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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It concerns me that we may be building outdated technology.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. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............