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October 24, 2013 6:30 PM

The Young. The Men. The Talented? The Capable?

Recently, an Indianapolis newspaper featured a letter to its editor that praised the qualifications of four “talented, capable and relatively young men” who presently “occupy important positions that can make a significant difference” in K-12 education efforts. Talented.  Capable. Right on! Young.  Men. Huh? Words are important.  Language is a powerful medium that can consciously and unconsciously depict what is the norm and exclude what is not. Education reform efforts are too important and the…

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October 24, 2013 6:12 PM 3 Comments

Let’s FINALLY Have a Debate!

Despite what you might have heard from newspaper columnists, special interest groups, or political experts, the debate on the gay marriage ban (HJR-6) isn’t settled. The debate hasn’t even begun. Beyond all of the rhetoric, what’s really happening here is that outside groups are mobilizing to prevent Hoosiers from actually having a say in this issue. To be clear, I’m not advocating either position on this amendment, but I am advocating that we ACTUALLY have…

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October 24, 2013 6:10 PM 1 Comment

Send Ritz Back to School

Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction needs to go back to school. She filed suit against the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana’s Open Door Law saying the Board members had a meeting and tried to circumvent her authority and go to the Legislature to get the state’s A-F grades done. First, there was never a meeting, a letter was circulated amongst the Board members via email. Second,  when this matter was discussed, Ritz…

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October 24, 2013 6:09 PM

Budgets, Panhandlers and Orangutans

I recently heard Indianapolis Zoo CEO, Michael Crowther, a not so recent New Jersey immigrant, assert about his adopted home that people in Indianapolis strike the best balance he’s ever experienced between cynicism and naivete. Kudos to the Council and Mayor’s office for crafting a timely budget under difficult circumstances. Here’s hoping that a like bipartisan effort results in a meaningful panhandling ordinance. We should not be naïve about panhandling.  We know that panhandling is…

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October 24, 2013 5:50 PM

IMPD’s ‘thin blue line’ frayed

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s “thin blue line” looks pretty frayed in these post-David Bisard days. Just listen to the judge hearing Bisard’s case. “This is as bad as anything I’ve heard about the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department,” Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck said Wednesday when the jury was not in the courtroom. “I’ve heard a lot of bad things about IMPD.” Surbeck, a respected jurist who received the 2012 William Rehnquist Award for Judicial…

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October 23, 2013 12:31 AM

Blowin’ In the Wind??

I was pleased to see that the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to amending the Indiana Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. The Chamber thus joined Eli Lilly & Company, Cummins, and a wide variety of others in opposing a measure that would simply make Indiana a poster child for bigotry. What was particularly heartening about the announcement is the cultural change it signals. Not so long ago, business interests–the so-called “country-club” Republicans– would…

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October 22, 2013 5:22 PM

Eliminate Self-Defeating One-Way Streets

IUPUI’s recent request to the City of Indianapolis to return Michigan and New York Streets to two-way auto traffic on campus should be approved as just the beginning of eliminating most of these self-defeating streets from our city. One-way streets sacrifice urban vitality in order to speed commuters home to their suburban communities. Indianapolis began widening and converting it’s two-way city streets to one-ways in the 1950, and spent the next twenty years systematically expanding them throughout the…

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October 22, 2013 10:19 AM

Officials behaving badly

Everyone who holds a public office should be given a framed sign with the old saying: If your grandmother wouldn’t be proud of it, don’t do it. That might have helped the latest officials to be caught up in an embarrassing email controversy. Ivy Tech trustee V. Bruce Walkup has resigned because of The Indianapolis Star’s investigation into an email history that included raunchy jokes and nude pictures. Worse than that, the messages revealed a…

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