12/17/2017 5:07 AM
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  • The publishing industry has had a lot of troubles over the years. Book stores have been closing. Publishers have often found it difficult to sell books that can make back what has been invested in them unless the writer is famous or popular. I had to pay to have my three books published and might never see a profit unless any of them are picked up by a movie or TV production company. But in the future, books will change with the times and technology.
  • Once again Ind. 15 from Anchorage Road to Levi Lee Road has claimed another life. The particular stretch of road has recorded at least seven deaths in the last 10 years. It also has been the area of lots of near misses that don’t get recorded in traffic history.
  • Our local newspaper ran a story about our state representatives for our area, and how they all voted to give themselves a pay increase, exactly like their predecessors in the same offices did several years ago.
  • I pray the Indiana General Assembly will take another look at clock management for our children and our schools.
  • Sexual predators such as Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are not limited to any one political party.
  • It is true that Jesus most likely was not born on Dec. 25 but some other time in the fall. Jesus is the Light of the World who never changes. He is the way, the truth and the life.
  • The word of God position on the Judge Moore controversy is this:?Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 6:23 and John 3:16. Sin is sin! Little sin, big sin and all the in-between sin:?All sin is an afront to God’s holiness and worthy of eternal separation from God (hell).
  • I just received my first flier advertising “Black Friday” deals on Thanksgiving Day. It does not seem that long ago that Thanksgiving was reserved for family. Good luck finding anything open.
  • Many say you don't need to be godly to be moral. They might be right. But I believe that God is the reason why we have mor­ality. Morality also disproves evolution, to some extent.
  • The audacity and hypocrisy of the Democrats of accusing Judge Moore, Senate candidate for the state of Alabama, of sexual impropriety.
  • As part of my series of letters on reforming Washington, D.C., I would like to present these proposals which address the U.S Senate.
  • I received an email this morning about Joni Truex filing for the commissioner caucus Wednesday. This causes me great concern for several reasons.
  • I read in the Times-Union recently that the city council is considering cutting their annual donation to the CCAC from $31,000 annually to $20,000. This is based on one member’s comment that the CCAC should be "self supporting".
  • I live at Warsaw Retirement on Parent Drive (Behind Walmart). This is a senior living community that in my opinion is on a dangerous street. Dangerous because on a street with a 25 miles per hour speed limit, many cars are speeding at least 40 to 50 miles per hour.
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    The evenings have gone from unbearably short to no evening at all.  It must be time to start sleeping an hour later.
  • There was Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential elec­tion. The Clintons financially benefited from their dealings with the Russians and the Democrats paid the Russians for lies that prompted an investigation into Trump colluding with the Russians.
  • One of my objectives in serving as your state representative is to show that there are some things private organizations can do better and more efficiently than government.  There are private organizations throughout Indiana which are supplementing the effectiveness of Government agencies, or even exceeding the effectiveness of the government. 
  • Democrats have the nasty habit of making good economies bad and bad economies horrendous.
  • After reading about the last couple of press conferences held by the Marshall County prosecutors, I think now is the time to speak my mind.
  • I read in the Oct. 18 Times-Union the heartwrenching account of the Conrad family – the senseless killing by a 27-year-old drunken man of a beloved mother and son on a county road in Syracuse.
  • The similarities between a Stephen Paddock and a Judas Iscariot are prophetically eerie.
  • It was one week ago (at this writing) that a messed-up soul in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured several hundred more during a country music festival.
  • The comment section: It can be a place to connect with likeminded others or a place to throw out the last bit of hope for humanity that you are clenching onto.
  • The Las Vegas massacre brought the expected cries for gun control from the progressives. Many of them think only the police and soldiers should have guns and that guns should be confisca­ted from private citizens no matter what the Second Amendment says.
  • So many people mentor young adults wanting to just make miniature versions of themselves, trying to pass on themselves, living vicariously through their mentees.
  • Last week, right here in Indiana, President Trump unveiled more details about his proposed plan to overhaul the federal tax code.
  • Who knew that big tough football players would act like mamby-pamby wusses.
  • The Times-Union reported that Hugh Hefner recently died of natural causes at the age of 91 at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family.
  • The NFL has become a prime example of disgrace. Some  children and others in our country believe these athletes are brave for kneeling down for what they think is right.
