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Where there is Will, there is no way

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Where there is Will….


Forgive me for being the bearer of bad news, but it seems that the chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party is more concerned with maintaining his power and control than he is with electing Republican candidates.

If you doubt my claim, please ponder the following conundrums.

• Who is helped when the chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party ostracizes some Republican candidates and actively works against their campaigns?

• Who gains when campaign signs for some candidates are not allowed at Republican Party Headquarters, or when a candidate’s campaign materials are removed from the Republican booth at the Gaston Fair?

• Who prevails when portraits of two candidates are purposely omitted from the Republican campaign fliers with their names intact? What undeserved implication of incompetence do those incomplete fliers portray about those faceless candidates?

• Who benefits when the Republican Party chairman stifles cooperation among Republican candidates and their supporters who fear his wrath?

• Who profits when the Republican Party chairman hinders efforts of precinct committeemen who desperately want to work their precincts for Republican candidates?

• Who prospers when the angry man behind the curtain constructs a “Teeny Tiny Republican Tent” with nary enough room to hold his own ego?

So tell me, who wins when Republican candidates lose?

The Delaware County Republican Party chairman should enthusiastically support all Republican candidates, especially those candidates vetted by voters in the primary. If Will Statom is unwilling or unable to do that, then he should resign.


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December 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

A man of integrity

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A man of integrity

 Perhaps you have seen me trekking across the High Street Bridge, Shillelagh (walking stick) in hand wearing a Scott Alexander campaign shirt, or perhaps you have waved back at me as I smiled and waved at motorists on Friday nights at Wheeling and McGalliard.  I love the outdoors and love to walk, but I walk and wave on Wheeling to endorse Delaware County Council candidate Scott Alexander. 

 Alexander is a successful businessman, a loving husband, and caring father who I am honored to call friend. 

Alexander has been a member of the Mid-Eastern Indiana Association of Realtors, the Indiana Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors for 25 years. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Eastern Indiana Association of Realtors and has served as past president and on various committees over the past 25 years. 

Government watchdog Alexander has attended almost every Delaware County Council and County Commissioner meeting for over five years to monitor county government, and advocate for taxpayers.

Alexander has dedicated his real estate expertise and spent countless hours of his own time helping taxpayers with their Property Tax Appeals.  Alexander is currently serving his second term as President of the Citizens of Delaware County for Good Government,

And though I strive to be adept with words, wife Valerie says it best when she proudly describes her husband as a man of integrity.  Trust Alexander with your vote in November; he will honor it with a job well done if elected.

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October 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

Bartering for bean fields

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Bartering for bean fields

A few years back, the state deeded more than 7 acres on two adjacent corners of Ind. 332 and County Road 600-W to Delaware County when it decided not to develop the land. The larger corner parcel was approximately 5 acres, and the smaller corner plot was approximately 2 acres.

I attended the mid-2010 meeting where our Delaware County commissioners deeded those two corner parcels of land totaling 7 acres to a wealthy landowner in exchange for a 2 acre parcel located farther off of Ind. 332.

The commissioners claimed the 2 acre plot further from Ind. 332 afforded better access for the ambulance service planned for that area. I was skeptical of that claim, but even so it would seem more prudent to exchange the equivalent sized two acre plots and bank the five acre corner parcel for future Delaware County needs.

To make matters worse, I have since learned Todd Donati conveniently ignored the Mount Pleasant Township written cash offer and resolution that was on the table to purchase the larger parcel to accommodate a future fire station and other public service needs of a growing Mount Pleasant Township.

So, who in their right mind would trade 7 acres located on two prime corner lots for 2 acres back in the middle of a bean field? Please ask Donati to explain this brilliant bean field bartering and while you are at it, ask him what happened to the ambulance service planned for that pricey plot.

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October 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Clarity required: failure of apology and appeasement

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Clarity required:  failure of apology and appeasement

In his Press Conference following the senseless murder of American Diplomats, Mitt Romney defined his foreign policy which consists of three fundamental branches. 

The first branch is confidence in our cause; recognition that the principles that America is based upon are not something we shrink from or apologize for; we stand for those principles.

The next branch is clarity in our purpose.   When we have a foreign policy objective, we describe it honestly and clearly to the American people, to the Congress, and to the people of the world.

