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BOSMA: Upgraded tech, science education outrank attractionRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Brian C. Bosma / Special to IBJ
What should be done to attract more young professionals to Indiana? The availability of a talented innovative work force is now as important as low taxes, energy costs and location when entrepreneurs make job-location decisions.
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KRULL: Daniels got his wish - and should shudderRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Barack Obama can tell the governor that nuance is one of the first casualties of a political war.
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FARGO: Shield laws are beyond party labelsRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Good government should be transparent, no matter who’s in charge.
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HOWEY: Tea partiers imprudently target LugarRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
A question that must be posed to the tea partiers intent on taking Sen. Richard Lugar out: Who replaces him?
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GREGG: A parlor full of possible ‘pub’ nomineesRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
As I review the list of potential Democratic nominees, none of the Republican hopefuls can keep the Statehouse in Republican hands.
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BROOKS: Ben Franklin's nation as a world modelRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
David Brooks / New York Times Syndicate
In a world of relative equals, the U.S. will have to learn to define itself by its values.
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COLLINS: Arizona strikes again, with MedicaidRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Gail Collins / New York Times Syndicate
Try to imagine what the Republicans would have said if someone in the Obama administration proposed cutting off liver transplants for Medicare recipients.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Mixed bag of 2010 bests

December 24, 2010
Lou Harry
The holiday happenings are behind us. The 2011 offerings are yet to come. That means its time for my annual trek through the IBJ archives for reminders of A&E events that I enthusiastically recommended during the past year.
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DINING: Local restaurants came and went during 2010

December 24, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis, Lou Harry
Some offered their inaugural feasts. Others served their last meal. Here’s a rundown of just some of the transitions on the Indy dining scene this year.
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EDITORIAL: Have faith in fantasy despite real-life woes

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Some days, it’s hard to believe in Santa Claus. It’s altogether too easy to be “affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age,” as the New York Sun’s Francis Pharcellus Church wrote in his famous response to an 8-year-old girl’s inquiry about the existence of the Jolly Old Elf.
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MORRIS: These taxing times test my patience

December 18, 2010
Greg Morris
If I really thought a tax increase would dig us out of the debt mess, I would be willing to contribute more.
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MARCUS: Redistricting key to economic policy

December 18, 2010
Morton Marcus
The key factor determining the change in a county’s representation in the Legislature is the change in its share of the state’s population.
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DUNN: Banking on daily fairness to customers

December 18, 2010
Peter Dunn
Dear Banking Industry: You hide fees and encourage irresponsible spending, all while touting your “free” checking accounts.
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ALTOM: 2010 meltdowns, missteps and breaches ... oh my

December 18, 2010
Welcome to the annual Christmas snafu edition of this column. This year’s crop of meltdowns, missteps and breaches reminds us once again that technology is a fickle friend and unreliable ally.
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HICKS: Inflation delays visit, but it'll arrive eventuallyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mike Hicks
All economists know that, at its core, inflation is caused solely by too much money chasing too few goods.
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DINING: Byrd is the word in Greenwood

December 18, 2010
Lou Harry
Last in this month's series of fine-feathered restaurant reviews. This week: Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria.
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Thanks for support of airport facility

December 18, 2010
We believe the positive turnaround of the Indianapolis Maintenance Center has been a quiet but substantial success—not just for the airport authority but for the greater Indianapolis community.
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Praise for tips from Maurer

December 18, 2010
I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Dec. 13] closing commentary on “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School,” along with the previous nine.
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BOEHM: Gerrymandering causes quiet carnageRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Those of you who work in manufacturing businesses, and many others, are familiar with the idea that a flawed process produces flawed products.
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VAUGHN: Strip partisanship from redistrictingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Hoosier Republican leaders must resist the temptation to play political payback with redistricting and instead create a process that is fair, open and free of partisanship.
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CLARK: Economy takes precedence over social issuesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Murray Clark / Special to IBJ
As long as there is an air of uncertainty around the economic picture, we must remain focused on protecting the progress Indiana has made while weathering what’s left of the economic storm.
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PARKER: Fix Daniels' faltering economy with tax breaksRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
With Indiana’s high unemployment, the dismal state of our economy, and a $1 billion budget deficit, social issues should not be our biggest concern.
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EARLY: Campaigns (for 2012) on the horizonRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The old unwritten rule would have prohibited campaigning for a 2012 office in 2011. You can forget that rule; the reason is money.
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HARRIS: Improved charter laws would lure top operatorsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Education reform promises to be central in the upcoming legislative session and many important reforms are on the agenda.
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MEREDITH: Legislators must ask right questions about educationRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians clearly are divided on the “silver bullet” that will reform schools, but in reality, there is no simple solution to such a complicated issue.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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