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TEAM SOUTHPORT DOESN’T HAVE A PLAN

TEAM SOUTHPORT DOESN’T HAVE A  PLAN

writing a cause and effect paper … Read entire article »

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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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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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Clerk-Treasurer misses another Fund Report

Clerk-Treasurer misses another Fund Report

Southport Clerk-Treasurer (CT), Diana Bossingham was unable to provide the monthly Fund Report at the May Council meeting.  The previous CT, Kathy Hildebrand was frequently admonished for not consistently offering timely reports to the Southport Council for review. District 3 Representative, Rose Harrison was often the most vocal critic of missing reports often delivering vicious accusations of impropriety toward CT Hildebrand and Mayor Thoman.  “I know something is wrong,” Harrison shouted at the November 2010 meeting “you’re … Read entire article »

Filed under: Clerk-Treasurer, Council, Headline, News, Southport

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 »

Filed under: Community, Conversations, Council, Revitalization, Southport

Safety Board Walks Out in Protest: Mayor Ignores Concerns of Illegal Activities

Safety Board Walks Out in Protest: Mayor Ignores Concerns of Illegal Activities

Southport’s Director of Public Safety, Kevin Bandy and fellow Board member, Andrew Harrison walked out of the monthly Safety Board meeting in protest after the Mayor, Jesse Testruth and Chief of Police, Randall Ellison failed to curtail alleged illegal activities by certain Southport police department employees. At the forefront of the protest are concerns of legality in recent of police activities by Southport Assistant Chief, William “Wild Bill” Bick.  Bandy calmly explained his concerns but pushback … Read entire article »

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