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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
Marvin's delivers to the delivery room
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 08/25/16
Marvin's -- the Greencastle eatery that famously "delivers anywhere" -- has made some noteworthy "deliveries" over the years. There was that time students unfurled a "Marvin's delivers" sign on Red Square in Moscow and found themselves in some Cold War hot water...
America needs a functional Congress again
By LEE H. HAMILTON ~ 08/25/16
Now that the conventions are over, all eyes are on the fall presidential campaign. But I'm going to ask you to shift your focus a bit, to Congress. Don't do it as a favor to me. Do it as a favor to the country. Congress is in the midst of a seven-week break. Its members left Washington in mid-July; they'll be back after Labor Day. They did manage to do a few things, like pass legislation providing resources for combating the heroin and opioid crisis...
Play misty for me and I'll make it rain
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 08/18/16
With light rain steadily falling, it wasn't so much a dark-and-stormy night as it was a misty moment in time earlier this week. Cruising eastbound on Shadowlawn through Deer Field -- en route to a rendezvous with a pizza ordered at The Hut -- I had the edge of the $20 bill pulled from my wallet stuck between my front teeth as I snapped the seatbelt around me and kept the 14-year-old Mitsubishi Spyder convertible I drive on the straight and narrow...
From the Hoosier gene pool, these values rock
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 08/11/16
Over the years, some major Olympic moments have been indelibly etched in our memories. Kerri Strug sticking the landing for gymnastics gold at Atlanta in 1992. Bruce Jenner (we can still call him that, right?) being handed an American flag and dramatically punctuating his decathlon gold with it in Montreal in 1976...
Trouble in 'threes' can mean everything and the kitchen sink
Eric Bernsee, Editor ~ 08/04/16
Folklore ... tradition ... experience ... they all tell us crazy things happen in threes. See, there it happened again. Celebrity deaths. Major catastrophes. Three Stooges. They all come with that once, twice, three times it's crazy, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance regularity...
Suspects picked the wrong county to throw rocks
07/22/16
When communication about the unspeakable stupidity of the recent U.S. 231 rock-throwing incidents first popped into my email inbox a couple months back, the subject line made me gasp. "Rock throwing arrests," read the line heralding arrival of an email from Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, a likable former deputy prosecutor for Putnam County who still keeps in contact...
Where the election stands
By LEE H. HAMILTON ~ 07/22/16
The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it's a good time to step back and assess this year's election. Which carries bad news for both parties...
Our next vice president may well be chip off the old block
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 07/14/16
Oh my gosh, as Yogi Berra supposedly once so aptly quipped, it's deja vu all over again. Really. I mean, Pokemon (for some reason known only to the card-carrying Pikachu) is popular again. Evan Bayh is back running for office. And the next vice president of the United States could be a Hoosier...
Hamilton: The case for limited government
By LEE H. HAMILTON ~ 07/14/16
Our political leaders must pragmatically make the sometimes uneasy co-existence of the market and government work. We have to wring duplication out of the bureaucracy and rigorously pursue efficient, effective, and accountable government. It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan's first inaugural speech as president -- the one in which he said, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."...
In the crosswalk or the crosshairs?
By ERIC BERNSEE, Editor ~ 07/07/16
Sad to say, but some apologies are in order here today. Yep, although I've written (a few years back, mind you) about how you take your chances in the crosswalks around the Putnam County Courthouse in hoping that vehicles approaching will stop but knowing full well they likely won't...
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease
Jennifer Cannon, Extension Educator ~ 06/26/16
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS...
For those eligible, voting should be easy
Lee H. Hamilton ~ 06/23/16
The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process "crooked." Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party's use of super-delegates made its nominating process a "rigged system." For many voters, the intricacies of voting rules quickly became a topic of overriding interest...
So, after 25 years are we still an All-America City?
By ERIC BERNSEE Editor ~ 06/16/16
Twenty-five years ago this month, a contingent of community leaders descended upon San Antonio, Texas, and came home with more than sunburn, heartburn and souvenirs of the Alamo. That's right, it's been a quarter-of-a-century since the City of Greencastle emerged from the gloom-and-doom of the IBM departure to reign as one of the 10 chosen All-America Cities for 1991. A quarter century since President George Herbert Walker Bush hosted the winners in the Rose Garden...
What it takes to be an effective citizen
By LEE H. HAMILTON ~ 06/10/16
It's so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly that even the Senate and House races have largely disappeared from view, the crucial role that citizens play -- apart from serving as voters in the presidential drama -- isn't even an afterthought...
