Samuel L.Odle / Special to IBJ

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ODLE: Money, people better directed at preventing crime

May 17, 2014
Donald Sterling has caught the attention of America and reminds that the struggle to combat inequality and discrimination is ongoing and that the idea that we are living in a post-racial America is truly inaccurate. Every now and then, the negative perceptions we harbor about those different from us become public and we declare how unacceptable it is in our modern society.

ODLE: Liberty, freedom should be legislative priorities

March 15, 2014
It’s hard to ignore the amount of energy we have put on a constitutional amendment to define marriage.

ODLE: State needs bold, imaginative leadership

January 18, 2014
I don’t think anyone can disagree we need a strategy for making the slogan “Indiana Works” a reality.

ODLE: Indiana needs a new immigration burst

October 5, 2013
Indiana and Indianapolis have much to be proud of. The state is in a relatively good financial position, to the point of rebated taxes.

ODLE: Pull a chair up to the Big Table, leaders

August 31, 2013
I generally stay away from education issues in my column, but recent thoughts compel me to divert from that practice.

ODLE: Many ways to weed gardens of despair

June 29, 2013
There has been much discussion recently about the need to “beef up” Marion County law enforcement to reduce crime. I agree. The Indianapolis public safety director recently reported that only about half of the sworn officers are on the street.

ODLE: Regulate bullets the way we do drugs

May 4, 2013
A study by the Violence Policy Center reveals shocking statistics about Indiana. More Hoosiers were killed by gun violence than traffic accidents in 2009—735 gun deaths versus 715 traffic deaths, according to the Washington, D.C.-based center.

ODLE: Gov. Pence, please keep my money

March 2, 2013
Most days I wish the government would take less of my money and let me use it to save, invest, donate or just spend frivolously. I figure I earned this money, it’s mine and I deserve to keep it, right?

ODLE: Stop letting our young athletes die

December 1, 2012
A number of high-profile deaths over the past 15 years have increased awareness of sudden cardiac death in the national sports community and public at large, but also here on home turf.

ODLE: The fight to get out the vote is ongoing

November 3, 2012
Americans seem to be full of contradictions. Perhaps that is why we are so admired, and yet so hated, by the rest of the world.

ODLE: The changing face of homelessness

September 29, 2012
Most would probably agree that a stereotypical picture of homelessness exists. Many think of people dealing with alcohol or drug-dependency issues, dangerous deadbeats and the mentally ill. These stereotypes lead to misconceptions, whereby people don’t feel responsibility toward helping address and end this sad and unnecessary issue.

ODLE: Attack the scourge of abandoned houses

September 1, 2012
The announcement of a potential Super Bowl bid for 2018 is creating a buzz, reminding us that Indianapolis and central Indiana are now on the national, even international, stage in many ways.

ODLE: Black males see American Dream fade

August 4, 2012
The political season is nearing full swing and inevitably taxes will take center stage.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.