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As someone who really enjoys covering and writing about local government, I was like a kid in a candy store Friday night at the University of Indianapolis watching the former and current mayors of  Indianapolis address the city’s past, present and future.  You would be surprised how much they agreed on things.  What I also found intriguing was while listening to them it conferred a belief I’ve had for quite some time, that Indianapolis gets the Mayor it needs for the issues that it faces.

The audio file I recorded was too big for the web blog, but I’ve linked the Indianapolis Star’s video. It was a two-hour event so keep that in mind. I really recommend you take time to watch this.  This is a great city with an amazing past and a very promising future.

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  • Indyernie

    Great Mayor, Great Mayor, Great Mayor, Goof, Grrreat Mayor!

  • Pogden297

    Indyernie,

    Peterson is a “goof” and Ballard isn’t? Ballard is doing exactly the same things as Peterson. Peterson at least had the smarts enough to know better.

  • cynical sam

    Wow. The essence of mediocrity captured in a single photo. A picture IS worth a thousand curse words.

  • MH

    I’m glad to know there are over 150 ethnic restaurants in Pike Township. What an incredible legacy for the Unigov area, frankly. No question about it.

  • MH

    I’m glad to know there are over 150 ethnic restaurants in Pike Township. What an incredible legacy for the Unigov area, frankly. No question about it.

  • BlackBart

    Of all the ethnic restaurants very few are European or African.

    Why is that?

    No point to make.

    Just wondering . . .

  • Think Again

    Paul, it’s ERNIE. Consider the source.

  • Think Again

    Unigov did a lot of other things, like:

    1. Solidify Republican control for 40 years. Ignore infrastructure if it costs very much money, cause God knows, we can’t raise taxes.
    2. I sort of stopped paying attention after No. 1.

    Thank you for nothing, Mayor Lugar and COuncil President for 30 years SerVaas.

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    To add onto the SerVaas legacy, he’s reportedly been helping Tim Durham with his legal fees.

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    I want to know what they’re all looking at.

  • M Theory

    Why am I trying to figure out which one’s would look best in pantyhose and heels?

  • M Theory

    “You would be surprised how much they agreed on things.”

    –Um, no we would not.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    We ask everybody to chip-in on those “raise taxes” and do an audit on where the money’s really going now- I’m with you. Otherwise, we’re “compassioned to death” as is.

    When we’re all pulling the wagon, when libraries trump professional sports, everybody volunteers at schools, donates to charities, and is raising an Indiana special needs child- then come lecture me about the lack of sufficient taxes.

    Otherwise, there a societal trade-off, a balance, a barter. Right now there’s abuse from both sides, like somebody is sneaking bricks onto both ends of the teeter-totter. You can’t fix our civil acrimony by pointing fingers at one end- it’s both or this stuff goes on forever. Accountability, participation, and natural consequences are flavors of common sense that I really thing can become communally reacquired. It make take sinking even lower than what we’ve got going, but sooner or later kitchen table economics returns on a broad scale.

    Declining affluence has an amazing effect on horsesh!t.

  • Turk182

    Ask Hudnut to show past pictures, he has the experience!

  • Think Again

    So very true. Here’s my beef, Taxpayer:

    For 35 years, at the Republican altar of “no new taxes,” we ignored these expensive problems: jail overcrowding (so deemed by a conservative Republican federal judge), Combined Sewer Overflow, crumbling streets, etc.

    For over 20 years, we kicked the can down the road. Problems delayed are problems amplified.

    It’s sad, but pathetically true.

    And on top of that, under Goldsmith, we borrowed for downtown gussy-ups, at an alarming rate. It’d be the equivalent of remodeling your living room five times, lining it with gold and Plasma TVs, and letting your bathroom pipes rot.

    We might want to listen to this four-decades-old tripe for historical perspective. But we should vomit before we celebrate it. It is not worthy of celebration.

    Unless we drastically re-align our priorities, we are going to see more of this budgetary upheaval in the next 10 years. I had high hopes for Ballard-he owed NOBODY anything. The inside boys shoved him aside in three months. Since then, the CCB has been on auction to the highest bidder. At this rate, we’ll have precious few assets left.

  • Think Again

    Ouch. Tim is the father of his grandchildren. Old-money legacies can get expensive.

  • cynical sam

    SEC downloaded porn videos

  • indyernie

    Just what in hell do you mean by “it’s just ERNIE” are you inferring that I’m not entitled to my opinions? Are you inferring that because I posted the comment that I’m wrong? You have your own opinions TA and believe it or not I sometimes agree with you. On those rare occasions are you wrong just because I agree with you?
    You’re a snob TA and whether you agree or not Peterson was a terrible mayor. There was NO transversal from the Peterson administration to the Ballard administration. As a matter of fact, office supplies vanished, documents and records of key committee appointments couldn’t be confirmed. Why? Because all reference to them were shredded and that was the least of the problems created as Peterson exited the CCB.
    Peterson’s idea of how to govern was… “If we can’t tax them lets borrow and put them in debt for fifty years. Cut spending? Are you crazy? Screw them”. Peterson’s parting shot was a .65% tax increase that wasn’t needed.
    Let’s not bring up the fact that Peterson lied to our LEO’s ….he promises a pay raise to settle a conflict then recants on the deal….what a GREAT GUY your democrat buddy turned out to be.
    I was being kind by just calling him a GOOF. Peterson is a lying bastard snob and your girl Melina Kennedy was at his side reinforcing his lethargic tariff applying approach to city government.

  • Rico

    He had a good smile, and he meant well. That’s all a Dem needs when considering the greatness of their elected officials.

  • Melyssa

    Ernie, You are partisan. You attack democrats for doing the same thing your guy does.

  • indyernie

    Melyssa we are all partisan. I’m R and you are L. You just can’t get anyone elected to office, that’s the difference between you and me.

  • Think Again

    Like I said, it’s just Ernie. Rambling nonsense.

    Snob? Then it’s a big club.

    You need a basic city civics lesson. And I’m guessing you’re going to get one Jan.1.

  • Think Again

    Damn, Melyssa…but, you’re wasting your time. He’s completely Ballard-blind.

    And THAT is a shrinking universe.

  • Think Again

    ROFL. Cheeky smiles. Who knows?

  • Think Again

    Tough crowd. Damn.

  • Indyernie

    Civics 101 doesn’t just teach TAX and spend, TAX and spend, and TAX and spend some more! It’s too bad a democrat has NEVER passed the course.

  • BartFlies

    Ernie-
    What about Ballard’s tax increases??? He’s racked up about 80 more than Peterson so far!!! Ballard claims to have an “honestly balance budget.” How the heck do you think he got there? Bart’s tax increase and then about 100 of his own. Pot calling the kettle…..

  • Pauldevine

    I guess Abdul thinks the city is in need of mediocrity right now. Maybe he’s right.

  • Pauldevine

    I guess Abdul thinks the city is in need of mediocrity right now. Maybe he’s right.