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I BET YOU'LL LAUGH

I Bet You’ll Laugh is a book by Jerry Porter, whose brother, Bob Porter, lives in Connersville. The book has 98 limericks, some anecdotes, and lots of trivia. It is printed in the Connersville News-Examiner by permission of Jerry Porter. Readers can order the book by sending a check or money order for $7 to: Jerry Porter, P.O. Box 2191, Anderson, In 46018.

I Bet You’ll Laugh

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Curbside comment

I’d stay at home and make music and watch TV. – Dalton Sester, Richmond

What do you do when you’re snowed in?

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Shutdown? Spending's on autopilot

A new session of the Indiana General Assembly has just begun and there’s not a news outlet in the state that hasn’t emphasized what a tight budget the state faces this year. Tragically, our legislators will just not have enough of our money for all the

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Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down

Thumbs up: to Whitewater Valley Railroad for bringing several visitors from a railroad convention in the Cincinnati area to Connersville to show off their equipment and shop to the people from across the United States and Canada. Thumbs down: on property owners who

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Are people the problem or solution?

This is a generalization, but here it is: Pessimists see humans as the cause of most problems. Optimists agree, but we also see them as the source of solutions. I believe this is the great divide between us. Pessimism is easy to embrace. Do we have problems? Obviou

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But you know what I mean

“But you know what I mean” was the defensive cry I heard frequently from students as I handed back their graded essays. Usually it was because I had used red ink to mark a grammatical error on their papers. I explained that reading was not supposed to b

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All over the map

The Vera Institute for Justice, a nonprofit group that advocates for fair, humane prisons, recently issued an updated version of a fascinating map of jail and prison rates across the country. The map – at trends.vera.org – allows viewers to compare numb

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It's time for a vote to end gerrymandering

It’s time for a vote to end gerrymandering The state legislature is back in session. And I received my surveys from my state senator and state representative. They are thinking about a lot of things – budget, beer sales, safety in schools, how to do mor

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OTHER VIEWPOINTS

Stop fearmongering over hate crimes law Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has made clear his determination to see the state end its dubious distinction as one of only five states without a hate crimes law. One argument against Indiana adopting such legislation is, unfortun

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Knights are lovers of God

Since the Knights of Columbus recently became a political issue, I’ve seen a constant refrain on social media that goes something along the lines of: “What do you mean, the pancake breakfast guys?” The point being: Could you be picking on nicer gu

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Pompeo Doctrine similar to Obama's

By Eli Lake - Bloomberg News / TNS Ten years ago, President Barack Obama traveled to Cairo to open a new dialogue with the world’s Muslims. On Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Cairo to offer a rebuttal. Some of his points are correct. It

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Information before impeachment

“I” words are inundating Washington. President Trump insists his border wall would impede an invasion of illegal immigrants who injure innocents. Democrats say Trump indulges an idiotic idea to instigate an impasse and incite impassioned illusions. But

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Impeach Trump for what?

Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration that she and her colleagues will “impeach the motherf---er” -- the “motherf---er,” of course, being President Trump. Democratic leaders wer

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Can Russia turn off our lights?

One hot day in August 2003, much of the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario suffered the biggest blackout North America has ever seen. A sudden power surge crippled hundreds of power plants and knocked out service to some 50 million peop

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