Adversity can’t slow restaurateur Mullen

With recovery from last month’s fire well under way, Patrick’s will rise again. We’re happy to be able to write that. Owner Patrick Mullen hasn’t let the incident get him down. Quite the contrary, he’s working hard to be able to reopen the Main Street eatery, and he has found time to be active in the community, including his catering of this month’s Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s First Tuesday event. His usual strong presence at the weekly farmers market continues unabated. It’s heartening and a great lesson for the rest: Just keep plugging away.

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Through our untrained political eyes, we view President Barack Obama actually defining what challenger Mitt Romney represents for and to the American people. If that truly is the case, Romney had best assert himself, or it’ll be lights out before the game ever begins. It’s something for all of us to watch. Tell us if you disagree.

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A friend recently told us his daughter is fired up for school, which, for her, begins next Monday. She attends a private school, but still, whatever happened to summer? Back in the day, which is how it should be today, we were out the first Friday in June, back the day after Labor Day. If this kid we know wanted to go to summer camp, for instance, she would have barely made it to the fourth of the traditional eight weeks – given most camps’ calendars. There is too much time off during the year. We believe 180 days can be achieved and still give the kids a full summer.

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The Dept. of Energy, which was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, has beefed up to 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $29.5 billion. Oh, and we now import oil more than ever. What a joke! Sounds like a “green” initiative to us.