Sunday, August 13, 2006

Around the Blog World Today

Ahhh, a lazy Sunday morning catching up with my weekly reading. Even with a pot of freshly ground French roast (direct from France courtesy of a friend), it's much easier than starting any real work I have to do. It's also a great way to share some of the terrific writing and political coverage happening in Indiana today. The state blog scene just gets better and better.

** New Orleans. A Year Later: Over at Cerulean Blue, LawGeekGirl has a beautiful post on her first trip to New Orleans since last year's hurricane. She gives her impression of the recovery with the outside eyes of a former resident. Her post is also a good look at the realities of travel to NOLA right now.

**Not Your Father's Indiana: And thank God for that. Old news but a great column from Abdul-Hakim Shabazz at the Howey Political Report on the progress Gov. Daniels has made in the past 18 months. He's preaching to the choir on this one, but I love it when people with a bigger platform than mine say it.

** RiShawn Biddle on Crime: Good for RiShawn Biddle (editorial writer for the IndyStar) for his recent posts on the crime situation. He's one of the only newspros keeping the issues related to crime front and center and he's doing a good job of it. This week's Expresso featured several posts including one on the realities of downtown life (scroll up from comments for the post).

**Playing Politics with Crime: On the crime-related political posturing front, both Biddle at the Star and Cam Carter at the Howey Political Report have good overviews on recent behind-the-scene politics at the county and city level. We all have to remember the crime situation is just as political as cultural, which is irksome for those of us who see the results of the city-county council's ignorance on the evening news. One can never underestimate the power of party politics and, in this case, politics driven by the Kennedy/Brizzi race.

**I Choose Indy! If you haven't had a chance to visit (and post) at I Choose Indy, now is a great time to do it. As recently noted in the IBJ, I Choose Indy! is asking for local business and industry leaders to post on why they chose to move to or remain in Indianapolis.

**It's the Parents, Stupid: I'm the first to call other writers on gross overgeneralizations, but I like much of what Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is doing over at Indiana Barrister. He, too, is doing some great writing on Indy's recent crime problems and the underlying issues. In this case, parental accountability.

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