instead would be due on Nov. 12. Perhaps we should have printed the notice on Nov. 4 instead, but we wanted to do so far enough in advance.

Stephanie Ferriell
Marengo, Ind.
November 18, 2015

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Cox, Smith true 'heroes'

After reading and rereading the article written by Taylor Ferguson in the Oct. 21, 2015, issue, I had to write my feelings about the Crawford County elementary principals, Alan Cox and Lisa Smith, who are truly heroes to give of their precious time and energy to two schools.

Giving up much and sometimes working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to make time for the school children is extremely admirable. However, heroes should not have to give up their lives for the school. The two principals they are replacing received a pay check and benefits, so Cox and Smith are saving the corporation approximately $200,000, as well. Now, these two people do double duty and do not receive an increase in their salary, but they are getting paid for 10 extra days for taking on two elementary schools. It seems to be extremely unfair to them and the children they want to care for in their classrooms, and their own family. Plus, they may become over-extended and stressed and burnt out and not be able to function in the manner they are accustomed to doing.

Superintendent DeRossett said the school board hopes to put a principal in each school as soon as possible. I hope it will be very soon as they knew since the end of the 2014-2015 school year that they needed to find replacements.

Rita Harden
English, Ind.
November 18, 2015

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More needs to be done to end Alzheimer’s

You've seen those inspiring T-shirts and bumper stickers that read "I Survived Breast Cancer" or "Heart Disease Survivor," but you will never see one that says "I survived Alzheimer's Disease."

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death from which there is no cure, no treatment and no way of slowing down its progression. It is a terminal disease that is called the "long goodbye."

The monetary price tag for the care of Americans with Alzheimer's will total $226 billion in 2015 alone. Today, one out of every $5 spent by Medicare and Medicaid goes to Alzheimer's treatment. Of the 10 major diseases that strike Americans, Alzheimer's will affect the largest number and yet receives the least amount of funding, with Alzheimer's disease being the most expensive to treat.

Receiving a clear Alzheimer's diagnosis is a challenge in itself.

Currently, only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's or their caregivers say that they were provided with a diagnosis. In contrast, more than 90 percent of those with the four most common types of cancer say they were clearly informed of what they had.

There are currently more than 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer's with more than 332,000 caregivers. As an Alzheimer's Association board member and an Ambassador for Indiana's Ninth District, I am proud of our communities' efforts to help fight this disease as well as the support of Congressman Todd Young. On Aug. 22, my family, coupled with the Andres family held an annual fundraiser, the "Fading Memories Dinner & Dessert Auction" in Starlight. Through that event, we raised more than $60,000 for the Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter. I cannot thank the Starlight community and neighboring communities enough for their generosity in helping to make strides toward a cure for Alzheimer's.

Another local event, The Walk to End Alzheimer's for Louisville and Southern Indiana was held Sept. 12 at Waterfront Park in Louisville where we raised $415,000! It was great to again see our supporters come together in a wave of purple to support someday there being a world without Alzheimer's. After all, the end of Alzheimer's starts with us.

For more information on the facts of this horrible disease or information on how to get involved, call the Alzheimer's Association office at 1-502-451-4266 or go to www.alz.org.

Jack Koetter, Board member and Ambassador to Indiana Ninth District Congressman Todd Young, Alzheimer's Association - Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter
November 11, 2015

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Response to Planned Parenthood editorial

The editorial by Taylor Ferguson titled "Shining light on Planned Parenthood videos" in the Aug. 19 Clarion News is a vivid example of why the abortion industry has been able to survive and be as profitable as it has for so long. It is naïve articles like this that cause confusion and obscure the truth of this horrid industry that is being financed by taxpayers ... There is too much evidence exposing the horror of Planned Parenthood's practices.

In writing articles like this, a journalist is only covering for the abortion industry while our children are murdered and their parts distributed for profit. It is part of the abortion industry's cover-up and obfuscation to deceive the American people and the parental victims of this heinous industry.

