Opinion

Consumer cutbacks may cost us

April 30, 2011
I was looking over IBJ today, and I thought to myself, I find all of this depressing, and I was about to set it aside and take it up again later. Then I came to [Bruce Hetrick’s April 25] article, and I realized there was somebody with some sanity in this world.
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MAURER: Legislators finish hatchet job

April 29, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Appreciate the cruel irony. We elected this Legislature and gave them that ax handle to be fiscally responsible, but each of the following actions has the opposite effect on the budget.
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EDITORIAL: Township reform must not fail again

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With property tax caps putting the squeeze on budgets, it’s foolhardy for townships to be sitting on millions that could be funding needed services.
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MORRIS: It's time to show the Pacers some love

April 23, 2011
Greg Morris
The Pacers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. And they did it with a good group of players who are decent human beings and who represent themselves and the city well.
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MARCUS: Uptight music for uncertain times

April 23, 2011
Morton Marcus
The blues resonate with the tough people living tough lives.
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CROWTHER: The future needs a Hoosier attitude

April 23, 2011
Michael Crowther
We need futurists, people with a sense of balance, people who want generations to come to be blessed with the same riches we grew up with.
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FEIGENBAUM: Conference committees may offer fewer fireworks

April 23, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Given the historical context, it would not be unexpected that there wouldn’t be much left to argue about as the 2011 legislative session approaches its scheduled April 29 conclusion.
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ALTOM: The New York Times reinvents the 'paywall'

April 23, 2011
Tim Altom
The New York Times has decided to once again huddle behind a “paywall,” a decision that’s galvanized the Web world. But this paywall is different from ones the paper has tried in the past.
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BENNER: Another Hoosier legend now belongs to the agesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Bill Benner
Morris Pollard, coach at Speedway High School from 1956 to 1983, died April 17. He simply was one of the best basketball coaches—and finest men—I ever knew.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Landmark event turns into celebration of Bill Cook

April 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Benefactor's presence strongly felt at opening of new arts center.
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HETRICK: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' takes on federal deficit

April 23, 2011
Bruce Hetrick

One “Superstar” scene always reminds me of our entitlement society—and how some react to the notion of helping “the least among us.”

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SKARBECK: Look beyond gold for inflation hedgesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
gold has been in a 10-year bull market, so today’s investors aren’t exactly discovering the metal at cheap prices.
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HICKS: Corporate profits don't deserve condescensionRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Mike Hicks
Profits are much maligned, and the profit motive is oft depicted as synonymous with greed. This is disheartening. Disdain drawn from ignorance is intellectually lazy.
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DINING: H2O Sushi offers titillating surprises

April 23, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Parental advisory: This review contains suggestive language and encourages poor dining habits.
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Story's headline fell short

April 23, 2011
I was disappointed to read your misleading headline, “Financial planner slapped with suit” on the front page [April 11].
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'Progressive' ideas don't hold water

April 23, 2011
I read with interest John Guy’s [viewpoint column] titled “Where are the progressives?” (April 11, 2011) and found his list of antis enlightening.
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MUTZ: Indiana should pioneer 'no adult left behind'Restricted Content

April 23, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Indiana needs its own version of the G.I. Bill aimed at the undereducated. We should formulate a targeted program that is designed so that no adult is left behind.
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FERGUSON: Protest walkouts are worthy of protectionRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Removing this possibility from future minority parties (whoever they may be) would unfairly hamstring the minority and give them no voice in the face of an unyielding majority.
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MYERS: A boardwalk view of medicinal marijuanaRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Carnival barkers hustle you into the “doctor’s office,” where virtually any diagnosis leads to a “prescription” for the FDA-unapproved “Sour Diesel.”
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CARTER: Leadership traits will define whether Indiana succeedsRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Steve Carter / Special to IBJ
Our state will best address our future needs by fostering engagement, confidence with optimism, and accountability.
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GREGG: Politicians have lost sight of voter demands for job creationRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
Hoosiers have had enough of the bickering and back-room deals on Capitol Hill and Capitol Avenue, and bickering has never created a single job.
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HOWEY: Let's count who might run for CongressRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
The most interesting will come in the new 6th congressional district that just about everyone expects to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Mike Pence for a 2012 gubernatorial run.
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KRULL: The weird election for Indianapolis mayorRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis now has a mayor who fades into the background. He is the mayor we still do not know.
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MAHERN: Finger the elephant, mayoral candidatesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Talking about education in a mayor’s race will only upset the adults who are the system’s primary beneficiaries—administrators and teachers.
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WAGNER: Pointers for those moments in the trenchesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
If you’re extremely lucky, your political adversary will have hired young, inexperienced staffers who telegraph their boss’s next moves on Twitter and Facebook.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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