Thumbs up: Recycling scholarships
Every year the Indiana Recycling Coalition holds an annual
conference and exhibition, this year's model is called "Thinking Outside the
Recycling Bin" and it takes place May 4-6 at Holiday Inn-North. $40
scholarships are available for K-12 teachers, college students and community
volunteers who would like to attend. All you gotta do is call 317-632-5915. For
conference details go to indianarecycling.org.
Thumbs down: Dumbing down
When Gov. Daniels was told that building the I-69 extension
would cost more than originally expected, he said the way to deal with the cost
would be to use a thinner layer of concrete and cut back on medians. He's come
up with a similar solution for the problem of high college costs and low graduation
rates – make college three years instead of four. "We want them out as
fast as we can," Daniels said of college students. The same might be said for
Thumbs up: Changing horses
If Paul Page is your defense attorney, you just got some bad
news. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi just promised not to involve himself
in any of the two-dozen criminal cases Page has pending in Marion County
courts. You see, Page and Brizzi are real estate partners. And it seems that
over the past couple of years, a few of Page's clients have had remarkably good
luck in their dealings with the prosecutor's office, raising eyebrows around
town. Now Brizzi's chief of staff, Jennifer Haley, will be supervising Page's
Thumbs down: Stowaways
Zebra mussels have been found in Geist Reservoir.
Unfortunately, these mussels don't work with a nice broth cut with garlic and
herbs. They prefer latching on to the bottom of boats and, especially, the
pipes that draw water for drinking. Zebra mussels proliferate quickly and suck
the nutrients out of the water that fish and other lifeforms need to survive.
In Indiana, these critters have been found in more than 65 bodies of water in
Thumbs up: Greening the City-County Building
Mayor Ballard has announced the latest developments in his
effort to make the City-County Building greener. An energy audit has been done,
along with recommendations and action steps to make the building more energy
efficient. Now if they can only do something about the way the building looks.
Making the council chambers seem less like the over-size lounge in a suburban
Holiday Inn would be a good start.