  • It is time Mark Soto takes responsibility for his actions and faces reality.
  • The Thursday, Sept. 7, edition of the Times-Union had a couple of interesting articles on page 7A.
  • Every time I think about the fiasco with Military Night at a stupid football game, I think about the Vietnam conflict, when over 50,000 young men came home in a box.
  • When you compromise with the devil, you're the one who changes position.
  • On Sept. 18, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board is slated to choose a name for its high school football field. This has become a heated topic in the district, one which I feel a need to weigh in on as both a graduate of the school system (I was a freshman in 1975 when the consolidated high school opened), and as a pastor in one of its local churches. In writing, I know full well that many will scoff at what I have to say, but none the less I am compelled.
  • I would like to apologize publicly to the lady and her family who were at Metzger’s auction last Sunday in Warsaw for my rude and uncalled-for behavior.
  • The green waste management dumpster on Parent Drive behind Walmart is for the residents in the yellow retirement condos only. It is not for outsiders to use. Trash bags go inside, not on the ground.
  • Wow. What a political ride we’ve had in the last year. From the national to local stories, it’s obvious we need to start holding our public officials to a higher standard. We should demand no more hiding behind closed doors or email voting or erasing of tapes.
  • In Charlottesville, Va., American witnessed hate, unbelievable violence and anarchy. These combatants were doing “what was right in their own eyes.”
  • Regarding the email voting scandal, I want to thank our City Council members Ron Shoemaker and Jerry Frush for taking the lead. I keep wondering where the other five City Council members stand?
  • Democrats know a lot of things.
  • The left opposes Trump at every turn, and then when something bad happens they conjure up a way to blame Trump for it, when in fact, they contribute to it and aid and abet it with their relentless attacks. Such disrespect for the president emboldens these radicals. Threats of beheading and assassination go unpunished. Those in government who cry impeachment such as Pelosi, M. Waters, C. Schumer, etc., are complicit in this.
  • Editor, Times-Union:

    Jeff Plank: a take-charge mayor who had a vision for what the city of Warsaw needed and got it done.
  • The way I see it is that the Republican Party has totally used the pro-life movement to move its agenda to screw the little guy. Lower taxes for the rich, no health care for the poor and sick, and no equality for people different from them, etc.
  • Today I received a phone call from a local number 574-267-????.
  • Any federal official, whether appointed or elected, who is rightfully convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, willful neglect of duty, or gross and hazardous incompetence in the performance of their job duties that results in death, injury, property damage or loss of liberty should be subject to one or more of the following remedies depending on the severity of the offense: imprisonment, monetary fines, manual labor, deportation, forfeiture of pensions and/or assets, loss of citizenship, etc.
  • The baby Charlie Gard is dead and the British government made sure it would happen thanks to the National Health Ser­vice, which considered the life was expendable. His parents loved him and wanted him to receive the best care possible in case a miracle cure could happen. But in their infinite wis­dom, the NHS officials decided they knew better and didn't allow the baby to be treated in the United States, where lives are precious except in the abortion clinics where unborn lives are considered "unwanted tissue."
  • My sister-in-law lost her husband, my brother Dave, unexpectedly on April 11 of this year. She has called a couple of places for help to do repairs inside and outside of her home but the agencies she called no longer help. So I’m asking anyone in the community that can to help her because she is unable financially to do it.
  • The biggest culprits in health care are the drug companies and insurance companies. There are no restrictions placed on them. The amount of money people have to spend out of pocket before the plan kicks in is outrageous.
  • The problem with health care is the drug companies and insurance companies. There has to be some control over them.
  • In light of Nelson Chipman’s press conference, I wanted to take a moment to outline the facts as I understand them in the dismissed bribery charges against my father, Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine.
  • I?don’t normally read News Views in Saturday’s Times-Union, but I had to smile about Gary Gerard’s column about Amazon.
  • Money talks and criminals walk. This has been true in Chicago since the days of Al Capone. If we want to fight against Chicago gangs, maybe we should use a tactic that brought down Al Capone. Since gang members can shoot and kill people and get out of doing jail time because the gangs have enough money to pay the bail of the killers, maybe we should call in the IRS and accuse the gangs of tax evasion.
