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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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Just Got Back: Southport, Maine

Just Got Back: Southport, Maine

write essay for money p>Although Carole and I have been fortunate to have crisscrossed the country a few times in our 24 years of traveling together, we have never been able to check off the Pine Tree State from our travel wish-list.  We shouldn’t have waited so long.  The scenery and wilderness was as beautiful as any we’ve seen AND we were able to check off another “Southport” from our list as well. This Town of Southport … Read entire article »

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Just Got Back: Southports RDC Meeting #1 4JUN12

Just Got Back:  Southports RDC Meeting #1   4JUN12

120604 SoRDC Meeting: This first official meeting of the Southport Redevelopment Commission (SoRDC) was opened by Mayor Testruth and handed to the Commissioners for their internal actions. Russel McClure was quickly selected as RDC Chairman, Duane Langreck as Vice Chair, Roger Harris as Secretary and Jim Cooney as Treasurer. RDC Member Jim Keller also attended as did Councilor N Schmoll. Rob Bettcher, Larry Tunget, Mary Winslow and I followed along from the public gallery. Regular monthly meetings were … 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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My! Oh My! What a difference – now that the gavel is in the other hand.

Few southsiders can forget the brew-ha-ha created four years ago in Southport when Councilors walked out and neglected the business of the city after the former mayor omitted sectarian prayer during council meetings.  All the local TV channels showed up and citizens from both sides of the issue packed the Southport community room to see the sideshow continue.  Even a national cable program, the O’Reilly Factor jumped in to fray.  Local citizen, Charles Lynch caused a ruckus during council meetings and he ended up spending the night in jail after his arrest for assaulting a police officer outside the meeting.  It was in all the local papers. Then, Councilors Dant, (Susan) Schmoll and Harrison were most vocal in their admonitions and condemnations of the mayor.  Dant and Schmoll even promised to … Read entire article »

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Southport Councilors Flip-Flop

I thought our neighbors might benefit from reading Councilor Larry Tungets past letters describing his unwillingness to approve the establishment of a Redevelopment Commission (RDC) in Southport.  His recent vote(s) to approve such an Ordinance that establishes an RDC astounds me.  In 2008, the astute Mr. Tunget was worried that an RDC would bring in “fresh business that would [hurt] existing business”.  His logic then, and now confuses me.  In 2009, Mr. Tunget encouraged the Southport Councilors to vote NO unless the council itself could control the committee.  He knows very well that the statutes have not changed and commission seats remain a majority appointment by the mayor.   He also wrote of his fear that the commission would serve offer personal gain for these new board members at the expense of citizens and taxpayers. … Read entire article »

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JUST GOT BACK: 11th Annual Mayor’s Diversity Awards

I enjoyed an invitation to the 2012 Celebration of Diversity Awards this past Wednesday, courtesy of Mayor Ballard and last year’s Sam Jones recipient, Parsons Brinckerhoff.  Thanks Shelby. It was my first time to attend this 11th annual event and I genuinely enjoyed the ceremony.  These kinds of events usually thicken my throat and cause me to tear up – just a little.  If I’m lucky, I can face away from the crowd so nobody knows I’m choked up.  It’s a problem when I’m the one front-and-center and it dawns on me that something special was accomplished.  It’s hard to avoid an emotional display.  I know that sounds corny but when I see or hear of my neighbors who are passionate about their community accomplish meaningful achievements; I get all tingly … Read entire article »

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Aspire. Achieve. Advance

The Initial Invitation ~ Aiming Higher                 Welcome, and thank you for taking your time to see why Southport matters to us. If you are like many of my neighbors who think that our small community can be much more, this is the place to learn how we, both as individuals and as a group of concerned residents working together can make a difference. Many people tell me they have often thought that Southport could be so much more. I invite you to be part of the conversation and part of the transformation. It is my hope that you will participate and together we can own the relationships, tasks and processes that can lead to success. I urge you to aim higher. Our neighborhoods can be more, much more. Please join … Read entire article »

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