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August 21, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013: Letters to the editor


The new building became a monument to Commissioner Off. Begun on April 6, 1893, it measured 92 feet by 125 feet, rose 66 feet up the walls to where the roof began, and the northwest corner tower rose 206 feet above the Tipton County prairie.

The tower housed a clock with a specially cast striking bell weighing 3,000 pounds, 8-feet high and 4-feet wide at the bottom. It was originally operated by a time weight of 400 pounds, and a striking weight of 1,100 pounds that hung through four floors, but was later converted to an electric motor.

The time it took to wind the clock — said to be one hour’s steady cranking every week — was undoubtedly a factor in calling for the changeover.

Pierce & Morgan of Indianapolis were the contractors, and while they worked on the new building the various county offices were temporarily located in rooms around the square. Finally, on Oct. 16, 1894, Charles Pierce walked into the makeshift clerk’s office over the Blue Front Drug Store, handed deputy clerk J.O. Bunch a key, and announced, “She’s finished, and you can move in anytime!”

The new building was contracted for $183,411.30 and was completed within the appropriation.

Today “she” dominates the city skyline, and can be seen on the horizon for several miles from any direction. Like any fine lady, she lends great beauty to her surroundings and fills the downtown with her regality.

And she still serves the citizens of Tipton County, just like she was envisioned to do — 120 years ago!

Jeff Hatton


Restructure school, employer websites

Recently, I have become aware of a “situation.” I became aware of it during the course of my job search activities.

If you are not regularly involved in the job search process, you may not have noticed the majority of employers currently hire online. Many of these potential employers have their websites linked to the websites of one or more online “schools.”

Also, many of these school websites are designed to lock up the process if you respond to the school in the negative, thus forcing you to accept these school pitches.

So what is the solution? For openers, restructure the employer and school websites to be totally independent from each other.

Kenneth Crockett


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