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Issue of September 17, 2014
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Plea made for donations to purchase historic log cabin


As the 200th anniversary for the admission of Indiana as a state approaches in 16 short months, the Harrison County community has been presented with an exciting opportunity to preserve the legacy of Harrison County's pioneer story.

The Historical Society of Harrison County is issuing an urgent appeal to the community's sense of history and heritage to help us protect one of Harrison County's historic treasures, the Harrison Log Cabin, one of the oldest structures still standing right in the heart of the downtown Corydon Historical District.

The Historical Society of Harrison County firmly believes this cabin represents a vital, but fragile, link in preserving Harrison County's historical legacy. This cabin, c. early 1800s, has stood firm since the early territorial days, watched closely through Corydon's state capitol period and silently observed the attack by Morgan's Raiders, Indiana's centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations and many other important events. What may be even more amazing is that this historic structure is in excellent condition, having been lovingly and painstakingly restored by the Taglarino family in the late 1980s. Protection and respect for this historic structure, not extensive restoration or remodeling, are the paramount issue.

The Historical Society of Harrison County envisions the cabin serving as an interpretive center for many years after 2016 has come and gone, filling a distinctive niche for sharing pioneer and territorial history by interpreting the legacies of such local pioneer luminaries as Squire Boone, John Shields, Thomas Posey, John Tipton, Spier Spencer, Jonathan Jennings, as well as William Henry Harrison, Yellow Jacket militia members and other notables.

As one committee member, Bob Bartley, recently stated, "All it takes is one hero or maybe a multitude of heroes."

The Historical Society of Harrison County has until this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, to raise $50,000 toward the remaining balance of $190,000 for purchase of the historic structure. This will provide time for the Historical Society of Harrison County to implement a variety of fundraising strategies for the historic project.

Anyone who would like to step up and be a historic hero is urged to contact me immediately by email at karengleitz@hotmail.com, by phone at 812-736-2373 or 812-738-2828 or by sending a check to 5850 Devil's Elbow Road NW, Corydon, IN 47112.

Thanks for your continuing support!

Karen Schwartz, President, Historical Society of Harrison County
September 17, 2014

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HIP 2.0 right prescription for rural hospitals


It may not come as a surprise to many people that the Indiana Hospital Association has given Gov. Pence's HIP 2.0 plan its enthusiastic endorsement. It will, after all, result in 350,000 more Hoosiers being able to access affordable health care while giving the state access to billions in federal dollars to help make that coverage happen.

For our member hospitals, having more insured patients and reducing uncompensated care will be helpful financially. But for our members in rural areas, many of which are considered "critical access" hospitals, it is nothing short of a lifeline. In fact, for many of Indiana's rural hospitals, the increase in coverage through HIP 2.0 may be the key to their survival.

What is it that makes many rural areas more challenging to serve? Demographics play a key role as rural areas generally have older populations, making rural hospitals critically vulnerable to cuts in government funding. Medicare payment cuts were imposed on hospitals in order to pay for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, about $4 billion over 10 years, which have been compounded even further by the sequestration impasse. In order to offset those cuts, rural hospitals must have more Hoosiers enroll in private insurance through the exchanges and in programs like HIP 2.0. just to stay out of the red.

Some recent statistics from the National Rural Health Association put this problem into stark perspective. Currently, more than 41 percent of Critical Access Hospitals operate at a net financial loss. These hospitals have already seen a 2-percent cut due to sequestration. With little help for hope on the horizon from a program like HIP 2.0, it could very well be the push that causes many hospitals to go out of business.

But, for rural hospitals, we believe the adoption of HIP 2.0 is about more than just the bottom line. We believe everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of the income levels of your neighbors or the size of your town. If hospitals in rural areas were forced to shut their doors or consolidate, rural patients would have longer drives to the emergency rooms and lose access to physicians, maternity care and interventions for heart attacks and strokes. They would face the very real prospect of a future where they would have second-class access to care.

Let's not forget that in many rural communities the local hospital is one of the largest employers in their county, if not their region. Having access to quality, comprehensive health care is at the top of the list in conversations with businesses seeking to locate to or expand in rural areas. Closure of a hospital would likely damage, if not doom, a town's economic development prospects. Would Honda have located in Greensburg or Toyota in Princeton if not for the outstanding hospitals in those communities?

