Man you guys are something else. I can't say that I wouldn't have done the exact same thing. He was going to be drafted very high, no. 1 overall in 11 or 12. He wanted to finish his degree, wanted a shot at a title, and wasn't like most kids who can't pass up the paycheck if he was injured. In addition to that, his father played in the league, and still had very close ties to many in the NFL. We had just fired our HC, but had not cleaned house and let the GM stay. We didn't have a head coach, offensive coordinator, etc....Luck, and I'm not talking about Andrew, knew this may be a wild franchise for a while, and in the best interest of his son, probably told him to stay and come out next year. Not shocking, and he has been to an AFC title game, but the tides seem to have turned, and Indy is back to it's old ways, while we are building a long term contender. I'm glad he stayed, but I'm not so sure that he is any longer.
I also don't think that as many people owned guns as what we see in the movies. Yes, there probably was 1 shotgun per family, but probably not if they lived in town, or didn't have a man around. Awfully expensive tool back then unless you were out and about a lot.
Start with no plea deals when using guns or weapons to commit a crime. Mandatory real sentences. I prefer to enforce the laws on the books first before adding more. Second, to purchase any firearm you need to have a mandatory wait time to receive those firearms. Third, track any and all purchases in a federal database. If you sell firearms, you must be a member of said database, and keep real records. Track any and all purchases. Maybe a little crazy, but supply DNA and fingerprint when purchasing firearm, and the authorities have however many days in the "cooling off" time to process it with the serial numbers. I don't like the idea of gun roundups, but I would be OK with State/Local governments paying a heavy "reward" for bringing in firearms and turning them over.
The mentor thing doesn't bother me...as far as losing the older, experienced ones...sometimes change is good. But it is a good point. My biggest push would be to make the salary competitive for what others are getting for having the same amount of education. Then to remove the pension, that is going to be a huge long term cost for the state. Get the paychecks up there, and do some heavy matching on 401's. Let the teachers that have "paid into" the retirement system get theirs, but you have to start rolling that thing back. For as long as I can remember, there have been lines for firefighters, EMT's, and police....teaching was the exact same way...if they aren't lining up any longer, changes will be made.
We have the ability to carry Star through 2017 and I fully expect us to do so. We can carry KK through the 2016 season, and I fully expect him to be signed to an extension before the start of the 2016 season if he stays healthy. Then we can have another full year to evaluate Star before having to make that call. IMO both will be here through 2017, and both could be here through 2020 if they stay healthy.