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Comment Archives: stories: Voices: Hoppe

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Posted by Helen Bennett on 04/29/2016 at 5:09 AM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

I will go vote against Pence, no matter who runs against him, or will write in Judy O'Bannon if noone does, but it pains me to vote for Gregg. The Democratic Party in this state doesn't have any ideas, and merely runs against whatever the Republicans want. For example, the Democrats, including John Gregg, were completely against equal marriage rights until they saw it as something they could use against the Republicans. And they are doing the same with gay non-discrimination issues and other things. Just like with the very likely election of Donald Trump as President, part of the blame for the right-wing extremists we have running Indiana is that the Democratic Party puts up pretty uninspiring candidates.

Posted by Carol Teater on 03/18/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

Party leadership is the problem; they brought us baby Bayh and other DINOs. Gregg is in the same mold, as a former member of ALEC.

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Posted by ATC 1 on 03/16/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

They have not won rural bumpkin Indiana over with this Republican Lite, Howdy Doody strategy and they never will. I dunno what it will take to convince them of that. You would think a Republican Supermajority with a Tea Party Republican governor would get that point across.

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Posted by DJ Shiva on 03/15/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

Your analysis is accurate. It's worth noting that some who care very much about those issues have listened to the "noise" and hear much more honest sincerity.

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Posted by Russ Sipes on 03/15/2016 at 7:47 PM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

Is Gregg our only guy? It seems like there must be others out there. He might be a little to Wilfred Brimley-esque for our millenial voters methinks...?

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Posted by Jeffreymlake on 03/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “This column is not about Mike Pence

Why is Gregg the only candidate the Dems ever seem to want to run?

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Posted by Jeffreymlake on 03/15/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “What Jonathan Brooks said!

So according to BS1988, dining at Milktooth a handful of times and living here for 5 years gives him/her the authority to comment on all things Indianapolis. As an Indianapolis native for 23 years (the other 3 spent in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago) I am offended when you try to distill Indy's essence with only a paltry 5 years of experience under your belt. New York owes it's current food culture to the variety of people living there and its coastal location. If New York were nestled in the heartland of America it would assuredly not be the bastion of culture it is today. Yet, the 'style' that has become synonymous with Brooklyn has been borrowed from New York's outlying rural areas. The organic aesthetics, artisan pickles, cheese and breads and craft liquors, etc. were NOT perfected in the heart of the city. They were culled from smaller, rural New England cities and possibly even the Midwest and Southeastern coast.. where people don't make pickles because they taste good with artisinal bread and cheese but because the crop surplus MUST be preserved. If you have trouble describing the identity of Indianapolis it is only because your view of the city is so myopic compared to the other major cities you've visited or lived in, where it is much easier to grasp. I have argued this with my friends in Chicago many times: "Indianapolis has plenty of culture, you just have to look harder and travel farther" to quote myself. Expand your view to places not listed in any "top 10" list and you will find more craft breweries than most major cities, a large smattering of Affineurs (cheese-agers, most of them located outside the metropolitan area), a larger population interested in Basketball than most, a city that favors cars more than bikes probably because of the rich history in manufacturing and racing (Indianapolis was once bigger than Detroit in terms of automobile manufacturing) but also because the size of the city is so much larger you could not bike from one side to the other like some East-coast cities. So if anything, Brooklyn's food scene was borrowed from elsewhere, not the other way around; though I see how you could mistake that when Brooklyn is more nationally recognized. Indianapolis is not a wannabe anything.. our homely Midwestern style has been perfected over decades and remains intact. You are a wannabe Hoosier, if anything.

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Posted by Logan Meyer on 03/02/2016 at 6:41 PM

Re: “What Jonathan Brooks said!

As someone who has dined at Milktooth on several occasions, and been fairly impressed, I need to say something. I have lived in Indianapolis for the past 5 years, after moving from Chicago for work. I have seen tremendous growth in Indy, which is great, but also seen a certain "attitude" come with the opening of new establishments around the city. I'm sorry to inform anyone new to this, but what we see in Indianapolis as new and innovativing, has actually been done in New York, Chicago, and LA for over a decade. I've only been to Broklyn once, and that was almost 5 years ago, but I can see the comparison of Indy (Fountain Square, Mass Ave area) to Broklyn. Please point me out one restaurant in Indy where you can honestly say "this has never been done before." Sure places like Milktooth, Bluebeard, Black Market, Linertine, Union 50, Vida etc are good, but none of them have set a new bar. Indy has always tried to keep up with the pace of Chicago, and make comparisons about how they (Indy) are better. I didn't realize there was a competition. I've seen it for years in articles around Indianapolis. They are two completely different worlds. Indy charges $1200 for a studio apartment (Nuvo had a article about that a few weeks ago) but yet has a mall (circle center) closing 25% of its stores. Who's does Indy think it appeals to? Just because people are wearing flannel, beards, oversized bold framed glasses, doesn't mean we also need to follow that trend. As someone who works at a bar on Mass Ave I have seen the clientele completely change in the past few years. There is no sense of "self" in Indy. Only a replica of what has been done for years. Brooks is a great chef, and its great to have places like Milktooth, but let's just take a breath and slow down. We are Indianapolis. Maybe in 10 years when all these trendy apartments downtown drop their rent and actually fill up, we fix circle center mall, finally finish all the never ending construction around indy, actually maybe clean up the violence that haunts Indy (I know not as much as Chicago). Then we can create our own sense of self. Right now we are just another stereotypical hipster wannabe.

