Larry Lannan

Larry
Lannan

Lannan is a news blogger in Fishers.

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Lannan is a news blogger in Fishers.

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July 21, 2017 10:45 AM

How Does This End?

We have now had six months to observe the Trump Administration, and there are a few things we know at this point. First, as far as we know publicly, President Trump has not broken the law, but a special counsel is looking into any possible illegalities.  The president has clearly broken with long-standing norms established by many presidents of both parties in his first half-year in office, but there has been no proof offered Mr.…

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July 7, 2017 5:05 PM

What Senator Kenley’s Retirement Means For His Senate District Residents

As the well-deserved plaudits pour in for State Senator Luke Kenley as a result of his retirement announcement, constituents in his district must face a stark reality – they are losing clout in the Indiana Statehouse. Kenley’s District 20 encompasses Noblesville, Westfield, as well as parts of Carmel and Fishers.  Residents of this Senate district have enjoyed the clout attached to Senator Kenley’s position as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  It has been well…

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July 2, 2017 11:10 PM

The President & The Disliked Media

I last made my living as a journalist in July of 1983.  There were many reasons I chose to leave that profession, but one had to do with the nature of the job.  Nearly everyone disliked you. Even the radio station where I worked looked at me and my colleagues as “overhead” and expendable.  Their view was – If it wasn’t for that darned Federal Communications Commission, maybe we wouldn’t have to hire journalists at…

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June 8, 2017 6:53 PM

An Open Letter To Jeff Hern

Dear Jeff, I have known you nearly as long as I have written a local Fishers news blog, and that goes back to 2012.  I have always found you a friendly and engaging person.  From everything I know, you did a good job as Fall Creek Township Trustee, a position that required you to help needy people in a generally affluent area.  As you know, just because Fall Creek Township contains lots of wealth, there…

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May 30, 2017 9:20 PM

Body Slamming a Reporter

My work as a journalist isn’t always easy, because the job is to ask questions people don’t want to face. Sometimes people you want to talk with avoid you at all costs because of the questions you are likely to ask. Many people I’ve questioned look at me with that expression on their face of rage.  Some appeared to have a thought of rearing back and slugging me.  Fortunately for me, no one ever physically…

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May 14, 2017 6:42 PM

Scott Fadness, Jennifer Messer & Legal Contracts

I began covering Fishers with my news bog in January of 2012 when Scott Fadness held the job of Town Manager.  I have witnessed his transition from an administrator by trade to a politician serving his first full term as mayor. When I read reporter Brian Slodysko’s story on the Associated Press news wire May 11th about the city’s contract with attorney Jennifer Messer, many thoughts ran through my mind. The first ones related to…

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May 3, 2017 10:55 AM

Hamilton County Voters Once Again Say Yes to Education

Last year was Hamilton Southeastern’s turn for a school referendum vote, but for three other Hamilton County school corporations, 2017 was a referendum year.  Normally, Indiana does not hold elections the year after presidential balloting. The only exception to that rule is a school referendum for more funding.  If a local school board chooses to hold a referendum asking taxpayers for more money, it’s the school system’s responsibility to pay the costs of the election,…

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April 27, 2017 2:07 PM

Trump Tax Ideas – Real Reform?

We finally have an outline of President Trump’s tax proposals, but not the gritty details.  From what we can glean so far, the president wants to lower rates for everyone, including corporation. He wants to enact a big increase in the standard deduction up to $24,000 for married couples, gutting personal deductions other than home mortgage interest and charitable contributions.  Personal tax rates would be reduced to three brackets – 10%, 25% & 35%.  Corporate…

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April 18, 2017 3:08 PM

Balancing Privacy & The Right To Public Records

As a retired federal civil servant, I understand the importance of privacy in my employment records.  But as someone that returned to journalism after a 28 year interregnum, I also understand the public’s right to know what public employees are up to. Those two concepts have come together in the case of the Fishers High School varsity football coach’s recent five-day suspension.  Striking the right balance is a challenge, and is part of a tug-of-war…

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April 2, 2017 6:08 PM

Boomers vs. Millennials

As a member of the baby boom generation, I must come to a sad conclusion – the boomers have largely made a mess of things.  I can only hope the millennials will do a better job. We boomers grew up during the 1950s and 1960s.  We did accomplish some things, but on balance, we have provided America and Indiana with badly split politics and governmental inertia. There is some debate about how to define millennials,…

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