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  • 4/19/2019 I recently attended the Noblesville Mayoral Candidate debate at Noblesville High School and one of the questions asked was how to best develop the former Firestone plant, an abandoned 70-acre site along Division Street, between 15th and 18th streets.
    Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the answers given by the four candidates currently running for Noblesville mayor. It seemed as if they had not studied all of the options. Most piggy-backed on plans to build a new police headquarters on the still-contaminated site — plans the city administration has been publicly pursuing for nearly two years.
  • 4/12/2019 It’s a fact: our country’s economy is booming and President Trump’s pro-growth policies are spurring American small business expansion and incredible job creation. This was illustrated by the latest job report in March, which was the 102nd consecutive month of positive jobs growth, marking the longest streak on record.
    Because of the tax cuts, overall business investment is on the rise, with capital expenditures up $300 billion from 2017, and business sector productivity has grown at an annual rate of 1.9%, nearly twice the rate prior to the cuts. And, while the tax law has many benefits for small businesses, its 20% pass-through deduction is making a positive impact right now in tax season. It is allowing small business owners to invest in their companies and their employees by providing higher wages and bonuses, increased benefits and more jobs.
  • 4/11/2019 It’s a fact: our country’s economy is booming and President Trump’s pro-growth policies are spurring American small business expansion and incredible job creation. This was illustrated by the latest job report in March, which was the 102nd consecutive month of positive jobs growth, marking the longest streak on record.
    Because of the tax cuts, overall business investment is on the rise, with capital expenditures up $300 billion from 2017, and business sector productivity has grown at an annual rate of 1.9%, nearly twice the rate prior to the cuts. And, while the tax law has many benefits for small businesses, its 20% pass-through deduction is making a positive impact right now in tax season. It is allowing small business owners to invest in their companies and their employees by providing higher wages and bonuses, increased benefits and more jobs.
  • 4/10/2019 She had sat at the table for hours, pen in hand but so paralyzed with grief she could not write. Finally, Nancy Mills expressed her feelings to her son-in-law upon the deaths of his wife — her daughter Nancy — and their little girl Caroline.
    “Dear Son, Nancy is in my mind as though I could see her. I have sat at this table long enough to have wrote the whole sheet. I write a few words and then stop to give way to my feelings.”
    Nancy Mills also had feelings of guilt for living too far away to have helped care for her daughter and young Caroline when they died just a few weeks apart. Nancy’s husband, Cyrus Mills, wrote a separate letter of condolences to their son-in-law, also mentioning the difficulty of getting closure over the loss of his daughter and granddaughter.
  • 4/4/2019 In the current College Admission Scandal some Hollywood actors have paid bribe money to get their children admitted into some prestigious institutions for which they are not qualified to attend. But colleges have been on the defensive for some time for reducing campus free speech, at least for conservatives and constitutionalists, giving predominantly one side of issues, and becoming bastions of progressive — even socialist — politics. Now they are accused of racketeering their students with devastating student loan debt.
    The most recent accusation was made by Tucker Carlson March 18, 2019. Most of what he shared I witnessed as a full time faculty member for forty years. In remarks entitled “Fixing America’s $1.5T Student Loan Mess” he noted that student loan debt is now larger than “the entire GPA of Spain, of Sweden or any of the 54 countries in Africa. Apart from mortgages student loans are the biggest source of personal debt in this country, more than car loans and credit card bills.” It is enough debt, he says, “to stunt the entire generation of young people.”
  • 4/3/2019 The American Soybean Association (ASA) is not pleased with recent comments from President Trump that he could leave tariffs in place under an agreement with China. ASA has always considered the lifting of the Section 301 tariffs by the U.S. in exchange for China removing its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybean imports as essential to any initial agreement between the two countries.
    Davie Stephens, president of ASA and a soybean grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said, “The President’s statement that the tariffs should remain in place to ensure China’s compliance with the terms of a deal, rather than being rescinded as a part of that deal, is confounding. If reciprocal tariffs have generated current pressure to reach an agreement, why wouldn’t removing the tariffs and relieving that pressure be a necessary part of any initial deal? How can the U.S. and China reach any deal without doing so?”
  • 4/1/2019 For some time we have been reporting the influence of the moneyed elite, notably George Soros and Tom Steyers, in choosing our elected officers from the White House, with the “billionaire club,”down to local races. This happens when money flows in from outside where the candidate will serve allowing those of wealth, to replace constituent influence thus effectively purchasing the representatives from outside the districts. If constituents have lost their power to decide their leaders, how can we pretend any longer that we have a democratic republic?
    On the congressional level, those holding “safe seats,” as for example Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Republican Kevin McCarthy, can either buildup gigantic arsenals to “nuke” a threatening contender, or worse, handoff their unneeded donations to a like-minded candidate in another state to favorably impact elections often adverse to the will of its citizens. These outside influences have to stop.
  • 3/30/2019 Almost any newspaper, television station and social media venue will sell advertising - to anybody. How many media outlets in this nation have the resources to investigate every or any would be advertising purchaser? What if the advertiser wants to spend one million dollars through your local television station? What if they want to spend it through a global media outlet like Facebook or Twitter? This is precisely what happened during the past Presidential election.  People connected to Russia bought advertising to the tune of 1.2 million dollars per month on social media sites. 
    We've read and heard that fake advertising agencies conspired to buy the advertising and were even promised 15 percent of Twitter's total available ads at one point. Another story cited that 350 different ads were purchased by "people" connected to Russia. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the details early last year of an alleged widespread and coordinated campaign by Russians to influence the U.S. Presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. We also learned last year that ads were purchased against Hillary Clinton and also in favor of Bernie Sanders.
  • 3/27/2019 Is it possible to have a "new" news story?  We now have a college admission's scandal.  Breaking stories of wealth and influence traded for admission to some of the nation's most prestigious colleges are just now unfolding.  Allegedly Hollywood stars to corporate CEOs are being named for spending hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to obtain a son's or daughter's admission to some of America's most prestigious universities. Some students have reportedly received athletic team and even academic recognition based on financial influence. There will be more to come from this story. 
    "Whatever it takes to get ahead," is the philosophy of a segment of our culture. Sometimes this is seen on the Interstate when one motorist endangers hundreds of other drivers by driving a hundred miles per her while weaving in and out of traffic. Where does this put him and all the interstate drivers? In a very dangerous setting. The reckless driver takes on the attitude, "To heck with the world. The interstate is all about me." Too often this selfish attitude maims and kills others. 
  • 3/25/2019 Vice President Mike Pence says the left uses euphemisms and catchphrases to describe their progressive agendas. Pence told the recent CPAC gathering in the nation’s capital: "Bernie [Sanders] has been joined by a chorus of candidates and newly elected officials who have papered over the failed policies of socialism with bumper-sticker slogans and slick social-media campaigns."
    The reason they use shorthand to describe socialism is that it would scare the pants off of those millennial Democrats and even some seasoned party apparatchiks if the truth be told. And, the truth is historic fact: socialism is the gateway drug that’ll hook you on the stronger stuff, namely Communism, if you let it.
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