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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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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March 26, 2017 2:32 PM

Mr. President – Do You Really Think Tax Reform Will Be Easier?

President Trump seems to be saying that the Republican health care idea didn’t work out so well, so let’s do something easier, like tax reform.  Our nation’s chief executive is likely to find an even riskier political mine field taking on taxes. First, let’s clarify that tax cuts and tax reform are two very different things.  Tax cuts can be part of tax reform, but just cutting taxes is not reform. If all Trump wants…

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March 19, 2017 3:22 PM

Fishers & Noblesville – Rail vs. Trail

The Nickel Plate Rail Line, made most famous as the route used by the Indiana State Fair train for a very long time, is now the subject of a major debate.  The outcome will determine how that line will be utilized years into the future. On one side of the debate are those in favor of preserving the rail line, which runs from Indianapolis all the way north to Tipton.  There are proposals to repair…

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March 7, 2017 5:48 PM

Taking the Temperature on Capitol Hill

After spending a few days in Washington, there was one word spoken often by Congressional staffers – uncertainty.  No one knows how the big issues will handled by this President and this Congress. Tax reform is something nearly all elected officials say they want.  So, you would think passage of a new tax overhaul will happen this year? It’s unlikely, for one big reason.  Although there is a consensus tax reform is needed, there is…

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February 26, 2017 3:31 PM

Media Needs To Wise Up

The recent flare-up between the White House Press Office and reporters covering the president is more than just a conflict between the media and the Trump Administration.  It is an opportunity for the media to start covering the Trump White House in a smarter way.  However, I am not optimistic. Why did Press Secretary Sean Spicer exclude certain news organizations, seen by the White House as unfriendly to the president, from a “gaggle?” (a gaggle…

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February 18, 2017 12:02 PM

Leadership In The Governor’s Office

One of the key qualities I seek in any elected official is leadership.  After seeing our new Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb speak before a crowd in Fishers on February 10th, I walked away feeling I had just listened to the words of a true leader. Governor Holcomb fielded questions in a packed house at Conner Prairie from WTHR Statehouse Reporter Kevin Rader and from the audience of the combined Chambers of Commerce in Hamilton County.…

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February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

The Clouds Forming Over American Jobs

Donald Trump visited Indianapolis as president elect to announce some, but not all, of the jobs at the local Carrier plant would be preserved and not shipped to Mexico. If President Trump is concerned about American jobs in the longer term, he will heed the advice of an economist and form a blue-ribbon commission aimed at studying how America should react to a coming technological revolution. Ed Hess, professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden…

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February 2, 2017 9:56 PM

Foreign Policy & Pure Aggression

I am honestly trying my best to understand the Donald Trump foreign policy. So far, I see only naked verbal aggression, even with America’s best friends. His Twitter exchange with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is picking a fight with our southern neighbor.  The fracas is verbal for now.  Even though America is the behemoth to the north, Mexico can make life miserable for America.  Let’s hope the relationship never gets to that extreme.…

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