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Opening Arguments

Nincompoopery on parade

If you're going to hold a "public hearing," for God's sake let the members of the public speak first:

About four hours into a meeting Wednesday, Allen County resident Charles Powell and his wife, Marvel, were frustrated.

Like a couple of hundred other people, they showed up at South Side High School at 10 a.m. to speak at one of four public hearings across the state hosted by the House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 1001, the bill that outlines Gov. Mitch Daniels' property tax reform plan.

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By 1 p.m., only public officials had spoken.

“What I have to say is minuscule compared to them,” Powell said, gesturing to the podium where Brian Smith, superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, was speaking. “But don't call it a


tim zank
Fri, 01/11/2008 - 1:03pm

"This wasn

Bob G.
Fri, 01/11/2008 - 1:26pm

Agreed...marvelous in concept...brilliant in execution!

Been going through MY lexicon AGAIN, Leo?



Sat, 01/12/2008 - 9:27am

Re the public hearings-property tax.This is typical of the legislators arrogance and disconnect from the citizens of this state. They do not care what we think re the property tax mess or the personal economic disaster it has created for the citizens of Indiana. The property tax is their "cash cow".Anyone paying attention to Indianapolis and the local government, ignoring the public and their outcry over ineptitude and mismanagement of our taxdollars, is exactly what happened with Peterson and the council and why they are now gone. The legislature needs to get that message. Fix this or else. Why do the citizens, who pay the bills, have to beg, plead and grovel to make them do what they are elected to do. To all the legislators, we have had enough! To all of you reading this that agrees- go to www.in.gov and send each of them an email now to express your thoughts. It is a simple easy thing to do rather than do nothing. Get involved.