Thumbs up: Props for Pops
The Fathers and Families Center sets the tone early for this weekend's Father's Day celebrations with a June 15 Conrad luncheon honoring a group of dads who struggled with their fatherhood duties, but then took the time to seek guidance to fully embrace the paternal mantle. Being a good dad is no easy feat — so to all you guys out there who give it your best, we salute you! And to all you guys who manage to step up despite not having good dads of your own to mimic, we give you an extra thumbs up.
Thumbs up: Dump pump, free ride
To all y'all that understand public transit only as an abstract concept and roadway obstacle, we dare you to embrace a new experience: Park the car, "dump the pump," visit IndyGO's website for route maps, hop a free bus ride Thursday, June 16, and get to know our beautiful city with fresh eyes. To raise awareness of the ease, reliability and cost savings of using the bus system, IndyGo aims to increase ridership beyond the 762,715 passenger trips offered last month. Also, the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority is using Dump the Pump Day as a petition drive kick-off to inspire greater legislative efforts in support of regional public transit.
Thumbs down: Playing politics with women's health
Excited about Indiana's impressive 2010 economic growth — at 4.6 percent, it generated the third-highest annual GDP increase in the country — and fostering of promising multinational biomedical partnerships, we almost gave our great State of Indiana a thumbs up this week. Then came the news that the fallout of HEA 1210 spread beyond arrested Medicaid funding. The state has now denied PPIN Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits, which the women's health care provider used to leverage donor support to the tune of $21,238 in the past two years. Knee-capping Planned Parenthood won't kill abortion, but it will result in the crippling of a stalwart provider of reproductive health care and advocate for the economically disadvantaged.
Thumbs up: Get educated
Indiana Tech scored a grant from the Ball Venture Fund to underwrite — for free to any adult in the community, space permitting — college prep classes in math, writing and computer skills. Classes start in late June, so if you need some educatin', tune in.