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Columns

  • COLUMN: The amazing property-tax reassessment of 2013

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Guest Columnist

    Every six to 10 years Indiana has a statewide reassessment to update property values for property tax bills. We remeasure the characteristics of real property – square footage, building materials, home improvements and so forth.

    We apply new data on prices and costs to these characteristics. Since we waited so long between reassessments, we would update for six to 10 years of inflation all at once. Assessed values would jump.

  • COLUMN: The issue with entitlements

    By MARYANN KEATING
    Guest Columnist

    “Can I take a federal tax deduction for mortgage interest?” (Yes.)

    “For state income and local property taxes?” (Yes.)

    “How about municipal bond interest?” (That, too.)

    “On earned income from wages?” (That’s a tax credit and it depends.)

    What about employer-provided health insurance?” (Sure.)

    “Charitable deductions?” (Yup.)

    “Dinner out and a show?” (Sorry, no.)

  • COLUMN: A budget focused on education

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    As a freshman, it has been exciting for me to see the process a state budget goes through to be crafted. Last week, House Bill 1001, Indiana’s biennial budget, passed out of the House with bipartisan support and will be heard in the upcoming weeks by the Indiana Senate.

    This is an important time for the legislature to decide the direction we will take as we distribute and designate funds for Indiana’s future.

  • COLUMN: No hobo chic with a Buick

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I finally purchased a pair of replacement wheel covers last week, a long-delayed move that I hope will remove a bit of the down-and-out look of my old car.

    People might pull off hobo chic with old clothes, but it’s a lot harder with a car, especially a 2001 Buick with two tires missing their shiny center covers.

  • COLUMN: A fond farewell to a friend

    Dick Hedrick

  • COLUMN: Honoring veterans, helping teachers

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Two of the most revered and influential groups are Hoosier veterans and teachers. Both, in different ways, ensure continued prosperity.

    I feel honored to have met so many in representing our community. These professions are held by some of the best and most noble Hoosiers, and I have diligently worked this session to introduce legislation that supports them.

  • COLUMN: Lessons from old farmers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I grew up influenced by older people. I saw my grandparents often and worked during my preteen and teenage years for neighbors, many of them seniors.

    Most were farmers and I learned a lot from them. As I get older, it seems I rely more and more on the simple lessons they instilled and the examples they set.

  • COLUMN: One in six Hoosiers face hunger

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    The General Assembly is fighting back against Hoosier hunger. Currently one in six Hoosiers are food insecure, meaning there are over a million people in Indiana who do not know where their next meal will come from. This is far too many people who don’t have stability for a basic necessity. We can do more to help.

  • COLUMN: Daydreams and the Etch A Sketch

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The man who invented the Etch A Sketch died last month. I never knew André Cassagnes’ name until I heard it on a radio news program last Monday, but he’s been living in my head all week. He died in his native France at the age of 86.

    Cassagnes invented the drawing toy that became the Etch A Sketch in the 1950s and I don’t know of many people who haven’t had their hands on one of the flat red boxes with two white knobs.

  • COLUMN: Legislators stand up to cancer

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last week started in unique fashion as the House accepted the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge against cancer. Legislators and staff were asked to wear sneakers to show support for the Suits and Sneakers challenge, a cause that promotes awareness of living a healthy lifestyle.