Editorial

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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EDITORIAL: GM dispute deserves vote

August 21, 2010
It’s puzzling to us that leaders of the United Auto Workers Local 23 are against members even casting a vote on the proposed takeover of GM's Indianapolis metal-stamping plant by Illinois-based J.D. Norman Industries.
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EDITORIAL: Raising parking fees is wise step

August 14, 2010
It isn’t difficult to grasp the reasoning behind Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposal to privatize the city’s parking operations.
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EDITORIAL: In Indianapolis, sports venues aren't built to last

August 7, 2010
Indianapolis has made strides toward becoming a “greener” city in the last few years. Reusing what we discard makes sense, but not everything should be disposable. That includes the sports landmarks we’ve made a habit of turning into rubble.
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EDITORIAL: City needs to keep momentum from utilities deal

July 31, 2010
We’re happy to see that partisanship didn’t sink Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to sell Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group. Now city leaders need to make sure they spend the money wisely.
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EDITORIAL: Timid talk won't stop violence during Indiana Black Expo

July 24, 2010
The violence that sometimes erupts on the streets of downtown during Summer Celebration’s final weekend can no longer be tolerated.
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EDITORIAL: Deal for Pacers is worth making

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Fieldhouse does not belong to the Pacers, but to the city. And we need the Indiana Pacers.
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EDITORIAL: Electric-car gang is ahead of pack

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The drive to make central Indiana a leader in the use of electric vehicles is smart—regardless of where the money comes from.
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EDITORIAL: New gun, booze laws make no sense

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Businesses no longer can prohibit their employees from bringing firearms to work, and everyone buying alcohol must show ID. Say what?
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EDITORIAL: Circle Centre worth watching

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City government brought Circle Centre into this world. It makes sense, then, that city government is involved in positioning it for the future.
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EDITORIAL: Improvement needed, but value of statistics in education limited

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Few Hoosiers have any concept of the scope of the information tsunami washing over state education policy, but they’re beginning to find out.
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EDITORIAL: Next grand plan for City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
While it seems ominously similar to earlier efforts, there are components that might result in a better outcome.
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EDITORIAL: Lots of promising local firms in IPO pipeline

June 5, 2010
There’s a reason we’re thrilled to see the Indianapolis area is building a healthy pipeline of firms primed to go public: It bodes well for our economy.
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EDITORIAL: Executive pay policies, not salaries, need reform

May 29, 2010
In the wake of a recession blamed largely on Wall Street, boards need to act. But reducing executive pay shouldn’t be their primary objective.
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EDITORIAL: Business strength benefits city

May 22, 2010
The recession is dragging on, unemployment remains above 9 percent, and Lilly is chopping its way through 5,500 layoffs. Business bummers abound. But it’s not all bad news.
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EDITORIAL: Ballard making good moves a habit

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than two years into his term, Mayor Greg Ballard has shown a creative flair and a pragmatic streak the city needs.
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EDITORIAL: Celebrate victory over apathy by voting

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Isn’t it great to live in a country where citizens have a say in who serves in every public position from president to school board? Wouldn’t it be even better if citizens actually took that privilege seriously and went to the polls?
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EDITORIAL: Don't abandon basic services because of tax caps

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The property tax caps that are all but sure to become part of the Indiana constitution after a voter referendum this November are definitely good politics—and might prove to be good policy. We won’t know for sure until we see what becomes of two property-tax funded entities that are starving as the caps fully phase in.
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EDITORIAL: Simon could score for city library

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Perhaps it’s time for Pacers owner Herb Simon—a billionaire like his late brother—to burnish his credentials as a philanthropist who makes the city a better place to live and work.
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EDITORIAL: Shed more light on Pacers' plight

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
It would be a sad day in our civic history if the Indiana Pacers packed up and left for a place with more financial firepower. But there’s a limit to how far the city should go to keep the team from leaving home.
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EDITORIAL: Time for Brizzi to heed calls to step down

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carl Brizzi’s once-promising political career is coming to an end. He won’t become a mayor or a congressman or win election to any of the posts that seemed within his grasp when he was an up-and-coming Republican.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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