Many residents of Miami County have probably heard by now of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s current effort to purchase homes along U.S. 31. In fact, some of you reading this article, may have been directly contacted by INDOT, or been subject to the “leave behind postcard” with INDOT contact information, which has caused some panic and uncertainty among homeowners.

Hoosiers support the right to know what government at all levels is up to, and they believe public notices in community newspapers are a trusted source of that transparency.

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The Wabash River flows cleaner today than it did through most of the 20th century, when the river and its tributaries served as a convenient sewer for homes, industries, meat processors and communities within its watershed. Some healing began when President Nixon signed the federal Clean Water Act in 1972. "Pure" still doesn't fit the Wabash in 2020, but it's healthier than decades ago.

In a past column I featured some of the early history of the Indianapolis area when the state capital was moved from Corydon to a more central location in 1824. There was no building to house this new state capital, so in 1825 a two-story brick building was constructed. It was to serve as a multi-use structure for county, state and federal business. It was located at the present corner of Washington Street and Capital Avenue.

I walked out of the hospital after finishing the 13th of 30 radiation treatments the other night, and the sun was setting dark pink over Lake Ontario. After two years in Canada, I’ve become accustomed to the beautiful water views – I’ve begun to take them for granted, barely noticing what was a jaw-dropping vista for me not that long ago.

I have one message for y’all — the same message — no matter if your political leanings are left or right, if you are a died-in-the-wool Republican or a die-hard Democrat, if you are an Independent or couldn’t care less about politics, or if you are a nasty, ill-tempered human being.

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