We’re sure you’ve heard about the latest fail at the IRS. It was recently reported tax return information for “about 104,000” taxpayers was illegally accessed by computer hackers overseas. The stolen information was used to submit fraudulent returns and, as a result, “about $50 million” in refunds were issued. This, of course, is on top of the recent scandal wherein the IRS was caught targeting conservative organizations. We taxpayers finally need to say, “Enough, already. Time to shut it down!” Wherever you find our government, corruption and incompetence are sure to follow. Besides, we’ve always believed that our government has no right to the details of our financial matters. Since we know the Republicans will never have the collective spine to overhaul our tax system, it’s time to look at third-party candidates.
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Your tax dollars are hard at work, fellow Hoosiers. The firefly has been proposed as our official state bug. No, we are not making this up. This would be the breakthrough measure of Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette), who says she’ll sponsor a bill in the next General Assembly that would make the firefly the state’s official insect. What’s next, state-sponsored jars with lids (and the appropriate number of lid punctures to allow for oxygen) for the vaunted state insect? This would be an incredible waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Isn’t there anything important to do down at the Statehouse? This is how much some elected officials do not respect your investment in the governance of this state.
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Next week in the back of your newspaper, you’ll find our Classifieds section, and it will have a new look. We are deploying a new program that automates the collection and display of “liner” ads around the common display ads. Going forward, liner ads may be placed with Raquel Dowley, our office manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 489.4444, ext. 4. Display ads still will go through the usual sales channels, so please contact your sales representative.