Opinion

State should go smoke-free

March 12, 2011
Less than a month ago, it seemed almost certain that Indiana would join the ranks of two dozen other states and the District of Columbia—including our neighbors Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin—in enacting a statewide, comprehensive smoke-free-air law.
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HOLCOMB: Americans should make Indiana's Story their own storyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
There is no more compelling story or record to inspect than My Man Mitch’s should the country hope to make a presidential change.
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PARKER: Primaries, spotty record undermine Daniels' chancesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
Ultimately, I suspect all this presidential talk is much ado about nothing, but Daniels isn’t tamping down the speculation because it doesn’t hurt to be talked about.
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HEIN: Sports more than a game in Green Bay, IndyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Both cities consider sports to be a reflection of not only their spirit but also their character.
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RENN: Beyond brain drain to talent magnetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Indy is no longer a sleepy, backwater state capital. While it certainly has a way to go in some departments, it is at the point where it can compete at a much higher level than many think.
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CAMPBELL: The absurdity of our immigration politicsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If proponents were serious about the issue, they would make it a crime to hire an illegal immigrant. Not a slap on the wrist, not a fine, not an audit, but a felony.
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VAUGHN: Time to end two-timing public employeesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Shouldn’t the right of citizens to have government untainted by conflicts prevail over the perceived right of an individual to run for office and hold a public job at the same time?
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BOEHM: Put redistricting in hands of citizen groupRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Although there is no one right answer to the “best” map, a group of respected citizens charged with drawing fair maps will take that obligation seriously.
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KETZENBERGER: Referenda may divide school funding equityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
The recession and slow recovery have made it harder for schools to win approval for tax increases for both general spending and construction.
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HARRIS: The amount of quality classroom time is the real issueRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
It’s not when to start and when to end that matters, it’s the amount of time kids spend actually learning that will keep us competing in the global economy.
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MEREDITH: Community leaders know what's best for their schoolsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
It seems clear that local control of school calendar issues should be based on what is best for the students in local settings and not about the bottom dollar of profit.
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SHELLA: Indiana has no shortage of stupid lawsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
A law designed to make politics more transparent has given politicians a reason to hide their motives, their actions, and wink at the public in the meantime.
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EARLY: My fond memories of President ReaganRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Soon-to-be President Reagan seemed to enjoy the fact that some of my uninvited pals from White River Yacht Club showed up on the river in two pontoon boats.
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TENBARGE: Please, cut Indiana University's budgetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Of all the areas for potential cuts, higher education makes the most sense. Not only are there great opportunities for cuts, but our higher education institutions are well-prepared to handle them.
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EDITORIAL: Hulman & Co.'s new board is good sign

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar racing series are far too important to the Indianapolis economy for their fate to rest entirely in the hands of a small board populated by members of the same family.
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MAURER: Conner Prairie's allure keeps growing

March 5, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Conner Prairie, an outdoor immersion history museum, offers modern-day time travelers an opportunity to experience long-ago life on the prairie at the Conner residence in what is now Fishers.
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MARCUS: The nightmare in my neighborhood

March 5, 2011
Morton Marcus
Clearly, any group of workers with incomes in excess of their proportion in the economy are villains.
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KENNEDY: Who moved Wisconsin's cheese?

March 5, 2011
I can’t help thinking how ironic it is that Wisconsin—home of the “cheeseheads”—is the most prominent example of what happens when political leadership stubbornly refuses to deal with an economic landscape that has changed.
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FEIGENBAUM: Prepare for a history-making budget process

March 5, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Hoosier Democrats may find that their solon sojourn in Illinois invokes Newton’s law of political physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
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BENNER: Enabled by us, the rich squabble over billionsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Bill Benner
How can Indianapolis, and cities throughout America, continue to feed the beast that is sports?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Inside the outsider at the IMA

March 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Thornton Dial created his own artistic rule book; the results are stunning.
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SKARBECK: Reaching too far for yields may have consequencesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Investors eager to capture return are frequently attracted to investments that offer high yields. But before leaping into them, they should remember the useful idiom: “There is no free lunch.”
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HICKS: Telecom reform in Indiana workedRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Mike Hicks
Deregulation of monopolies tends to almost always make consumers better off. Indiana’s broad and effective telecommunications reform of 2006 is a classic example of this.
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Horse investment not 'shameful'

March 5, 2011
Thank you very much for your accurate [Feb. 28 editorial] on the Indiana horse industry.
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Let's keep shrinking local government

March 5, 2011
I found Morton Marcus’ [Feb. 21 column], “Rethink government consolidation now” provocative and in alignment with my thinking.
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  1. By the way, the right to work law is intended to prevent forced union membership, not as a way to keep workers in bondage as you make it sound, Italiano. If union leadership would spend all of their funding on the workers, who they are supposed to be representing, instead of trying to buy political favor and living lavish lifestyles as a result of the forced membership, this law would never had been necessary.

  2. Unions once served a noble purpose before greed and apathy took over. Now most unions are just as bad or even worse than the ills they sought to correct. I don't believe I have seen a positive comment posted by you. If you don't like the way things are done here, why do you live here? It would seem a more liberal environment like New York or California would suit you better?

  3. just to clear it up... Straight No Chaser is an a capella group that formed at IU. They've toured nationally typically doing a capella arangements of everything from Old Songbook Standards to current hits on the radio.

  4. This surprises you? Mayor Marine pulled the same crap whenhe levered the assets of the water co up by half a billion $$$ then he created his GRAFTER PROGRAM called REBUILDINDY. That program did not do anything for the Ratepayors Water Infrastructure Assets except encumber them and FORCE invitable higher water and sewer rates on Ratepayors to cover debt coverage on the dough he stole FROM THE PUBLIC TRUST. The guy is morally bankrupt to the average taxpayer and Ratepayor.

  5. There is no developer on the planet that isn't aware of what their subcontractors are doing (or not doing). They hire construction superintendents. They have architects and engineers on site to observe construction progress. If your subcontractor wasn't doing their job, you fire them and find someone who will. If people wonder why more condos aren't being built, developers like Kosene & Kosene are the reason. I am glad the residents were on the winning end after a long battle.

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