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[r23] Friend Report: Real-life problems
Start Date: 3/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 3/26/2013End Time: 1:59 PM
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Real-life problems

Saturday morning was a rude awakening because the furnace had kicked out and the temperature in the house was about 50 degrees. An early phone call to the furnace man was enlightening; he answered his cell phone in Orlando.  He told me how sorry he was that he couldn’t fix the problem – yeah, right! Thankfully, a neighbor was able to get us warmed up with a repair.

Ann and I were discussing a dinner we are going to host and she mentioned (insisted) that our oven had better be fixed before we settled on a date. Here is our dilemma: the built-in oven installed in 2007 has had a control panel failure now for the third time in five years. To say that the manufacturer’s response has been tepid would be an understatement. We continue to work on the problem and defer the dinner event.  I won’t divulge the manufacturer’s name unless we can’t get a suitable resolution.

We recently had to replace a crock pot, repair the garage door opener and we need to replace the toaster.  Why am I whining?  Is this a pity party? No, my point here is that the problems we Americans face are trivial by comparison to the rest of the world. Yes, our appliance-driven world that keeps us warm, well-fed and protected is very important to us, but it is imperative to remember that we don’t live in a place of turmoil. We aren’t constantly fearful of bombs, attacks and all the other harsh realities that most of the world is experiencing. While many countries deal with hunger issues, our country struggles to motivate people to wellness.

As your representative, my personal problems are a reflection of yours. I know that everyone has a furnace, appliances and housing issues.  It is a good thing that my experiences can provide empathy for yours. Smile, be positive and don’t dwell on the negatives. “It all pays the same.” In this life, try to be happy!

I was in Rochester Saturday morning for a Third House. As is their custom, Fulton County turned out a roomful of people to participate in their state government. I am always complimentary of Fulton County because they do not disappoint. There is always a knowledgeable crowd, and they are attentive and ask good questions.  Even with disagreements, the audience is polite.  

I spoke to the group about the frustration of the House Republicans with the intrusion of a national group, Americans for Prosperity, into our state budget considerations. Ads are being run on TV that are blatantly wrong. The group fails to recognize that Indiana’s fiscal position is the envy of the nation. House leadership has had a great deal to do with that position. Indiana has low taxes, low property taxes and a triple-A bond rating; maybe Americans for Prosperity should compare our position to that of Illinois or Michigan. For Indiana, it’s a slam dunk and a reason for some pride and confidence.

In other legislative news, my bill on Alzheimer’s training passed out of the House and Senate unanimously and will go the governor. I am pleased with the acceptance of this concept, and I hope the program can be implemented successfully.

Saturday night, Ann and I attended the North Miami High School production of Annie. What a treat!  The cast was large and included many adults from the community, plus a very talented orchestra with many local musicians volunteering their time to the production. Congratulations to everyone involved.  It was a great production and highlighted the abilities of many young people as well as adults.

We continue to address many bills at the Statehouse. The issues become more difficult and combinations of bills only complicate the decisions we have to make.

Stay in touch, it’s your government!

More later,

Bill Friend
Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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