Opinion

CARSON: Houston's mass transit system is helping solve problemsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Samuel Carson / Special to IBJ
Houston's comprehensive mass transit plan, which incorporates neighborhood economic development and community control of infrastructure, got its start 20 years ago amid cries that it couldn't happen.
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GIBSON: A bus system like Charlotte's would offer many benefitsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
Charlotte, N.C., operates approximately 325 buses with 74 routes on a budget of $110 million while IndyGo has an annual budget of $55 million with only 150 buses and 29 routes.
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KENNEDY: Seattle is benefiting from comprehensive youth programRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
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RUSTHOVEN: Urbana is actually about school choiceRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Indiana State Teachers Association opposes vouchers with every fiber of its being. So does the Democratic legislative caucus, supported by ISTA (and ISTA dues money).
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MAHERN: What's the problem with school vouchers, really?Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Why not take the tax money we would have spent sending children to a failing system and give their parents the opportunity to send them to the private school of their choice? After all, that’s what we do when it comes to higher ed.
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MUTZ: Gale of opportunity blowing toward IPSRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The New Orleans school system, which endured almost total devastation due to Hurricane Katrina, may give us a model to follow. When given an opportunity for a fresh start, the city developed a combination of public and charter schools.
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KENNEDY: About those intended and unintended consequences ...Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Even if one believes that same-sex marriages are a “problem,” enacting House Joint Resolution 6 will change nothing.
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SMITH: Ban counterfeits to preserve critically important institutionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Curt Smith / Special to IBJ
Across all time and all cultures, wise leaders and wise societies have recognized that marriage is good, and wise societies have protected and nurtured it.
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FARGO: Sure the schools are failing? Check it outRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Unfortunately, journalists still sometimes fall into the trap of accepting what “everybody knows” without doing enough questioning.
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KRULL: Beware the apparent mandate of a landslideRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
We tend to think that elections in which one party or the other racks up an overwhelming majority should calm the body politic.
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WAGNER: Beltway opportunity borne of Indiana rootsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I’d never have been halfway around the world climbing all over nuclear research reactors if I hadn’t taken a few risks in Indiana.
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MYERS: Don't overreach on collective bargainingRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
My company is a member of our local chamber of commerce, and I’m about as pro-business as anyone can be. But that does not require me to be anti-union.
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LADWIG: Republican 'change' disappoints in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Establishment Republicans are in danger of becoming as addicted to government aid as countless other individuals and interest groups.
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BONIFIELD: Young voters could decide the next electionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If they expect to win back the House and the governor’s mansion, Democrats need to invest in an infrastructure that will begin to engage young Hoosiers.
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HOWEY: The beaten path between Indiana and JapanRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
What has become clear to me ... is how important our Japanese friends and partners are to the 21st century Indiana experience.
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FRIEDMAN: Fiscal, environmental mess cries for leadersRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times Syndicate
The world is caught in a dangerous feedback loop—higher oil prices and climate disruptions lead to higher food prices, higher food prices lead to more instability, more instability leads to higher oil prices.
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Democracy requires representation

March 26, 2011
In Wisconsin and Indiana, elected Democrats have fled to Illinois in order to avoid making the difficult decisions facing their states.
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Column was OK, but tone wasn't

March 26, 2011
Mickey Maurer has achieved much in his career, but he should leave sarcastic humor to real comedians.
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Should redheads be mistreated?

March 26, 2011
I have often used the example of people with red hair, why don’t we pass a law which would only affect people with red hair and treat them differently?
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'Purple' column hit the mark

March 26, 2011
The following is to thank you for [Mickey Maurer’s] column in the March 19 IBJ: “The Indiana we’ve always wanted.”
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Discrimination is hard to stop

March 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your article “The Indiana we’ve always wanted.”
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Keep Benner's column coming

March 26, 2011
I’m a regular reader of [Bill Benner’s] column. Matter of fact, I read the columns written by you and Bruce Hetrick before I read the front page.
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EDITORIAL: Democrats test public patience

March 19, 2011
The stalemate that sent Democrats across state lines more than four weeks ago started as a principled stand against a Republican overreach. But it’s the Democrats who will be remembered for overreaching.
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MAURER: The Indiana we've always wanted

March 19, 2011
Mickey Maurer
My fellow Tea Party Republicans, I have an idea. Let’s enact legislation requiring immigrants and homosexuals to wear purple hats. What difference does it make if we precipitate an economic disaster?
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MARCUS: Opposing ideas need not demand respect

March 19, 2011
Morton Marcus
Failure to cooperate with an unethical power is a commendable ethical stand.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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