Yet, Indiana is not willing to consider programs to intervene in this trend of decay evident in virtually every county. Universal high-speed Internet service is a necessity today. So too are high quality highways and local airports. Redeveloping the infrastructure of inner cities and drilling out the decay of neighborhood housing needs to be on the priority list for our floundering larger cities.
More important is ending the education warfare that now plagues the state. Some of our leaders are more concerned with scoring political points than they are in recruiting the existing body of teachers to be active participants in restructuring our schools and curriculum.
Finally, let’s end the campaign to keep young Hoosiers from migrating to other states. Our best educated students leave to see what the rest of the world offers. Let them go, if we truly want the best for our children. They and others will return to Indiana, if we make the state one where they can be proud to live.
Morton Marcus is an economist, writer, and speaker who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.