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  • 3/13/2019 Dear Editor,
    This letter is primarily addressed to non-Christians, who may read the ‘Joy in the Journey’ column each week and get the impression that all Christians agree with and believe what they read there.
    There are many of us who believe that God's plan for man, is far superior to what man thinks is the right way to live. He knew that a man's attributes and a woman's attributes, combined in marriage, create the perfect foundation for a home and family.  
    We believe God's Word is His owner's manual for the human race. He shows us the right way to live and warns us of the dangers of the wrong ways.
  • 3/8/2019 Dear Editor,
    The City of Noblesville is such a wonderfully diverse community with a rich history and progressive outlook for the future. As we move forward into 2020 and beyond, our elected city leaders need to be people who can see beyond the black and white of every issue and give more consideration to the more cloudy or gray areas.
    As a Republican candidate seeking election to the Noblesville Common Council At-Large Seat, I want to be the voice of reason on this 9-person legislative board. The City Council decides which laws or ordinances to govern our city by and how to spend local taxpayer dollars. Voting in the May 7 Hamilton County Primary Election will determine who leads our great city into the next decade.
  • 3/8/2019 Dear Editor,
    Last year Senator Ruckelshaus and Senator Greg Taylor were discussing support for a “Hate Crimes” bill. This year the bill has been heard in committee hearings and was set to go until an amendment was added deleting the “List” to a “bias” crime bill. I support the latter. In making a list of groups of people to protect from discrimination most likely someone will be left out unless you add subtitles under the race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender identity and the LGBT. Did I get the list correct? Did I include everyone? See how difficult this is? There should be one or two words in the bill to be a “catch all” for all Hoosiers.
  • 3/6/2019 Dear Editor,
    On March 4, the European Union voted to abolish the twice-yearly clock change – i.e. no more daylight saving time. Similar discussions are occurring in Utah, Michigan, Florida, New England, etc. - but not in Indiana where, once again, our leaders have disallowed the discussion of our time zone situation. They simply ignored SB 542 until the time for talk ran out.
  • 3/6/2019 Dear Editor,
    I’m a senior, age 71. I probably won’t be around when the worst effects of climate change take effect but my children and especially my three grandchildren will be. However, climate change is happening here and now—and for them, I’m terrified.
  • 2/23/2019 To Whom It May Concern:
    The Noblesville Diversity Coalition appreciates the Senate Public Policy Committee’s strong bipartisan support for bias crime legislation. They approved Senate Bill 12 by a vote of 9-1 after NDC joined Central Indiana’s business, community and faith leaders to testify on the need for stricter sentencing of convicted offenders who target victims based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.
    Unfortunately, the full Senate then amended SB 12 and removed law enforcement training and the list of immutable characteristics that is critical to protecting ALL Hoosiers.
    NDC was disappointed to see Noblesville’s representative, Senator Victoria Spartz, voted in favor of the amendment stripping the bill of the very language that made it clear, inclusive and effective.
  • 2/1/2019 Dear Editor,
    In light of Commissioner Steve Dillinger’s challenge during the State of the County address to avoid negative campaigning, I am sharing my commitment to run a positive and transparent campaign as well as a transparent and positive administration if elected. I believe that Noblesville can be a model for a new way of campaigning and governing, one that listens to and actively seeks engagement from its citizens. During my twelve years of service on the Noblesville School Board, it was a hallmark of our work that we sought to connect with our community in a variety of ways—electronic newsletters, social media, public forums, coffee conversations—to ensure that our community understood what we were proposing and had input on the decisions that were made.
  • 2/1/2019 Dear Editor,
    One measure of a healthy economy is unemployment figures. The lower the number, the better the health of a community, state or nation. That’s why we celebrate when a company announces a major expansion, and when a company decides to move jobs to Indiana.
    The thing is, getting jobs to Indiana is only a part of the challenge. We also need to get people to the jobs. If we can’t do that, we’ll lose jobs. Employers will bypass us for other markets.
    That’s why we need to strengthen our public transportation system.
  • 1/11/2019 Dear Editor,
    I have read with interest the letters recently published regarding the use of tax abatements to encourage economic development. As Councilmen O’Connor and Peterson elaborated, new or expanding businesses may ultimately increase the tax base and those business owners have developed an expectation of support for their projects. There are certainly circumstances when the use of tax abatements or tax increment financing (TIF) are appropriate. The question that must be decided by an administration and/or a city council considering the request for such support is what are the benefits to the city in increased jobs, increased tax base, or in addressing a need identified before the request was made.
  • 1/3/2019 Editor:
    I’m spending a lot of time at City Council meetings these days trying to understand the reasons behind their decisions. A couple of weeks ago, just before Christmas, the council made three decisions on an issue that continues to confound me. Why do we repeatedly give tax breaks to area businesses when they decide to move, build or expand here? This letter is about tax abatements and I know tax policy can make peoples’ eyes glaze over but stick with me because I think this issue hits all of us in the pocketbook.
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