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November 28, 2008

Humbug or hallelujah?

Time to shout "humbug" or "hallelujah"?  How do the years fly by so quickly, calendar pages flipping as if channeling special effects in some forties-era black and white movie?   "Rudolph" Astaire, Burl "Frosty" Ives, Grinch Jim Carrey,  beleaguered banker James Stewart, and  Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton re-running all across our television sets, which will be transformed technologically into "high definition" within the blink of a February eye.
Tinsel, miniature lights, shopping during a Great Recession-Depression credit crunch, graceful frightened deer flushed toward highway headlights while fleeing zealous Mister McGregors outfitted in camouflage jumpsuits, turkeys gobbling out their final breaths, parties galore, nativity displays and toys for tots--how do we land at this same spot in time year after year?  Sweetness and generosity characterize this frantic oncoming season of giving and getting, but why does the spirit of Christmas and Thanksgiving bloom only once per year? 
Alright, I'll bite.  Even sprinkled a few Santa Clauses about the living room, one having been tossed into the den LAST Christmas onto a pile of stuff upon a chair....never even returned him upstairs to the year-round St. Nick-themed bed-room, not for one solid year's duration.  Holiday greetings from a shrinking number of persistent Hall-mark card-senders remain crammed into a dining room hutch cubby hole--TWO years' worth!  Only an archaeological dig might reveal other left-over yuletide memories, ranging from fruit-cake crumbs beneath couch cushions, since the sixties, to an errant, whittled, parent-less baby Jesus, from perhaps a dozen seasons past, nestled among sheet music atop the piano. All covered with snow, summer-time porch furniture and deceased geraniums, suddenly eerily yet defiantly out of sync, suggest that "tempus fugit" holds significance for more than just Latins.
Suggestion!  Reward yourself during this surreal 2008-2009 holiday season as each of us awaits an end to economic doldrums, while anticipating cabinet appointments, an undoubtedly unique inaugural ceremony, and an uncertain future.  I have chosen to organize my closet...the closet of my childhood...such an accomplishment awaits!  The possibility of some slight measure of control over a practically impossible situation will lighten this heart of mine.  Of course, this clothes-space equates to the size of a postage stamp, and therein lies the problem--Aye, the rub!  No longer a skinny teen-ager, my derriere bumps into everything while navigating about in the teensiest upstairs God ever created; a queen-sized bed in a dwarf-sized room presents a real decorator's dilemma. Yes, a re-working of the entire second floor looms upon the horizon for the new year.  Eureka!  Enjoy what we already have, not such a novel idea.  Takes me back to the 1950s when life seemed simple and happy and good, phonograph music floated lyrics to live by and swoon to, one automobile carried all of us everywhere, a single bathroom was adequate, neighbors played canasta or bridge with one another, and the Christmas spirit existed as a year-round deal.  Lord, I guess I'm old now.  I sound just like my parents. Hallelujah!  Happy holidays! 
Susie Duncan Sexton
Columbia City 

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November 11, 2008

Candidate thankful for community's support

Thank you to each of you who supported my campaign for County Council At-Large.  I am humbled by the help I received from family, friends and so many others along the way. You helped make this a great experience for me and Amanda over the past 10 months. 
I know that with my election to the County Council comes a great deal of responsibility and I do not take lightly the confidence that the voters in Whitley County have placed in me.  The issues and challenges facing our county are important.  They require elected officials to work together to find solutions that protect our citizens and respect taxpayers – particularly during these tough economic times.  I will strive to make you proud through my service on the County Council. 
Nothing has been more rewarding to me than to have many of you offer to help make my campaign successful.  Whether putting a yard sign in your yard, making phone calls, contributing money, or showing your support at the ballot box, your confidence in me is truly appreciated and humbling.  Thank you for your vote of confidence.  I will work hard to bring new leadership and another fiscal conservative voice to the county government.  Thank you again and God bless!



Jim Banks

Whitley County

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November 01, 2008

Obituaries keep reader in the loop

Thank you for this, Talk of the Town.  I now live out of state and count on the obituary page to keep me in the loop every day.  The personal and family info. that is currently printed is many times the only way that I realize the deceased is related to someone that I know.  Your website is of such value to those of us who are no longer in the area, most especially the obituaries.  Thank you for staying committed to the citizens you are reaching out to.
Now, if only we could get more info. on new babies and weddings....
Editor's Note: We're happy to print weddings and new babies as the information is provided. We also hope to receive more of that information in the future.

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Reader views obituaries as a community service

Thank you for your concern pertaining to this important service to the community. Tributes, to those we love and have loved and to friends we have appreciated as well as heightening awareness of the relationships of those deceased, provide  necessary comfort at the saddest of times.   Sympathetic thoughts, words, and deeds emanate from such information available to the reader.  
Susie Duncan Sexton
Columbia City

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