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OPINION June 25, 2016


Trump's world is dark and dangerous
In the world of Donald Trump, nobody trusts anybody who looks different, thinks differently or has a different background. In the world of Donald Trump, everyone is out to protect what is theirs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Helping beginning farmers gain access to markets
According to the most recent census of agriculture, there are six times more farmers over 65 than under 35.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Penalize firms that ship jobs overseas
I have always believed that our country works best when the middle class is strong. It's good for families, businesses and our local communities.
For decades, the strength of the middle class has been rooted in a social contract between businesses and workers - a mutual understanding that the success of one contributes to the success of the other.
Yet, in Indiana and across the country, we have seen a troubling, decades-long trend of a shrinking middle class, due in part to a decline in manufacturing.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pence can't erase decades of neglect on preschool
Make no mistake. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's letter to federal officials expressing interest in funding that would expand the state's support for preschool is good news.
It's frustrating because it's late, yes. And it's likely political with campaigning beginning in earnest.
But it's still good news because it shows a willingness to help kids.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Testing referenda
Indiana got pretty excited about the primary election last month. We played a role in the presidential sweepstakes, and the election result in November might affect our lives someday.
But in 10 school districts the election results will affect the lives of students, teachers, parents and taxpayers right away. Ten school districts voted on tax and capital projects referenda.
The state has had 138 school referenda since November 2008, and 76 have passed. That's 55 percent. November 2008 was the first election when the state required referenda to approve borrowing for big capital projects. There have been 61 capital projects referenda since then, and 49 percent have passed. We've also seen 77 tax referenda, which raise taxes and revenue for general purposes. Sixty percent of those have passed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


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