ï Congresswoman Julia Carson has joined a bipartisan group of members to protest the Bush Administration"s plan for Amtrak. "We have actively engaged in financing, developing and preserving the infrastructure of all other modes of transportation, whether it be bailing out the airlines, federally funding and fixing the state highway system, or subsidizing airport construction," noted Carson. "However, the administration"s proposals will do nothing but hurt the system. The most profitable routes will be cut up and sold to the highest bidder. Services will be cancelled and millions of Americans who rely on rail will find themselves without a convenient means of transportation." ï Now that the Legislature"s special session is over, the tax hikes begin: The cigarette tax will increase 40 cents to 55.5 cents a pack. The sales tax will go up a penny on Dec. 1 to 6 cents on the dollar. The gas tax will go up 3 cents to 18 cents per gallon.
ï The Peace Learning Center engages students in interactive peace and character education activities at schools and in the outdoors. Established five years ago, the PLC hosts every Indianapolis Public Schools fourth- and sixth-grade class for visits to Eagle Creek Park and overnight camp in Trafalgar, Ind. In addition, the PLC assists over 30 schools in establishing peer mediation, peace clubs and in-school conflict resolution programs through its Heading Toward Harmony program. To date, over 38,000 students have participated in PLC programs.
On Thursday, July 11, Indianapolis families are invited to attend a special PLC day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., to learn peaceful ways to deal with disagreements and disputes. Youth 5-15 years of age are welcome and parents can choose to stay for a special workshop for adults. Sessions will include facilitation, art and a nature walk. All participants receive Peace Education Workbooks. This Public Day at the Peace Learning Center is free! Register by calling (317) 327-7144, e-mail email@example.com or register online at www.peacelearningcenter.org. The PLC is located inside Eagle Creek Park, 7850 W. 56th St., Indianapolis.
ï The Indianapolis Star may be getting a little sensitive to criticism in NUVO and elsewhere that some local knowledge left with the exodus of 47 writers and editors since Gannett purchased the paper. The first sentence of the article announcing the hiring of Richard Luna as the new managing editor trumped up a pretty loose Hoosier tie, namely "The Indianapolis Star"s new managing editor is an ex-sports reporter who once covered the 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis." Unfortunately, that home-boy knowledge didn"t keep last Saturday"s Star from announcing that a rib festival was to be held at "the former site of Madison Square Arena."