Author: Brian Kelly

Youth assistance expands its reach

This really is quite a terrific move: The Westfield Youth Assistance Program has announced that the program is expanding into Noblesville. The newly formed Noblesville Youth Assistance this month is to begin identifying and...

Hey, Washington: It’s the spending, stupid!

We’re sure you’re as tired of reading this as we are of writing it: The GOP caves in, again. As everyone knows, the so-called “fiscal cliff” was “avoided” by a typical, kick-the-can-down-the-road approach by...

Fiscal cliff: More blame on GOP

By the time you read this, we all could be careening off the fiscal cliff, which would be a shame. The inability of President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker...

Where is regard for human life?

We hesitated to interrupt your enjoyment of the holiday season with this, but it needs to be written: We believe the recent horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is as much about the breakdown of...

Saturday, consider ‘shopping local’

It’s a great time of year, the colder weather notwithstanding, because it’s officially the start of the holiday season. Some big-box stores would have you believe the holiday shopping season began back around Aug....

Backshop’s picks for Election Day

Tuesday will prove a momentous occasion on many fronts. Here is who your favorite newspaper owners endorse (and why): President – Mitt Romney, perhaps by a wider margin than previously thought possible. We believe...

We’re mixed on balanced calendar

As early as Oct. 23, the board of Noblesville Schools could vote on a change to the academic calendar as we know it. The district, through last Friday, had sought community input on the possibility of moving...

Help us help Chaucie’s Place

As you might know, we’re pleased and proud to be among the sponsors once again for the Treasure our Children event, an important fundraiser for Chaucie’s Place. As a reminder – and in an urging for you to...

Some key questions for President Obama

“My expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone, not just for some.” – President Barack Obama, during taping of “The Late Show” with David Letterman. That comment by...

Mitt’s misstep? Chance for clarity

We’re sure you’re aware of the latest controversy surrounding the presidential campaign. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has taken some heat for saying Americans “dependent” on government assistance “believe they are entitled to health care,...