Senator Richard Lugar could have retired with dignity, but ran again. As a Lugar supporter, I was disappointed he lost the primary (full disclosure: he helped me with issues of Brazilian protectionism for my employer, with other issues for the Eastern Indiana Development District and Henry County, and he appointed me to West Point). However, unlike many Lugar supporters, I immediately closed-ranks behind Republican primary winner, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Mourdock is a fellow distance runner (so, too, is Lugar). Runners are among the most disciplined athletes, not only in training, but also in their careers and personal lives. On a shoe-string budget, Mourdock couldn’t run the most disciplined primary campaign. However, he serves well as a disciplined State Treasurer, unafraid to take on the Obama administration on state employee pensions and other issues.
Lugar supporters should realize sitting on your hands is a bad idea. Indiana has the most manufacturing-dependent economy (Source: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)). However, the Democrat nominee, Congressman Joe Donnelly, has voted with NAM only 56% of the time. Is such lukewarm support of industry really in Indiana’s best interest?
According to Congressional Quarterly, Donnelly has voted with President Obama 76% of the time, and with his own party 73% of the time. How reflective of Hoosier values are Obama, Pelosi, and Reid?
Mourdock is a geologist and was a Vanderburgh County Commissioner; Donnelly is an attorney. Do we really need another lawyer in Congress? Our country would not be in its present state if we had more variety among professions in Congress.
Often I visit countries whose economies have been held-back by the gravy-train of government spending, robbing from future generations, so present generations can live “high on the hog.” Do we really want to join the ranks of Argentina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain? Our frugal State Treasurer will take to DC his disciplined approach to government spending.
It is time for ALL Lugar supporters to return to the fold and support Mourdock for US Senate. The alternative is simply not a good fit for Indiana.
The best years of your life
As people age they often look back to fondly recall the best years of their lives. Natural timeframes are the college years or that certain age before the daily grind of work and family take over the bulk of the day. Associations are to being carefree with limited responsibilities, a light and airy existence.
Ziemke: My Summer Homework
Even though session has been out for a little more than a month, the General Assembly still has much work to do. I had a brief break where I got to go home and mow the lawn, spend time at my restaurant, the Brau Haus, and attend a few festivals in addition to continuing to work on constituent concerns. The time has come for work on summer study committees to commence and I’m ready to get back at it.
Mauzy: Rush County: The hope and the despair
Moments arise when hope and despair briefly intersect. During these emotional overlaps, it’s a toss-up as to which energy will win even though we desire the best. Two recent high-profile events present the overlapping calamity often noticed in this community.
Asbestos awareness is an important topic
My father, sister and husband all died because of asbestos. Now my brother has asbestosis. I set up my website because of the death of my husband to let people know of the dangers. It was the first website designed by a person on the internet at that time instead of by lawyers. The stories are to honour those effected by asbestos and to make sure they are never forgotten. I had just finished the last sentence when I heard of Janelle’s death.
Proposed parade route
I see room for compromise on the 4th of July parade route. Up Main Street to 5th Street then take 5th Street to Harrison Street to 11th Street.
Barada: Good advice for parents and college students
This week’s column is more for the parents of kids about to head to college than unsolicited advice for students about to go. Why? Because kids going away from home, some for the very first time ever, can be an even more traumatic event for the parents than for their children!
Stop the student loan interest rate hike
The key to a great life is a good education. But paying for a college education is tough. Many families are taking out second mortgages. Some are putting-off deserved vacations. Others are telling their kids they just can’t afford to attend the school of their choice.
Mauzy: Recent graduates are free to explore
Two weeks have now passed since Rush County Schools released new graduates from a state required academic curriculum.
Parade should be on Harrison Street
There was good reason for not moving the parade back onto Main Street after the third lane was rammed through: we learned Harrison Street is a better route for both the participants and the spectators.
Barada: The right people in key places
For the first time in years, this community has exceptionally good people in key places within organizations involved directly with helping make Rush County a better place in which to live!
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