National Night Out says 'thank you' (08/25/16)
To the Editor: On behalf of the National Night Out Committee we are proud to announce that over 1,700 community members participated in our 10th annual event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Greencastle's Robe-Ann Park. This year's event was dedicated to the memory of Debbie Murphy, a longtime friend of National Night Out; to those who donated in her memory, Thank you...
Greencastle retrospective (08/18/16)
To the Editor: When we lived in Greencastle I vowed never to write something like this -- a short piece about what it was like to live in the town way back when. In those days occasionally the Banner Graphic would publish an essay or letter to the editor by an old codger reminiscing about what it was like in the old days, and I thought it was just the rose-colored remembrances of someone who forgot a lot of the crummy details...
Delay roadside spraying program for brush (08/11/16)
To the Editor: To Citizens of Putnam County: Please request to delay funding for use of "custom herbicides" on our county roads by attending the Putnam County Council meeting at the Courthouse (Tuesday, Aug. 16) at 6:30 p.m. and/or contacting the Putnam County Commissioners and PCC members...
PCPL Adult Summer Reading Program (08/11/16)
To the Editor: As part of our continuing commitment to all forms of literacy, the Putnam County Public Library recently held an adult summer reading program. The library would like to thank our sponsors for the many generous prize donations for our participating patrons: The Friends of the Library, Snap Fitness and Walmart...
Krambo's credits volunteers for 'epic event' (08/11/16)
To the Editor: Thank you for running the story on Krambo's seventh annual Da$h 4 Cash. The ride was a huge success for Miss Morgan Sheese. We would like to thank over 500 bikers that rode out for the day, the businesses that opened their doors for the ride, and the countless people who helped this day be so successful...
Scouts salute 100 Men Who Care for donation (08/04/16)
To the Editor: Boy Scout Troop 99 wants to publicly thank the 100+ Men Who Care of Putnam County for their generous support of the troop. Their grant will allow us to replace aging equipment, some of which has been in service for more than 20 years. We will be able to upgrade our tents, our stoves, and acquire the additional items needed for the Troop which now has 39 Scouts...
Time to make our extra second count (08/04/16)
To the Editor: National Geographic recently released an article called "2016 Will Be One Second Longer Than Expected." It's all tediously scientific, but essentially, atomic clocks are out of sync with the earth's rotation, making everyday clocks inaccurate...
Letter from a hog wrestling protester (07/22/16)
To the Editor: As an earth/animal advocate I appreciate Putnam County's decision a few years ago to cease the hog wrestling event. This year less than 10 counties are sponsoring this event. I'm encouraging everyone I know to boycott these events. Please consider these comments from "A Hoosier Hog wrestler Protester."...
SPHS Post Prom thanks sponsors (06/23/16)
To the Editor: The 2016 South Putnam Post Prom Committee would like to thank our sponsors for their support. We would also like to thank the Indiana National Guard and Capt. Tom Helmer of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department for donating their time for our event...
Warning of dangerous weed invasion (06/23/16)
To the Editor: I am writing this letter to alert the people of Putnam County and the surrounding areas of the invasion of an obnoxious weed called Poison Hemlock. You can see it wildly growing along roadsides and fields now. It is a very large, sturdy plant, growing three- to eight-feet tall with white blooms which can produce millions of seeds, so it spreads readily...
Non-food Pantry promises wise use of funds (06/16/16)
To the Editor: We, at the Putnam County Non-food Pantry, were thrilled to be the latest recipient of the generous donation from the 100 Men Who Care. And to receive $12,100. Wow! What an honor! As the director of the Non-food Pantry, I see first-hand every month the tremendous need of this segment of our community. ...
PC Youth Development Commission says 'Thank you, Putnam County' (06/10/16)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission we wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Putnam County community for the ongoing support of our 8th annual event "Dancing with the Putnam County Stars." Words cannot begin to express how humbled we are to live in such an exceptional community that embraces our mission of serving the children and youth of Putnam County. ...
VFW Auxiliary raises more than $6,000 for cancer center (06/02/16)
To the Editor: A March 12 cancer benefit, hosted by VFW Auxiliary of Greencastle, saw a total of $6,600 raised to aid the Putnam County Hospital's cancer clinic in Greencastle. A Pig Pie Bingo and a live auction highlighted the event which included food provided by several local vendors. All proceeds were donated directly to the clinic to "financially assist any patient who is receiving treatment."...
