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Help our kids pursue degrees

September 4, 2010
Recent columns from Mickey Maurer (“Even CEOs need mentors,” Aug. 9) and Bruce Hetrick (“How to make the recession last forever,” Aug. 21) underscore important (and related) ideas, namely that everyone needs help and guidance to succeed, and that success in postsecondary education among our children is no longer an option.
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Don't blame UAW workers

September 4, 2010
It seems that all the pundits from Rush Limbaugh to the World Socialist Website have entered the fray concerning the fate of the Indianapolis stamping plant, while the real culprits escape scrutiny and feign innocence.
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Making a difference, one child at a time

September 4, 2010
ReadUp is a response to the startling truth that more than 30 percent of our community’s fourth-graders are two or more years behind in reading.
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EDITORIAL: State education chief's agenda gets good grades

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tony Bennett, the state’s superintendent of public instruction for nearly two years, deserves accolades for shoving education reform toward the top of Indiana’s agenda.
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MORRIS: When does this movie end?

August 28, 2010
Greg Morris
Lately, don’t you feel like yelling out the window on occasion, even just a little? You have to really look to find the good news today.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beyond the Fringe

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
Just going to Indy Fringe makes you a part of it. It’s difficult to be a passive observer during the 10-day event, which ends Sunday.
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DINING: Freshness a plus at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
The freshness in this freezer-free, microwave-free, fryer-free chain was evident in the sweetly delicious tomato sauce.
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MARCUS: Long-term plans require long-term promises

August 28, 2010
Morton Marcus
Economic development is a long-term proposition with uncertain benefits at a distant date. It is not just opening a plant or expanding an existing one.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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KHARBANDA: Indiana can lead in shaping energy policy

August 28, 2010
Jesse Kharbanda
The United States has shown little leadership in finding solutions to global climate change.
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ALTOM: Do I need a cell phone that's hardy or handy?

August 28, 2010
Tim Altom
It’s time to change my cell phone, and that’s causing me a big problem. I have conflicting needs, and like everybody else in the business world, I can’t seem to reconcile them.
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HICKS: Most majors pay off, but some a lot more than othersRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is clearly something important about the totality of what is learned in college, but, if you want to apply all those upper-level classes in your major, you'd better study hard or pick the right field.
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BENNER: Hoosier Hysteria now wears pads and cleatsRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Bill Benner
Although I am a full-blooded Hoosier with basketball as part of my DNA, football—and football season—has become the part of the sports calendar I look forward to most.
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No to meter hikes

August 28, 2010
[In response to the Aug. 16 editorial] Now has come the time that I will no longer be able to support downtown. I will miss it dearly!
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Museums can't change canal alone

August 28, 2010
As a longtime downtown resident and property owner, and frequent user of the Central Canal, I read with great interest the [Aug. 16] article “Missing the action: Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy canal."
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EDITORIAL: GM dispute deserves vote

August 21, 2010
It’s puzzling to us that leaders of the United Auto Workers Local 23 are against members even casting a vote on the proposed takeover of GM's Indianapolis metal-stamping plant by Illinois-based J.D. Norman Industries.
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MAURER: If it feels right, take the leapRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School”—at least I didn’t learn them in school. Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the fourth installment.
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MARCUS: Metrics no substitute for management

August 21, 2010
Morton Marcus
Most companies select from a work force that has a mixed quality of education. Instead of using this diversity as an asset, management today tries to impose ‘behavioral metrics’ on its workers independent of their individual strengths.
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LOUGHREY: Hoosier leaders can fight global poverty

August 21, 2010
Joe Loughrey
Our world is quite different from the one President Truman and George Marshall faced in 1947. But the strategy for recovery and broad-based development should be built on a similar foundation of public- and private-sector collaboration.
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SKARBECK: Investors may miss mark by switching to bonds

August 21, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
It seems more likely that bond investors today are making the same mistake stock investors made back at the peak of the stock-market bubble.
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HICKS: Good reads on America's automobile industry

August 21, 2010
Mike Hicks
If you'd like to satiate your interest in the domestic automobile market, may I recommend three fine books?
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BENNER: Bird's trust goes unrewarded in new debacleRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Bill Benner
Face it, Larry; you messed up. You trusted a 19-year-old with a questionable past.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dancing to the classics

August 21, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre uses American lit as a launch pad; plus: books by local authors.
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HETRICK: How to make our recession last foreverRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Today’s and tomorrow’s jobs are increasingly dependent upon more and better education
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DINING: Chancy upgrade at IUPUI eatery

August 21, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Chancellor's has high aspirations, with a seasonal, locally sourced menu clearly designed to appeal more to diners on an expense account than college students on a budget.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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