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home : opinion page October 19, 2017

The Second Amendment
I believe the second amendment needs to be evaluated not replaced. At the time the second amendment was authored our country was 90 percent wilderness, the most sophisticated weapon was a single shot muzzleloader. This was a smooth-barreled weapon, no rifling, that you could not hit anything with at a distance of 20 yards. We also thought the British might return.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
On Noblesville City Budget
I guess as a voter and taxpayer I should not be surprised by this proposed fairy tale called a 2018 budget as was introduced recently on 1st reading to the city council.

Am I the only concerned taxpayer who has many questions regarding the "Shell" game being offered as a budget for Noblesville in 2018? The discussion in the October 13th Reporter presented by the hired Controller Spalding / city employee and mayor designate was not acceptable.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Listen to farmers, not oil industry lobbyists
This paper recently published a letter from oil lobbyist Maureen Ferguson attacking Indiana farmers and ethanol producers. I'm a farmer, and I want you to know the oil lobby is flawed in its arguments.

Her claims that corn used for ethanol increases the cost of food has been proven false. Food is cheaper.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
RFS has failed
The goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are well-meaning, and so are the farmers involved in producing corn-based ethanol.

But the damage caused by unsustainable ethanol mandates is so significant and widespread that environmental groups, restaurant and grocer associations, automobile manufacturers, and producers of poultry, pork and beef are just a few of the groups that have joined the oil and natural gas industry in speaking out.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
On cyber bullying and censorship
People identify themselves with circles of connections. Are you a cat person or a dog person? Are you an IU fan or a Purdue fan? Save the Train or Pull the Rails and Build the Trails?

The latter circles are the ones I want to focus on for today. Time has a funny way of changing things. Paint fades. Sidewalks wear down. Technology changes. Hairlines recede and skin wrinkles. Roads get wider and traffic gets heavier. Attitudes and perspectives change.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Governor address healthcare
Fellow Hoosiers,

As I've traveled across Indiana these past weeks, many of you have asked me about the federal health care debate. You want to know how legislation may affect us, especially those who rely on Medicaid, our HIP 2.0 program or the federal insurance exchange. You've asked about the potential gaps that could be created by reduced federal funding.

Monday, July 24, 2017

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