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Archive for July, 2011

Time Off

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I’m heading out of town today.  Another fun week of playing lawyer, fulfilling other legal obligations and trying to decompress.  Since I will have my hands full Indiana Barrister is taking a break as well.  We will both be back August 8.   Enjoy my time away.

Indy Crime & Punishment

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Since there was a lot of talk about crime this week here in Indianapolis I figured I would post the latest figures from 2005-2010.  As always you can draw your own conclusions but at least we’re all working from the same data.  As one poster likes to say, you can argue you are entitled to […]

Kennedy on Crime

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Believe it or not, every time I hear Melina Kennedy offer up a plan I usually hope it is something that will be rooted in logic and reason.  I mean after all, even a broken clock is right twice a day.  So when I showed up to her news conference Thursday morning (no I did […]

Something Smells Funny In Franklin Township

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

I hadn’t planned to blog about Franklin Township schools in southeastern Indianapolis but they are turning into the gift that keeps on giving, sorry IPS.  As you know a number of parents are furious that the school district is forcing them to pay for bus service. Although the school district says its necessary because voters […]

Franklin Township Follies

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Every once in a while my sense of civic responsibility requires to me play moderator at local town hall forums; Tuesday night took me to Franklin township in southeast Indianapolis. Parents had a meeting to discuss being charged nearly $500 per child per year for bus service. School officials say the fee is necessary because […]

Res Ipsa Loquitor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Some things just speak for themselves.

Debt Threats

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

With all the talk about the debt ceiling and whether and how it should be raised I thought a nice little primer might be necessary on how much we owe and what got us here.   Here’s a breakdown of who owns our $14.3 trillion worth of debt*… U.S. Individuals and Institutions –  $9.8 trillion or […]

Kennedy Turns Concrete Into Abstract

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Let’s say you’re running for Mayor in a big city.  And while the political demographics of the town tend to work in your favor, you still have some major challenges.  For example you just polled and you found out your opponent has a double digit lead and an approval rating in the 70 percentile range. […]

IPS; Double Standard or Double Take?

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

I planned to take the day off from blogging but this thought came to me last night so I figured I had to post it. Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Dr. Eugene White is threatening to take the State of Indiana to court over the possibility of taking over several failing IPS schools.  White’s argument is […]

Get the White Out

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

I wrote a column for the Indianapolis Star a last month regarding Dr. Eugene White, the Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.  At the time I wrote he should be fired because of the dismal performance of the school system. Following the news this week by the Indiana Department of Education that out of the seven […]