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MAURER: Big Q's lofty mission didn't involve flyingRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Quentin Paige Smith died in January at age 94. If you didn’t know the Big Q, you missed a hell of a man—his own man—unbowed by the evil racism of the pre-Civil Rights era. I wrote his biography for my book “19 Stars of Indiana—Exceptional Hoosier Men,” and now I can tell you the rest of that story.
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MORRIS: Run for your lives—sequestration is upon us

February 23, 2013
Greg Morris
This is a very scary week. I hope everyone has received that message loud and clear. The great sequester deadline has arrived. March 1 is only a few days away. Not since last year’s end of the Mayan calendar has there been such focus on a date that could preclude the end of days.
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MAURER: One politician getting a second chanceRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Mickey Maurer
That irrepressible Mel Reynolds is running again. Janie and I were just laughing with Rose and Bill Mays about being duped when we rallied our respective communities for an “Oreo” fundraiser on Reynolds’ behalf two decades ago.
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MORRIS: Post office is cutting back, but IBJ isn’t

February 9, 2013
Greg Morris
You’ve seen the news coverage. Starting in August, the United States Postal Service will discontinue Saturday mail delivery. Forget the bills. Forget the junk mail. Who cares if you have to wait until Monday to get those items? In fact, studies have shown that seven out of 10 Americans are fine with eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
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MAURER: Deli delightRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Mickey Maurer
I am proud to relate that Pawel Fludzinski, Ph.D. recently published his first crossword puzzle in The New York Times. Pawel has worked at Eli Lilly and Co. for more than 28 years with the last 20 years being in executive level leadership positions. He has a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, but never mind that: He shares with me a love for construction of crossword puzzles.
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MORRIS: Finally, a new tax I can support

January 26, 2013
Greg Morris
I wrote a column recently complaining about all the new taxes bestowed on us this new calendar year. It was a lengthy list. So, I don't want to sound contradictory when I tell you now that I want central Indiana residents to support a modest tax increase in the future to expand mass transit.
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MAURER: New life for classic lines from big screenRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Guys love to quote “The Godfather.” It’s no wonder, with lines like “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” and “Leave the gun—take the cannolis.” These and other memorable movie quips are relevant today, just with new voices.
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MORRIS: To trim debt, hike taxes and cut ... ?

January 12, 2013
Greg Morris
As Brent Musburger said when he spotted Miss Alabama in the crowd at the BCS National Championship game— “Whoa!”
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MAURER: A look back at memorable topicsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I am always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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MORRIS: After many positives in 2012, let’s avoid 'cliff'

December 29, 2012
Greg Morris
Put another year in the history books. It’s time for reflection and a look ahead to the new year. I went back and looked at my column written this time last year—“From politics to hoops, my 2012 wish list”—and I would say the results were mostly positive, with one big exception.
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KENNEDY: In defense of capitalismRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I am a capitalist. I believe in free markets, in what the economists describe as “transactions entered into freely between buyers and sellers both of whom have the necessary relevant information.” I also recognize that markets cannot function without “umpires” empowered to enforce rules of fair play and protect that level playing field to which we all pay lip service. The most significant challenge to genuine capitalism, I submit, lies in the ability of some competitors to bribe or otherwise influence the umpires.
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MAURER: My gift to you is a pair of puzzlesRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Now that the elections are over, please relax and enjoy this crossword puzzle and the political riddle it poses.
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MORRIS: Balancing quality and the bottom line

December 15, 2012
Greg Morris
My job takes me out of my office into the community on a regular basis. As I’m out talking with folks in the business community, a common theme surfaces almost without fail on a weekly basis.
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MAURER: Think outside the retirement boxRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Mickey Maurer
I realized that my original vision of the American Dream was a nightmare. I learned that there is more to business than the money earned.
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MORRIS: Setting an example we hope Washington will follow

December 1, 2012
Greg Morris
I’ve been knee deep in budget meetings, one after another, for what seems like an eternity now. It’s been only about a month, but it seems much longer. I’ve talked to many business colleagues who have been doing the same.
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MAURER: Endocyte receded, but it's still on trackRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Endocyte is an Indiana biopharmaceutical company that develops drugs and imaging diagnostics to identify and treat cancer.
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MORRIS: Tony Bennett took one for the teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Morris
I’m worried the defeat of Tony Bennett as superintendent of public instruction puts this state’s education reforms not at risk, but on a slower pace.
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Maurer on targetRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A note to heartily second your thoughts [Maurer column, Nov. 12] regarding Republican Party politics.
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MAURER: Moderate Republicans, lend me your earRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Now that the Tea Party has swapped the best public servant in the United States Senate and a sure Republican seat for newly elected Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, perhaps it’s time moderate Indiana Republicans stand up and reclaim the party.
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MORRIS: Your vote on Nov. 6 is importantRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Greg Morris
We all need to express our feelings about what’s going on in our local communities, our state and our country by casting votes for the candidates we believe can make the most positive impact on our lives.
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MAURER: My stint in public service was a thrillRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Mickey Maurer
I lived it. I loved it. I bragged about it—too much. Then I forgot about it. That is until Kelly Nicholl, vice president of marketing for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., asked me to provide a short summary of significant events from my time as president of the IEDC and secretary of commerce.
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MORRIS: Time for inspirational leadership

October 20, 2012
Greg Morris
Rarely do we hear someone speak who has the potential to change our life, and as a result, the lives of others. I had such an experience recently and I want to share it with you.
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MAURER: Mourdock makeover isn't flattering ... or believableRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock energized the right wing of the Republican Party this spring when he declared uncategorically that he rejects cooperation with his political opponents and that his brand of partisanship defines compromise as “Democrats coming our way.”
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MORRIS: Republicans face hard Senate choice

October 6, 2012
Greg Morris
One prime example of a candidate who promises more gridlock in Washington can be found right here in Indiana. Of course, you know I’m speaking of Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Mourdock.
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MAURER: Exercise your brain with problem solvingRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Challenging riddles like this interrupt the normal routine and rev up our brains. Seize opportunities to think creatively.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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