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The Indianapolis Star

Back into darkness: DST makes winter seem longer

Good for you. I'm glad you are able to enjoy observing DST. I really am. I'm just saying there are hidden costs that Mitch isn't talking about. He blew off the findings about extra energy costs and I haven't heard him mention anything about impacts on certain medical conditions and the associated costs.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #16)

The Indianapolis Star

Legislators: Seal the deal on fair, sound tax reform

If you currently pay less than 1% of your home's assessed value in property taxes then you are getting off easy. Most of us are paying much more than 1%.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #73)

The Indianapolis Star

Average pay of mayor's inner circle up 8% in Ballard admi...

No, the point is that no one in these high level positions actually does work. They talk to the press, they talk to the community groups, they talk to the mayor and they talk to whichever arm of city government that performs any actual work involved. All they do is talk. Instead of paying more money for these positions, cut them out entirely and let the people who are involved with getting things accomplished do the talking.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #267)

The Indianapolis Star

Average pay of mayor's inner circle up 8% in Ballard admi...

Your reply has nothing to do with my post. I'm saying that people in those figure head positions don't do any actual work. All they do is talk about the work that other people do. It is not a good plan to pay more to figure heads who don't do any actual work and say you are saving money by cutting the positions of the people who actually get the work done.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #266)

The Indianapolis Star

In a dark mood over unsafe time change

Where do you live that it stays light until 11PM in June? I hate DST. I do not like losing an hour of sleep for several weeks a year. My body refuses to fall asleep an hour earlier no matter what time I go to bed. So it might as well be lighter later because I'll be up.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #25)

The Indianapolis Star

In a dark mood over unsafe time change

Like I said, it was a joke. It didn't mean that people actually couldn't figure it out. The businesses you mention had to completely change their schedules twice each year because of DST! Indiana stayed the same. We were on central time and followed central time schedules part of the year and eastern time schedules the other part of the year.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #24)

The Indianapolis Star

Legislators: Seal the deal on fair, sound tax reform

No offense, but did you just step out of 1985? Walkmans? Made me laugh. You do have a point about the renters deduction and I am confused about that too. The purpose of the deduction is to acknowledge that renters do pay property taxes through their rent payments and allowing them to get credit for paying those taxes on their IN income tax returns. But don't they get to deduct the total rent they paid up to some arbirtarily set limit? It's been a while and I don't remember for sure, but if that's the case, I'm sure many people pay $5000 or more in total rent each year, but I seriously doubt that the majority of renters pay $5000 a year in property taxes included in their rent. That would be $416 a month with a $5000 deduction, $250 a month with a $3000 deduction and $208 a month with the current $2500 deduction. Perhaps they should be allowed to deduct some percentage of thier rent paid to more accurately reflect the amount of property taxes actually contributed.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #61)

The Indianapolis Star

In a dark mood over unsafe time change

I work with people on the east coast every day. There was more confusion about what time it was in Indiana after we switch to DST. It is a myth (more like a joke) that people didn't know what time it was in IN because we weren't on DST. There was NEVER a problem with that.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #19)

The Indianapolis Star

Back into darkness: DST makes winter seem longer

People would be surprised at how many medical texts and articles I have read about the effects of switching to DST on several medical conditions. Switching to DST is actually harmful to people who have to take regular medications, people with depression, people with problems in their HPA axis etc. So DST is bad for peoples health and it costs us extra money. Thanks a lot Mitch. I hope this is worth that extra round of golf!  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #5)

The Indianapolis Star

Dems offer their own tax plan

There is no way that the republicans are stupid enough to think that they could hold a press conference about their property tax bill and that the democrats led by Pat Bauer would not retaliate. I don't think the republicans wanted their bill to pass or they woulnd't have held the press conference. The dems have lost whatever intentions they had for making meaningful changes to the property tax system to help homeowners and have been swayed by their local level counterparts to watch out for their interests more than the interests of the homeowner. They think that the people have lost enough interest that they aren't paying attention to the details and are as caught up in the game of democrats vs republicans as they are. They are all just playing games and hoping they can drag this out and not do anything and blame the impass on the other side.  (Mar 8, 2008 | post #66)

The Indianapolis Star

Average pay of mayor's inner circle up 8% in Ballard admi...

So Ballard is going to cut positions of staff who actually do work so he can pay more to the figure heads who do nothing but talk about the work that lower level staff actually accomplish. Great idea. Those high level staff don't do anything but take the credit for work they didn't do when times are good, or pass the blame on to the workers when times are bad.  (Mar 8, 2008 | post #173)

The Indianapolis Star

Vehicle inspections needed to cut down on emissions

For information on vehicle emissions inspections in Indiana: http://www.cleanai rcarcheck.com/emis sions.htm For Dan in Seymour, I'm sure you can make modifications to your vehicles that give them better fuel mileage, but I doubt that the average car owner can. Emissions inspections can find problems with exhaust systems that will give the driver better fuel mileage once fixed. Inspections aren't required in Indianapolis, but they used to have free voluntary car emissions testing a couple of times a year in Indy. I think this would be a good time to bring that back since more drivers are interested in finding ways to improve fuel economy now that gas is so expensive. This won't get the beaters off the road, but it could help improve overall air quality. (of course there would need to be some grant or federal money available to pay for it or it's not going to happen any time soon).  (Mar 7, 2008 | post #11)

The Indianapolis Star

Widening credit crisis fears send major indices tumbling

Considering that I pay more each month on property taxes than I do on the principle of my mortgage I don't expect to have more equity in my home than debt for a long, long time. I'm sure many people are in the same situation. And I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how it makes sense that I have to pay property taxes on debt that I owe to the bank while they own my house. I pay the tax on something the bank owns and I pay the bank another $400 a month for the pleasure of doing it.  (Mar 7, 2008 | post #4)

The Indianapolis Star

Tie vote mixup holds up tax bill

"Lubbers said she is optimistic that the measure eliminating the township assessors could pass. While there is no guarantee that all senators will vote the same way, resulting in the same tied vote, she said there were a couple senators absent today whom she believed would support the measure in a revote." So we need to contact our senators now and make sure they ALL vote for this amendment next time!  (Feb 25, 2008 | post #5)

The Indianapolis Star

Gay-marriage opponents push for a vote

I am amazed that some people actually use the argument that humans will go extinct if gays are allowed to get married. This alone tells you how ignorant the people are who are pushing for this rediculous amendment.  (Feb 19, 2008 | post #336)