The final branch is resolve in our might.  That in those rare circumstances; those rare circumstances, where we decide that it is necessary for us to apply military might; we do so with overwhelming force, we do so in the clarity of a mission understanding the nature of the U.S. interest involved, understanding when the mission will be complete, and understanding what will be left behind us when that mission has been terminated.

Apology for free speech is not the right course for an administration.  America needs a clearly defined foreign policy like the policy articulated by Mitt Romney, not the weak-kneed displays of apology and appeasement demonstrated by President Obama.

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October 9, 2012 at 11:47 pm


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We can’t call the individual mandate a penalty, because it must be a tax in order to be deemed constitutional.  On the other hand we can’t call it tax, because that would prove that our president violated his pledge not to raise “any form” of taxes on families earning less than $250,000.

So what do you call something that is both a penalty and a tax, and yet neither a penalty nor a tax, at the same time? 

Just manipulate the letters in the words tax and penalty ever so slightly, like politicians manipulate facts to suit their fancy, and BAM we have “tax-aplenty”.

Here are the ten year costs for five of the 20 plus tax-aplenties.

Obamacare increases the capital gains tax rate from 15% to 23.8% and almost triples the dividends tax from 15% to 43.4% to pilfer $123 billion.

The.9% Medicare Payroll Tax Increase on incomes over $200,000 steals $86 billion from taxpayers.

Obamacare zaps a $20 billion tax increase on pacemakers, wheelchairs, joint replacements, and other expensive medical devices. 

Obamacare penalizes people with large medical expenses $15.2 billionby increasing the percent of adjusted gross income required to deduct medical expenses, from 7.5% to 10%.

Obamacare plunders $13.2 billionby imposing a flexible spending cap of $2500.  This punishes parents of special needs children who were previously allowed to allocate an unlimited portion of their income to pay for certain medical and health care expenses. 

 Vote NO to taxes, penalties, and tax-aplenties.  Vote no to Barack Obama.

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September 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

Straight-ticket strait-jacket

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Straight-ticket strait-jacket

I previously debunked the misconception that there are registered Democrats and registered Republicans in Indiana, and muzzled the mischievous misinformation that a person who votes in a particular primary in May can only vote for candidates of that party in November.

 My next task is to unravel the straight-ticket strait-jacket.

 While campaigning door-to-door last year I encountered an elderly gentleman who ignored my campaign dialogue, then told me in no uncertain terms that he didn’t vote for Democrats.  I suppose he recalled that the original “Big Jim” was a Democrat and didn’t know that the new and improved model was not.  I told him a couple of times that I was running on the Republican ticket, but his straight-ticket strait-jacket was impervious to communication.

 At another home a young man was very respectful and patiently listened to my talking points, but when I was finished he gave me an apologetic look as he informed me that he was a union member and that the “Union” told him to vote Democrat.  I got the strong feeling that he liked what I had said and that he wanted to vote for me, but his straight-ticket strait-jacket carefully crafted by his union masters was Republican resistant.

 Please register to vote, educate yourself on all of the candidates, and then vote the person, not the party, in November.  Some may pressure you to vote a straight party ticket, but remember that only you will know how you vote once you enter the polling booth.

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September 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

Nope and Blame

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Nope and Blame

 I recall the melodic mantra of the mindless mesmerized masses chanting “Yes We Can, Yes we Can”, as the great orator proudly peddled the promise of hope and change

 But four years later we endure the dismal failure of a Chicago politician who was ill-prepared to lead our nation; a president who squandered significant political capital ramming through a health care bill opposed by the majority of Americans.  It was a bill that couldn’t be read until it had been passed, and now we know why. 

 Twenty malignant tax increases festering in an unaffordable bill deceptively titled “The Affordable Health Care Act”.  An establishment of a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to slice $500 billion from Medicare while deciding if mom has enough “quality years” remaining to merit expensive life saving medical treatment.

 I stare at the stark face of reality and see that the bright shining orb of “Hope and Change” has been eclipsed by the tell-tale shadow of “Nope and Blame.”  I strain my ears for hopeful sounds, but the cheerful chants of “Yes We Can, Yes We Can”, have been replaced by the melancholic muttering of  “No You didn’t, no you didn’t”. 

 Vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.

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August 23, 2012 at 8:16 am