I would invite Taylor to stop by my office at the corner of state roads 64 and 135 in New Salisbury. I can provide proof of this abusive selling of baby parts as far back as 1999. I have a complete "Alberta Report" dated that year titled "Cannibalism-Eyewitness accounts from inside the booming trade in fetal body parts." I can even show Taylor a copy of the price list offered by a trafficker in baby parts (remember, since 1999) which lists the prices being paid for baby parts. For example, a spinal cord was worth $325. The rest of the list is too gruesome to list here. I often wonder: Where do people think the raw material comes from for fetal tissue research? I have been listening to the shrills, like Taylor, defending the abortionists for many years now. I have heard the arguments like "What about rape?" "What about incest or deformity?"

The last number I have seen, these cases make up 3 percent or less of the abortions. Most are simply for convenience. But, masterfully, the abortion industry has come up with such monikers to confuse and deceive, giving cover to the abortionists and the "choice" crowd and their spineless political supporters.

When I first joined the pro-life fight three decades ago, I had to debate with the pro-abortionists about the 'fetus' being just 'a blob.' Then came 3-D and 4-D ultra sound machines destroying that argument. One can see clearly that it is a tiny baby, not a 'blob.' Even when they were educated that the term 'fetus' is Latin for 'little one,' the pro-choicers stuck to their arguments. Then, in 1999, there was an article in the Courier-Journal that said Clinton and Gore (who were initially pro-life) had hoped to get "legal harvesting of babies" legislation passed, but failed. That was the first time I had heard "legal harvesting of babies." A United States senator (either Boxer or Feinstein) said on the Senate floor that "a baby is not a baby until it leaves the hospital." A Jewish ethics professor told my daughter's pre-med class over 20 years ago that "a baby is not viable for eight days."

Recently, there was a survey on college campuses that revealed that a large percentage of college students would support AFTER-birth abortions up to 4 or 5 years old in the cases of autism, Down syndrome, etc. Then, there was the case of Hermit Gosnell, the abortionist in Pennsylvania, now serving prison time, who his co-workers described as being "delighted" by watching newly-aborted babies trying to swim in the toilet.

Make no mistake about it, the abortion industry is after baby parts. If we do not shut down this Molech, the baby-killing spirit, abortion industry, America will have to say "Amen" to its own condemnation. And I am fearful that it is too late. The blood of over 50 million innocent babies crying out to God for justice and vengeance will not go unanswered. Our punishment is in progress. Look at the weather, fear of terrorism, unsafe borders, autism, Alzheimer's, the economy and on and on. Leviticus Chapter 26 and Deuteronomy Chapter 28 vividly detail the blessings and curses of a nation in their relation to God's laws. God will NOT be mocked.

Just 20 years ago my wife and I had a foster child 3 years old. He was different, and we did not know what his issue was. But, now looking back, I realize that he was autistic. So, 20 years ago I did not know what autism is. Today, I believe the statistics are one out of 70 new births are autistic.

If one reads Chapter 18 of Leviticus, it sums up the future for a nation that commits the obscenities that America is now participating in — "The land itself will vomit out its inhabitants." This is happening now and will soon get much worse. Our only hope is prayerful repentance and fervent preaching by the Gospel leaders of America as opposed to the "seeker-friendly" coffee and "anything goes" venues in the modern churches. People ... can continue to ... keep their heads in the sand, but there is a price to be paid by them and their families, as well as this great nation of ours. We shall soon see if God can be mocked. Most of us have heard or read the Scripture "If God be for us, who can be against us?" Please ponder this: "If God be against us, who can be for us?"

Ron Haendiges
New Salisbury, Ind.
September 09, 2015

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United Way helping keep county clean

The Crawford County Solid Waste Management District would like to express our support of gratitude to the United Way of Crawford County. With the many cuts in grants and funding that we have endured over the past few years, the United Way chapter in the county has been truly important to the people of Crawford County, as well as the agencies and organizations.

