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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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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August 5, 2016 4:29 PM

Trump & Small Donors

The Donald Trump campaign is seeing a mass of small donors contributing to the New York businessman’s presidential effort, and that development should get the attention of all political pundits.  Mr. Trump has struck a nerve with millions of Americans. The New York Times reported on August 3rd that cash poured into the Trump campaign during the month of July.  Here’s a part of the Times story: “Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $64…

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July 22, 2016 4:50 PM

Trump, Christie and the Civil Service

As a retired federal employee, I know from my 20 years of civil service experience that people working with me and for me were all dedicated, hard-working people.  However, there are many myths people have about government workers.  Sadly, some of our politicians have spread these myths. The Reuters news wire published a story July 20th describing a closed-door meeting of Republican donors. In that session, Governor Chris Christie described plans to make it easier to fire…

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July 17, 2016 4:22 PM

What I Know About Mike Pence

A CBS News Poll released July 14th shows 86% of voters know nothing about Mike Pence.  Only 8% of Republicans polled are familiar with him. I do not know Governor Mike Pence very well.  I will tell you about the one time I had a chance to observe him, and will describe what others in Indiana say about him. My only encounter with Mike Pence was on May 22nd, 2015.  He was visiting a Fishers…

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July 6, 2016 4:29 PM

Sheridan

What would you think if the image of your small town was illustrated around the world by a racist golf cart parade float?  That is what has just happened to Sheridan, Indiana, a town with a population estimated to be around 3,000. While much of southern Hamilton County is suburban to Indianapolis, northern Hamilton County is largely rural.  Sheridan lies in the northern part of the county, about 5 miles north of Westfield. A June,…

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