Opinion: Façade money more spread out

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The Town of Zionsville turned a good deed recently by deciding to spread façade grants a bit wider. Where before the town would underwrite up to 50 percent of a business’ project to update or otherwise change for the better its storefront, it now is allowing an up to 40 percent contribution. That means more businesses are able to participate, and we view that as a smart, generous move. Keeping storefronts looking good is key to having a welcoming place of business, and, we hope, a better revenue report as a result.

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We mightily salute the anonymous donor, whoever he or she is, for providing funding that helped the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library acquire an automated external defibrillator. AEDs determine whether a person in sudden cardiac arrest can have his or her heart shocked into restart. It is said the donor’s act was in memory of a 3-month-old grandchild and in honor of the Zionsville Fire Dept. members who tried to save the infant’s life. Eventually, there will be a memorial plaque placed next to the AED, which is on the second of three floors of the library and easily accessed in a central location. Here’s hoping it never needs to be deployed.

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If ever there was a question about it, rest assured The Hillary Campaign, officially, is in startup mode. In seeking to replace President Barack Obama in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton last week made clear that our president has failed to execute on praise-worthy goals. This, while a report out of Pennsylvania has her far, far out in front of all the Republican would-be challengers. Oh, and the GOP? It is devoting its time to winnowing the list of potential cities that would host the next convention. Rome is burning. You can’t make up this stuff.

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