Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis


Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis is part of a nationwide non-profit that seeks to improve "the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness".

Most of the "lightly used" blooms come from florists, grocery stores and funeral homes, others come from private celebrations for weddings or birthdays. (If you'd like to donate, contact Lindsay Potter, Program Manager, at Lindsay@RAFIndianapolis.org.)

Maybe you don't have still-perky picked flowers to donate, but you probably have at least a shelf full of unwanted vases. If they're 6 to 9 inches tall and "not too thin or too wide", take them to Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis, Suite F, 1057 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Another place to drop them off (if you're in the northwest quadrant of Indy) is 8222 Moore Road, Indianapolis: "put at front of stable in labeled plastic bin".

Help make a day brighter for someone who needs a bit of sunshine.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pence Tries to Explain Away His Use of AOL Account


This Indianapolis Observer finds it easy to believe that former Governor Mike Pence used AOL to conduct Indiana State Government business (he's that clueless about the 21st Century).

But it is difficult to believe that he expects the courts to buy the argument that the public has no right to see what the hacker last summer has already read, that some of his AOL emails are too "sensitive" to release.

Read all about it numerous places, including The Washington Post.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Are Pence's Government-Related Emails Secret?


While former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is frantically trying to keep his emails secret, a decision by a West Coast court does not bode well for his success.

"California’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that texts and emails sent by public officials on private accounts or devices are a matter of public record, marking a victory for transparency advocates," reports Mollie Reilly in The Huffington Post.

"The state’s Supreme Court says the public has a right to access all communications about government business."

According to The Indianapolis Star, "Vice President Mike Pence continued to fight to keep secret a political white paper emailed to him while he was Indiana governor, petitioning the Indiana Supreme Court not to review a public records denial for the controversial papers. If opened, the communications could reveal a slew of Republican political strategies that Pence and dozens of other U.S. governors devised to fight former President Barack Obama and an executive order of his concerning immigration."

Read more about it here.