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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF MARSHALL COUNTY

April 6, 2011

Friends and Neighbors:   There are so many things happening at your Foundation these days and practically all of them are good.  We have ridden out the recession with the value of our corpus back to pre-crash levels; we are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars of new ‘investment’ from generous donors; and despite tough...
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STATEHOUSE REPORT FROM REP. NANCY DEMBOWSKI

April 1, 2011

04/01/11Now that we have returned to the Indiana Statehouse, and the legislative process has resumed, one question remains unanswered.             Was our walkout worth it?             Yes.             If you look at the radical agenda that caused this dispute, the concern it generated among thousands of Hoosiers, and the changes that came as a...
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“Sour Grapes” on the Opinion Show?

April 1, 2011

04/01/11 Those listeners to the Opinion Show which aired on March 31 were treated to what some might call a dose of sour grapes. During this show statements were made to the effect that the Culver Eagles had an unfair advantage. It is really very disappointing that our community is willing to blame the...
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FRIEND REPORT

March 30, 2011

03/31/11 March—it rains, it snows, the wind blows and spring begins. What a month of opposites!  We tolerate the weather. I have always called March God’s dirty trick to get us from February to April. But at this point, March is almost gone and we are ready for April and spring work. Another staple...
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The Friend Report

March 22, 2011

One of the responsibilities of this position is that I listen to all kinds of comments. They can be positive or negative, critical or complimentary. Regardless of what is said, I attempt to listen to each one and understand the logic or position of the person delivering the message. There is a hard and...
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Friend Report

March 8, 2011
Friend Report

03/09/11 The week past was lost to the lack of a quorum in the House. No bills were presented, discussed, amended or voted on, because the House Democrats were not present to allow business to occur. They were in a hotel in Urbana, Illinois. Minority Leader Pat Bauer (R-South Bend) did return for a...
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STATEHOUSE REPORT FROM REPRESENTATIVE NANCY DEMBOWSKI

March 5, 2011
STATEHOUSE REPORT FROM REPRESENTATIVE NANCY DEMBOWSKI

04/07/11 We continue to conduct Indiana House business from two locations: Indianapolis and Urbana, Ill. I am as disappointed as you that we have not reached some sort of resolution to the dispute that has caused this situation. Leaders on both sides have met face-to-face, and that is a positive sign. But the central...
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“Friend Report”

March 1, 2011
“Friend Report”

03/02/11 This article should be easy to write, given the happenings of the week past.  It should be a simple task to describe and berate the House Democrats for their departure to Urbana, Illinois. Criticism of disrupting the legislative process, the calendar, the schedule, and blaming them for failing to pass a budget that...
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Friend Report

February 15, 2011

02/15/11 On Friday, February 11, I spoke to the trustees of the University of Indianapolis. My subject was about the session in general, but specifically about the budget and the State Student Assistance Commission (SSACI) appropriation. Independent colleges are concerned about losing student aid because of budget shortfalls. It is a very legitimate concern....
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Truancy Issues at School

February 14, 2011

02/14/11 It’s no wonder attendance is a problem in the public schools. We have a generation of parents who were, themselves, latch-key children: raised without guidance. They’ve grown used to schools providing breakfast, lunch, after school activities, transportaion and even summer meals. What parental involvement do schools encourage or expect? Why don’t we just...
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