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Opening Arguments

The tradeoff

Today's "Well, duh" entry:

President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million low-wage Americans but cost the nation about 500,000 jobs, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

It's the basics

The headline on this CBS News piece is "Food prices soar as incomes stand still," and, boy, ain't it the truth?

Writer Jen Singer, the mother of two teenage boys, wrestles with her grocery list every week to keep the household budget from getting away from her.

"I'd like the government to stop by my house, come food shopping with me and see where the real costs are," she said.

Clowns are not cool

Oh, no, there's a looming clown shortage:

“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

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Posted in: Current events

The great gun divide

Why some people carry and some people don't:

In my experience, those individuals who carry do so because they very consciously do not want to belong to the class of citizens that is inherently helpless — totally reliant upon the state to protect not just themselves but their family, friends, and neighbors. If the choice is between protectors and protected, they choose to be protectors. 

Economists in the dark

Just as we've always suspected:

These are hard times for economists. Their reputations are tarnished; their favorite doctrines are damaged. Among their most prominent thinkers, there is no consensus as to how — or whether — governments in advanced countries can improve lackluster recoveries. All in all, the situation recalls a cruel joke:

Dazed and confused

Hot and cold

Juxtaposition of the day. Here's the really dangerous climate change:

“Humans suffer much more during extreme winters than hot summers.

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Privatizing marriage

The Indiana General Assembly has now put off a referendum on putting the gay marriage ban into the state constitution until at least 2016. And some predict it will never get to the voters, giving how rapidly public opinion is moving on the issue. (See here) This comes in the wake of a Virginia's same-sex ban getting overturned by a feeral judge and the tossing of Kentucky's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

So's your old man

Justice running amok

In the most radical administration this country has had, the Justice Department has become the most radical agency. First, they urged states to start allowing felons to vote. I suppose you could make a plausible argument for that if you tried very hard. But then there is this:

Snow days? Snow problem

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson and FWCS board President Mark GiaQuinta visited with our editorial board last week, and one of the things they mentioned in passing was their worry that the disruptions because of snow days would affect student performance. It seemed like common sense -- all those absences make it hard to keep an academic rhythm going with any kind of learning momentum.

Posted in: Our town

I shopped till I dropped

One reason the indoor mall may have seen its peak:

So, why don't luxury shoppers like indoor malls anymore?

Carry on

Wendy "It's never too late for an abortion" Davis has suddenly started speaking out in favor of open carry in an apparent effort to sound less blue and more red to  gun-rights-supporting Texas voters. You know, I just don't believe her. But here is a woman whose Second Amendment sincerity I do not doubt for a second:

The circus is in town

John Elway: Hey, I'd have no problem in drafting Michael Sam:

Sam, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end and linebacker from Missouri who is projected to go in the middle rounds of the NFL draft May 8-10, announced Sunday that he is gay.

What ceiling?

Today's installment of "Go ahead and vote Republican if it makes you feel better, but don't think it will change anything":

The more the merrier

I hope this means both stations will have vigorous news organizations:

As had been rumored for several months, a deal has been made to sell Fort Wayne stations WPTA-TV and WISE-TV.

ABC affiliate WPTA and its companion CW Network station are being acquired by Quincy, Ill.-based Quincy Newspapers Inc. from Malara Broadcasting Corp. WISE, the NBC affiliate, and its MyTV station are being sold to SagamoreHill Broadcasting.

Posted in: Our town

Speak up, Marco

We've gone from Bill Clinton's "I tried it, but I didn't inhale" to Barack Obama's "Yeah, I indulged -- so what?" So this seems like a step back in some way:

It’s a question politicians are asked all the time: have you smoked weed? Sen. Marco Rubio won’t say.

Texas blues

Drunken double standard

Somebody else is writing about an issue that has bugged me for years: