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Controlling your own data destiny

Every year, the amount of consumer data available to companies climbs exponentially. By the year 2020, 1.7 megabytes of data will be created every second for every person on the planet. Currently, however, only 0.5% of this data is being analyzed in any meaningful way. This makes the seemingly endless news reports of data breaches […]

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In the words of Fred Rogers, won’t you be my neighbor?

You cannot watch the local news in central Indiana and not see a story about crime in Indianapolis. This is a municipal election year and we are sure to hear more about crime. In November, we will vote for mayors and for councils in Indianapolis and in excluded cities of Lawrence, Beech Grove and Southport. […]

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Let’s help foster families with adoption subsidies

It was 1971 when James and Katherine decided to increase the size of their small, middle-class family. James and Katherine had tried for a decade to have children on their own but with no success. In 1968, they brought home their first child, a boy via adoption, and now they were looking to add a […]

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The rights and the responsibilities of citizenship

The summer months bring the holidays we celebrate related to the privilege of living in a country where our citizenship is the foundation of our society. Citizenship can exist only in a democratic society. The uniqueness of a democratic society is that political strength is available to all who choose to participate in it. This […]

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Engage with candidates to have your message heard

We’re approaching the part of election season when we should all become comfortable asking our incumbents seeking re-election, “What have you done for me and my community lately?” And with asking new candidates, “What do you plan to do that improves upon what is being done for me and my community?” Municipal election years should […]

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Thanks to a lawmaker who truly understood the role

Recent news that Rep. Susan Brooks will conclude her service in the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of her fourth term has generated an incredible amount of buzz in Indiana political circles. One simple reason is that, because it’s the middle of summer in an off-cycle year with no statewide or federal elections, […]

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Candidates should focus on quality of higher education

Nearly all the 2020 presidential candidates have tackled the cost of attending college, with some proposing the elimination of tuition and all fees at public universities. What has been missing from candidate proposals is how we support innovation and boost quality in higher education. I recently returned from my undergraduate college reunion with a new perspective. […]

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Let’s create a lunar economy in Indiana

There’s no question that Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon 50 years ago was a giant leap for mankind. But many scientists and entrepreneurs will tell you many more steps are needed to take full advantage of this achievement. As museums, libraries and Armstrong’s own Purdue University mark the momentous anniversary next month of the Apollo […]

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Editorial cartoonists are important but disappearing

In 1978, Harold Trulock, the late editor of The Muncie Evening Press, told me, “You’re good, kid, but we can’t afford to pay a guy to draw cartoons.” His words were prophetic in more ways than he knew. Even large newspapers have counted the cost of a cartoonist and decided they can’t afford it. This […]

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View from other side of Legislature is not impressive

Having spent 24 years in the state Senate and more than six years as a layperson working on state commissions, I am now looking through the other side of the lens. What I see is far different from what I experienced the previous 24 years. For example, unlike legislators, those serving on commissions must take […]

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