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  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday
    11/29/2019 We love shopping in Downtown Noblesville, where storefronts are decorated in different themes and different colors for the holidays.
    And while today is Black Friday, I usually defer my Friday shopping until Small Business Saturday in downtown Noblesville.
    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, founded in 2010 by American Express to promote small businesses.
    In Noblesville, Mayor John Ditslear has previously proclaimed the day to “support local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.”
    And according to American Express, for every $1 spent in a small business 67 cents of that goes back into the local community. 
    I like to support our downtown shops and encourage the community to do the same.
  • Deputy Mayor looks back on time in office
    10/31/2019 It has been my privilege to serve the Noblesville community during Mayor John Ditslear’s final term in office. Six months ago, I announced to friends and co-workers that I planned to step down from my appointed position. Now, as we prepare for a new mayor to take office in January, I’d like to share some thoughts on some key successes our city has accomplished during these past four years. 
    Professionally, I’m looking forward to moving on to a new challenge, where I can apply my public affairs and communications background to build communities in new and exciting ways. Personally, I will miss having a direct role in the completion of many Noblesville NOW initiatives that have only begun or are still in the planning stages. 
    Rather than slow down during his final term, Mayor Ditslear and team have made great progress and blazed trails (literally) on dozens of high priority initiatives since 2016. Below is a handful of initiatives I have had the honor of working on as well as others our city employees have achieved through their hard work, dedication and professionalism:
  • 10/30/2019 It has been my privilege to serve the Noblesville community during Mayor John Ditslear’s final term in office. Six months ago, I announced to friends and co-workers that I planned to step down from my appointed position. Now, as we prepare for a new mayor to take office in January, I’d like to share some thoughts on some key successes our city has accomplished during these past four years. 
  • 10/29/2019 As someone who experienced firsthand the many negative aspects of fully socialized health care while growing up in the former Soviet Union – including how those aspects contributed to the death of my father at the age of 41 – I am deeply concerned that so many aspects of health care in our country are now socialized as well. Therefore, I took a deeper dive into this issue when I became a legislator.
    When I talk about the aspects, I mean consumer aspects I experienced such as:
    · being uninsured as a small business owner;
    · having corporate insurance and working crazy hours with little kids;
    · paying for “COBRA”;
    · purchasing high deductible insurance through the individual marketplace before “Obamacare”;
    · being forced into “Obamacare”; and
    · paying penalties for not having “Obamacare” due to its cost.
  • 10/22/2019 With the school year in full swing, Hoosiers are encouraged to remain vigilant to ensure safe schools as the nation recognizes America’s Safe Schools Week, Oct. 21-27.
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also proclaimed this as Safe Schools Week in Indiana, in alignment with the national designation. Safe Schools Week is a National School Safety Center initiative to motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, as well as teachers, parents and students, to continue focusing on school safety measures while providing a safe learning environment.
    “It is the responsibility of all citizens to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure fair and effective discipline, promote good citizenship and generally make schools safe and secure,” Holcomb indicated in the proclamation.
  • 10/5/2019 Merriam-Webster: Aberrant (n) 1: a group, individual, or structure that is not normal or typical: an aberrant group, individual, or structure; 2: a person whose behavior departs substantially from the standard. Synonyms: (Adjective) aberrated, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, especial, exceeding, exceptional, extraordinaire, extraordinary, freak, odd, peculiar ....
    On July 27, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made his infamous "Russia, if you're listening . . ." appeal for dirt on Hillary Clinton. It commenced a two-year jigsaw puzzle type investigation that became President Trump's nightmare.
    It all seemed to end last July 24, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress that he could not indict Trump for obstruction of justice because of a Department of Justice rule that a sitting president can't be charged. Mueller distinctly said, “The President was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.”
    July 25 should have been a new day, a new era for President Trump, the proverbial sigh of relief. The House could impeach, but there was no way the 55-seat Senate Republican majority would convict.
  • 9/27/2019 When you think of drug addiction, what immediately comes to mind? Do you conjure up images of a homeless person curled up in the dirty corner of a vacant house with a heroin needle stuck in his arm? How about a meth-head selling her body to get money for the next fix?
  • 9/17/2019 Local students are encouraged to apply for the Indiana House Republicans Internship Program. Internships are valuable experiences for college students and recent graduates that could jumpstart their careers by giving them a competitive edge in the job market.
    As an employer, I value job candidates who can use the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them to a professional work environment. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, nearly two-thirds of students who had paid internships received a job offer this year.
  • 8/31/2019 Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering voters freebies galore as the 2020 Presidential Election gets under way. They’re promising free child care, Medicare for All and no-cost college educations. Do they think the electorate is made up of free-loaders who are ready and willing to trade their votes for all manner of giveaways?
    One candidate threw his hat into the ring along with a truly cockamamie proposal that takes the cake. Granted, Andrew Yang is among the least known candidates, but when he announced that he was a candidate for the Democratic party’s nomination he did so with great fanfare and a proposal that he is unabashedly willing to pay cash for votes. 
    In Yang’s own words: “As president, my first priority will be to implement the Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income (UBI) for every American adult over the age of 18: $1,000 a month, no strings attached, paid for by a new tax on the companies benefiting most from automation.” Check out his Web site. 
  • What’s limit on income at retirement?
    8/31/2019 Ask Rusty – Paying Income Taxes on Social Security Benefits

    Dear Rusty: I understand that after I reach full retirement age, I no longer have a limit on how much I earn. I retired one year early (65), and am now 76, but I am still being taxed on a portion of my SS benefits. I am not working and making extra money. However, my wife is still working, and I get two small annuities per month. But when I file income tax I am told we made enough for me to be taxed on a portion of my Social Security benefit. I even checked to see if filing married but separate returns would help and it was not as good as joint returns. So maybe you can explain this to me. Signed: Taxpaying Senior

    Dear Taxpaying Senior: I’m afraid you’re speaking of two different things. You are correct that once you reach your full retirement age there is no longer a limit on how much you can earn from working before your monthly Social Security benefit is reduced. But that is something totally different from paying income tax on your Social Security benefits. 
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