ARTICLES

ODLE: Money, people better directed at preventing crime

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.
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ODLE: Liberty, freedom should be legislative priorities

It’s hard to ignore the amount of energy we have put on a constitutional amendment to define marriage.
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ODLE: State needs bold, imaginative leadership

I don’t think anyone can disagree we need a strategy for making the slogan “Indiana Works” a reality.
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ODLE: Indiana needs a new immigration burst

Indiana and Indianapolis have much to be proud of. The state is in a relatively good financial position, to the point of rebated taxes.
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ODLE: Pull a chair up to the Big Table, leaders

I generally stay away from education issues in my column, but recent thoughts compel me to divert from that practice.
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ODLE: Many ways to weed gardens of despair

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.
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ODLE: Regulate bullets the way we do drugs

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.
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ODLE: Gov. Pence, please keep my money

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?
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ODLE: Stop letting our young athletes die

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.
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ODLE: The fight to get out the vote is ongoing

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.
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