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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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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September 27, 2016 5:02 PM

Debate Winner Is In The Ideological Eye Of The Beholder

Presidential debates are often just ways of reinforcing one’s ideological views.  If you go into the debate a solid supporter of Trump, you will likely come out of the event feeling the same way.  Supporters of Hillary Clinton certainly feel the same way about her before and after the debate. These debates only impact that small number of potential voters genuinely on the fence.  This is just the first debate.  Once all three debates are…

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September 22, 2016 9:09 PM

Journalism – How About Just Showing Up?

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80% of life.”  In journalism, that 80% isn’t as important as it once was.  With revenue declining and money short, editors and publishers are sending fewer and fewer reporters to cover the most basic government meetings. So who cares if no reporter shows up to cover the Fishers Plan Commission Meeting?  I care.  Here’s why. My experience is that governmental bodies act much differently if there are reporters…

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September 19, 2016 10:53 AM

Fishers Set To Lose Long-Time Police Chief

Imagine for a moment a city in Indiana with roughly 90,000 residents where the police chief had been with local law enforcement 36 years and had hired every single officer on the force.  Fishers is about to lose such a man to retirement. George Kehl has formed a relationship between the citizens of Fishers and the city’s police department that continues to this day.  In a podcast interview with me recorded last June, Chief Kehl…

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August 31, 2016 8:22 PM

The Important Issue No Candidate Is Talking About

Something is happening in the world of technology and no political candidates are talking about it.  Yet, this could radically change our economy and our social structure. I recently read a book authored by Martin Ford, titled “Rise of the Robots.”  No, it is not science fiction.  It is very much nonfiction, but just as scary as any science fiction story I have read. Ford argues the world is on the precipice of giant change,…

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August 21, 2016 8:00 PM

Fishers City Council Asserts Itself

The Fishers City Council has generally been on board with the economic development strategy of Mayor Scott Fadness, but there are now indications that support may not be so solid.  During Fishers’ last couple of years as a town, the town council had some major disagreements on a number of issues, but since becoming a city in 2015, there has been mostly harmony (at least, in public). The discord began when Councilman Rick Block voted…

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August 12, 2016 9:52 AM

Indiana GOP Misses a Golden Opportunity

Indiana Republican leaders voted July 26th to name Eric Holcomb as the party’s candidate for governor, replacing current Governor Mike Pence, who is now the national Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States.  I offer no criticism of Mr. Holcomb, but I do believe Indiana Republicans have missed out on an opportunity that may not come again soon. I have been impressed with the work of Congresswoman Susan Brooks and the job she…

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