Opinion

BENNER: World Cup leaves this viewer less than engrossedRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Bill Benner
I’m trying. I am really trying. That is why, a couple of Saturdays ago, when I could have been involved in some other leisure activity, I settled into my easy chair and, instead, watched the U.S. team take on England in its World Cup soccer opener.
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EDITORIAL: Improvement needed, but value of statistics in education limited

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Few Hoosiers have any concept of the scope of the information tsunami washing over state education policy, but they’re beginning to find out.
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MORRIS: Confessions of a symphony newbie

June 19, 2010
Greg Morris
As a first-year subscriber to an Indianapolis Symphony series, I’ve been transformed. I’m now a raving fan.
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MARCUS: There is no 'rural revival' in Indiana

June 19, 2010
Morton Marcus
The now famous housing bubble has been blamed for many of our nation’s problems. In truth, it is the opposite. The massive private debt, including mortgage debt, was made possible by lax lending practices.
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OWEN: Why I rethought riding my bicycle to work

June 19, 2010
Dean Owen
One day last spring, I put on a helmet, climbed on my bike, and rode to work with a co-worker. For a guy who had only recently gotten on a bike after more than 15 years away from two-wheelers, it was monumental.
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ALTOM: Beware of inciting online vendetta from clients

June 19, 2010
Tim Altom
It started as a dispute over towing a car, and it’s now a cause célèbre, thanks to Facebook.
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LOU'S VIEWS: (Jersey) Boy wonders settle in at Murat

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
“Jersey Boys” is much more than just a tribute show. It delivers the musical goods with impeccable showmanship and style.
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DINING: Nothing alarming at sub shop

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
Third in our month-long series of "elemental" restaurant reviews.
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STYLE: Develop Indy's Susan Branco shifts focus to fashion

June 19, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
With this year's Indianapolis 500 behind us, she's turning to quantifying the city's fashion industry
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BENNER: Conference commissioners' math skills need workRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Bill Benner
As of this writing, the Big Ten has 12 teams, the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Pac-10 has 11 teams.
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HICKS: Four recommendations for your reading listRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Mike Hicks
Though I am no slave to fashion, summertime is a long occasion for the reading of good books.
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Health care column got it wrong

June 19, 2010
As a practicing physician, I was disappointed by [Morton Marcus’] support of the recently passed health care legislation [in his May 31 column].
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Environmentalists contributed to spill

June 19, 2010
[In response to Bruce Hetrick’s June 14 column] Those that are calling for more government involvement in response to the BP oil spill are not those who typically call for “less government.
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City 'investments' often no such thing

June 19, 2010
Even if the new system does slow down property tax increases, actually capping one source of revenue will never solve taxpayer problems.
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Pre-race ceremony didn't measure up

June 19, 2010
Good [Bill Benner column on June 7] on the recap of the 500. One area that I disagree with you was your praise for the pre-race ceremony. It was plain awful this year.
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John Wooden column was a favorite

June 19, 2010
John Wooden has been my idol and will continue to be someone I strive to be for as long as I am breathing. I know that I am not the only one who feels this way.
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EDITORIAL: Next grand plan for City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
While it seems ominously similar to earlier efforts, there are components that might result in a better outcome.
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MARCUS: English skills lead to economic success

June 12, 2010
Morton Marcus
Unless you have extraordinary assets, your communication skills will go a long way to determining your social and economic standing.
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ROWLAND: Monument Circle is all about traffic

June 12, 2010
Time and again, communities have tried pedestrian plazas in downtown areas and have failed because, without cars, there are few people, and businesses failed.
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Education deficit perpetuates itself

June 12, 2010
There are plenty of parents who don’t have a high school diploma, or didn’t attend secondary education, for all kinds of reasons.
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Arts is key to education

June 12, 2010
We too often underestimate a young childâ??s ability to be engaged and inspired.
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MAURER: Take a chance on Brightpoint sharesRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Here’s the new plan: Purchase the stock at $7.25 to $7.50 a share, and hope to realize a 15-percent to 20-percent gain in the short term.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein more than fine at Great American Songbook Competition

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
High school vocal competition soared in second year. Winner landed New York gig.
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DINING: Spice is nice at Main St. Carmel Cajun

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of "elemental" eateries.
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HETRICK: The irony of government foes wanting more governmentRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
We're all quick to say we want lower taxes, but we're slow to sacrifice services that affect us.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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