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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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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 9, 2016 9:54 AM

When you shake hands with The Donald….

Let’s face it – this wasn’t a surprise. Long before the recordings surfaced of Donald Trump speaking of women in crude, offensive and misogynistic terms, the Republican presidential candidate had made it abundantly clear who and what he was. Certainly, his hatred of women had been on full display. Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Rosie O’Donnell, Alicia Machado, Carly Fiorina and, yes, Hillary Clinton all can testify to Trump’s demeaning dismissals of women as beings…

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October 5, 2016 6:57 PM

Foreigners? Thank heaven

I have watched inner-city parishes that were near death, including my own St. Patrick’s, revitalized by the influx of devout Catholic families from Mexico and Central America. I have seen desolate inner-city commercial corners brought back to life by tireless entrepreneurs who had fled strife-torn countries in the Middle East and South Asia. Theirs is an American story that will fill books, and it is a happy one for the neighborhoods and cities where these…

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September 29, 2016 5:01 PM

The Donald and The Juice

Could Donald Trump be the O.J. Simpson for white malcontents? Or perhaps the Mike Tyson? In his book about the Simpson trial, “In Contempt,” assistant prosecutor Chris Darden said he eschewed a change of venue to the suburbs because he believed his fellow African-Americans were ready to demonstrate to the white world that they could deliver the blind justice they’d been so long denied. He was wrong. For all his clear guilt in two horrible…

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