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February 2, 2014

FRIEND: Cold weather continues, propane costs rising

This January winter weather is making everyone weary and frustrated. All the snow and extremely low temperatures remind many of us of the blizzards of the ‘70s. I think we should all be thankful and appreciate the workers who plow the snow, keep the power on, transport and stock grocery shelves, deliver the mail and haul feed for livestock. The conditions outside are dangerous and tiresome.

These conditions can also necessitate police, fire and EMS to venture to the scene of an accident or incident.

Let’s all recognize the long hours, cold temperatures and fatigue these workers experience and thank them. Oh, and never forget that patience is a virtue!

Several people have commented on the snow days being missed by our school children. There is some latitude available to administrators concerning “make-up” days, but it is important that our children have the most exposure to class time possible. I am confident that the decision makers will do what is best for our children.

Recently, I received a copy of a letter sent to the Miami County Economic Development Corp. from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

It was a “good news” letter informing the officials that Grissom Air Reserve Base has been officially included in the Indiana inventory of airports. Efforts had been made for years to make this happen, to no avail. In the 2013 legislative session, I filed a bill to make it happen by statute. My office received an almost immediate visit from INDOT telling me legislation was not necessary, and Grissom could be included if the proper information was submitted. The Grissom folks presented the information, and INDOT lived up to their word. Congratulations to both entities. This situation is important because it opens the door to more state and federal funding opportunities.

It has been brought to my attention that people in the LP gas business and their customers are suffering through a “low supply, high price” situation.

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