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Thirteen Years

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:22 +0000

My posting has been pretty light in recent years, but I felt like I should at least commemorate another anniversary of this blog which dates back to November 15, 2004. Recently, I listened to an episode of Dan Carlin’s Common Sense podcast. I forget exactly how he phrased it, but he felt adrift in the […]

Indiana Supreme Court on maintaining both respondeat superior and negligent hiring actions

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:56:17 +0000

On October 31, 2017, the Indiana Supreme Court decided the case of Sedam v. 2JR Pizza Enterprises. The background was that a Pizza Hut driver negligently caused the death of a person operating the scooter. The legal background was that the estate of the scooter operator wanted to hold the employer liable for the death. […]

Interim Study Committee Recommendations for Short-Term Rentals

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:00:31 +0000

The Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development is entertaining proposed findings as to “short term rentals” (e.g. Airbnb type rentals). The draft findings are as follow: PROPOSED FINDINGS: (1) The Committee finds that there is an increasing demand for short term rentals from travelers of all types, and that it would serve the […]

Indiana Interim Study Committee on Education Recommends In-State Tuition for Undocumented DACA Students

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:42:48 +0000

Don’t get too excited. I was looking at documents posted by the General Assembly’s interim study committee on education and found that they had recommended, on a 6-5 vote, to permit Indiana residents who were undocumented under the DACA program to pay in-state tuition. Given that Republicans dominate the General Assembly and given the hard […]

Indiana’s Mixed Feelings on Syringe Exchanges and the Opioid Epidemic

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 17:06:43 +0000

Yesterday, I went to a symposium at the IU-McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. It was billed as State Governments’ Role in Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide. The symposium wasn’t that, exactly. I heard a lot about concerns in rural Indiana, not so much about concerns in urban Indiana, little about getting urban to care about […]

A Sustainable Middle Class

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:28:13 +0000

This is based on a comment I made in a Facebook thread on the upcoming tax proposal. There was a discussion about whether taxes are too high and whether we spend too much or too little public money on social services. Nothing here is particularly new, but it seemed worth including on my blog. I […]

Relief from the existential exhaustion of perpetual dynamism

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:25:24 +0000

Tipsy posted a link to a very interesting piece from R.R. “Rusty” Reno at First Things entitled “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism”. I am not linking to it as full-throated agreement. For starters, he has a negative view of corporate push back in support of gay rights during Indiana’s RFRA debate. But that’s just one […]

Puerto Rico: Our Unrepresented Territory to the South

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:57:37 +0000

Puerto Rico is suffering. Like a lot. 3.4 million Americans have been without power for 5 days and the prospect of getting the electric grid up and running seems to be distant. 90% of the distribution system may have been destroyed. 91% of cellphone sites are also out of service, according to the FCC. Despite […]

Muncie Teachers asked to retroactively pay more in insurance premiums

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:15:24 +0000

WISH-TV is reporting that, under a deal between the Muncie Teacher’s Association and the Muncie Community School district, teachers will have to retroactively repay insurance premiums to the tune of $900 to $2,300 per teacher. The Muncie schools are struggling financially and previous stories said that the State sided with the teachers to stop a […]

Changing Minds Happens on the Periphery

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:33:15 +0000

I had a quick Tweet where I suggested, “If you communicate with someone in a way that makes them shut down, you’ve eliminated yourself as a source of feedback for that person.” I was about to contribute to the ensuing discussion with some additional thoughts, but it seemed easier to turn this into a blog […]