Opinion

BECK: Get to know those the amendment would affectRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
Since the General Assembly convened in January, it seems that nearly everyone I’ve talked to has an opinion on House Joint Resolution 3, the divisive constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a woman and a man.
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SIDDIQUI: When religious and civic values collideRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
The recent decision by the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has created concern among some Muslim Hoosiers.
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KRULL: Marriage message boxes Pence into contradictionRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
John Krull / Special to IBJ
So much for being governor of all the people of Indiana. Earlier this month, not long after the House of Representatives voted to strip the controversial second sentence out of House Joint Resolution 3—the proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage—Gov. Mike Pence told WISH-TV Channel 8 that he supported the HJR 3 in its original form.
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MACALLISTER: We change our laws to match our definitions of truthRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
I wrote a piece recently that suggested truth is not eternal but transient. It moves, changes, flexes.
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MARCUS: Rising prosperity still an elusive aspirationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Morton Marcus
Sometimes it seems our political leaders know only four-letter words like jobs. They often precede this with another four letter word: good.
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DANIELS: With jobs, it's mobility, not just 'equality,' that mattersRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Deborah Daniels
There is a lot of talk these days about income inequality—the growing gap between the incomes of the rich and poor. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, acknowledged in a recent speech to our Economic Club that the ”recovery” is working only for the rich: The poor are seeing no benefit from it, and income inequality is growing.
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VANE: Unsung Ballard seeding city with string of talentRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Perhaps the most intriguing question in what is shaping up to be a remarkable political year is the following: Will Greg Ballard seek a third term as mayor in 2015?
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SHEPARD: Side with local government oversight when possibleRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Recent debates in the General Assembly about inspecting apartments for safety and sanitation purposes has highlighted the need for more energetic collaboration between state government and the people who lead cities and towns.
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WAGNER: The long and winding road to recruit candidatesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a conservative special-interest group. It opened with four paragraphs about a Statehouse issue along with a list of House members the group wanted its supporters to call and email. But that’s not what caught my eye.
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FROEHLE: Students aren't being told the full cost of collegeRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
Whether in the State of the Union address, recent commentaries about college tuition outpacing financial aid, or news about Purdue University’s possibly extending its tuition freeze, one thing is certain. The status quo is not acceptable when it comes to cost and access to a college education.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IBJ A&E road trip heading for Canada

February 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Niagara Falls, and more are on the agenda. Hope you can join us.
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KENNEDY: Thinking outside the bankRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Let me begin with a caveat: I’m no expert on financial services or the economics of banking. Like most middle-class Americans, my interactions with banking are all decidedly “retail”—checking and savings accounts, mortgages and car loans.
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MADDOX: Wolves are still at Gramma's doorRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Mark Maddox
In the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, disgraced broker and owner of the now-defunct brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio as over-the-top good looking, witty and motivational. Belfort, if we are to believe what we see in the film, is a phenomenal salesman—a self-made man committed to making lots of money for himself and his friends.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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LOPRESTI: ABA Pacers, bound by championships, wait for next one

February 8, 2014
Players who made magic for the team in the early 1970s are waiting for next chapter to be written.
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HETRICK: If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

February 8, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
At the Statehouse, the crime in progress is voluntary bondage—not in the sexual sense, but what Dictionary.com calls “the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”
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DINING: Husk-y newcomer The Tamale Place added to market options

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
The place Guy Fieri visited on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" opens a City Market spot. Here's a review.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT triple play shows gentle side of Vonnegut

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Before he was a literary icon, Vonnegut was a struggling writer finding his voice through short stories. Three are woven together into the play "Who Am I This Time?"
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Hicks: Sustainable middle class now built on workRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Mike Hicks
America's middle class was first built upon an unsustainable combination of low-productivity, high-wage jobs in large factories. The second half of the 20th century saw a different middle class emerge, with workers across many industries applying high-value-added human capital to the production of goods and increasingly services.
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Skarbeck: Analysts' quarterly focus can lead investors astrayRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
Wall Street analysts are notorious for their short-term attention spans. This leads to undue scrutiny of a company’s quarterly figures and can lead to poor decisions by investors.
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EDITORIAL: Roll out red carpet for NRA confabRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Few trade groups are more polarizing, so city officials, the local hospitality industry and the NRA itself have all been remarkably low-key about the group's upcoming visit.
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MORRIS: Strong work ethic is key to finding a jobRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Greg Morris
You can usually tell from a candidate's past how dedicated they'll be as an employee.
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Argument was selectiveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy should not have endorsed the Christian Theological Seminary president’s position [Jan. 27] even though his conclusion is the one she prefers.
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Empower parents with educationRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
In “Pushing back against education ‘reform’” [Jan. 20 Forefront], Doug Masson seems to lump innovations such as charter schools in with vouchers and derides both.
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EDITORIAL: Commuter tax needs fences

February 1, 2014
Indy Chamber might incite a little road rage by proposing a commuter tax that would allow Indianapolis to collect revenue from those who work in the city but live outside county lines.
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