The Indiana Hospital Association has endorsed HIP 2.0 because we believe it is the right prescription for Hoosiers. It not only brings health care options to the people who need it most, but it improves the health of our member hospitals, too. We hope that the program will be approved soon so that we can strengthen the safety net and improve the quality of life in every community in Indiana, large and small.

Douglas J. Leonard, FACHE, President, Indiana Hospital Association
September 17, 2014

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What's holding you back from answering God?


I've got some really good news. It's the best news. Jesus is real. He loves us very much! In fact, the whole cross thing? That was for you and me.

God made us all. He made this beautiful world of nature, of laughing children, running horses and mountain views that take our breath away. God loves us like crazy. He loves us like the best loving dad in the world loves his kids.

God is also holy and good. There's not one drop of evil in Him. Therein lies the problem. You and me are not holy and good in our natural selves. God says, "Stay close to me! I love you, and I will take care of you." We respond, "No, thanks. I'd rather do my own thing and live however I feel like it. I want to live for me, not you, God."

So, what does God do? He loves us but He cannot tolerate evil, which is exactly what we do when we put ourselves first and don't mind hurting others in the process.

The solution? God sent Jesus, His Son. God punished Jesus instead of us. Jesus, God's only Son, took the cruel torture of the cross on His body for our sake. Jesus' death and resurrection became a bridge from people to God. In fact, it's the only bridge there is.

How do we cross it? If we will believe that Jesus wasn't just a man, but God's own Son, and trust that Jesus was punished for all our sins and, if we truly confess our sins to Jesus, then God has forgiven us and our eternal home is now heaven with Him.

Can you imagine living some place where everyone has forgotten what pain and sorrow feels like? Can you imagine a place where real joy and peace are so tangible you can almost see it in the air? Can you imagine seeing our loving God smiling at us the way a parent does with a child who has been gone for a long time?

How does this impact Harrison County? What if 1,000 people in the coming year accept Christ as their Savior and Lord? Having a relationship with Jesus as Savior gives purpose and direction. Because of Jesus in our lives, we look at things in a whole new way. We have a real hope. Our only hope is not a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a bottle, pills, a doctor, a bank account, a job, a weekend, a cause we believe in. Our hope is in a big, real God who loves us like crazy.

If 1,000 people were impacted this way in Harrison County, how many runs would the sheriff's department not make? How many children would have parents come to ballgames and band contests for them? How many marriages would hold together? How many family gatherings at Christmas and Thanksgiving would end with fond memories instead of bitter ones?

Impossible? Why don't you take God at His word and find out? God says with Him nothing is impossible. What holds you back from going to God? Are you sure it's worth it to keep standing outside God's house? He's calling you.

Clay Bauserman
Corydon, Ind.
September 10, 2014

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There's a time to harvest, preserve state's forests


I understand that there is controversy over increased timbering in our state forests. As former director of the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources and the National Park Service, I have more than a few years of experience in dealing with the concepts of preservation and multiple use.

There are times when the preservation of our timber resources makes sense just as there are times when timbering makes sense.

Our state forests are not a major source of timber for hardwood production in Indiana. Only about 5 percent to 7 percent of the timber harvest in Indiana comes from state forest lands. Revenue to the state from those timber sales is only about $3 million per year. Far and away, the majority our forest harvest comes from private lands.

While it makes sense to have timber sales on some of our state lands, it also makes sense to save some of this land for hikers, bikers, campers and other recreational users. We need to save prime acres of our forest lands for multiple use and also to tell the story of what Indiana pioneers found when they came to our state.

On the lands to be timbered, let's use the least intrusive of the timbering processes. We don't need large, clear-cut areas and we don't need miles and miles of haul roads. Single-tree selection is a concept that can work in many instances.

In the great forests of the West, we have saved the very best of the Sequoias and the Red Woods. Let's save the best of Indiana's woodlands.

James M. RIdenour, Former director of the National Park Service and the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
September 10, 2014

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Hospitality found in Southern Indiana tour


I represent Indiana's 100th district in the Indiana General Assembly. My district includes beautiful Irvington and wonderfully unique Fountain Square in Indianapolis.

