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  • 5/20/2018 The Legislative Council, on which I serve, recently met to assign topics for the General Assembly to study during the summer and fall months. Lawmakers will use this interim period to prepare for the 2019 legislative session and determine whether or not to pursue new laws based on their findings. These summer study committees play an integral role in the legislative process and help pave the way for lawmakers to address a variety of issues on behalf of Hoosiers. 

    Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. To build on the state’s ongoing efforts to end human trafficking and get victims the help they need, the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code will be looking at the feasibility of establishing a program for helping adult victims of human trafficking. This program could be similar to how the Department of Child Services handles young victims of this crime. Members of this committee will also be determining whether state agencies would be in the position to provide oversight and administer programs to stop human trafficking in Indiana. 

    Those serving on the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services will be conducting an in-depth study of medically supervised therapies involving marijuana. With 29 other states and Washington, D.C., allowing the use of the marijuana plant for medical purposes, many Hoosiers want to know what direction Indiana will take.
  • 5/20/2018 As we approach Memorial Day (remembrances to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice), it’s time to start thinking about the dog days of summer. 

    Although I don’t see a significant number of heat-related emergencies in my office, many patients do end up in emergency departments suffering from heat exposure.

    Deaths from heat-related illness range from 300 to several thousand per year in America. The number is increasing with our warming climate and is markedly increased during heat waves. There are tens of thousands of visits each year to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. 

    Risk factors that make one more prone to heat-related illness include being elderly, very young, or obese. Some prescription or even non-prescription drugs, particularly alcohol, cocaine, antihistamines, beta blockers, diuretics, ADD/ADHD medications and some psychiatric medications can increase the likelihood of heat illness. Workers, such as firefighters, who have to wear heavy clothing, are also at a high risk. 

    Absorbing too much heat from the environment or producing too much heat internally can lead to heat illness. The two main types of heat illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • 5/18/2018 In a piece I wrote several years ago, I poked fun at people who do yoga. People doing yoga hate being poked — however, in this case, I was commenting on their preferred pants, made by a company named Lululemon. 

    The corporation had posted a warning on their website: “In some cases you may experience extreme sheerness, especially when bending over.” 

    I’m good with a warning label on my statins, but if my garment had side effects, I might want to reconsider the selection. 

    In that column, I also made fun of yoga, in general. In hindsight (ok, there’s a pun I didn’t plan), maybe I should have been less judgmental.

    I’m under fire again, after a recent column — this time about people who meditate. Here is an actual email I received:
  • 5/18/2018 It is my favorite! What is not to love?! Pentecost, the day of the Holy Spirit, the day our lives were touched with the hot tongue, not to be burned, of the Spirit. 

    The morning when neighbors could understand neighbors, no matter the language they spoke, no matter who they are, no matter the culture, ethnicity, orientation, political bend, or economic status, they/we all are touched and transformed. 

    After the wind gusts, mother earth rumbles, and flames land, we come to our senses and remember that Jesus promised to send the Advocate, Ruah, the Spirit of the Most Holy to us, and here She is just as promised; now what? 

    Let us not go there yet, let me stay in a state of Pentecost, let me linger in this weird utopia for just a moment. I wonder about the day. It was only in retrospect could the people understand the gift they received. She had not been called upon, She just came, in God’s perfect timing.
  • 5/18/2018 Time to clear out the old “mailbag” again!

    I’m happy to note that Sid Davis, who grew up in the Hazel Dell area, agreed with me on the location of Brompton. He even added a few details.

    According to Sid, Brompton was located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hazel Dell Road and the Midland Railroad, and Brompton’s store sat right beside the railroad, facing east.

    Remember Larry Roach’s quest to find out more about the “medallion” that commemorated American National Bank’s 50th anniversary?

    Dottie (Zeiss) Young said it was really a key chain. She has one herself from the 50th anniversary, as well as one from the bank’s 75th anniversary.

