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  • Buick, Chevrolet introduce bigger little crossovers
    6/12/2019 Crossover segments are being sliced and diced into ever smaller pieces, leaving opportunities for additional sizes and price points. General Motors saw opportunities between the sub-compact Buick Encore/Chevy Trax and the merely compact Buick Envision/Chevy Equinox. Look forward to these bigger little crossovers. 
    2020 Buick Encore GX
    “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVS,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC.
  • 2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport is so extra
    5/29/2019 When my five-year-old daughter gets especially sassy and demanding of life’s luxuries, my husband and I tell her she’s “so extra”! It’s both a compliment and a nod to her attitudinal ridiculousness. Cadillac is showing similar behavior with the XT4, a compact crossover that’s taking the brand into a broader array of vehicles. From grille to fins, it’s very clearly the Cadillac of sassy little crossovers.
    Stylists had to adapt Cadillac’s traditional design cues to an urban-friendly crossover more likely to attract Millennials than their parents – all without offending their empty nester parents. Our Sport model leads with a black mesh grille, LED headlamps, and 20” alloy wheels. Cadillac has historically been known for sharp creases that finish with at least hints of fins. I could do without the cutesy horizontal elements being added to headlamps and taillights, but the power dome hood and vertical lighting connect the XT4 to all generations. 
    My favorite part of the XT4 is probably the interior with layered stitched materials on the dash and real carbon fiber trim on the dash and doors. Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a thick heated steering wheel add comfort. Automatic climate control, Bose audio, dual-pane sunroof, and front seat massagers go several better. Connect devices effortlessly with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G Wi-Fi. Cadillac finessed its infotainment system with a combination of touchscreen and console-mounted joywheel.
  • Guest Column - A Word to the Voters of Noblesville
    5/6/2019 Having spent nearly 20 years in public service, as Mayor of Noblesville for eight years and three terms on the Common Council, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  In September 2018, I walked away from my post as a Common Council at Large elected position with no official communication to the citizens of Noblesville or explanation for my actions.  Now, it gives me no pleasure to speak.  I have always put the citizens first and have always represented them aggressively and sincerely.  The practice of including the citizens, in the discussion concerning the issues that affect them, has become lost in the fog of self service.  My observation then and now is the current seated council holds little regard for the citizen’s opinions or the community in which they serve.  It was the lack of open process that gave me the courage to say enough is enough.
  • 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.
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