A Libertarian Perspective December 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town! Maybe. My wife and I have seven grandchildren, and some of the older ones have been influenced by the naysayers at school, to the point that a mention of Santa by the younger ones brings on winks and rolled eyes. I knew it would happen sooner or later, although I must admit I was pulling for later, and grandchildren certainly make Christmas a lot more fun, regardless of what they believe.

WIPB-TV’s first Be My Neighbor Day set for Sept. 12

Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?


MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) – WIPB-TV will have its first BE MY NEIGHBOR DAY from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie.

Based on the popular PBS KIDS animated program “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and with a nod to the classic “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” this free family event will focus on the importance of being a good neighbor.

Daniel Tiger himself will be there to meet his grr-iffic fans on the MITS Trolley!


Balancing education technology and student privacy


WASHINGTON DC (NEWS) - Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) addressed a packed house at the Center for Democracy and Technology’s (CDT) briefing on national student privacy law and policy on Capitol Hill. He and Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02) were asked to speak about the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act (H.R. 2092)—a bill they worked on together and introduced in the House in April.

Indiana House Republicans show support for ESEA waiver


WASHINGTON DC (NEWS) - Today, seven members of the Indiana Congressional delegation announced support for the state’s request to extend Indiana’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. The waiver would allow Indiana to continue work on state-developed plans designed to improve education outcomes instead of following federally-mandated one-size-fits-all education requirements.

Is Right to Work Working?

By State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City)

This past legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly debated House Enrolled Act 1001, often referred to as “ensuring workplace freedom” or, more informally, the “Right to Work” bill. While some lawmakers said this measure would create jobs in Indiana, I was hesitant. The government doesn’t create jobs; the private sector does.

Carolyn K. Buchanan, 86

MUNCIE, INDIANA (OBITUARY) - Carolyn K. Buchanan, 86, passed away on May 31, 2015, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.

Carolyn was born in Indianapolis on December 9, 1928, the daughter of Lloyd August and Katherine (Murray) Malott, and was a graduate of Broad Ripple High School. After graduation, Mrs. Buchanan became a Registered Nurse through Ball Memorial Hospital in 1950.

Combating “Summer Melt” for 21st Century Scholars


MARION, INDIANA (NEWS) - With the school year wrapping up and lazy summer days approaching, education experts are trying to figure out how to battle a condition known as “summer melt.” One way is through an upcoming event from the Indiana Youth Institute on Saturday, June 13.

Summer melt happens when students who enroll in college in the spring never actually attend classes in the fall. Nationally, summer melt affects about 10 to 20-percent of eligible students. In Indiana,

Trooper Rescues Elderly Man From Flooded Roadway


ALBANY, INDIANA (NEWS) - A man’s “Sunday drive” nearly took a tragic turn this afternoon after he drove into high water on a flooded Randolph County roadway. Today around 4:45 p.m. Indiana State Police Dispatch at Indianapolis received a call from an elderly man, who said he was stranded in his car on a flooded roadway around SR1 and SR 28 in northern Randolph County.

In Search of “Good Government”

By Jim Arnold

I embarked on my search for good government in 2007, when property taxes rocketed from ridiculous to obscene. I was spending a beautiful spring day whittling down my “To Do” list, when I was visited by two neighbors who were furious over their property tax bills. My elderly neighbor’s property taxes had doubled from $1,200 to $2,400 per year in a two year period, and he was distraught because he couldn’t spare an extra $100 a month to fund local government.

On Eagles, Deer and School Choice

By Rex Bell

I’m going to be 63 years old in a couple of weeks, and I don’t suppose it’s uncommon for people my age to reminisce about how things have changed over the years. There isn’t much that hasn’t changed. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse. And probably sometimes, it just all depends how you look at it.


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