I recently went on a tour of historic sites throughout Southern Indiana and stopped in places like Corydon, Vincennes, Santa Claus and Lincoln City. I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of your beautiful city for the hospitality they showed me. Everyone was so friendly, and your historic sites are some of the best I have ever seen. I was awestruck standing in our state's first House of Representatives. The first governor's mansion is incredibly well preserved. The entire town square is like something out of a movie, rich with history and character.

Since my return to Indianapolis, I have been telling all of my friends that they must take a trip to historic Corydon and experience all your community has to offer.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Dan Forestal, State Representative, D-100
September 03, 2014

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Child sexual abuse problem of entire communities


Child sexual abuse is not a personal problem belonging to only the child or the child's family. It is a problem that affects us as a community, and, while it is an uncomfortable topic for most of us, it is a conversation that is important to have.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's 2009 "Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse" defines child sexual abuse as any interaction between a child and an adult — or another child — in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. Child sexual abuse can include both touching and non-touching behaviors (voyeurism, exhibitionism or exposing the child to pornography). Both girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities and economic backgrounds are vulnerable to sexual abuse.

Abusers often do not use physical force, but instead use play, deception, threats or other forms of coercion to engage children and to maintain their silence. Abusers frequently employ persuasive and manipulative tactics to keep the child engaged. These tactics may include buying gifts or arranging special activities, which can further confuse the victim.

Children who have been sexually abused may display a range of emotional and behavioral reactions, including increased sleeping difficulties or nightmares, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, depression, not wanting to be left alone with a particular person and sexual knowledge, language and/or behaviors that are inappropriate for the child's age. Although many children who have experienced sexual abuse show behavioral and emotional changes, some do not.

There are many reasons children do not disclose being sexually abused, including threats of harm to child or family, fear of being removed from the home, fear of not being believed and shame or guilt. If the abuser is someone the child or family cares about, the child may worry about getting that person in trouble. In addition, children often believe that the sexual abuse was their own fault and may not disclose for fear of getting in trouble themselves. Very young children may not have the language skills to communicate about the abuse or may not understand that the actions of the perpetrator are abusive, particularly if the sexual abuse is made into a game.

It is therefore critical to focus not only on detection, but also on prevention, by teaching children about body safety and healthy body boundaries and by encouraging open communication.

Comfort House child advocacy center addresses prevention through a child abuse prevention program called "Speak Up, Be Safe" currently presented in each elementary and intermediate school in Harrison County. If you would like more information about this program, please contact Comfort House at 812-225-KIDS.

If a child discloses sexual abuse to you, it is critical to stay calm, listen carefully and never blame the child. Thank the child for telling you and reassure him or her of your support. And please remember to report abuse of any kind to the Dept. of Child Services at 1-800-800-5556.

Donna Lloyd, Comfort House director
September 03, 2014

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State-led effort underway to propose amendments to U.S. Constitution


There is a growing national awareness, and corresponding excitement, over a state-led effort to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As someone who believes in this effort, which is authorized under Article V of the Constitution, I wanted to offer my own perspective and explain why I have played a role in organizing the states to pursue it.

To this point in our nation's history, all Constitutional amendments have been proposed by Congress. However, the authors of the Constitution included the state-led amendment option for a reason. It is on equal footing with the Congress-led amendment option and was meant to serve as a check on the central government.

The Founders feared that, without this provision, states could never be assured of protection from the threat to their sovereign rights by an over-reaching federal government. In fact, the Constitution would not have passed had this critical state power not been inserted into the final draft.

Today, there is a sense shared by millions of Americans that we are at a moment in the life of our nation unlike any we've experienced before.

Many believe Washington is broken, with Congress either unable or unwilling to control and reform itself, regardless of which party is in power. States' rights have been trampled almost to the point of extinction. And federal spending continues to grow, unabated, creating an unsustainable level of debt that threatens the livelihood and future of our children and grandchildren. No generation of Americans has ever dumped such a mountain of debt upon the next generation, until now.

Yet, no solutions are coming from Washington any time soon.

This is exactly the environment that calls for the states to exercise their right under Article V to call an amendment convention in order to deal with the root cause of these problems.

Some have claimed that this effort will inevitably lead to a so-called "runaway convention" that would scrap the current Constitution altogether. There are reasons why this nightmare scenario is not a true threat.

