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February 19, 2017 5:21 PM

In dark days, 2 candles

The last time I saw Michael Gradison, I was helping him struggle up the steps of the City-County Building to join a demonstration on behalf of unionization for hotel workers making poverty wages. The last time I saw Joe Zelenka, I was trying and failing to lift him into bed in a nursing home room bedecked with memorabilia of his humanitarian work and his large, close family. Michael died Feb. 12 after fighting through pain…

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February 17, 2017 8:06 PM

Bad bills never die

One of Mike Pence’s finer moments as governor was his 2015 veto of a bill that would have allowed public agencies to charge a search fee for public records requests. Now that Pence has gone on to bigger things, the bill is back. (Thanks, Trump!) House Bill 1523 passed the Indiana House this week by a vote of 62-25, and the Senate almost certainly will pass it as well. So the question is what new…

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February 16, 2017 4:04 PM

Sad Day for Democracy

You may not have heard about it in the news, but democracy lost a round at the Statehouse yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of Hoosiers packed the fourth floor of our capitol to attend the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment committee hearing, where a bill to end partisan gerrymandering was under consideration. I was one of them, and I found myself surrounded by optimistic citizen activists. For many of them, this was the first hearing they had…

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January 23, 2017 12:11 PM

Women March, Men Meme

This past weekend was a busy one in the world of American democracy. We saw a peaceful transition of power, a new President take office and millions of women across the country march in response to it. Everyone seemed to have reactions and opinions to all of it. Crowd size comparisons. Alternative facts. Facebook pontifications about why women marched and why they didn’t need to march. I happen to be a Republican woman who understands…

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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 18, 2016 2:10 PM

Hudnut: The height of loss

I’m not among the worshippers of Bill Hudnut, for reasons not worth going into at this sad and historic moment. I will say I mourn his passing, not only as a gallant man of bona fide faith but as a vestige of the Republicanism that used to speak to all Americans. True to Lincoln, the party of Ike and Javits and Brooke and Hudnut’s predecessor as Indy mayor, Dick Lugar, proposed to address racial inequality,…

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December 1, 2016 8:04 PM

Punitive or Petty? Or Both?

Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump, Gov. Pence, and a representative from Carrier stood before the Carrier logo at a media event that was widely anticipated by local and national media. One reporter, however, wasn’t allowed a credential to cover the show. Why? Because Carrier wouldn’t let him in. Carrier hasn’t offered any explanation as to why, so let me take some liberties with a possible explanation. One can reasonably assume that they don’t like that…

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November 30, 2016 6:03 PM

Scoring points while losing arguments … and elections

Give the man his due. President-elect Donald Trump did what he said he was going to do – save jobs. The news Tuesday that Trump had brokered a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep the company from moving 1,000 Hoosier jobs to Mexico is a good thing. It means, at the very least, that for a lot of Hoosier families the holidays just became a lot brighter. Because Trump is such a divisive figure, even…

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November 7, 2016 6:43 PM

‘Twas the Night Before Election

‘Twas the night before Election, and all through the land, Everyone was stirring, the rallies were out of hand! The yard signs were planted in the ground with care, In hopes that their candidate would win the big chair! “Our guys behind, we must work harder!”, they all said, While visions of winning danced in their heads. With mamma with her walk-book and I with my walk app Had just hunkered down for neighborhood walking…

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