Opinion

Hicks: Economic geography changed with labor

November 30, 2013
Mike Hicks
In 1940, vibrant cities had big factories, rail yards and lots of associated workers. In 2010, vibrant cities had lots of people in many occupations whose product is mostly consumed locally. This doesn’t mean there aren’t a few fantastic towns with factories, but it is the vibrant town that ultimately makes the difference.
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Skarbeck: Stocks still the best bet among investor choices

November 30, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Many observers are raising warning flags that stocks are overvalued, and some even say a market bubble is forming. A review of the evidence, in our opinion, doesn’t support their alarm.
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ADRAGNA: Resurgent Pacers define fan phrase ‘built, not bought’

November 30, 2013
As Pacers followers know, this team, unlike Miami, was built from the ground up.
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ALTOM: The data says: Driving deserves your full attention

November 30, 2013
Tim Altom
Even talking on the phone while behind the wheel is a potentially dangerous use of your time.
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MORRIS: New hospital makes health top priority

November 30, 2013
Greg Morris
Eskenazi Hospital leaves no stone unturned in its quest for a healthy environment.
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LOU'S VIEWS: No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show

November 30, 2013
Lou Harry
No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show. Thoughts on the exhibit that focuses on beasts that once roamed Indiana.
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COTA: Credit-card-consolidating Coin seeks to change how you spend

November 30, 2013
Jim Cota
New device lets you store information from up to eight different cards. The simple idea packs a surprising amount of technology.
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DINING: Shoefly lands on near North side

November 30, 2013
First in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we somehow missed in previous months.
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HARRIS: Allow the governor to lead completely on education

November 30, 2013
David Harris / Special to IBJ
For decades, the nation’s governors have been the driving force for changing—and improving—education policy.
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Shale gas will support inexpensive electricity

November 30, 2013
As stated in the “Natural gas dilemma” article [Nov. 18], there is increased demand for natural gas in the electric energy market in Indiana and across the country. However, I take exception to the theme that this increased demand will drive volatility in the market and harm Hoosier electric and gas customers.
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MEREDITH: Voters spoke clearly; now give democracy a chance

November 30, 2013
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Despite being an underdog in her first run for public office, Glenda Ritz defeated incumbent Tony Bennett to become Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction in November.
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FROEHLE: Ritz's, Pence's bickering hurts education

November 30, 2013
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
emocratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence are spending more time arguing than doing anything worthwhile for Indiana’s education system.
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DANIELS: Fight over marriage amendment is foolish

November 30, 2013
Deborah Daniels
Indiana has a habit of being a bit behind the curve. In recent years, we have departed from that tradition, moving boldly in education reform, telecommunications reform and economic development. We have been named the fifth-best state to do business, third best in job attraction, and best in the country for international investment.
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MACALLISTER: Gay marriage detractors need space, time

November 30, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
We rejoice in technological change when it improves the efficacy of our computers, but greet societal changes with less exuberance.
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MAHERN: A marriage game plan for Republicans

November 30, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Although they don’t all have a natural sense of rhythm, and a few of them are always laughing and carrying on, some of my best friends are Republicans.
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MARCUS: Not the time to emphasize our negatives

November 30, 2013
Morton Marcus
What is the number one complaint of Hoosier employers? The labor force is outdated. We do not have enough workers with the training and experience to compete with other states and nations.
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BECK: Bipartisanship makes big things happen

November 30, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
Sid and Lois Eskenazi Hospital recently opened downtown to justifiable fanfare. The state-of-the-art campus is the city’s only public hospital. Formerly known as Wishard Hospital, Eskenazi Health has long served some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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WAGNER: It's a brave new world in the suburbs

November 30, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Earlier this year, I wrote for this publication about the rise of a new Hoosier swing voter, women my age who live in the doughnut counties around Indianapolis.
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SHEPARD: Conrad's intensity still felt downtown

November 30, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Surely Larry Conrad is smiling over the recent report about the phenomenal strength of the housing market in downtown Indianapolis.
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VAUGHN: Courts will decide basic election issues

November 30, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Although voters in Marion County won’t cast ballots for City-County elections until 2015, two courts are considering cases that will have a major impact on local elections.
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KRULL: Misguided judges reaping whirlwind

November 30, 2013
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard and other veterans of the highest state courts in the country issued a warning a few days ago about the dangers of large-scale campaign spending in judicial campaigns.
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SIDDIQUI: Americans are trustworthy on insurance

November 30, 2013
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
The failed rollout of the Obamacare health care exchanges is seen by many as a political gift to the Republican Party. There is no question that President Obama’s administration failed to execute a controversial law that has been heavily criticized, litigated in courts and elections, and created great unrest among the American people.
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STYRING: Obamacare rests on numbers concoction

November 30, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Everybody’s talking about Obamacare. Website crashes. People booted off their health insurance. Sticker shock. No doubt we’ll be talking about it through the 2014 election. And the 2016 election. And most likely well beyond that.
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PILLIE: GOP should put more energy into tech

November 30, 2013
Derek Pillie / Special to IBJ
We’re about to leave one unique facet of Indiana politics and enter another.
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DINING: Hamming it up at new Broad Ripple Cuban sandwich spot

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
if you eat its delicious 2-foot sandwich—loaded but not overstuffed with roasted pork, ham and cheese—by yourself, you get your photo on the wall. I brought a friend
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