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Letter: Measuring success goes beyond bottom line

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From: Tim Grimm


Received: Jan. 1

Regarding the recent Republic editorial (Dec. 30), “Daniels successful in years as governor,” I would like to focus on the term “success.”

While it may be true that the state’s financial status is in better shape than when Daniels came into office, it is also true that Indiana has dropped into

the 10 unhealthiest states in America.

Basing its rankings on obesity, smoking, binge drinking, sedentary lifestyles, the percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (25 percent!) and the percentage of citizens without health insurance, a United Health Foundation report reveals much to be done in our state to improve the quality of life.

This, coupled with the recent Forbes magazine ranking Indiana 49th for air and water quality in America, begs the question: How do we measure success?

Hoosier author James Alexander Thom was once quoted saying something I’ll never forget: “There are things more sacred than the bottom line.” Hoosiers’ health, quality of life and environment seem to me more important than all of the successes mentioned during Daniel’s tenure.

Mike Pence’s desire to get the state “from good to great” will be a challenge, to say the least, and I hope, for all of us, that he will provide leadership in tackling these issues head on.

Such low rankings are an embarrassment, and improving them with commitment and without delay will be a necessary step to greatness.

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