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October 18: fight evil and the Patriots(r)---wear garlands of garlic to the game.

Posted by Mark Small on October 2, 2015 at 6:15am 0 Comments

   Garlic is very healthy and imparts great taste to food.

   Garlic also is feared by vampires.

   Today’s blog is not meant as an appeal to belief in the unnatural. I am a taxpayer. The political leaders of the city in which I live decided long ago to subsidize, with money obtained from our tax dollars, professional sports franchise owners. The National Football League® is a —try not to choke on your food as you read this—not-for-profit corporation. The owners of the 32 franchises…


Is Donald Trump a "plant" in the field of GOP candidates?

Posted by Mark Small on September 18, 2015 at 6:21am 0 Comments

   If I were made head of the GOP, there are several moves I would push.

   Please realize I am not registered as a person who has voted Republican in any elections. I have voted for some candidates from the “R” party, but the number of those is relatively small. I have found the Democratic Party to have some bad candidates. In some races, in the general election, I have left blank the vote for a particular office. If the candidate of another party is on the ballot, I seriously consider…


Best birthday present ever: I do not have Multiple Sclerosis.

Posted by Mark Small on September 7, 2015 at 6:10am 0 Comments

   In June, on the morning of my birthday, I had an appointment with a neurologist, at IU Clarian North.  A too-long drive was one of several reasons I had decided to switch neurologists.

   My reality has been shaped, significantly, since January, 1994, when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I have blogged previously about the events that led up to the diagnosis. By the second day of what became a nine-day stay in the hospital, I was paralyzed from the waist down. I could not…


"Glitch" delays TIFs' metastasization.

Posted by Mark Small on September 2, 2015 at 6:06am 0 Comments

   The headline on the front page of IBJ reads: “TIF glitch may imperil projects in Midtown.”  (IBJ, Vol. 36, No. 27, p. 1.)  The article carries over to page 39.

   After a description of projects lined up to use TIF funds, the tone of the article echoed the headline. A $39 million development aimed for the area around College Avenue and Kessler “would bring much-needed density along the corridor that is part of a planned rapid-transit route running from Carmel to Greenwood.”  (Id., p.…


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