Ebola, AIDS, and Bad Public Policy

Yesterday, I posted about the Centennial of Jonas Salk’s birth. As I mentioned, during my early years, polio was a very real and very scary disease. After Dr. Salk (and Dr. Albert Sabin), it has been fading into memory. When I met Dr. Salk, AIDS was the new scary disease. In America we tended to view it as a “gay … Continue reading

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Jonas Salk: A Personal Memory

Tuesday would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk. I am of that age when I can remember pictures of iron lungs as news, not history, and polio was a real threat that was tamed while I was beginning elementary school.  Jonas Salk was a national hero and an inspiration for countless young people who would seek careers … Continue reading

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2014 Marion County Voter Guide

The 2014 Indiana General Election is rapidly approaching.  Hopefully this post will provide the information that citizens of Marion County need to exercise their right to vote.  There are many state and county offices up for election.  Most importantly, the deadline to register to vote in Indiana is noon on Monday, October 6.  Therefore, if you are reading this before … Continue reading

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Pence Plays Shell Game with Domestic Violence Funding

Since Indiana’s Governor Pence repeatedly highlights his pro-life beliefs and priority to the family unit, it’s understandable his 12 appointees to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) would be addressing the rise in domestic violence along with the rest of the country. Calls to shelters in Indiana have increased dramatically: one shelter has turned away 79 individuals in the past … Continue reading

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The Marriage Equality Train is Picking Up Speed!

Last week at our Indianapolis PFLAG meeting, our guest speaker, attorney Steve Fulk, shared some of the history of the LGBT movement in the United States. Relatively speaking, this is a fairly new movement.  We know that gay people have existed since time began; however, Steve marks the Stonewall Rising as the beginning of the “movement” in our country. Even … Continue reading

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Senator Donnelly’s Support for Overturning Citizens United

Every generation of Americans has amended the Constitution, and the proposed Democracy For All Amendment – which gets big money out of our political system – could be our generation’s legacy. It comes up for a vote in the U.S. Senate next Monday, but U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has yet to add his name as a co-sponsor. That’s why we’ll … Continue reading

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller Again Puts His Narrow Ideology over Improving the Lives of Working Hoosiers

Attorney General Zoeller has repeatedly shown a willingness to use the vast powers and resources of his office to push his extreme ideological agenda. While he has lately been busy  seeking to deny gays and lesbian the benefits of marriage, he is also determined to strip hundreds of thousands of working Hoosiers of desperately-needed health insurance by mounting yet another … Continue reading

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The Judge Agrees, Thou Shalt Not Steal: Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Right-to-Work-for-Less Law

Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras ruled that Indiana’s so called right-to-work (RTW) statute violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without compensation. The union in question, United Steelworkers, provides bargaining and grievance services to all employees at the steel mills in their bargaining units regardless of membership in the union. Under the state’s … Continue reading

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Education—Civic and Public: A Path toward American Unity

I often learn about important, but under-reported news from my fellow bloggers. Recently, this happened again with Sheila Kennedy posting on the new proposed priorities for discretionary grant programs issued by the U. S. Department of Education. While you can read the full text linked above, I thought it would be worthwhile to list the fifteen items they included. #1—Improving … Continue reading

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Children at our Borders: Disease-Ridden, Criminal Invaders or Asylum Seekers?

As I was driving home the other day, a group of people was gathered on the overpass with their usual “Honk if you want to impeach Obama” banner (no one honked) and the sign du jour: “Protect our borders”. They were just a small group of anti-Obama people that gather there periodically, but the ugly face of nativism mixed with … Continue reading

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