EDITORIAL: Solid reasons to give thanks

IBJ Staff
November 30, 2013
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It’s a good thing a holiday like Thanksgiving rolls around once a year to remind us to slow down, take stock of our blessings, and show appreciation for them.

Those of us living in the Indianapolis area certainly have a lot to be thankful for, including these reasons:

• An improving economy, a drop in unemployment, and a rising stock market. Let’s put it this way: We journalists tend to get more calls returned when we’re writing about companies growing instead of imploding.

• The wave of entrepreneurship we expect in coming years thanks to the $2.5 billion buyout of homegrown ExactTarget. We’re standing by to cover the next round of local tech startups this deal helps ignite.

• The pending redevelopment of Market Square Arena—for real this time—along with a handful of other attractive projects that are bringing more full-time residents downtown. We’re particularly excited to see local owners get their hands on the long-neglected Consolidated and Illinois buildings.

• Top bond ratings for the state and city of Indianapolis. The AAA ratings are hard to come by—and the resulting low interest rates help minimize taxpayer expenses. Hoosiers generally are governed by a political class that respects how difficult it is for most people to earn a dollar.

• The bipartisan movement to defeat a proposed Indiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also best for business. Kudos to the Indy Chamber, Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins Inc. and numerous other companies and organizations for taking a stand.

• The Pacers. These guys are fun to watch, love the game and are bringing the crowds back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It’s easy to forget the venue sold out every game its first year. The Pacers’ emergence just as the Colts hit a rough patch proves once again how spoiled we are as Indianapolis sports fans.

• The new Eskenazi Health Hospital, a beautiful and state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates our city’s commitment to care for everyone. With a new airport terminal, football stadium, hospital and expanded convention center under our belts, contractors must be wondering what’s next.

• Another major hotel? Landing another Super Bowl? A framework for successful mass-transit legislation? For now, we’re thankful each is within the realm of possibility.

On the home front, we’re thankful for:

• IBJ’s always-friendly and razor-sharp office manager, Jane Meredith, who retired in late November after 11 years of keeping the trains running on time at IBJ Media. We miss her already.

• Local owners who value and invest in good journalism.

• Our loyal readers. Thanks for supporting IBJ and sharing your news with us first. Happy Thanksgiving!•

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?