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 www.inddyreads.org 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.