June 14, 2017 7:27 PM
It is so touching to hear denunciations of violence and calls for unity from men who owe their positions of power to gun trafficking, militarism, sabotage of environmental and personal health and religious, racial and national divisiveness.
Perhaps now they'll examine whether there might be room within their broad definition of the Second Amendment for keeping combat-grade weapons away from people who have no beneficial use for them.
Perhaps they'll look first to their own houses, starting...
June 14, 2017 3:38 PM
It’s hard to imagine that more than a few people who share the warped sensibilities of the gunman are not horrified by the shootings this morning in Alexandria, Va.
No elected official – indeed, no one – deserves to be targeted for his or her actions or beliefs. Period.
That said, a few thoughts come to mind:
One, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was taken to a Washington D.C. hospital, where he undoubtedly and appropriately received the best...
June 14, 2017 12:42 PM
As a life-long Republican I have to admit to major disappointment and embarrassment over the recent developments and lack of meaningful accomplishments generated in Washington, DC since the election. It makes me appreciate even more the leadership demonstrated by Governor Holcomb, Speaker Bosma and President Long in Indiana.
Last week when one of my Democratic friends had me on the ropes trying to defend the inaction in DC, I came across an article asking whether the...
June 11, 2017 9:02 AM
This weekend in Indianapolis there were two events that could not be any more different from each other, the Indy Pride parade and a rally against Sharia Law. Although I have to say, the anti-Sharia law crowd was a lot more “colorful” than the Indy Pride folks.
The point of Pride was to celebrate the members of the LGBT community (I apologize if I left out a letter) and the point of the anti-Sharia law rally...
June 8, 2017 6:53 PM
I have known you nearly as long as I have written a local Fishers news blog, and that goes back to 2012. I have always found you a friendly and engaging person. From everything I know, you did a good job as Fall Creek Township Trustee, a position that required you to help needy people in a generally affluent area. As you know, just because Fall Creek Township contains lots of wealth, there are...
June 5, 2017 10:37 PM
With a new poll out showing a majority of Hoosiers support Sunday sales and being able to buy cold beer at grocery and convenience stores, here are five quick things Indiana lawmakers can do to put some sanity back in the state's alcohol laws.
Let Hoosiers buy alcohol on Sundays at grocery and convenience stores. There is no reason that an activity that perfectly legal Monday through Saturday should be outright banned on Sunday. ...
May 30, 2017 9:20 PM
My work as a journalist isn't always easy, because the job is to ask questions people don't want to face. Sometimes people you want to talk with avoid you at all costs because of the questions you are likely to ask.
Many people I've questioned look at me with that expression on their face of rage. Some appeared to have a thought of rearing back and slugging me. Fortunately for me, no one ever physically attacked...
May 28, 2017 7:50 AM
It is the best of times. It was the best of times. It is an age of wisdom and occasionally, some foolishness. Yes, I am paraphrasing the famous line in a Tale of Two Cities, but in fact, I am talking about Indianapolis. As I look around the city lately, it is pretty clear that two Indianapolis’ are taking shape.
There is one Indianapolis where companies like Salesforce and Infosys are making...
May 20, 2017 8:25 AM
While I have never been a Donald Trump supporter, I do not want him to fail as President.
If he failed, the country failed, and that's not good for anyone. With that said, Donald Trump's biggest enemy is not the media, the Democrats or the D.C. Swamp, aka, the Establishment; it's Donald Trump.
I base this conclusion on the last 25 years of my life as a reporter, spokesman for an elected official, attorney, and political commentator.
May 14, 2017 6:42 PM
I began covering Fishers with my news bog in January of 2012 when Scott Fadness held the job of Town Manager. I have witnessed his transition from an administrator by trade to a politician serving his first full term as mayor.
When I read reporter Brian Slodysko’s story on the Associated Press news wire May 11th about the city’s contract with attorney Jennifer Messer, many thoughts ran through my mind. The first ones related to...
May 13, 2017 11:58 AM
It's that time of year. The time of year I dispense my advice to this year's graduating class. Feel free to add you own to the list.
Everything happens for a reason, sometimes we just can’t figure it out right away, but eventually, you do. And you will be amazed at how the tragedy was necessary for you to triumph later.
Fear is okay, being afraid is not. A good healthy dose of fear...
May 10, 2017 1:13 PM
Indiana Property Taxes
Best of Times or Worst of Times?
As all Hoosiers pay their property taxes this week, either with a check to their county treasurer, their monthly mortgage payments or their monthly rent check, it is a good time to examine how Indiana compares to other states. The U.S. Census Bureau figures that the average household spends $2,149.00/year on property taxes for their homes and another $402.00 for vehicle property taxes.
When you compare the effective...
May 4, 2017 7:52 AM
The discussion is heating up once again in Marion County over the issue of satellite voting. Common Cause and the Indianapolis Chapter of the NAACP have filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana and Marion County over early voting, or the lack thereof.
They say because other counties have multiple early voting opportunities and Marion County doesn't, that Marion County voters are being disenfranchised because they have to come down...
May 3, 2017 10:55 AM
Last year was Hamilton Southeastern’s turn for a school referendum vote, but for three other Hamilton County school corporations, 2017 was a referendum year. Normally, Indiana does not hold elections the year after presidential balloting.
The only exception to that rule is a school referendum for more funding. If a local school board chooses to hold a referendum asking taxpayers for more money, it’s the school system’s responsibility to pay the costs of the election, since...
May 1, 2017 11:11 AM
Now that we’ve had a little more than a week to digest what Indiana lawmakers did and did not do, it’s time for my list of winners and losers. As I wrote in my most recent Indy Star column, nothing can ever really be considered a total win or complete loss because of the compromises necessary to make the legislative process work. However, some things are pretty obvious, and some things are worth keeping an...
April 28, 2017 2:50 PM
If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues.
Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it offers the wealthiest Americans 50 percent of the tax cuts and devotes only about 7 percent of the trims to the middle class – and those minimal...
April 27, 2017 2:08 PM
You voted for Trump last fall, and this spring undocumented immigrants are rolling sod onto your vast suburban lawn. Did you lose the number for ICE?
You donated to Trump, and the insurance business you run will not cover Florida coastal properties because they're shrinking. Don't you know it takes nerve to be great?
You supported Trump and all things Republican, and your company is going solar despite government obstruction, because coal makes less financial sense by...
April 27, 2017 2:07 PM
We finally have an outline of President Trump’s tax proposals, but not the gritty details. From what we can glean so far, the president wants to lower rates for everyone, including corporation.
He wants to enact a big increase in the standard deduction up to $24,000 for married couples, gutting personal deductions other than home mortgage interest and charitable contributions. Personal tax rates would be reduced to three brackets – 10%, 25% & 35%. Corporate tax...
April 25, 2017 2:59 PM
Monumental Legislative Session?
The Indiana General Assembly adjourned early Saturday morning more than one week ahead of the statutory deadline and today the Dow Jones is up by nearly 400 points. While the legislature might like to claim credit they can be proud of numerous major achievements.
This session began with a focus on improving Indiana’s roads and bridges and they did enact a sustainable long-term funding bill to improve our infrastructure. Indiana can’t be the Crossroads...
April 25, 2017 2:58 PM
Gov. Eric Holcomb deserves applause for his swift veto of HEA 1523, the legislation that would have allowed public agencies to charge a search fee for public records requests. He joined his predecessor, former Gov. Mike Pence, in refusing to give public agencies another tool to obstruct public oversight. In his letter to House Speaker Brian Bosma, Holcomb wrote: “Providing access to public records is a key part of the work public servants perform and is...