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  • 10/3/2019 Dear Editor,
    For the past several months I've been in contact with Noblesville Schools administrative personnel, state senators, our local state representative's office and Noblesville school board members exploring the idea of bringing cursive back into Indiana schools.
     
  • 9/20/2019 Dear Editor,
    Did you know, your Post Office receives ZERO tax dollars?
    Fact: The United States Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
    Fact: The Post Office is established in the U.S. Constitution. The Public Postal Service is part of the fundamental infrastructure of this nation – binding it together.
  • 9/18/2019 Dear Editor,
    Currently our Second Amendment is under fire and being attacked. Our forefathers had great foresight ability with what could happen in the future after fighting off the British rule. This amendment was so important that it came in second after the First Amendment. I am so grateful for their brilliance in this conception.
    Even though it was over 200 years ago, we should protect this right. The Second Amendment is a right not a privilege. This is what makes our country great.
  • 9/6/2019 Dear Editor,
    Directly or indirectly, drug addiction affects everyone in our communities. Maybe it’s your daughter, a fellow employee, a childhood friend or that neighbor down the street. Even though societal norms tend to condemn and stigmatize people suffering from drug addiction, it’s a real problem in our own backyard that we can no longer ignore.
    With the highly potent drugs on the market today, this epidemic is even hurting our police officers.
  • 9/6/2019 Dear Editor,
    Directly or indirectly, drug addiction affects everyone in our communities. Maybe it’s your daughter, a fellow employee, a childhood friend or that neighbor down the street. Even though societal norms tend to condemn and stigmatize people suffering from drug addiction, it’s a real problem in our own backyard that we can no longer ignore.
    With the highly potent drugs on the market today, this epidemic is even hurting our police officers. Earlier this year, a Carmel police officer nearly overdosed on fentanyl after handling a white powdery substance he found while searching a man’s wallet.
  • 8/20/2019 Dear Editor,
    Members of our congregation’s leadership team just returned from the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, where they joined more than 650 leaders of orders of Catholic sisters who sent a letter to President Trump imploring him to end all divisive language. 
    Our entire Leadership Team from Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods also felt compelled to expand on this letter.
    Our congregation is a community of Catholic women religious who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.
  • 8/5/2019 Dear Editor,
    I am writing this to Congress about our ongoing fiscal crisis and requesting that you use your office and influence to enact real structural change to our Federal budget. I am expected to manage my affairs, both business and personal, in a manner which is functional and sustainable and my government should as well. I live in Noblesville, where the median household income is roughly $74,681 and the debt load is $168,958. If my neighbors and I were to budget like the Federal government, that debt load would be a staggering $424,522. I have to point out that the debt number I am using as the average, and includes debt free households as well as borrowers and is likely much higher in reality. Imagine two teachers starting their first jobs in Noblesville with over $400,000 in debt. 
  • 7/31/2019 Dear Editor,
    It’s back to school again and in July! What happened to summer vacation for students who need the time for summer jobs, visiting relatives, experiencing summer vacations with their families and just having time for themselves?
    The balanced school calendar which is also “year around school” affects all of us, whether we have children in school or not, and three examples are the moved up dates for county fairs, the Indiana State Fair timing and the closing of public pools long before the summer heat is gone.
    Added to this scenario are the free handouts of new school supplies every year to students. My questions are:,Are the students being taught to reuse their school supplies from the year before? Do the parents pass down outgrown supplies to younger siblings such as backpacks?
    The bottom line is, why must the students be receiving free new supplies every year? I welcome an honest answer.
    Mari Briggs
    Sheridan
  • 7/18/2019 Dear Editor,
    U.S. Places First Men on the MOON. Those of us old enough to remember this probably also remember exactly where we were as we watched history unfold on television.
    I was fortunate in that I had a fairly different perspective. While in the Army, I served as Exec. Officer for US Army Cape Kennedy Outport (USACKO) from June, 1968 to March, 1969. We ran the military (Cape Kennedy) side of Port Canaveral. From our vantage point of loading or off-loading ships, we were “up close and personal” with many rocket and missile launchings - including the Apollo series. Apollo was a granddaddy of all rockets. When it ignited, we were close enough that the pulsations would literally make our ribs vibrate in the same rhythm (as the pulsations) and our hearts would beat wildly. It was like a drug made from noise and concussion.
  • 5/8/2019 Dear Editor,
    As a former US Marine Veteran and FBI Special Agent for 28 years and Father of 4 children, all Purdue Graduates, I have witnessed great sacrifice and dedication by Federal Employee.
    Federal employees serve and protect us every day at every level across the country and in our community. At no time was this more evident than during the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year. 
    From ensuring safe air travel to regulating new medicines to maintaining a safe food supply to processing Social Security checks, civil servants are everywhere, yet invisibly so. And, contrary to popular belief, 85 percent of the federal workforce is located outside of Washington, DC. 
    When natural disasters strike, they provide relief and help us rebuild. When mass shootings take place, they enter harm's way and care for the wounded. And, when once-eradicated viruses reappear, they investigate public health crises. Whether they are in the public eye or active behind the scenes, civil servants take pride in working for something bigger than themselves. 
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