Tires, if not disposed of properly, can create a health risk for West Nile virus, as well as a physical safety risk to our county's children and a general health risk due to leaching of chemicals.

Because of the support of the United Way of Crawford County, through the Tire Recycling Day, the Crawford County Solid Waste Management District has been able to help control wasted tires sitting around homes and farms within the county, as well as keeping some of them from being dumped on roadsides. We are so thankful that the United Way is able to support the CCSWD for this important community health project, making Crawford County an even cleaner and better place.

By financially supporting the Tire Recycling Day project, the United Way has a real impact on our services. Without that support, this project would not exist. We would like to thank the board and members of the United Way of Crawford County.

Editor's note: This letter is the next in a series of letters from Crawford County organizations sharing how the United Way of Crawford County is making an impact on the lives of the county's residents.

Tina R. Bowman, Crawford County Solid Waste Management District
September 02, 2015

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United Way funding helps child abuse investigations

The Milltown location of the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC) has been awarded grant funding from United Way of Crawford County for the purchase of new equipment and software that will assist in forensic interviews as part of child abuse investigations.

Children need a safe, child-friendly, secure location where a viable forensic interview can take place. SWICACC provides locations throughout a seven-county region where forensic interviews can occur without children having to travel outside their communities to receive services. Utilizing evidence-based best practices through a multi-disciplinary team approach provides Child Protective Services, law enforcement and prosecutors a greater opportunity to properly protect children and enhance their ability to obtain a successful outcome by properly investigating child abuse cases.

SWICACC is honored that United Way of Crawford County recognizes the value of the forensic interview process and importance of providing forensic interview services to the children of Crawford County.

Receiving this grant funding is just another example of the great work United Way is doing with the funds contributed by employers, employees and others to the overall United Way initiative. SWICACC appreciates the generosity of the donors who made this grant funding possible and encourages everyone to financially support the annual campaign according to one's personal means.

Editor's note: This letter is the next in a series of letters from Crawford County organizations sharing how the United Way of Crawford County is making an impact on the lives of the county's residents.

Tamara Lampert, Southwestern Child Advocacy Center Coalition Coordinator
August 27, 2015

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Senate should support House GMO labeling legislation

I farm with my family in Howard County, growing corn, soybeans and sweet corn. As the fifth generation farming our land, we make decisions every day about the care of our crops and the health of our soil. These decisions determine our production practices and impact our yields. They also impact our income, because our farm is, after all, a family business.

One of the decisions we make each year is whether to plant genetically modified crops, also known as GMOs. This technology allows us to be better stewards of the environment. We can grow more crops on less land using fewer pesticides and less water and fuel. It also allows American farmers to safely and effectively feed a rapidly growing global population while keeping food prices relatively low. According to the U.S. State Department, our farm families will need to produce as much food in the next 50 years as was produced in all previously recorded history to meet this demand.

The Internet is full of scare tactics and misinformation about GMO crops. Regardless of what you may see or hear, the safety and benefits of biotechnology are proven. The FDA, USDA, AMA, National Academy of Sciences, World Health Organization and dozens of other scientific organizations have confirmed that GMOs are as safe for human consumption as non-GMO products. Farmers have intentionally changed the genetic makeup of all crops grown and livestock raised since domestic agriculture began 10,000 years ago. Every fruit, vegetable and grain that is commercially available today has been altered by human hands, including organic and heirloom seeds.

As a mom and consumer, I shop for food that is healthy and safe to feed my family. I have served my children seedless grapes, tangelos, broccoli and many other modified foods from the time they were ready for solid food.

As a mom and farmer, I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This law creates a national, science-based labeling law that eliminates the confusion created by a patchwork of mandatory state labeling laws for GMOs.

Labeling mandates being pushed in states across the country will cause families to pay more for food.