Students study freedom of speech, press (06/02/16)
For a third year, Greencastle Middle School eighth-graders had the honor of working with journalist Jeff McCall during our study of the Constitution. This collaboration was made possible through the Castle Program (Putnam County Coalition for Education and the Creative Arts Inc.) In each class, Mr. ...
Tests that hurt our schools (06/02/16)
There is an issue that is prevalent in our schools and we need to fix it. Every year in the spring semester, the students at our local schools in third grade and above take a standardized test called ISTEP. This is a test over the expected math and language arts knowledge for each grade up to tenth grade, but it is far from perfect...
Are high school sports dead? (06/02/16)
When I was younger, I remember attending a basketball game at Greencastle Middle School. The stands were packed and there was a roaring cheer block, but that was quite a few years ago. Now I am 14 years old, and I played basketball for the Tiger Cubs this year. The first games had quite a few people. But, after a few weeks there were substantially smaller crowds every game. It made me think a little, "Are sports dead?"...
Recycling makes the world a better place (06/02/16)
Do you want there to be a future for Earth? Do you want you and your family to have a clean environment without landfills everywhere? We can fix this problem before it starts. Restaurants and public places need to recycle to save this planet and here are reasons why...
The dirty truth about litter (06/02/16)
Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash each year. Much of that is ending up as litter. It's dirty, bad for the environment, and costly. This is a problem we can solve in our very own community. One of the most obvious reasons we shouldn't litter is, it's ugly. Do you want to live in a neighborhood full of trash? Neither do I, and neither do most people. Fewer people will want to live in our town if we continue on the path we are headed. So take pride in where you live...
Minimum wage raise could hurt economy (06/02/16)
How would you feel if prices increased just because minimum wage was raised? Minimum wage is being debated right now because people feel as if it should be raised. Minimum wage in Indiana right now is $7.25; however, most people want minimum wage raised to $10.10...
Player safety in sports (06/02/16)
Many serious injuries that athletes suffer come from sports with considerable player-to-player contact, such as soccer, basketball, and football. I believe that a large number of these injuries occur in situations where referees call the game too loosely, causing players to behave more aggressively. ...
4-H involvement can be interesting, fun (06/02/16)
4-H is a fun thing to do in the summer. It's not just showing farm animals; if you have a dog or a cat, you can show them too. 4-H keeps you busy year round when you aren't doing sports, and it offers scholarships after 10 years of participation. There are around 55 projects you can choose from besides animals. ...
Shredding event a big success (05/26/16)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Putnam County Board of Realtors, I would like to thank everyone that participated in our Community Shred Event on Saturday, May 14. The event was sponsored by Earl & Co. CPA and the Putnam County Board of Realtors, who covered the cost of the shredding truck and provided the shred service for free...
'What can we do for each other?' (05/19/16)
To the Editor: My wife, Jean, and I are greatly humbled by the support from so many people across State Senate District 24. As we have processed the results of the recent election, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you. The ongoing conversations I have with people reveal a deep concern about what the future will bring for our children and grandchildren. Those concerns are my own, which is initially why I set out to run for public office...
Notes on the political scene (05/19/16)
To the Editor: Note to Sarah Palin and other Trump supporters: Apparently it is okay for Donald to "say it like it is." But, it is not okay for Speaker Ryan to "say it like it is." Note to all presidential candidates: You knew, or should have known, what the rules are for delegates to the conventions. So quit crying about it because things did not go your way...
Shredding event a big success (05/19/16)
To the Editor: On behalf of the Putnam County Board of Realtors, I would like to thank everyone that participated in our Community Shred Event on Saturday, May 14. The event was sponsored by Earl & Co. CPA and the Putnam County Board of Realtors, who covered the cost of the shredding truck and provided the shred service for free...
Good time to remember to heed those storm warnings (08/25/16)
Consider this your wake-up call ... Many times those beeping weather alerts on your phone or the TV seem like little more than annoyances that fill your cellphone screen or interrupt "The Bachelor" or ironically "Survivor" or something of like consequence...
Remember to be the good host (08/18/16)
Saturday is move-in day at DePauw University, which most certainly means longer lines at Walmart, fewer available parking spaces in and around campus and just more traffic congestion in general. In the long term, that means for the next nine months, the friendly confines of Greencastle will be swelled by more than 2,200 students as they descend upon DePauw to further their education while simultaneously learning to make their own way in the world...
Downtown becoming an event not to miss (08/11/16)
As they lovingly say on the North Side of Chicago these days on shirts and signs ... "It's happening." And piece by piece, like the creation of a good sports team, downtown Greencastle has been coming together with more varied business offerings and activities...