Opinion

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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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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