    That makes a lot of sense because Larry had mentioned that the medallion was numbered, had a loop for a chain and was marked “postage guaranteed” on the back. My understanding is, you could register the number of your key chain with the bank and if you ever lost your keys, they’d see to it they were returned to you. (Talk about service).
  • Senior center makes life better
    5/17/2018 

    I was in a Noblesville doctor’s office waiting room with my parents when I saw Phyllis Linenberger stop in to drop off the May issue of the Senior Citizens Organization Inc. (SCOI) newsletter.

    She caught me out of the corner of her eye, and she stopped to chat about the SCOI’s first-time Senior Resource Fair, where senior can learn about things that can make their lives better and easier. Plus Riverview Health will have blood-pressure screenings and will help with services.?It’s a free event this Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the organization’s senior center, 18336 Cumberland Road, Noblesville.

    Linenberger is a wonderful advocate for the Senior Citizens Organization. And a great line dancer, as well. She’s often found at the center line dancing with new and old friends.

    “I enjoy being involved and volunteering, and I love to line dance,” she said. It’s her ninth year as a member of the organization.

  • Be prepared for Master Gardeners’ plant sale
    5/16/2018 Gardeners, it’s time to shine up your little red wagons, make your plant lists and head for this weekend’s plant sale.

    If you haven’t attended Hamilton County Master Gardeners’ plant sale, you need to go, particularly if you like gardening.

    The 20th annual spring Plant Sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. The sale takes up the entire 10,000-square-foot Exhibition Center. 

    As many times as I've attended, I'm still always amazed when I walk in the door. So many plants. So many volunteers. So much work by our county’s Master Gardeners.

    More than 15,000 plants -- all grown by Master Gardeners who, during more than two dozen scheduled workday digs at Master Gardeners' homes -- are prepared for this sale. 
  • CLEARLY CLAREMOHR - Documenting the value of human interaction
    5/15/2018 “Oh, no! We forgot to get a selfie for my selfie project,” I messaged. 

    "That’s ok. We can get it next time,” he replied.

    The “next time,” he was in a casket. I took it hard. Really hard. Roy had been my friend since childhood. Our families have been interconnected for four generations; since the mid 1960s. His parents knew me before I was even born.

    In 1978, when my family moved from Indiana to Tennessee, Roy and I were third and fourth graders. A few days before the big move, we spent Sunday evening fellowshipping at his house after church. There were six brothers, five still at home, plus me and my sister, and a whole passel of other kids playing games and hanging out. At some point, Roy and I had a serious conversation.
  • Mother’s Day always special
    5/13/2018 Mother’s Day every year makes me a little teary eyed.

    While I think about how special it is to be a mom every day of the year, I especially think about being a mother on Mother’s Day.

    One of the reasons is because my 11-year-old daughter always makes me feel loved. The moment she awoke, she went straight to her desk to finish, in secret, a handmade Mother’s Day card.

    While store-bought cards are nice, my daughter’s handmade cards are most cherished because it shows how much she cares. She drew a pretty picture and wrote her own creative message. 

    As my daughter gets older, I assume there may be fewer and fewer handmade cards. And also, the wearing of fewer and fewer dresses. So I was happy she wanted to put on a pretty dress to go to Mother’s Day brunch.
  • 5/13/2018 

    Although my time as your state representative will come to a close in November, I am still working hard on behalf of our community. Friday, I was with fellow state lawmakers gathering at the Statehouse for a special session to complete important work. Time is being devoted to act on policies addressing new funding and loan options to improve school safety, important tax matters, a bill that will help schools monitor their fiscal health so they don’t fall into financial distress, and a technical corrections bill. 

    Gov. Eric Holcomb called for the special session in an effort to wrap-up a few critical issues that were left on the table when the regular legislative session concluded in mid-March. With an exception to the technical corrections bill, the four proposals being examined today were vetted through the legislative process, but due to time constraints, failed to receive an up-or-down vote. ?

    The day’s agenda included authorizing $5 million for additional school safety investments and creating a pathway for schools to borrow from Indiana’s Common School Fund for building improvements to increase school safety. We are also updating tax record-handling procedures and code based on federal requirements.

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