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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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A historian muses on the American character and the debt crisis

November 15, 2010
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Indiana University's James Madison is "marginally optimistic" Americans have the fortitude to tackle what could grow to become an emergency ranking with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.
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Indiana is a bigger Amish state than you think

September 10, 2010
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How much longer until even Pennsylvania is eclipsed?
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Would Indy cops be better without Unigov?

August 31, 2010
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The local NAACP president tells an out-of-town newspaper that service has deteriorated under merged police and sheriff's departments.
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Tip-offs for when CEOs lie

August 31, 2010
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A new study offers insights into when CEOs are fibbing. But those who benefit most from the revelations might be their handlers.
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No judgment; just pay the extended use fee

August 25, 2010
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The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library no longer "fines" patrons for overdue books. Are you feeling better?
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Travails of the home worker

August 4, 2010
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They’re nabbed to run errands, pick up kids and other tasks by those who “go to work.” A report says they’re pushing back.
 
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DePauw's tricky decision

August 3, 2010
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Was spurning Carmel hazing suspect the right call?
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Root causes of the Black Expo shootings

July 19, 2010
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Taking the debate beyond curfews and other Band-Aids.
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Momentum builds to delay Social Security

July 16, 2010
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Politicians are beginning to tepidly make the case to head off disaster.
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Expert: The end to sedentary lifestyles is in sight

July 15, 2010
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Physical and mental problems tied to inactivity are pushing both government and the private sector to force changes, Bradford Woods chief says.
 
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ArcelorMittal throws down gauntlet on gun law

July 1, 2010
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Steelmaker’s decision to forbid guns at work despite Indiana’s new statute will likely spark a lawsuit.
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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Comings and goings in the Indy area

June 22, 2010
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A clever interactive map shows where locals are moving to and where the new locals hail from.
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Bloomington chamber steps into Arizona boycott debate

June 11, 2010
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The real hurt is being felt right in Bloomington, the biz group complains.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010
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City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona. Neither will the city send its officials to Arizona for conferences.
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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Hard times might make workers feel better about employers

May 3, 2010
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Any bounce could be temporary, an expert cautions.
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Ready for subsidized vacation?

April 21, 2010
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Vacations are evolving into a “human right” in the European Union. So, you guessed it, subsidies are next. But an IU prof who’s a native of France isn’t sure it’s a good idea.
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Assessing George W. Bush's presidency

April 13, 2010
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Bush will be among friends when he speaks in Indianapolis on Thursday. But how will history treat his term in office?
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Will Tony Bennett's school reforms hurt struggling students?

April 8, 2010
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A plan to get more parents interested in their children’s performance in school and reward good teachers might inadvertently strip resources from students who most need the help most.
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Is Indiana northern or southern?

April 7, 2010
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Many Hoosiers would recoil at the Confederate History Month declaration by Virginia’s new governor. Others, though, might not, and the reaction would likely depend on where in Indiana the reaction came from.
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A tip for getting into vet school

March 31, 2010
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Like cattle, hogs and other big farm animals? You’re now considered a diversity candidate.
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City Securities chief likes Tea Party

March 30, 2010
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You know times have changed when the head of Indianapolis’ main investment bank can identify with the Tea Party movement.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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