The View from December

***Please Note: Thanksgiving will be over by the time you read this, but try to remember it for next year. Caramelize the onions before putting them in your stuffing/dressing. This will change your life! Not really. It will change your stuffing though. While you’re at it, add a few shallots. Shallots are underutilized and they add a marvelous depth of flavor.

Low Wages in Tippecanoe County: A Prescription for Economic Stagnation

Low-wage jobs—including those that pay above the minimum but not enough to sustain a household—have increased since the recession. Workers who object are told to “quit and go somewhere else.” That would be the next $9-an-hour job down the road.

Let's focus on the impact of such jobs locally—not from an ethical standpoint, but a practical one.


Well, I'm not going to point any moral;
I'll leave that for yourself
Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking
You'd like to keep your health.
But every time I read the papers
That old feeling comes on;
We're -- waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool says to push on.

Pete Seeger – “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy” (

Militant Police in Tippecanoe County

Article IV of The Bill of Rights states that “The rights of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue , but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Inequality in Indiana: A Rising Problem with Ready Solutions

This week, the Indy Star **reported** on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ **report**. The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the fact “that jobs recovered in the U.S. since 2008 pay $14,000 less on average than the 8.7 million jobs lost since then.”

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