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  1. HoosierLib, I couldn't have said it better myself! I especially like this quote from the article, “I’d measure everything and try to be league-leading on every single metric.” Too bad Indiana is at the bottom of every educational/income/health/environmental/quality of life metric. It would be nice if our leaders would care about these metrics every now and then instead of how much money they can make their corporate friends.

  2. American Dirt, its hard to be optimistic when our city never builds anything architecturally world-class. Since there has been such a dearth of great architecture built in Indianapolis in the last 50 years, when Cummins mentioned who they were looking at to build their Indy HQ, everyone, probably unfairly, got their hopes up too high.

  3. First the GOP redirects my tax money to lesser performing charter schools (outside my district), rather than my better performing public school. Then they withhold money from my local school district to support vouchers for religious schools. now the GOP wants to take away my Homestead credit to support Pre-K that, AGAIN, will not go toward the kids of community I live in. NO MORE.

  4. DRT - I think HoosierLib has it right. Capitalism operates within the framework of a democracy. In this country, we do not a have a free market and never will; we need some governance over market forces including setting rules for fairness, safety, and a level playing field. We actually have a social republic in this country but the purests aren't likely to agree to that. Moreover, the country was founded on democratic principles not free market principles. I dare say that you have been watching too much Fox news when you should have been reading some history and economic books. Now, back to the story, we need to face up to the fact that many inmates need mental health care, which they will not likely get in jails. Jails are not equipped to provide that kind of care. Indiana legislators have to quit cutting taxes and start providing funds to address important social issues.

  5. Preschool is not going to solve the problem. All free preschool with be is just flat-out child care. Unless you change the mindset of the adults, any benefits from preschool will be negated by influences of the home environment. Year after year I see parents use school as childcare while they work and not consider it an environment for education. They do nothing to support the school or their child. No amount of early childhood education is going to make up for the lack of parental support at home.