One recent Cornell study concluded that mandated labeling could cost families as much as $500 a year. Forcing food companies to produce their goods differently for each state will require an enormous investment and raise consumer prices in the supermarket.

Instead of passing policy that undermines our collective success, we should recognize the many benefits GM crops have provided all of us for more than 20 years. I urge Sens. Coats and Donnelly to stand up for both Hoosier consumers and farmers and support the common-sense approach to GMO labeling passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Isabella Chism, Second Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau
Galveston, Ind.
August 27, 2015

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Thanks to Marengo Christian's Missionary Church for great week

I would like to thank Marengo Christian's Missionary Church for their Vacation Bible School held last month.

We do not belong to the church, but were invited by a friend. I'm so glad we took advantage of the opportunity. It was a wonderful, fun-filled week.

The theme was based on Disney's mega-hit movie, "Frozen," and all week the leaders reinforced the ideas that "Jesus thaws frozen hearts" and "We're all a bit of a fixer-upper, and Jesus can fix us." The kids really got it and had a great time singing songs, making crafts, hearing Bible verses and enjoying snacks with a "Frozen" theme. Friday featured a 100-foot slip 'n slide, which my kids talked about all week long!

Everyone at the church was so friendly and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet people. Having lived here just two years, we are still relatively new to the community. On the last day of the VBS, I was talking with the pastor and learned he had spent many, many hours on our farm, when it was owned by the late Gus and Lucy Slaten. It is truly a small world and we never know what connections we can make until we step out and try something new.

Much thanks once again to Marengo Christian's Missionary Church for a great week!

Stephanie Ferriell
Marengo, Ind.
August 19, 2015

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United Way provides 4-H manuals

We share United Way's passion for improving the lives of all of our county's citizens. In order to reach this goal, our 4-H program is open to any child ages 5 to 18 who wishes to participate.

By continuing to work with United Way, we feel that we can increase the level of enrichment that our current members benefit from and increase the number of members in our program by continuing to offer the 4-H program free at the county level to all members.

Each 4-H manual is used by the young people for three years until they move to the next level or division. As our program grows, the demand for manuals increases. Without funding from United Way, we would not be able to sustain the program as we have in years past. Financially, we cannot afford to provide manuals for free without United Way's help. The only alternatives left to us are disastrous: 1.) To charge for the manuals. Due to the extreme economic situation of our county, this would be a fatal blow to our program. Nearly all of our enrollment base would have to withdraw from the program. 2.) Eliminate manuals. Our mission is to create better citizens by providing a valuable and complete educational experience to the children of our community. Without the manuals, much of the educational portion of our program would be lost. Neither of the options are acceptable.

We are grateful for the funds that are provided to us by United Way. Young people were able to be enrolled in 4-H this year and the parents did not have to worry about the financial responsibility of the cost of the 4-H manuals. We continue to see an upward growth of project enrollment.

Editor's note: This letter is the first in a series from Crawford County organizations sharing how the United Way of Crawford County is making an impact on the lives of the county's residents.

Monica Stephenson, Crawford County 4-H Council President
August 12, 2015

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Former library staff member would be proud

The Crawford County Public Library was presented a challenge this summer as we lost an important member of our staff this spring, Beverly Beals, and we were faced with hosting a summer reading program for the children of our community without her.

Library staff, parents and local residents responded with care and support and the library would like to thank these individuals for bringing their love for kids and reading to us: Maria Crecelius, Glenda Lytle and Jenna Hammond. Their efforts created a program full of fun and lasting memories for the children that attended our programs. In addition, donations from Culver's of Corydon and Squire Boone Caverns helped our efforts to offer prizes throughout the program. I believe Beverly would have been pleased.

Learning to read is such a crucial skill for children to acquire and one that follows them throughout their life. The library is dedicated to provide programming, books, ebooks and endless support for the community's children in hopes they will become life-long readers.

Tracy Underhill, Crawford County Public Library Director
August 12, 2015

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Barbara Shaw
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