In Indiana, we have passed laws that provide a safeguard against this by firmly restricting what our delegates to such a convention may consider. Other states are pursuing similar laws. It's also important to remember that the process outlined in Article V of the Constitution requires three-fourths of the states to ratify any amendment that is approved by such a convention. Any radical proposals wouldn't clear this high bar.

Furthermore, the group of state legislators that I've been involved with — The Assembly of State Legislatures — is focused on establishing consensus among the states for the rules and procedures that would be needed to conduct an orderly, effective convention of the states. This group met recently at the Indiana Statehouse with more than 100 state legislators from 30 states present. It was the first such gathering of the states in 227 years.

I believe the work this group is doing is vitally important to the larger effort of pursuing a state-led amendment convention. Only when firm rules and guidelines are established will a convention be able to take place in an effective manner, without the fear of it running away into unintended territory.

I have no illusions that it will be easy for states to successfully put together the first Article V amendment convention in history. But when I consider the gridlock and dysfunction that seem to grip Washington these days, I remain firm in my belief that the states must make every effort to use this constitutional tool they've been given. If the states don't do something now, when will they? And who will?

David Long, R-Fort Wayne, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem
August 27, 2014

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4-H transitions to online enrollment


Indiana 4-H is adopting a new enrollment and database system for the future. This will bring many new changes, and we want our Harrison County 4-H family to be aware as soon as possible.

This system will be online and statewide; deadlines for enrollments will be statewide as well.

While enrollment will be open year-round, there will be a window for enrolling for competitions at fair. The enrollment window will be Nov. 1 to Jan. 15. New members may still enroll after the Jan. 15 date but will NOT be eligible to compete at the county 4-H fair.

This will be the first time in the history of Indiana 4-H that the entire state will have the same deadlines. This will allow your educator, your 4-H Council and your livestock superintendents to better plan workshops and activities for our 4-H members.

4-H members and families will begin creating profiles this fall. You will receive instructions in the future about this process. This online system will allow you to make changes to your personal information and projects at any time. While we love to see your smiling faces in the office, this will allow you to manage your 4-H records at your convenience.

Please know that we understand this will be a large transition. We are committed to helping anyone that does not have a computer or online access. We will even help set up a free email address for those that may not have one.

We may have an online enrollment workshop as we did last fall to make this process smoother.

The 4-H Council, Purdue Extension Office and the Harrison County Junior Leaders are working together to make this transition as easy as possible.

We are excited about this new system and its potential to help us serve you better. Thank you for your patience as we move forward.

To Make the Best Better!

Rebecca Wilkins, Purdue Extension Educator-Harrison County 4-H Youth Development
Corydon, Ind.
August 27, 2014

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Bible Speaks author should take a stand


I appreciate the column The Bible Speaks by Lawrence Althouse that appears every week in The Corydon Democrat. The series is interesting, informative, sometimes inspirational and even thought provoking.

In a recent article (Aug. 6, 2014), Mr. Althouse writes on the subject "A Bridge Too Far." Mr. Althouse attempts to explain the problems within the church at Corinth and how the Apostle Paul deals with various issues in his two epistles to the Corinthian church. Mr. Althouse then goes on to explain the similarity between the problems in the church at Corinth and the issue of homosexual marriage and homosexual clergy in the United Methodist church.

He states, "My purpose in raising this example is not to argue for one side or the other." Well, why not take a stand for one side or the other? That is what Jesus would want us do (Rev. 3:15,16).

Certainly, Paul was not afraid to stand for truth. A good example of his moral conviction is found in Chapter 5 of First Corinthians, where a man is involved in a sexual relationship with his stepmother and some in the church are actually celebrating over this gross perversion. Paul's response to this debauchery was to expunge this man from the fellowship of believers. Of course, the false teachers charged Paul with bigotry and being judgmental.

In the cultural of our day, there would be few congregations that would tolerate this man of God. Personally, I stand with Paul. All other ground is sinking sand.

Mel Vance
Waynetown, Ind.
August 20, 2014

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'World' festival celebration of peace, understanding


Thank you to all our exhibitors, performers, volunteers and visitors who came from near and far to World on the Square last week. It was indeed a happy celebration of world peace and understanding.

If you find a Native American beaded and turquoise hair ornament that was lost, please call Ladyhawk Young at 1-502-931-5881.

Linda Runden, Community Unity
August 20, 2014

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