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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January 16, 2017 5:01 PM

A Few Thoughts About Donald Trump

Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office as President of the United States January 20th.  Here are just a few of my thoughts as that time draws near. Donald Trump’s favorability rating, based on polling by Gallup, is at 40%.  Of the last 4 incoming presidents Trump is the only one with a higher unfavorable score then favorable, according to CNN.  That means Trump walks into the White House without the support…

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January 1, 2017 2:35 PM

Can Life Be Found In The News Desert?

America is enduring more “deserts” than ever before, and it has nothing to do with the climate.  This is about shortages. Several Indianapolis neighborhoods have been described as “food deserts” because grocery stores providing fresh food are nowhere to be found in the area.  City officials have reacted, working to provide incentives for private investment of grocery operations in those neighborhoods. America is undergoing new desert areas.  These are called “news deserts.”  The relatively-recent phenomena…

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December 23, 2016 4:13 PM

Fishers, Food & Displacement

It’s amazing how one simple word on a Web site news story headline can result in so many Fishers elected officials becoming upset.  Allow me to explain. Fox 59 and WTTV are two television stations with separate on-the-air news anchors, but they both share the same owner and the same news-gathering operation.  Both posted a news story on their respective news Web sites about a development coming to Fishers called “The Yard.” This development has…

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December 4, 2016 9:46 PM

Credibility Gap Redux?

Credibility is a tough thing to establish, and even harder to maintain, as Donald Trump will learn once he moves into the White House.  A president without credibility will find it much more difficult to bring the nation with him on any major issue. If you don’t believe me, just look at two late 20th century presidents – Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  Johnson was dogged by a credibility gap on information released about the…

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November 20, 2016 7:57 PM

Trump, Pence & Hamilton

Being president entails a number of talents.  One important part of being the nation’s chief executive is growing a thick skin to criticism.  Our most recent presidents, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, both have been on the receiving end of withering attacks. I thought about that as I reviewed the Twitter messages sent by President Elect Donald Trump on Sunday, November 11th.  The first set of messages related to the cast of the Broadway…

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November 14, 2016 9:14 PM

What Happened?

Before the presidential election this year, many of my friends and relatives asked me who I think would win.  I was quick with my response.  I had no idea.  I suggested they all follow people who spend all their time looking at all the data. I recommended three sources in particular:  Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato, Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia.  All…

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October 30, 2016 7:40 PM

Why School Board Elections Are So Important

With all the hoopla surrounding the presidential election, along with the Indiana Senate and Gubernatorial races, it is important to your local community when you have a school board election.  The school corporation in my home town of Fishers, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will be electing three board members in this election. But there are a number of school board seats up for grabs in the Central Indiana area.  Board elections are set for the Indianapolis…

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October 19, 2016 11:12 AM

Hamilton County GOP & the General Election

When I watched the October 18th League of Women Voters Hamilton County candidate forum in Noblesville, my thoughts went back to a conversation I had a while back with a young Republican.  He was concerned about his local party. Why would he be concerned?  Republicans hold nearly every elective office in the entire county.  The Hamilton County GOP has been very successful. That’s what concerned the young Republican.  Hamilton County Republicans have grown too arrogant,…

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October 10, 2016 3:52 PM

Debate II – Playing to the Base

I seriously wonder where Donald Trump is getting his political strategy, if he does have one.  He pounded away at rhetoric registering with his base supporters.  Hilary Clinton did the same. But Hilary is leading in polls measuring both national support and her electoral strength in individual battleground states.  Keeping the support she has is a win for the Clinton campaign. The October 9th presidential debate shed little new light but mostly featured combative language…

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October 3, 2016 2:40 PM

Trump & His Net Operating Loss

When many read the October 2nd story in the New York Times revealing that Donald Trump had a $915 million loss on his 1995 income tax return and saw the phrase “net operating loss,” I’m sure questions popped-up about what that term means.  Let me attempt to do just that. I never thought I would be writing a commentary on an American presidential election campaign and need to explain the concept of net operating loss.…

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