Editorial

EDITORIAL: North of South project worth the risk

February 5, 2011
We understand the concern expressed by some on the City-County Council over Indianapolis’ role in financing the $155 million project, but there are compelling reasons to approve it.
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EDITORIAL: Let districts decide when to start classes

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
It isn’t difficult to understand why state Sen. Mike Delph wants to force school districts to start their academic years after Labor Day; what’s perplexing is why Delph would want to slap a restriction on districts at a time they need more freedom to manage their own affairs.
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EDITORIAL: Time for mayor to clear the air, back smoking ban

January 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Another year, another parade of editorials, opinion pieces and studies that call for Indiana to join its neighbors in banning smoking in all workplaces.
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EDITORIAL: Daniels on target on township reform

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Government reform is an important topic, especially at a time tax caps have forced many units of local government to cut back on essential services.
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EDITORIAL: City's IT sector finding a groove

January 8, 2011
Indianapolis has spent more than a decade craving a robust information technology sector. Now there are signs that craving is being satisfied.
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EDITORIAL: Praise for Don Welsh

January 8, 2011
Don Welsh, the departing leader of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, is the embodiment of the risk and reward associated with bringing in outside talent to do important work on the city’s behalf.
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EDITORIAL: Consider tapping bank fund to ease budget woes

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As reported in a front-page story in last week’s IBJ, the $250 million public deposit insurance fund has not been tapped in nearly 20 years.
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EDITORIAL: Our wish list for next year

December 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
We don’t expect all our holiday wishes for the New Year to come true. We’re not that naïve. But in this season of hope, we’d like to offer these familiar refrains—and end with some proof that dreams do, sometimes, come true.
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EDITORIAL: Have faith in fantasy despite real-life woes

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Some days, it’s hard to believe in Santa Claus. It’s altogether too easy to be “affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age,” as the New York Sun’s Francis Pharcellus Church wrote in his famous response to an 8-year-old girl’s inquiry about the existence of the Jolly Old Elf.
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EDITORIAL: Airport victory just a warm-up

December 11, 2010
Not all success stories are flashy. Witness the quiet resurrection of the former United Airlines maintenance facility at Indianapolis International Airport.
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EDITORIAL: Online retailers should pay sales tax

December 4, 2010
Retailers and shopping center owners are right in crusading for a level playing field in taxation. It isn’t fair that most online retailers don’t charge sales taxes, while traditional retailers in Indiana must tack on 7 percent.
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EDITORIAL: Statewide smoking ban is overdue

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The scientific evidence has been there for years. The financial argument is easy to make. Yet the idea of protecting the public from the potentially deadly effects of secondhand smoke hasn’t caught fire in the halls of power—at least that’s been the case in Indiana.
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EDITORIAL: A call to stop the debt spiral

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
President Obama’s fiscal commission is doing its job by recommending tough taxing and expense-slashing measures meant to attack our nation’s debt crisis. Indiana’s congressional delegation should keep the momentum going.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators should let public decide on transit plan

November 13, 2010
A more robust public transportation system might be just what the region needs to connect people with jobs, spark development near transit stops, elevate the city’s stature, and reduce the need to regularly pour millions into widening our roads. Or it might be a big, unnecessary waste of money.
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EDITORIAL: Building safety requires oversight

November 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The saga of the Di Rimini apartments is a cautionary tale, and one Indianapolis officials would do well to heed.
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EDITORIAL: A last chance for City Market

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
We like the changes afoot at City Market. But if the latest attempt to reposition it doesn’t work, the city should consider mothballing the beloved old building until its surroundings become a benefit rather than a liability.
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EDITORIAL: State can't afford to keep townships

October 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana lawmakers are gearing up for another legislative session, and township government reform will return to the agenda. We hope proponents can finally hit a home run.
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EDITORIAL: Judge North of South project on its merits

October 16, 2010
The city’s plan to provide an $86 million loan for the mixed-use North of South real estate development adjacent to the Eli Lilly and Co. campus has drawn criticism from those who think the city should focus first on other needs, such as IndyGo and public libraries.
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EDITORIAL: Time to change utility regulation

October 9, 2010
Conflicts of interest shouldn’t happen, but one that made news this month should inspire legislation to slow the revolving door between the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and the utilities it is supposed to watch.
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EDITORIAL: East 10th Street project can be repeated

October 2, 2010
When people see what’s happening on and near East 10th Street—and they will, thanks to the Super Bowl connection—they’ll see what’s possible and, we hope, join similar efforts.
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EDITORIAL: Tough economy exacerbates charities' needs

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Recent economic times have been tough on many Americans. But those who already were suffering most often have taken the hardest blows.
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EDITORIAL: City's parking plan needs work

September 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard strikes us as someone who puts pragmatism over politics. That’s why we’re hopeful he’ll reconsider details of the controversial plan to turn over the city’s metered parking to a private vendor.
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EDITORIAL: Revive 21st Century Fund, boost entrepreneurship

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One damper on Indiana's entrepreneurial growth has been the shrinking of the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, which has lost half its support because of state budget woes. As soon as state revenue permits, the state should bring this key program back to its funding level of $37 million a year, or boost it even higher.
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EDITORIAL: University research funding is on right path

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana’s public universities aren’t garnering enough research funding, and the research they’re conducting isn’t churning out high-paying jobs in quantities everyone would like, but Hoosiers shouldn’t be wringing their hands in despair.
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EDITORIAL: State education chief's agenda gets good grades

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tony Bennett, the state’s superintendent of public instruction for nearly two years, deserves accolades for shoving education reform toward the top of Indiana’s agenda.
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