August 15, 2017 5:57 PM
**This is the first in a series of two blogs posts in response to the riots in Charlottesville.**
In life, there are often two sides to every story and blame to be shared by many on “all sides.”
Saturday was decidedly NOT one of those times. When President Trump refused to specifically blame Nazis and White Supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, most of the nation was shocked and outraged. It is difficult to understand...
July 31, 2017 2:17 PM
New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have the toughest job around.
Somehow, Kelly must instill professionalism and discipline into a president and his staff who believe those qualities are for sissies. This will be no easy task.
But it’s clearly necessary.
Even Karl Rove – the master of the political dark arts who helped elect Republican George W. Bush president – has been lamenting the dysfunction in President Donald Trump’s White House.
“(Trump) is in a...
July 28, 2017 7:54 AM
Sen. Lindsey Graham promised there would be “holy hell to pay” if Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
That was unusually strong language for Washington (though it paled in comparison to the blue comments by the incoming White House communications director), uttered in defense of Graham’s former Senate colleague, a racist liar who conveniently forgot about his meetings with Russians.
Yet Graham saw fit to vote, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He and...
July 25, 2017 3:42 PM
A longstanding observation in our household is that, when there’s news, some Hoosier must be connected to it.
Not just when Purdue grads go up in space either. It's sort of a game to note, for example, that the killer whale’s victim at SeaWorld grew up in Cedar Lake; a woman who carried an embryonic twin in her brain was an Indiana University doctoral student; and George Donner, who led an expedition west that ended in...
July 25, 2017 10:05 AM
We keep being reminded, and keep refusing to fully accept, that the enemy we have met over the past two years is not Trump, or at least not only Trump; it is us.
In the torrent of condemnation of the president's vicious, rambling, egocentric, lewd, outrageously political "speech" to the Boy Scouts the other day, insufficient note was paid to the fact he was pretty much a hit.
The flower of America's patriotic youth and their irreproachable...
July 21, 2017 10:45 AM
We have now had six months to observe the Trump Administration, and there are a few things we know at this point.
First, as far as we know publicly, President Trump has not broken the law, but a special counsel is looking into any possible illegalities. The president has clearly broken with long-standing norms established by many presidents of both parties in his first half-year in office, but there has been no proof offered Mr. Trump...
July 17, 2017 5:10 PM
Normally when I write my annual blog post about the Second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo, it’s about the interaction between law enforcement and the youth in downtown Indy. Not this year. Like the past four years, the kids and cops were fine. There were a couple of minor issues, but no more or less than normal on a Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis. No, this year the fun was earlier in the...
July 15, 2017 9:23 AM
Last year I did a deep dive into the data regarding police action/officer related shootings as they were very prominent in the headlines.
It looks like this will be an annual event.
Part of my motivation is today’s rally at the statehouse where, if their past statements are any indication, the 21st century equivalent of a lynch mob is going to call for criminal prosecution of the...
July 9, 2017 11:47 AM
When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us. He drove, and I paid for gas, so I carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for the trip. His car usually gets about 30 mpg on the Interstate, and a round trip to Chicago usually runs him about...
July 7, 2017 5:05 PM
As the well-deserved plaudits pour in for State Senator Luke Kenley as a result of his retirement announcement, constituents in his district must face a stark reality – they are losing clout in the Indiana Statehouse.
Kenley’s District 20 encompasses Noblesville, Westfield, as well as parts of Carmel and Fishers. Residents of this Senate district have enjoyed the clout attached to Senator Kenley’s position as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. It has been well known...
July 2, 2017 11:10 PM
I last made my living as a journalist in July of 1983. There were many reasons I chose to leave that profession, but one had to do with the nature of the job. Nearly everyone disliked you.
Even the radio station where I worked looked at me and my colleagues as “overhead” and expendable. Their view was - If it wasn’t for that darned Federal Communications Commission, maybe we wouldn’t have to hire journalists at all. ...
July 1, 2017 8:39 AM
You all know by now when it comes to crime, I have minimal sympathy for people who break the law and bad things happen to them in the process.
With that said, my legal and journalistic training mandate getting the facts first before making a judgment call. You can do some informed speculation based on what you know at the time, but getting the facts first and straight tend to resolve a multitude of issues.
June 30, 2017 11:23 AM
Some thoughts about Donald Trump’s ridiculous attack on newscaster Mika Brzezinski:
One, the insults were fairly par for Trump’s pricy course, nothing we haven’t heard him say before. And though his remarks were vicious in that way he reserves for women, the umbrage taken by Brzezinki’s media colleagues misses the point.
Trump’s barrage of criticism of the news media and the judiciary, as well as his gleeful lying and flagrant rejection of scientific fact, undermine trust among...
June 28, 2017 9:53 PM
Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media, Indianapolis Public Schools is making the right decision by closing Broad Ripple High School and turning Northwest and Arlington into middle schools. It’s also continuing with its plans to close down John Marshall.
I understand the emotions attached to these institutions, but there is a certain reality that needs to be faced here. The district has been losing population at the high school and if...
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. ...