  • In an attempt to respond to Mr. Zolman’s plausible solution to the law enforcement conflict in Kosciusko County (Times-Union, June 26, 2017):
  • It's not enough to say you're patriotic to prove you're a patriot. You are judged by your actions. Millions of Americans prove to me every day that they are un-American by their actions against America.
  • I don’t know the background of Ms. Vinkemeier, but I do know that she does not know how a bill becomes a law.
  • The city of Warsaw has to have the most beautifully decorated alley in the state of Indiana  ...
  • July 1 marks the 5-year anniversary of Indiana’s state smoke-free air law.  This law was a milestone for the state of Indiana in protecting thousands of Hoosiers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
  • The lst couple of months there have been several articles in the Times-Union which I find disturbing concerning our Warsaw schools, Warsaw city and Kosciusko County government.
  • It seems a recent letter of mine stirred some controversy.
  • Congratulations to Sheriff Goshert on his selection at the recent caucus. His acknowledgement of the training and guidance he had received from the Rovenstines was very classy. All of the candidates were well-qualified and will have plenty of time to make their case to the public prior to the next election.
  • I found out I had breast cancer the first time at age 40. I had a radical mastectomy and chemotherapy.
  • We have competed with the Russians for decades in many ar­eas.
  • Some people are worried about outliving their money in  retirement. I?may have a solution for single people — prison.
  • The day of a parent’s death should be a sad one for children. You have to deal with the loss of a parent, the stress of funeral arrangements and then day-to-day life in which you are living with that loss and coping. In some cases, however, those feelings of loss, stress and the feelings are never experienced. In some situations, children are written out of a parent’s will because they do not obey a family’s demands.
  • It was reported in the Times-Union (Zolman, June 13) “reliable sources” feel that the sheriff was “set up.” I?recall in the Times-Union that Paul Heaton recorded (secretly?) the World War III discussion — so Heaton had physical evidence and had proof (of intimidation).
  • Word on the street is that 13 GOP lawmakers, all men, have been meeting in secret to craft the Obamacare replacement bill. One presumes that they are working in conjunction with lobbyists who do not have the best interests of Middle America at heart.
  • This coming Saturday, June 24, is the date of the annual Warsaw Breakfast Optimists Club’s triathlon in Winona Lake. Because there will be several hundred bicyclists on the Pierceton Road between 8-11 a.m. that day, as a participant, I’m asking everyone to please avoid driving on that road during the hours listed above. It’s hazardous enough with only the bike traffic, but it gets very scary when you add cars to the mix.
  • A group of local educators sound off on President Trump's education plans.
  • In response to Mr. Kolbe’s letter in the Times-Union June 12:
  • Most have read the articles about the issues between the sheriff's department and the Warsaw Police Department.
  • This is to the woman wearing a navy blue sports top, with a white stripe down the sleeve, driving a white car.
  • Rocky Goshert is a proven leader — the perfect fit for finishing out the sheriff's term.
  • I write in support of my friend and colleague Aaron Rovenstine.
  • More than almost any other state, Indiana has been deeply impacted by the effects of methamphetamine. The drug has ruined thousands of lives, but we are finally starting to see a decline in meth labs across our state.

  • I believe we are on the verge of a revolution in health care that will make people glad President Trump is doing away with Obamacare.
  • We just finished the General Assembly session for this year. And for those who are lovers of liberty like I am, it was tough. The General Assembly once again thought it understood our rights better than we did. Luckily for us, we had a defender of liberty in the Indiana House.
  • Health insurance in America is a prime example of why you cannot run a government like a business.
  • When one considers the increase in knowledge in today’s America (as opposed to 200 years ago), how can anyone not believe that the United States, as a whole, has been dumbed down?
  • California is once again demonstrating what utter flakes they are. They cut off the water supply to some farmers because it was endangering some insignificant tiny little  fish and consequently put hundreds of people out of a job. This is another example of how deluded they are.

  • Chuck Schumer is a complete a**. His fake crying is so Hollywood.
  • When I was a kid, everybody was looking for the first robin for spring. Not anymore. Now I watch for Gold Wings, convertibles with their tops down, garage sales, auctions no longer inside but outside, or wearing baseball caps instead of sock caps.
