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Forget Pacers; focus on city services

May 8, 2010
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Re: [April 26] editorial calling for Simons to donate to keep the branch libraries open, the ongoing dialogue about the Simon request for a subsidy to pay $89 million for their basketball team’s stadium costs masks the real issue: Basic city services in Indianapolis are ignored, sold to others or poorly dealt with.

Fact: The water here currently smells funny. Whether it is temporary or permanent, safe or unsafe is not the issue. This city needs alternative supplies to the dirty canal water. Selling our water system to someone else just pushes the problem to a different party. I have never lived in a city with such poor-tasting drinking water. This priority should take precedence over a Conseco Fieldhouse/Pacers bailout.

Fact: The closing of branch libraries in our inner core leaves city youths with one less alternative to keep them busy. We need to keep the branches open. How about reduced hours (closing Sunday and Monday, opening at noon) or creative solutions? This too should take priority over a Pacers bailout.

Fact: In the current recession and continued cutbacks of our two major employers (the state and Lilly), we have less money for mega-projects of any kind (new library, new airport, subsidized new downtown hotels, and new stadiums all were from a different era).

Fact: Selling the parking meters and system in Chicago was a disaster. Rates tripled, service dropped. We need to rethink this one, too.

This is a very long way of stating the obvious: Sorry, Mr. Simon but we have no money to subsidize your basketball team, whether it be for stadium costs or anything else.

Further, Mayor Ballard and city leaders need to focus on (not selling off) provision of basic city services: drinking water, parking and roads, libraries, schools and transit—and not supporting for-profit sports teams with taxpayer funds.

Finally, we need to stop the flight to Hamilton County and the duplication by Carmel of amenities already offered here.

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Bill Malcolm

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  • Big Spending Ballard
    Can you really believe this? Closing libraries and schools while handing over tax dollars to the wealthiest family in the state- in the name of entertainment?

    I am a republican, the old non big spending type, not the ones of the last decade, but the mayors corporate bailout hypocrisy has completely clouded any reasonable judgment he was supposed to have.

    What does he have left to campaign on. Murders every day and facilitating corporate bailouts of the highest order? Democrats look a lot more responsible.

    I found a great symbolic Pacers Bailout sticker for my car: http://www.StickEmUpIndy.com

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  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

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