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Archive for October, 2009

Why Wishard Works For Me

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

For most of the Wishard referendum debate, I’ve basically been neutral.  I understand the need for building a new facility, but I also understand the taxpayers have been burned on projects like the Library and Lucas Oil Stadium. I’ve heard arguments on both sides and critically watched presentations by both proponents and opponents. However, it […]

Point of Clarification

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The other day I questioned whether Hamilton Southeastern Schools were running contrary to the law by advocating  for their referendum on their website. It turns out HSE is operating within the law because the referendum is for operational expenses.  If it were for capital improvements, the school district would be in big trouble. It still […]


Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I’m sure this is an oversight, but someone in the Hamilton Southeastern School District is probably running contrary to the law and will want to correct that as soon as possible. If you go to HSE’s website there is an icon on the front page encouraging residents to “Vote yes” on its upcoming referendum.   That wouldn’t […]

Wednesday Wire Regarding Tuesday Tidbits

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Here’s the long and short of some things to keep an eye on over the next few days that happened on Tuesday… Indiana lawmakers are split over whether the state should opt out of the public option of the Obama administration’s health care reform plan.  Governor Mitch Daniels’ office says they are studying the details […]

Make a Wishard

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Matt Gutwein, CEO of Health and Hospital addressed the Downtown Rotary Club of Indianapolis Tuesday.  He spoke about the need for the hospital expansion and answered questions from Daniel Lee of the Indianapolis Star and Dr. Matt Will, professor of Finance at for the School of Business MBA program.  I was there and recorded the […]

Smoke and Mirrors

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Delay, not necessarily denial.  That’s the attitude of proponents of a more strict smoking ban in Marion County.  The measure, along with two amendments, failed to garner enough support to pass. The arguments were pretty standard; supporters argued public health, opponents argued property rights.  Because the measure was tabled, it can be brought back with […]

Track the Teacher

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett is about to launch a program that will definitely raise the ire and the eyebrows of the education establishment in Indiana. Bennett’s office is preparing to launch a tracking system tying graduates of  Indiana’s Colleges of Education to the academic performance of their students.  The program is […]

Am I Missing Something Here?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Monday night the Indianapolis City-County Council may vote on a tougher smoking ban for the city.  I say “may” because as I write this post this morning there is some serious question as to whether either side has enough votes for a clear victory or whether the matter will be delayed for another meeting or […]

Hot Ghetto Mess

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I admit to thinking long and hard about using that title for this blog post, but the more I thought about it, the more appropriate I thought it was when discussing City-County Councilor Doris Minton McNeil. McNeil, when functioning, represents Council District 15 on the near northwest side of Indianpolis.  McNeil’s name has been synonymous […]

Privatized Parts?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

It took four months, but somebody got the hint.  The City of Indianapolis is seeking proposals from private entities to take over the operational costs of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Convention Center and Conseco Fieldhouse. Mike Huber, head of Enterprise Development for the city says they’ve received a number of inquiries from private companies interested […]