“Go back to Mexico!” That’s what greeted the Pleasant Run Panther Bots from an Indianapolis elementary school in the parking lot after competing and winning the robotics challenge at Plainfield High School this past week. The IndyStar reports that there were similar disparaging comments made by parents inside the school. So our Hoosier hearts break a bit this Saturday morning. We’ve seen this type of intolerance in places like Columbus and Hammond this past year, goaded on by a coarsening political culture that has overtaken our nation. It is epic ignorance when you consider that these kids have been born and raised here, and for decades the Latino culture has enriched our state with a sturdy work ethic, a devotion to family and a graceful assimilation into the Hoosier culture. If there are exceptions to the phrase many of us oft say - Hoosier Hospitality - they are these ignorant, intolerant people who make the headlines by spewing hate and loathing. As for the champion Panther Bots, a trip to the General Assembly and Gov. Holcomb’s office is probably in order. We need to celebrate our Hoosier kids. - Brian A. Howey, publisher