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Thumbs up: Scavenge the Ave

If you're reading this, you probably take your literacy for

granted (insert wisecrack here about what it means to be reading NUVO). But

nearly one fifth of Indianapolis adults are unable to read at even a third

grade level. You can help turn this situation around byparticipating in Scavenge the Ave, an

urban scavenger hunt to help support adult literacy programming hosted by Indy

reads, the Mass Ave Merchants Association and, yes, NUVO on June 16 from 5-9

p.m. It starts at the Athenaeum, where scavengers will receive clues that will

take them to such places as R-Bistro, the Chatterbox, Mass Ave Toysand The Best Chocolate in Town. Tickets

are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Go to to register or call

317-275-4040 for more information.

Thumbs up: Help the band play on

IPS has plenty of kids who want to play in their school

band. But there aren't enough instruments to go around. If you have a gently

used instrument sitting around the house, IPS has a kid who would love to learn

how to play it. You can donate your instrument to the Help IPS Kids Make Music

musical instrument drive on Saturday, June 12 at four locations between 10 a.m.

and 2 p.m. Take your instrument one of four locations: Crispus Attucks Medical

Magnet High School, Howe Community High School, Northwest High School or the

Shortridge Magnet for Law and Public Policy. For more information call Keith

White, IPS, at 317-693-5727.

Thumbs down: Property tax cap preview

The idea of writing property tax caps into the state

constitution is not improving with age. The current caps, passed by the state

legislature in 2008 to help get us out of the reassessment mess, has cost

Marion County $79 million this year and is expected to cost another $93 million

in 2011. Under these circumstances, writing caps into the constitution seems

rash, to say the least. Wouldn't it be better to first look at making

structural changes to local government – like getting rid of township

government? Marion County township governments (excluding center Township) had

a cumulative cash balance of $41.3 million in 2009.

Thumbs down: What's Coats' deal?

When he said he was running for the U.S. Senate seat being

vacated by Evan Bayh, Dan Coats promised to give a full accounting of the

various corporations and interest groups he lobbied for in Washington, D.C.

More than three months later, Coats still hasn't coughed up this information.

Did he lose his Rolodex? Were his files eaten by the lovable family dog? Or

could it be that, in addition to the usual

military-industrial-banking-polluting sleazeballs that so often pay top dollar

for insider influence, Coats worked for clients in support of world peace,

social justice and environmentalism? In today's politics, it's hard to say

which revelation would hurt him more.


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