Editorial

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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EDITORIAL: It takes money to raise graduation rates

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
After the 2008-2009 school year—the first of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s four-year Common Goal program, the overall graduation rate among public schools in Marion County had jumped from 69 percent to almost 74 percent.
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EDITORIAL: Sports payoff is on the way through 'legacy project'

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Sports may be overemphasized in our society, but there’s no doubt they’ve been good to Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Opportunities lost in 2010 legislative session

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
After a legislative session short on fireworks but absent any major achievements, it’s fair to ask how long “do no harm” will pass for progress in the Indiana General Assembly.
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EDITORIAL: Citizens' utility deal is smart move

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Much work remains before the city’s water and sewer utilities are sold to Citizens Energy Group, but the general outline of the deal makes sense and deserves support—not political posturing—as final terms are hammered out.
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EDITORIAL: Run for president, Gov. Daniels

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels should step through the door he cracked open last month and throw his hat in the ring. Voters would benefit from a new voice.
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EDITORIAL: White Lodging delivers a winner for Indianapolis tourism

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Hindsight is always 20/20, but in the case of the Marriott Place hotel complex, foresight was just as clear.
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EDITORIAL: Overspending saps nation's vigor

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Europe, not the United States, has the best growth prospects, an Asian executive told Gov. Mitch Daniels during a trade mission last fall. Why? America’s escalating debt.
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EDITORIAL: New transit study focuses on return as well as cost

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Central Indiana is much better at churning out transportation studies than implementing a real transit system, but there’s reason to take seriously the report released Feb. 10 by the Central Indiana Transit Task Force.
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EDITORIAL: Let's call the Super Bowl the Super Bowl

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Football League has trademarked “Super Bowl”—along with “Super Sunday” and “NFL”—and is notorious for the lengths it will go to in order to protect its brands.
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EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should save tobacco agency and ban smoking

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
If the General Assembly wants to create some good news in this budget-conscious short session, it will continue our wise investment in Hoosier health, and go one better by passing a statewide smoking ban.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators should stick to the basics and go home

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
We like the Indiana General Assembly’s no-nonsense approach to this year’s short legislative session—at least it looks good on the surface.
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EDITORIAL: Booze bill is a small step for Sunday sales

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than once, we have used this space to rail against legislation that would further restrict alcohol sales in Indiana. So we are happy to be patting lawmakers on the back for advancing a measure that would begin to ease the onerous limitations on when Hoosiers can buy booze.
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EDITORIAL: Biglari putting Steak n Shake's future at stake

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The company’s return to profitability under CEO Sardar Biglari can’t be overlooked. But neither can strong signals that Steak n Shake’s CEO is using the venerable restaurant chain as a cash machine to finance his bigger goals.
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EDITORIAL: City should phase in new fees

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard is on the right track with his plan to ask the City-Council to raise fees on businesses in order to improve code enforcement. But the push-back he’s receiving from the business community is understandable.
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EDITORIAL: IndyTalks gives the public a civil way to speak up

December 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
There’s no shortage of opinions about what our city and state need to do to prosper in the 21st century. But much of what comes across is screamed in blogs or in stinging press releases issued by political parties whose only purpose is to paint the opposition as out of touch.
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EDITORIAL: Bold moves show results

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
There’s something refreshing and inspiring about individuals who set ambitious goals and throw themselves into meeting them.
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EDITORIAL: Loss of tennis tournament an ominous sign for city

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s hard to fathom how Indianapolis lost the Indianapolis Tennis Championships—an event with 90 years of history—without anyone in the city sounding an alarm.
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EDITORIAL: Dodson, Durham take different approach to doing business

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
This week’s issue features stories about two local businessmen. Both are native Hoosiers in their late 40s who showed entrepreneurial instincts at a young age. But the similarities end there.
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EDITORIAL: Airport vendors deserve a break

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Concessionaires at Indianapolis International Airport are asking the Airport Authority for relief from a policy that requires them to price their goods at a level consistent with what consumers pay at non-airport retailers. We agree the airport shops need a break.
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EDITORIAL: Hardball tactics put City Market tenants in a bind

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard can’t have it both ways with City Market.
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EDITORIAL: Wise decision on federal rail funds

November 14, 2009
Local advocates of high-speed rail are understandably disappointed that the Indiana Department of Transportation has dropped the Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati corridor from its application for federal rail funds, but the logic behind doing so seems sound.
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EDITORIAL: Tough love from taxpayers fed up with school spending

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Across Indiana, in more than a dozen different school districts over the past year, taxpayers have sent a message to administrators: We are no longer giving you a blank check.
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EDITORIAL: Take the lead on smoking ban, Mayor Ballard

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Maddening? Disappointing? Choose your adjective. The failure of the latest proposal to prohibit smoking in almost all Indianapolis workplaces was clearly a setback for public health and a city that markets itself as a medical and life sciences hub.
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EDITORIAL: State can't rely on gambling revenue

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
State and, to some extent, local government has come to rely on gambling revenue. And now that neighboring states are launching a competitive assault on Indiana casinos, it’s time to get back to the original intent before the revenue shrivels and leaves necessary government services high and dry.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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