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CAMPBELL: Indianapolis has too many not-for-profits

March 3, 2012
We would all get together, rent out a ballroom and invite the CEO and board chair of every non-for-profit serving Indianapolis.

CAMPBELL: Lilly, Pulliam, Walker ... and Manning

February 4, 2012
Manning has been one of the most important figures in our city’s history.

CAMPBELL: Taking in the enormity of the Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
There is but one event that all of America sits down to experience together.

CAMPBELL: An eye-popping journey to the Carolinas

December 10, 2011
Make no mistake: The South is indeed rising again.

CAMPBELL: Foolishly cutting investments in the future

November 12, 2011
It boggles my mind that we balk at investing heavily in things like early education and full-day kindergarten.

CAMPBELL: Local elections should get more respect

September 10, 2011
I can’t escape stories on Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin or Donald Trump, but have to scour the Web to find a few words about Joanne Sanders, Ryan Vaughn or Ed Coleman.

CAMPBELL: What to do with Lafayette Square Mall

August 6, 2011
Safe, traditional options won’t work here; we have to get aggressive.

CAMPBELL: Let's hear more trees falling in Indianapolis

July 9, 2011
The campaigns for these new developments were essentially commercials for all these nice and livable communities outside the city.

CAMPBELL: Politics through the lens of a football fanatic

May 7, 2011
I’ve learned what everyday people have known for years: Unlike the media, we don’t pay attention to the fight.

CAMPBELL: The absurdity of our immigration politics

March 12, 2011
If proponents were serious about the issue, they would make it a crime to hire an illegal immigrant. Not a slap on the wrist, not a fine, not an audit, but a felony.

CAMPBELL: Democrats risk forfeiting signature issue

February 12, 2011
If Democrats are perceived to be an obstacle to education reform, they likely will be locked out of the room.

CAMPBELL: Most of all, mass transit needs a hero

January 8, 2011
In the next 10 to 20 years, it will be impossible to tout our region as a world-class center of innovation and entrepreneurship without meaningfully addressing transit.

CAMPBELL: A primer for government reformers

December 11, 2010
Proponents have to connect government reform to the real pocketbook issues that drive people.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.