– Let’s get excited about our upcoming 201st year of Indiana statehood.
We are a good place to do business because of the comparatively lower
costs to employee our people and power our factories. We are leaders in
the ever increasingly important areas of agriculture and life sciences.
Our institutions of higher education and medicine are some of the
world’s best. And
the elections are over! What a relief for all of us. It is time now to
set aside the inclination toward competition. It is time to work
together, all of us, to resolve those lingering issues that negate our
advantages and keep all of our people from sharing in our successes:
Addiction. Low Wages. Hunger. Sexual violence. Illiteracy. Poor health.
Civil rights. The reality is this: Too many of our citizens live lives
with problems not a lot different than people in developing and yes,
even war-torn, nations. We like to think of ourselves as living in a
happy and wholesome place, and Indiana certainly has the potential for
greatness. But we won’t achieve greatness unless we tackle our very
complicated and serious challenges. Consider that Indiana is
one of the most obese states in the nation. We have had a surging
suicide rate. Nearly 10 percent of the babies born here are born
opiate-addicted. Our infant mortality rate is shameful; among
African-Americans, it is the worst in the nation. By so many measures,
the fabric of family has frayed for too many in Indiana.