Feeling left out of the process?

January 4, 2008
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The Iowa caucuses are over and the New Hampshire primary isnâ??t far away. Indianaâ??s primary arrives May 6, long after a string of states could easily make ours all but irrelevant.

How do you feel about having little, if any voice in picking presidential candidates?

And, would you have picked Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee like the Iowans did?
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  • If all primaries were held on the same date, we would not have to be so inundated by the drive-by media's political rantings. Barack is a very charismatic person, but he doesn't have the experience to be president. Huckaby: His positions are the same as John Edwards, he's just not so arrogant as Edwards, but do we really want another president from Hope, Arkansas? None of the above for me. Bring on Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson.
  • The Indiana primary is irrelevant. Ours should be part of Super Tuesday, Feb 5. We've already lost some candidates.
  • What really bothers me is the whole lot of nothing that was said by the Dems or the GOP when it came to choosing a date in light of the Primary Shuffle that we saw several weeks ago. Two states, Michigan and Florida, thought it was important enough to shift their election that they risked having their delegates stripped. In fact, there are only 5 or 6 states that will be having their primaries AFTER Indiana (oh, yeah, and Guam!). Five or six!

    Our votes will count for nothing and Indiana's at the bottom of yet another list.

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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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