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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.

“IBM” Can Happen Again

Three Dudes in a Brew Pub Part One: “IBM” Can Happen Again The following is one 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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The Schools You Voted For

We were never going to win.  Any of us with a scintilla of common sense knew that Mitch Daniels had Hoosier voters exactly where he wanted them.  We knew that if the 2010 midterm election gave him the legislative votes he needed to push his long sought education agenda, then …

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From Necessity to Hobby: The Devolution of the Home Garden

My wife and I finished planting our vegetable garden last weekend. In roughly 600 square feet we laid down tomatoes of multiple variety, peas, beans, squash, berries, cucumbers, rhubarb, onions, spinach, lettuce, hot peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, a lot of common herbs for cooking and even sweet corn. It’s …

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Hautian Heroes: Mission of the Market

I have been fortunate enough to live in big cities that seem to offer all the amenities you could ever check off a list of wants in a place to call home. Right down to opportunities for service. Programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity …

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Hautian Heroes: Running the Relay

The current political climate makes it easy to point fingers, be frustrated. It’s a good excuse to lash out at someone for a reason that may or not be valid. An outlet, if you will, for the angst that we are all feeling no matter your view. That is not …

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Get Your Butt in Gear

I don’t know why I lived and why my mother did not.  But if things had gone the other way around, Mom would have thought of some way to take on the disease which has touched our family.  To honor her, I want to do just that, and I can’t …

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The Challengers

The Education Debate Which Never Happened by Donovan Wheeler photos by Thomas F. Yeiser and Jonathan Alan Balash When I sat down to write this feature, I planned a back-and-forth under one central, umbrella question:  Has the Daniels/Pence/Bennett ed-reform master plan actually worked?  Kim Fidler was willing to spend more …

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Autism Awareness: Just One of the Lucky Ones

National Road’s Jennifer Stevens offers this compelling interview with her brother Jeffrey.  His frank, sincere, and pointed answers to her questions put a very human face on a growing national condition which has baffled experts and created social anxiety both for those who suffer from and are encountered by autism. …

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Staring Down Goliath

Four years ago, Justin Oakley was the first Democrat to run for the office eventually won by Glenda Ritz.  Today, the activist and talk radio host has three words for every single one of the Hoosier State’s teachers:  Vote. Or. Die. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Justin Oakley If …

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