  • Just because you don’t want to do something doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For years I have written about possible ways to prevent computer hacking and nothing much has been done, it seems.
  • America is off the bench and leading the charge.
  • I would like to respond to the statement Mayor Thallemer said: "To have a library that's been here for 100 years, providing free services to those that want to take advantage of them, it’s amazing."
  • The cross is an ugly, cruel and costly death.
  • The Indiana State Senate stripped a cigarette tax increase from the state budget proposal, which the House of Representatives included in their plan.
  • What a treat a membership to the Lakeland Community Concert Association was last Saturday night which was held at "oh, such a wonderful venue,” the Warsaw Community High School stage.
  • Since 1900 the average life expectancy in the United States has risen more than 25 years. However, despite our greatest breakthroughs, death is still most people’s greatest fear and enemy, the inescapable and inevitable fact of life. Nevertheless, there is hope. The good news of Easter is there is life after death!
  • As we are almost done with the legislative session this year, I wanted to do a follow-up on a piece I wrote earlier this session regarding State Representative Curt Nisly.

  • Remember when movies that were supposed to take place in the future had the Cubs winning the World Series?
  • The following is part IV of my letter on the right of self-defense and its various aspects.
  • After reading the article on the front page of the Times-Union titled “Malicious Mischief,” about someone who is HIV positive.
  • They have had how many years now to compose a replacement for what most of the population of the United States kept screaming – Obamacare is bad and must be repealed and replaced?
  • Democrats rejoiced when the health care replacement plan was pulled in Congress. Many Democrats say health care is a right. They're wrong. Rights are free. Obamacare is not free. Illegal aliens receive free health care in ERs and federal pri­soners also receive free health care.
  • On Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln said that to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy: that “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Nevertheless, a government of the people, by the people and for the people is vanishing, or has vanished from America.
  • Relay For Life is about a community coming together for a greater cause. Nearly 3.5 million people come together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and empowering individuals and communities to fight back.
  • During the 2016 elections, Trump supporters were chanting, "Jail her" and "Hillary for Prison." But after the election, Donald Trump said that she had suffered enough and would not pursue charges. And how did the Clintonites repay Trump for his generosity?
  • The “American” Health Care Plan, or TrumpCare, is just another form of Orwellian doublethink. It is a terminology of deception, and it truly does define what “America” is made of. Why? Because to these rich and powerful reptiles, when they say “American,” they mean the rich and powerful. The “American” Health Care Plan is the healthcare plan of the rich and powerful, you see … they are “America”, and this is their plan.
  • For millenniums, pain has been handled by narcotics. In the future, electronic pain management will allow people to turn off pain signals before they can reach the brain.
  • Driving on  Commerce Drive in Warsaw, you see many huge potholes. They have been filled many times, and it’s time for this road from Staples past McDonalds and Audi's to U.S. 30 to be paved.
  • The Indiana General Assembly has learned a lot from President Obama and Democrats that were in Congress on Obamacare. The American people didn’t want Obamacare and didn’t understand the law.
  • Washington Democrats are like high school bullies. Only they think they are the good guys and their opponents are bad.
  • The following is the third part of my letter on reforming the Electoral College and popular vote. The first two parts, which were printed in the Jan. 25 and 27 editions of the Times-Union, listed background information on the 2016 election results. This part of my letter will begin with a proposed solution to the disparity between the electoral vote and the popular vote.
  • Our new congressman, Jim Banks, has not updated his web page, nor has he scheduled any town halls. He has not even opened a Warsaw office.
  • Over a century ago we had a problem with anarchists. They bombed Wall Street, killed people and wanted to overthrow the government. Today, with all the people opposing Trump as presi­dent and wanting him to be thrown out of office, we are having problems with neoanarchists. They probably fear that Trump will keep his promises and do a great job.
  • The $1.50 cigarette tax increase is in jeopardy.
  • I just learned of the death of Dave Fulkerson and it saddened me. Although I was only in Warsaw about three years, Dave was one of the memories I have of my time there.
  • In 2014, as a youth, I decided to get involved in state politics. I campaigned for my state representative, who was not re-elected. At that point, I really didn't have anyone I could call on as a mentor for state level politics. Luckily, I met Representative Curt Nisly.