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RIVERA: Hoosiers' common-sense triumphs

November 17, 2012
My generation of Hoosiers has elevated expectations for government. It must be environmentally friendly, embrace technology, help our neediest, treat everyone equally, and manage finances responsibly.

RIVERA: Others should follow Hoosier leadership

October 13, 2012
When good men and women fail to lead, problems get worse. This has happened for too long, and now we need concrete proposals from our candidates for state and federal offices that address the crises that threaten our republic.

RIVERA: Critical to send Mourdock to the Senate

September 15, 2012
I find it awkwardly self-serving when a candidate for public office tells me the next election—when he or she is on the ballot—is the most important election of my lifetime. This happens at least once every election cycle.

RIVERA: On to the next huge sporting event

August 18, 2012
According to @IUBloomington, the Twitter account of my alma mater Indiana University, our alumni have won 50 gold medals throughout Olympic history.

RIVERA: How Purdue might change under Daniels

July 14, 2012
I hope and expect Daniels will find ways to cut tuition costs.

RIVERA: Vaughn is right pick to help navigate the times

May 19, 2012
He knew what worried me and he showed how my vote helped solve that problem.

RIVERA: Dreaming up charter school possibilities

April 14, 2012
Imagine high school graduates from the Eli Lilly or the Cook Pharma Charter School of Chemistry.

RIVERA: Indianapolis can become an education mecca

March 17, 2012
The critical element missing is an unparalleled market of educational opportunities. We can fix this.

RIVERA: Optimism and caution over mass transit

February 18, 2012
It concerns me that we may be building outdated technology.

RIVERA: A fiscal reality check is upon Indianapolis

January 21, 2012
Now is not the time to talk about Republicans or Democrats.

RIVERA: Martindale-Brightwood revamp can set strong example

April 9, 2011
A walk through the streets there showed a pattern of crumbling infrastructure, missing chunks of sidewalks, and boarded-up homes. When I asked a city official for the number of abandoned houses in this neighborhood, he answered, “between 300 and 450."

RIVERA: Lackluster schools rob kids of future

December 25, 2010
I applaud the signs of progress that have been reported recently, but we are a long way from success.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.