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Perry Township Schools wants a 115 percent property tax increase

 Perry Township Schools wants to raise our property taxes 115 percent. They already get $46 million from property taxes toward their $180 million annual budget.  School administrators now want $53 million more of your money for their referenda, which amounts to $500 for every resident in Perry Township. It does not matter whether you have a job, are unemployed, retired, rent, own a home or run a business. They want each household to dig into their pockets and pay an average of $1,200. I say not so fast. Before we sign off on this tax increase, there are some things you should know as a voter and resident. Perry Schools tried to pass a $113 million referendum in 2010, but we turned them down. The district came back in 2011 with … Read entire article »

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Testruth asks for volunteers: Public Safety Board needs help

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As children of God, we are more alike than different

As children of God, we are more alike than different

My friend and former student, Ashley, is marrying Kevin today. I expect that the wedding celebration will be chock full of ‘different’ sorts of people. I will encounter nonwhites, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, first-generation Americans and Americans from long-established families, Butler fans, IU fans, Purdue fans and Notre Dame fans. The list can go at length for the different people who will rejoice together. I suspect the reason for such a diverse crowd has something … Read entire article »

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Celebrating culture of volunteerism

Celebrating culture of volunteerism

During major tragedies, publicity about volunteerism often takes center stage. Among events that come to mind are the floods of 2008 and the March tornadoes that swept through Southern Indiana. For the latter, thousands of Hoosiers responded within the first week (and are still going strong), showing their love for their fellow Hoosiers by picking up rubble and rebuilding homes and businesses. The same kind of love for neighbors presented itself in the aftermath of … Read entire article »

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‘Work hard, play by the rules,’ obsolete

‘Work hard, play by the rules,’ obsolete

I JUST arrived in Shanghai, but I’m thinking about Estonia and wondering about something Presidents Clinton and Obama have been saying. Wired magazine reported last week that public schools in Estonia are establishing a program for teaching first graders — and kids in all other grades — how to do computer programming. Wired said that the curriculum was created “because of the difficulty Estonian companies face in hiring programmers. Estonia has a burgeoning tech industry … Read entire article »

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SOWELL: Obama long on intellectual arrogance

SOWELL: Obama long on intellectual arrogance

After reading Barack Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father,” it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth. Obama did not simply happen to encounter a lot of people on the far left fringe during his life. As he spells out in his book, he actively sought out such people. There is no hint of the slightest curiosity … Read entire article »

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Patching up Southport

Patching up Southport

Mike Alexander, Southside Times on 30MAY12 reports:   Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth has been on the job for nearly six months, and he is working to patch up hostile differences within this community of 2,000 residents. For the past four years under the administration of Dr. Rob Thoman, the community nestled east of Madison Avenue on Southport Road, has been in turmoil for lack of budgetary figures presented to city council members, and not having prayer at the … Read entire article »

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De Activate Southport Matters, Nevah!

De Activate Southport Matters, Nevah!

skin whitening forever p>Looks like someone is going rogue, Sir … Read entire article »

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RDC Established in Southport

Southport Council members established the City’s first Redevelopment Commission (RDC) at their monthly meeting this past Monday night with little fanfare. It’s been 4 long years after former Mayor Robin Thoman first introduced the benefits of an RDC to the Southport Council. Mayoral (3) and Council (2) appointments for RDC Commissioners were announced at the same meeting. Russell McClure (certified urban planner), Duane Langreck (registered architect) and James Keller (licensed plumber) were announced as Mayor Testruth’s appointees while Jim Cooney (councilmember) and southside realtor Roger Harris were noted as Common Council appointments. Establishing the RDC has been a long process for the City. It met strong opposition in 2008 from three Southport council members, Rose Harrison, Susan Schmoll and Greg Dant in spite of overwhelming support from Southport citizens, regional officials and … Read entire article »

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Asst. Chief Bick resigns from SoPD

Asst. Chief Bick resigns from SoPD

Southport Mayor, Jesse Testruth confirmed at Monday nights Council meeting that “Wild Bill” Bick has resigned from his appointed position as Southport’s Assistant Chief of Police.   Testruth announced that IMPD officer, Curtis Johnson would be serving as Deputy Chief “until this big mess gets straightened out”.   The suspended asst. chief has come under fire recently from Public Safety Board members for impersonating an officer.  In April, complaints were received by Southport’s Public Safety Director Kevin Bandy that … Read entire article »

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