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