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OPINION
April 25, 2019


A most unhappy shopping trip
On Thursday, April 18, at around 11:30 a.m., I was shopping at the North Vernon Walmart for a bouquet of flowers.

In the checkout line were no less than 11 people with very full shopping carts waiting at the only cashier's spot open - the one by the cigarettes, which usually is the only one open.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Let's unite, not divide
Dear Editor,

I am completely turned off by the endless name calling that is so prevalent from all the people reported on in our major news shows.

The leaders and the most outspoken people of each party, especially the self-righteous ones running for president, are all a turnoff. They all sound like a school yard filled with young children pointing fingers and calling each other names. We hear a constant barrage of they are far right or left, fascists, communists and neo-Nazis; or less political comments like racist, non-Christian, gay or any other form of bigotry. Any comment positive or negative is turned into some radical political agenda. These attitudes do nothing to help but only create more anger and hate.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Remembering Charles Byron 'Chuck' Harmon
Dear Editor,

Charles Byron Har­mon died at age 94 recently (March 19).

A few years ago Marty Pieratt, one of my outstanding tennis players at Jen­nings County High School, had written a book about Chuck Har­mon entitled "The First Black Red." (Harmon played major league baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1954 to 1957.)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Exposing 'The Big Lie' from the Democratic left
Dear Editor,

I see much fake outrage and concern over racism in the op-eds of late. People actually hope and wish Republicans were racists. Sick hope.

I recommend the book "The Big Lie: Exposing The Nazi Roots of the American Left" by author Dinesh D'Souza. It is a No. 1 seller on the New York Times' best seller list.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

We all can make more of a difference on Earth Day
Dear Editor,

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, marking a half century of promoting environmental awareneess and calling for protection of our planet.
But are we making a difference? Can we do more than reduce, reuse and recycle?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

How will history view us?
Dear Editor,

I am not a history scholar though I do enjoy reading and learning from it in the context of today's world.

As I read this short article about Abraham Lincoln written by the Smithsonian for a radio program of the 1930s, my mind wandered.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Don't give up fighting for your Constitutional rights
Dear Editor,

Don't give up fighting. The time is on us again.
The Area Plan Commission is starting to be a big pain. They are poking in private affairs that does not concern them.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Store employees hassling shoppers is a sad trend
Dear Editor,

I don't think they're doing this at the North Vernon store, as "Jess Wundren" quipped (March 21) about how some of those big box stores are getting rid of employees who greet shoppers as they enter stores.

But stores have elsewhere, periodically, posted a yellow-vested employee to hassle shoppers as they exit, asking to check their receipt.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Vindicated president deserves many apologies
Dear Editor,

President Trump has been vindicated.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A wool mill in Vernon
Dear Editor,

When reading Rich­ard F. Nation's "At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870," I came upon this interesting reference to Jennings County:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Health resources are many in Jennings County
Dear Editor,

I want to thank the Plain Dealer for the March 27 article ("Mak­ing Jennings healthier") about the projects being put together by Joining Jennings for Healthy Living.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hydrant is out of service yet city still charges fee
Dear Editor,

I emailed the city about a fire hydrant that has been out of service for long time.

Here is our conversation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Can't 'stand strong' with anonymous
Dear Editor,

Re: "Sheriff Office only offers 'excuses' after escape," March 21.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Trump people lack facts
Dear Editor,

The confused, incoherent ramblings of Brad Hendricks in his letter to the editor in the March 7 Plain Dealer were completely without facts. Matt Horstman simply pointed out in his letter on Feb. 28 that you Trump worshippers have been drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid. Yet Mr. Hendricks wasted many words defending Trump.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Democrats tout outlandish issues
Dear Editor,

How are we shaping our nation for the future? Are we going to become Socialists after Trump is out of office?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

So much laughable about president
Dear Editor,

Good job, Brad, dragging me down your little rat hole with you. (Re: "Calling names, spewing hate are not debate issues," March 7.) I owe you one, buddy.
You want laughable? How about your undying worship and cult-like adoration of a little boy who has no trouble letting the world know he is a racist pig.
That's laughable.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Give the new sheriff time
Dear Editor,

I am sure this policy was not the only issue the new sheriff was facing.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Jail needs policy on keys
Dear Editor,

Re: "Sheriff Office only offers 'excuses' after escape," March 21.
Is there no policy that keys should always be secured to an officer's body, in their hands or secured in whatever sort of "key watch" the jail chooses to use?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sheriff Office only offers 'excuses' after escape
Dear Editor,

I am glad Kimlynn Patton was captured but I want to make it clear to all citizens of Jennings County that the escape never should have happened. I understand Sher­iff Kenny Freeman and his administration are trying to save face with the general public but their so-called investigation is nothing more than excuses.
(3 comments)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sheriff: We take responsibility
Dear Editor,

The Jennings County Sheriff's Office takes complete responsibility for this unfortunate incident. We are not blaming any past sheriff administrations. We are continuing to investigate, we are updating our policies and we are making efforts to improve our procedures.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


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