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  • 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.
  • 12/28/2018 Hamilton County and the cities within it, are named time and time again ‘Best Place to Live’ and ‘Safest City.’ If there were a title for ‘Most Giving’ or ‘Helping People in Need,’ I believe we should strive to snag those titles also. My point is: we are blessed and lucky to have so many people that dedicate their lives to helping those with serious need in Hamilton County. 
    If you’re stumped by how to get started, find your passion, and what really touches you at a meaningful level. There is likely a group (non-profit, etc) that can help match your gifts with those in need. A great example, for me, is The Good Samaritan Network (GSN), run by Nancy Chance, and an large network of tireless volunteers.
  • 12/8/2018 Dear Editor,
    As Christmas approaches, this time of year should be a lot more than twinkling lights, mistletoe and presents wrapped up in pretty bows. This time of year causes some of us to sit back and reflect upon what is really important in this life. Everyone has a different opinion about what the most important thing in life is. For myself and many caregivers, it is time, and the gift of time with those we love.
    My husband and I were married on March 9th of this year, shortly after we learned that he had a benign brain tumor. On March 12th the doctor’s removed most of the tumor but found that it was indeed malignant. Our lives and the lives of those close to us changed immediately. My husband and I began concentrating not only on what we could do to extend the quantity of his life but the quality of his life was of up most importance.
  • Letter to the Editor - Arrowoods Love Noblesville
    12/7/2018 Dear Editor,
    Been working with Joe Arrowood for quite a few years now, and cannot think of a more dedicated individual to Noblesville than Joe. The Santa Sleigh (pictured), which is displayed next to Santa’s House, is put up each year by Joe and his elf helpers on the court house square. That includes his wife, Jo Ellen. It’s put up for the season and all the local kids. They put up, take down, store, and repair the sleigh display every year.
    This is a family that loves our city, and gives a lot of hours every year to the city’s events. I have worked with Joe many years in the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs. I can’t think of anyone more dedicated to a city, and kids causes than Joe and Jo Ellen Arrowood. Merry Christmas and Thanks to a loving family!
    -Jake Doll, Noblesville
  • 11/30/2018 Dear Editor,
    I’m a resident of Noblesville and I’m feeling so proud of our community tonight. We just returned from the Colts versus Dolphins Game, with a Colts victory! Also tonight, our Noblesville West Middle School West Side Sound performed the National Anthem to kick off the game. As a parent of one of the performers, I couldn’t help but feel many emotions but I couldn’t wait to hear from my daughter about her feelings of the experience.  
    “The Colts Staff were very welcoming, encouraging and fed us lunch,” she said. My daughter continued to say, “singing our country’s National Anthem in front of thousands of people, was such an honor and something I’ll never forget. We represented our show choir, school and community. Ella Whistler also performed with the Colts Cheerleaders, which was so great to see her doing so well and having fun!”
  • 11/9/2018 The tragedy in Rochester is unimaginable – three siblings dead and another seriously injured.  These aren’t the only victims – their families, the bus driver and student witnesses, their schoolmates and teachers.  The ripple effects touch everyone.  
    While all fingers point to the truck’s driver, a major culprit goes unrecognized – Indiana’s morning darkness.  Sunrise on Oct. 30 was 8:15.  The children were struck at 7:15.  If Indiana was in its correct Central Time Zone it would have been light outside and the children would have been visible. 
    The solar divide between the Eastern and Central time zones runs 25 miles east of Columbus, Ohio.  In mid-1960’s Indiana’s time zone was re-designated from Central to Eastern but it was the adoption of Eastern Daylight Time in 2006 that caused the major shift in our sunlight schedule forcing children all over Indiana to travel to school in the dark. Students have been robbed, injured and killed by vehicles, and raped in morning darkness.
  • 11/5/2018 Dear Editor,
    With November 6th just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to say why I’m voting in support of Miller Yes.  
    Our Noblesville students/children deserve the brightest and most creative professionals our educational institutions have to offer. With neighboring districts in Hamilton County paying teachers $5,000-$15,000 more per year, I’m not surprised to see a teacher shortage in the past two years in our district.
    Our teachers work tirelessly each day; concerned with appropriate grade curriculum, teaching lessons, making sure students aren’t falling behind in their coursework, classmate/friend disputes, etc.
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