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Return Weir Cook to airport title?

June 3, 2008
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Weir Cook has been dead a long time, since 1943, but a military veterans group wants to bring his name back to what is now Indianapolis International Airport. The war heroâ??s name was on the airport from 1944, a...
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Fun with tax abatements

Cory Schouten
June 3, 2008
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A couple of development projects that would include tax abatements are up for hearings Wednesday at the Metropolitan Development Commission: Community Hospital of Indiana Inc. plans to spend $3.7 million updating and expanding...
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IBJ Movie Night: Get Smart

Bruce Hetrick
June 3, 2008
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Want to join IBJ for a screening of the new comedy "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway? It's happening June 17 at AMC College Park For a pair of tickets, just take both of the following steps: 1. Post a comment...
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Fisher races to get back on track

Cory Schouten
June 3, 2008
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Sarah Fisher is speeding ahead with plans to do at least two more Indy Racing League races this season. Despite the defection of two main sponsors and a crash at last month’s Indianapolis 500, Fisher still thinks her team will...
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Rolling the dice in Indiana

Cory Schouten
June 2, 2008
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A new electronic casino opens for business at Hoosier Park in Anderson today, and another at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville is set to open next week. The...
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IRL wins again in Milwaukee

Cory Schouten
June 2, 2008
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The Indy Racing League is continuing its popularity growth. After a strong month of May in Indianapolis, the IRL saw a 30 percent attendance increase at its race yesterday in Milwaukee, to just more than 30,000. While...
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You-review-it Monday

Bruce Hetrick
June 2, 2008
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I wish I had more to report from the weekend, but I was under the weather and didn't get to take advantage of Indy's offerings. If nothing else, I had hoped to get out to The Jazz Kitchen for Sunday night's...
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Etiquette for high gas prices

June 2, 2008
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It seems like more people are driving below the speed limit now that gas has become expensive. Particularly on interstates, it isnâ??t uncommon to come upon congestion only to realize that somebody, for no apparent reason, is puttering along and holding...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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