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“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”




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In reference to several current posts, the elections underway locally and, especially, nationally, it is so undemocratic, non-representative, confusing and moronic that we do not have ACTUAL primary ELECTIONS in ALL the states, territories, possessions, etc. We talk of our service people risking and sacrificing their health and lives for our freedoms, yet, many of the states don't have free elections, but, instead caucuses or some other version to select - NOT elect - the candidates. We can thank Mrs. Clinton and Mr.Trump for the increased focus upon the presidential race that has brought this to greater national consciousness; and I do mean this in the non-critical, genuine way. I, for example, considered EVERY state had a standard primary election for the choice of candidate. Not so! Some states use a complicated means of choosing candidates. As alluded to earlier on, I think it's a greater admiration towards our military personnel to have a real election in every state as a meaningful tribute to their service and sacrifice. We have an electoral college that was put in place back in the day when swift travel/instantaneous communication was unheard of and there was fear that incomplete/uninformed choices would be made by the masses to the detriment of national/federal governance. This has long not been the case. And I do not refer to the internet, the computer age, etc. I refer to the ages old " information highway ", the " transistor age " and so on. Do you remember these? In other words, to reflect the will and wants of those actually governed, we should have ACTUAL and FREE elections! Pass The Peace And Peace Be With You And BLESS ALL VETERANS!!

Added: May 4, 2016 02:19:55 PM
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Madison Chamber of Commerce the alleged supporters of Main Street businesses.

If you notice all the parking places they take up on Main, especially in front of the chamber office. They must be too lazy to walk from the parking lot down one block; taking up valuable parking for Main Street shoppers.

Your membership fees at work!! And to think Chandler Chevrolet provides them with a free car to take up a parking space that could be used by visitors... Where is Linda? Maybe she can be found at the Broadway.


Added: May 4, 2016 02:15:33 PM
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You can not judge a cover by the pages inside of the book.

Added: May 4, 2016 11:50:00 AM
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Read article in Roundabout on Ohio Theater. Says was foreclosed by the mortgage holder who then sold it to the Friends of the Ohio Theater. As of last week, no new owner was shown on County records. So did they buy it or lease it? Even a contract buy is usually recorded at County. I guess we will find out eventually.

Added: May 4, 2016 07:06:08 AM
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County records still show that the Ohio Theatre is owned by the Ratcliffs through the Emerald Theatres and Entertainment, Inc. However, the principal address of the corporation has moved from 105 East Main to their home 512 West Street which was done just a few days ago on April 24th according to the Indiana Secretary of State.

Added: May 3, 2016 04:33:39 PM
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Just read in the Roundabout about the Ratcliff's latest foreclosure. Can the Roundabout or anyone else say what the Ratcliff's did with the $25000 donation money they say is in the bank?

Added: May 3, 2016 04:19:51 PM
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So, Damon called a Switzerland County Commissioner about what they were doing with gaming money once Jefferson County said goodbye to JCIDC?

Was Damon calling as Mayor or a member of the JCIDC Board? Neither would be proper thing in my mind for him to do and is highly unethical. Was Cash still on the JCIDC Board at that time? He can't serve two masters who are in a dispute.

Kinda like Joe Craig pushing and voting for a new interlocal agreement with Madison on Hutchinson Lane as County Council President while he was also the Madison Redevelopment Commission President The RDC needed that ILA because of a court case against Mr. Hutchinson . He voted to affect a lawsuit he was a party to and saw no problem with it. Assume Welch and Cash would feel the same way with what they did.


Added: May 3, 2016 01:57:53 PM
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Looks like Switzerland County caught on pretty quick and didn't like being JCIDCs pawn.

Added: May 3, 2016 01:55:06 PM
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Today: US defense official: US serviceman killed by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq was a Navy Seal -

Added: May 3, 2016 12:47:05 PM
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Neither the original constitution nor the Declaration of Independence promised free elections to all citizens. However there is no doubt the Declaration of Independence did not win the war. Words often start wars but they never win them. It took many "patriot" deaths to defeat "England". It was in that defeat the promise of a free nation was born.

Years later the Constitution was an imperfect start to a young nation but has provided a framework from which we have both grown & struggled. Our military & miltias are part of that grand idea of "we the people". They just happen to be some of the bravest among the we... A simple "thank you for your service" may not be enough- but it is better than using their honor as a tool for debate about who gets credit for building a nation. Wouldn't it be wiser to just vote?


Added: May 3, 2016 10:05:20 AM
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