Opinion

EDITORIAL: Legislators need to create jobs, not kill them

February 19, 2011
Sadly, a legislative body supposedly focused on job creation continues to willfully disregard the advice of the very business community that is expected to create those jobs.
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SHOBERT: Indiana continues to mind the store

February 19, 2011
Benjamin A. Shobert
Indiana’s current fiscal position points a way forward, illuminating what the next decade of good government, and good partnership between municipalities and businesses, should look like—not only at a regional level, but for the nation as a whole as well.
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FEIGENBAUM: Gambling and guns create legislative fireworks

February 19, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
At least one Indianapolis legislator has quietly investigated allowing casinos to collaborate on a temporary downtown facility, and Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has publicly not ruled it out.
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HICKS: Productivity gains make for jobless recovery

February 19, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is an old story, but a nevertheless disheartening one. It is also a tale rich in its implications for young workers.
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Armageddon does not lie ahead

February 19, 2011
We at City Securities Corp. disagree with those predicting Armageddon. It is our belief that the vast majority of municipal issuers nationally are in sound financial condition.
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Defense industry loss

February 19, 2011
What IBJ fails to disclose are the 14,580 permanent jobs lost in Indiana in our defense industry over the past 30 years.
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MAURER: By George, a presidential puzzleRestricted Content

February 18, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Celebrate Presidents Day by working a crossword puzzle from Mickey Maurer.
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MARCUS: Rethink government consolidation now

February 18, 2011
Morton Marcus
Why isn’t our Legislature shredding the fabric of community government by disbanding cities and towns that are only artifacts of horse-drawn days?
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EDITORIAL: Super Bowl is super chance to change state's image

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There's more to making a good first impression than keeping traffic flowing and sidewalks clear of snow.
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MORRIS: Tough love for public education

February 12, 2011
Greg Morris
Indiana students as a group have been underperforming and schools as a group have been failing.
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MARCUS: Hoosier employment deficit stands

February 12, 2011
Morton Marcus
Few people labor for the glory of being employed; most people work for money. When they do not work, they have less to spend and less joy enters the homes of merchants.
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FAENZI: Let's reclaim City Market's legacy

February 12, 2011
Carol Faenzi
I want City Market to feed both our stomachs and our souls.
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ALTOM: High-tech crime sometimes does pay

February 12, 2011
Tim Altom
Credit cards and ATMs are rapidly becoming lucrative targets of hackers.
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FEIGENBAUM: Governor focuses on the big issues, just as Reagan did

February 12, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
That “think big” attitude seems to be carrying over to lawmakers, who this month focused on major issues.
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HETRICK: An anniversary wish that all could be blessed by one

February 12, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Indiana legislators, once again, have voted to deny some citizens the blessing of marriage.
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HICKS: Trimming government fat tough, but necessaryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recognizing inefficiency in government is far more difficult than rhetoric suggests. The private sector has the blessing of the profits to guide decisions.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feasting on First Friday

February 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on "Diary of Anne Frank" and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra meets Chaplin
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BENNER: Time flies when you're writing about sportsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the good folks at Indianapolis Business Journal began providing me the opportunity to write in this publication.
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WellPoint exec's complaint is ironic

February 12, 2011
A survey last year by the Center for American Progress Action Fund found that double-digit hikes were implemented or were pending in at least 11 other states among the 14 where WellPoint’s Blue Cross Blue Shield companies are active.
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Brokers work as difference-makers

February 12, 2011
Our industry is poised to change, but you missed what’s happening not only in our firm every day, but with our peers in the field that have long since fought against the natural trends of our industry in order to provide value and create solid outcomes—to be difference-makers.
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VAUGHN: Restore civility with the Fairness DoctrineRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Although the Fairness Doctrine would not stop politicians and political commentators from using violent imagery and hate speech designed not to inform but to incite, it would guarantee that opposing views be heard.
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SHELLA: We're the ones permitting raw discourseRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
I compare the attack ads to gossip. Everybody claims to ignore them and abhor them, but they grasp the messages sent and repeat them.
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BOEHM: Put top officials in charge of lower officesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If we let the leaders of the executive branch of government select their team of professionals, we have a more coherent governmental team. More important, we get accountability to an elected leader for performance that is inept or worse.
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HARRIS: Evaluate teachers annually based on clear standardsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Evaluations should be based on “clear standards of instructional excellence that prioritize student learning.”
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MEREDITH: Build evaluations on widely accepted teaching standardsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
I want the best teachers for my children, and I believe certain ideals should be considered when determining whether Indiana teachers meet the definition of the best teachers.
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