Schwartz and Simmons appointed assistant vice presidents at VU


VINCENNES, Ind. – Extended Studies at Vincennes University has announced the promotion of Matthew Schwartz to assistant vice president of Outreach and Engagement and Shanni Simmons to assistant vice president of Lifelong Learning.
“I am extremely pleased to have Matt and Shanni stepping into these new roles,” said David Tucker, vice president for Workforce Development and Community Services. “They have proven themselves to be tremendously valuable assets to VU over the years. Extended Studies programs will benefit from their ongoing and expanded leadership.”
Shanni Simmons joined Vincennes University in 2004 as an instructor for the Business/Public Service Division. She was promoted to course designer in 2006 for the Continuing Studies Division. In 2007 she became the director of VU’s Distance Education Program.
As assistant vice president of Lifelong Learning, Simmons will provide comprehensive leadership and management of VU’s Lifelong Learning Division which includes Distance Education Programs, Adult Basic Education, Learning Unlimited, and General Education programming for the VU Gibson Center.
Simmons holds an associate degree in Accounting from VU and both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Organizational Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.
She resides in Bicknell.
Matt Schwartz started his career at Vincennes University in 2001 when he joined the Office of Admissions as an admissions counselor and was later promoted to assistant director. For the past decade he has served as the director of the Military Education Program.
As assistant vice president of Outreach and Engagement, Schwartz will provide comprehensive leadership and management of VU’s Outreach and Engagement Division which includes the Military Education Programs, Associated Builders and Contractors Program, and Veterans Upward Bound Program.
Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education from the University of New England which he will complete later this year.  Schwartz is a veteran of the U.S. Army and resides in Evansville.


This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

Charley Reese’s Final column!
A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..
Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.
Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

Maybe we should add:
the tax for drivers license
tabs for your car
seat belt tax fee for not buckling up
fees from rules issued by IDEM (Indiana) & EPA (Federal)
gun permits
septic permits
Obama care, soon requiring everybody to buy insurance coverage for paying your deductibles if a person actually wants insurance to ever pay for anything.

The Clinton’s weren’t so bad, were they?

you’re under 50 or have tried to forget the “Clinton era,” you really need to read this.*
*If you’re over 50, you lived through it, so share it with those under 50.
Amazing to me how much I had forgotten!*

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies,
promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger voters will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that was the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate,) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was:
She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones. She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath. After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
Add to this list the 13 hours that she did nothing allowing the men to die at our embassy, the president left to raise money for his reelection leaving Hilary Clinton to tend to the problem and she did nothing putting politics first over lives.

What a swell party – ready for another four or eight years of this type of low-life mess?
Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”

Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven!

Bicknell’s Government 2016

Bicknell Mayor
Thomas Estabrook

Clerk Treasurer
Becky McGlone

Bicknell City Judge
Gary Byrer

Bicknell City Council At-Large
Walter S. (Wally) Cullen

Bicknell City Council District 1
Rod Mullins

Bicknell City Council District 2
Richard (Butch) Byrer

Bicknell City Council District 3
Frank Gugliotta

Bicknell City Council District 4
John J. Vendes


The War We Didn’t Know About

It is a fact that the United States is under attack by foreign entities and when asked who, most will call them ISIS and so forth but I am not totally sold on the fact that they are the most pressing at this time; although it is certain that ISIS needs to be destroyed I believe that our most direct attack is being perpetrated by Mexico, Mexico has been attacking the United States for many years.

Lets talk about how it is like a snail attacking an elephant, the snail is Mexico and the elephant is the U.S., the elephant is unaware of the snails attack; even though at first the unaware attacks on the elephant appears to be causing no harm but in fact they are spreading disease, diseases named illegal drugs, gangs, murders and anchor babies.

Many years ago I heard somebody on the news, I don’t remember much about it but they were talking to a politician in Mexico, they were talking about the border between Mexico and the United States and the subject ended up with the Mexican politician stating that California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico are part of Mexico and not part of the U.S. and should be returned.

Now lets follow the direction of the attack; first attack our city’s poor with drugs to weakening their resolve followed by illegals coming into the areas to be reclaimed to live and not blending into the U.S. Population; thereby forming small Mexican communities within the chosen state, a state within a state. Now there are communities that speak Spanish and not English which led to the governments changing the legal language so that everything is in both English and Spanish; therefore now the illegals are being recognized as possible citizens of the U.S., even if it may be sometime in the future, by our state and federal governments.

Now they hire lawyers to spread the false pretext that children being born in the U.S. from illegal parents are automatically citizens and this leads to welfare for illegals; after-all Americans do not want the children to experience hard times just because their parents have done something illegal so anchor babies were born.

Now we have weak politician enacting NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement ) an agreement that does nothing for the people of the U.S. and assures that our manufacturing companies would up their profits if they left the U.S. and moved to Mexico. Factories moving south placed a lot of American workers onto the welfare lines or in lesser jobs making it difficult to maintain their families, once again allowing the people to worry about something else aside from the Mexican attacks on our country.

Then they sent probably thousands of children without adult supervision into the U.S. illegally, children who it is claimed would be harmed if they returned to their countries; once again the people of the U.S. couldn’t find it in their hearts to harm the children so many were allowed to join the war against the American people by our governments.

Of course they have defectors in our country that have joined them in this war on the Mexican side and thus was born the sanctuary cities designed by traitorous council members and mayors along with governors and the current president.

Once these Mexican speaking illegals are allowed to lead city councils, mayors offices and even higher offices, once amnesty has been given, amnesty more or less promised by the Democratic party and most of the Republican party they will use our own voting system to remove the southwest from the United States which will cause a civil war.

I believe that everybody should be able to enter the U.S. legally, at least those looking for a better life and everybody entering should be required to become Americans including language, education and work ethics; in other words become Americans; but under no circumstances should the United States allow little Mexican areas to form inside of our borders.
Just my opinion
John R. Stanczak