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KENNEDY: Seattle is benefiting from comprehensive youth programRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Melina Kennedy / Special to IBJMore

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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WILLIAMS: What is the IU name worth to us?

March 19, 2011
Brian Williams
Who has the right to give away a state asset, as the IU name is, for what reasons and under what terms?
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FEIGENBAUM: Thoughts turn to truncated state budget process

March 19, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
As the legislative standoff continued, those who were concerned about policy turned their attention to the budget process.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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