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Domestic terrorism in D.C.

June 14, 2017 3:38 PM Mary Dieter 0 Comments

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...

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These Are Not Your Grandfather's Democratic Nor Republican Parties

June 14, 2017 12:42 PM Paul Mannweiler 0 Comments

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...

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Why can't we get along?

June 14, 2017 7:27 PM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

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...

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Five Quick Fixes for Indiana's Alcohol Laws

June 5, 2017 10:37 PM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

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. ...

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An Open Letter To Jeff Hern

June 8, 2017 6:53 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

Dear Jeff, 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...

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The First Amendment is a Lot of Fun

June 11, 2017 9:02 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

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...

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A Tale of Two Indys

May 28, 2017 7:50 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

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...

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Scott Fadness, Jennifer Messer & Legal Contracts

May 14, 2017 6:42 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

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...

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Who Knows What's Best?

March 13, 2014 9:51 AM Andrew Downs 0 Comments

Those who watch the legislature carefully may have noticed a clever bit of work regarding HB 1318.  This bill was amended in the Senate Committee on Elections to include language that would require a referendum vote in the fall of 2014 to replace the board of county commissioners with a single county executive in counties with populations of 300,000 to 400,000 people. Marion County            904,789 Lake County               496,130 Allen County             ...

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Shining stars in a dark season

December 23, 2015 10:42 AM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

No, Virginia, your little friends seem to be wrong about a war on Christmas -- at least, the bedecked walls are still standing again this year. But on the other hand, there are several groups of not-so-naughty Hoosiers who've had reason to feel under siege. They've all been left with a little something under the tree, though they'll open the packages carefully. Poor folks have the health insurance President Barack Obama tried so hard to give...

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Send Ritz Back to School

October 24, 2013 6:10 PM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 1 Comment

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 was actually...

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We have our answer

July 15, 2016 12:19 PM Mary Dieter 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I asked what Indiana Gov. Mike Pence meant when he said he was "fully supportive" of Donald Trump. Could it possibly be that Pence, a devout Christian, could share Trump's ugly and divisive views on minorities, women, veterans and the disabled? His disdain for the Constitution? (http://www.ibj.com/articles/58951-what-does-pencersquos-full-support-for-trump-really-mean) Now we have our answer. Heaven help us.

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Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Good for Business

February 14, 2017 11:42 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

I was in Target the other day picking up a Valentine’s Day card for my wife.   I grabbed a card and looked out the outside which read “I found the perfect woman.” I opened it expecting it to read "and you found the perfect man", but it didn't.  When I opened it up it said, “And so did you.” I was a little confused for a second until I...

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Body Slamming a Reporter

May 30, 2017 9:20 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

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...

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Drawing the Line

February 5, 2015 8:08 AM Sheila Kennedy 0 Comments

Whatever one's views of the anti-vaccination "movement," its growth, and the current epidemic of measles that has resulted, offers a vivid metaphor for the basic tension that underlies liberal democratic governance. Our system restrains and limits government, especially when laws threaten to infringe on religious or political beliefs. Government is absolutely prohibited from interfering with an individual's beliefs, and must demonstrate a compelling purpose before interfering with conduct based upon those beliefs. One of the enduring debates...

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Whose Definition is it Anyway?

February 18, 2015 6:15 PM Pete Seat 1 Comment

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refused yesterday to define recent terrorist actions in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere as “Radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism.” Instead, he said, “The terminology has – it seems to me – little or no impact on what ultimately we have to do.” Those comments, catnip to the thriving talk radio industry, sent WIBC’s Tony Katz on a tirade. “Words matter,” Katz bellowed into his Monument Circle microphone this morning. As...

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A saint-to-be and an unholy alliance

May 24, 2015 2:42 PM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

The beatification of martyred Bishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador last Saturday, May 23, marked a stunning reassessment of the Catholic Church's historically crabbed position toward liberation theology, also known as listening to the poor and acting accordingly. This penultimate step in the canonization process also stands as an invitation to the United States to come clean about its complicity in the impoverishment and violence that Romero denounced from the pulpit at the cost of his...

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School Smarts and Street Smarts

April 5, 2014 3:05 PM Sheila Kennedy 1 Comment

My mother used to say that common sense is far too uncommon. In the wake of McCutcheon, a friend of mine noted that a viable and robust democracy requires attention to a number of elements: voting equality, free and fair elections, civic literacy, opportunities for dialogue and civic participation, and competitive parties--and none of these operates in isolation. It's a whole cloth. Pull a thread from the democratic fabric and it unravels. In McCutcheon, the Court's majority once again issued a decision that considered...

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The Other Side of Donald Trump

July 6, 2016 10:22 AM Rob Kendall 0 Comments

In 1990, Ryan White passed from complications of AIDS. He was a national treasure, that Hoosiers called their own. Despite enduring hatred, bigotry, and ignorance about his disease, White spent the final years of his life educating people. The teenager’s courage caught the attention and earned the admiration of many celebrities, including Elton John, Howie Long, Greg Louganis, and yes, Donald Trump. Elections are about more than policy. They...

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Federal Pressure on Indiana K-12-- Mon Dieu

May 5, 2014 12:31 PM Cecil Bohanon 2 Comments

At a recent meeting of like-minded free market economists and scholars I learned that Canada’s K-12 education system generated better educational outcomes, as measured by standardized tests than the United States. This was no surprise. I also learned that the Canadians spent less per students than we do. This was a bit of a surprise, but not a shocker. The last fact I learned about Canada’s education system is that there is NO national department...

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