Opinion

CAMPBELL: Democrats risk forfeiting signature issueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If Democrats are perceived to be an obstacle to education reform, they likely will be locked out of the room.
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HEIN: Indiana, Illinois going their separate waysRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s prescription is as old-fashioned as it is common sense: Don’t spend what you don’t have.
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RENN: Hoosiers shouldn't gloat over Illinois taxesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Illinois may be content to tax itself into oblivion, but just because Indiana has taken care of fiscal business, it still has plenty more work to do.
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KETZENBERGER: State taxes will suffer until wages recoverRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Wages in the state’s manufacturing sector are falling as two-tier wage structures and other pressures reduce workers’ income.
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HOLCOMB: Courageous Republican style will grow on Hoosier votersRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
To suggest voters were only intent on sending a message to the president, Nancy Pelosi, or Pat Bauer is missing a significant electoral mood shift that occurred.
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MALONE: Project will boost dormant area of downtownRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barbara Malone / Special to IBJ
The real story is the work by council members and council consultants in renegotiating the financial risks from a worst-case-scenario framework.
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TENBARGE: Politicians wanting 'magis,' step forwardRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
The next governor must continue on the path toward more reform, and at the center of this reform should be my generation.
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BONIFIELD: Finding Mr. Watson amid education reformRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If House and Senate Republicans truly believe they can identify which teachers should go and which deserve rewards, let them write legislation that does it.
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EARLY: Parties should go back to conventionsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
You can buy name ID (it’s expensive), but no one has figured out how to buy elected delegates.
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HERBERT: Raising false alarms about Social SecurityRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bob Herbert / New York Times Syndicate
The folks who want to raise the retirement age and hack away at benefits for ordinary working Americans are inevitably those who have not the least worry about their own retirement.
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EDITORIAL: North of South project worth the risk

February 5, 2011
We understand the concern expressed by some on the City-County Council over Indianapolis’ role in financing the $155 million project, but there are compelling reasons to approve it.
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MAURER: Workforce Inc. recycles peopleRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Now that football season is over, I suggest we turn our attention to a real hero: Gregg Keesling, CEO of Workforce Inc., an organization that populates practically its entire work force with ex-offenders.
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MARCUS: Recession's recovery persistently denied

February 5, 2011
Morton Marcus
Indiana's recovery is only 75-percent complete, lagging the nation.
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HENDERSON: The great school massacre of 2011

February 5, 2011
Tom Henderson
What a great way to slime our public school education infrastructure: educational vouchers.
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FEIGENBAUM: Unemployment insurance bill's path surprisingly smooth

February 5, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Once in a legislative blue moon, a bill will zip through the labyrinthine process with alacrity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Palladium premieres

February 5, 2011
Lou Harry
I’m not ready to use the word “perfect” but, in my lifetime, I honestly don’t expect to hear chamber music in a better-sounding venue than I did Jan. 30.
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DINING: Tavern on South has obvious appeal

February 5, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Despite its obvious appeal to fans of teams that suit up within spitting distance, Tavern on South avoids the raucous sports-bar atmosphere.
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WEB REVIEW: Online help for escaping dinner rut and menu freeze

February 5, 2011
Jim Cota
Probably the most interesting online grocery service in Indianapolis is Green B.E.A.N Delivery.
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SKARBECK: If consultants take over, ownership is relinquishedRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Unfortunately, there are numerous examples of mishap when the investment decision-making process is farmed out.
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BENNER: Super Bowls Radio Row is a non-stop PR machineRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Bill Benner
The National Football League has created this monster and couldn’t be happier about it.
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Tobacco subsidies support smoking

February 5, 2011
I am usually amused and even sometimes intellectually stimulated by Bruce Hetrick’s opinion pieces. However, his piece (Jan. 24) drawing parallels between the tragic shootings in Tucson and tobacco related deaths is over the top.
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Anti-smoking column went too far

February 5, 2011
I do not think I have ever read a more disgustingly disrespectful column as the one printed in the Jan. 24-30 issue, written by Bruce Hetrick.
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MORRIS: Palladium spotlights a Carmel all can be proud of

January 29, 2011
Greg Morris
As the debut of the Palladium in Carmel has taken center stage, I have been reflecting on the amazing ascent of what used to be a sleepy town.
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MARCUS: Indiana says, 'If it's broken, throw it out'

January 29, 2011
Morton Marcus
Indiana’s new policy is, “If it is broken, throw it out.” We applied that policy to township assessors and now we are applying it to township government. Soon we may do the same to urban school districts.
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WILLIAMS: Light rail to airport is key for downtown

January 29, 2011
Brian Williams
If Union Station was linked to an urban transportation system extending from downtown to the Hendricks County border, workers in the gargantuan warehouses west of Indianapolis would have access to a reliable transit system.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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