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From the debate over education reform to the future of Middle Indiana’s quality of life, sometimes we break from the norm and sit down with people rolling up their sleeves and slugging it out in political and ideological boxing rings.

How the Ed-Reformers Blew It: Four Massive Screw-Ups

After arguing for decades that “schools should be run like businesses” Indiana’s education reformers simply swapped out one bureaucracy for a vastly more complex substitute.  They failed.  They blew it. Now, they’re getting you mad at me, so that you won’t turn your pitchforks on them. It was the grand …

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I Am Lordstown

By betraying the loyalty of the workers in Lordstown, GM has betrayed my loyalty to them as a customer.  After three consecutive Cruzes in my garage, now I have to find a new car… and a new brand. I have never been to Lordstown, Ohio, but Lordstown, Ohio has been …

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The Specific Problem with Standardized Tests

Grading a school or a teacher based on a “blind test” is the same as evaluating a football coach who cannot scout his opponents. When the Hoosier state finally (finally) released this year’s ISTEP results, Indiana House Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) wasted no time in politicizing it: “Less than half …

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Go Ask ALICE: Through the Looking Glass

It takes more than dollars to raise a non-profit mission. It takes a village.  In parts I and II of this series I highlighted some of the concerns about charitable giving, changes to tax laws that will affect it in the future, and the organizations that rely on donations for …

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The Walrus and the Carpenter

In part one of this series I introduced you to ALICE. A segment of the population incapable of bearing the weight of a personal financial event. We also outlined the importance of the non-profit agencies which support both the traditional “poor” and ALICE. These organizations rely on the charity of …

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Go Ask ALICE: Down the Rabbit Hole

The end of the calendar year is a time often associated with gratitude, reflection, family and giving. It is also a time when organizations which rely on the charity of the public send annual requests to their supporters, hoping for another year of commitment. This practice is so regular, in …

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Kegs and Hard Liquor

When colleges and universities* banned kegs, they thought they were combating a major drinking problem.  Things have gotten worse instead. *Note: Some commenters on social media have rightly pointed out that keg bans are imposed more by national fraternity organizations and their respective insurance carriers.   Despite the change in origin …

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On Becoming Relevant Again

Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part Four: On Becoming Relevant Again The following is the final part of a four-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes …

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No Interview Requried

Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part Three: No Interview Required The following is the third part of a multi-part series chronicling Donovan Wheeler’s conversation with two men running for local offices in Greencastle, Indiana.  They are Democrats in that Midwestern swath of red which often and easily goes to …

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