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Posted by BS1988 on 03/02/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders: It’s about time

I'd like to see a President Sanders, wheels off if necessary. However, if it doesn't happen we can thank him for getting the focus right. Clinton is talking about things she would most likely ignore. and maybe,she will have to keep her Sanders-prompted promises.

Posted by Ronald Tierney on 02/24/2016 at 5:59 PM

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Posted by Donald Eric on 02/12/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

I, for one, am thrilled that Indianapolis is moving forward with the Red Line and the other lines in the Indy Connect plan, as well as rearranging local lines for more frequent services on a grid system. No respectable city or region has a transit system where going ten miles takes an hour by public transport. Other mid-size cities and metros have shown that automobile-dependency is not the way forward, Indianapolis cannot afford to continue to be the odd one out when we are competing with places like Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, and so on.

Yes, some parking spaces will go, but 90% of the spaces on College Avenue are staying right where they are. Things will be okay.

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Posted by G1991 on 02/03/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “We are Flint, why Flint is us

It bears noting that it wasn't as simple as the Flint River being polluted. The people who approved the water switchover willfully ignored the step of putting an additive in to stop the river water (which is higher in salt content than lakes) from corroding the lead seams in the pipes. This is a step that is normally done because river water having higher salinity is a known problem factor.

They skipped this step entirely, and THAT is why the pipe welds are now leaching lead into the water. That's not to say that the Flint River isn't polluted. But the saline content is the main culprit, and an entirely knowable and preventable one.

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Posted by DJ Shiva on 02/01/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

There are not enough street parking now and what does the city under Ballard do? Eliminate even more spaces for electric cars that benefit very few. Will this new idea end up benefiting few at the cost of the many?

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Posted by Bob Zeldendorf on 01/31/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

They got rid of the parking lid ?? World is going to hell!

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Posted by Jack Nolan on 01/27/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Great Recession lingers in Indiana

Preacher Pence doesn't care about anyone except his well healed buddies and what his financial contributor's tell him to do. Oh, and his personal god.

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Posted by Bobbi Goodman on 01/25/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Sweetheart deals beat fixing state’s economy

Indiana Dunes State Park is already a self sufficient park that the state lawmakers draw money from to support other state parks that do not make money. If you have an attraction that is self sufficient and continue tO siphon money away from it without taking care of the structures, it's mismanagement by the lawmakers in office and the DNR. Selling out to a "public"-private entity is just a ruse since the DNR is spending $25 million to build an inn at Potato Creek State Park. If you can't take care of what you have, what are you doing building more new buildings you can't take care of?
The people have spoken, the legislators should listen to the will of the people or they may find themselves out of office next season.

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Posted by Ed Dixon on 01/19/2016 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Pence hopes for best…keeps hoping

Well stated, David. Our governor has proven his lack of leadership from day one and not faltered. Remember, while he represented Indiana in Washington, his protocol was speaking to rabid Fox viewers via extremely supporting "news personalities" who didn't possess an ounce of journalistic training. He was never questioned about his beliefs. He was never challenged with, "What would you do differently?" Fox provides a friendly sounding board.

Just like the cast of republican stooges running for president who whined about the "tough questions" they were getting from "neutral moderators". Do we really want a Commander and Chief that can't handle tough questions? Do we really want a governor whose prejudice and bigotry is so glaring that he uses religion as his excuse?

Hoosiers must be asleep at the wheel. Hoosiers most likely support Donald Trump.

Sadly, there is a connection between the leaders we get and our Hoosier state, in general. As difficult as it may be to admit, Indiana is full of backward Fox watching bigots and racists.

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Posted by Todd Smekens on 01/16/2016 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Embarrassment: Indiana Republicans can’t get enough

The general public is not the same as the voting public. We have the lowest voter turnout in the country. If you want to know why our statehouse is full of bigots and racists - republicans - it's because good people stay home. They can't be bothered with voting because __________ [fill in the excuse du jour].

Voter apathy will allow our inferiors to lead. ~ Plato

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Posted by Todd Smekens on 01/07/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Sen. Jim Tomes: The Statehouse in a nutshell

the problem with his transgender bathroom thing is it is totally unenforceable, unless we will be forced o walk around ans show our birth certificates to the bathroom security person. Also who is paying for the added security?

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Posted by Richard Hunt on 01/05/2016 at 10:42 AM

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