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COMMENTARY: Dear IPS, parents are not the enemy

October 9, 2010
Tawn Parent
Indianapolis Public Schools needs a top-down, system-wide mandate to treat parents as valuable partners.
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MAURER: Is this really what you want to do?Restricted Content

October 2, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School. Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the seventh installment.
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MORRIS: Don't fear diversity; embrace it

September 25, 2010
Greg Morris
We cannot allow this failure of our government to tear apart the benefits of diversity that helped make this country great.
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MAURER: Get and keep controlRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School”. Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the sixth installment.
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MORRIS: Another app, and some perspective

September 11, 2010
Greg Morris
As Indianapolis Business Journal launches its mobile phone application, I’m struck by how swiftly communication channels are changing.
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MAURER: Kindness is a measure of successRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Mickey Maurer

To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship that You Didn’t Learn in School.” Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the fifth installment.

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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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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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MORRIS: Give and volunteer to Live United

August 14, 2010
Greg Morris
Many people in our community, state, country and around the globe need our help. The numbers are staggering.
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MAURER: Even CEOs need mentorsRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment strategy, I developed “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School.” Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the third installment.
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MORRIS: Be healthy, wealthy and wise

July 31, 2010
Greg Morris
We’ve had a wellness program at IBJ for seven years. However, it became clear to me recently that we have only been scratching the surface with what should be a top priority.
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MAURER: Low barriers to entry breed business competitionRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Based primarily upon hard lessons learned, I developed “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship that You Didn’t Learn in School”—at least I didn’t learn them in school. This is Lesson 2.
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MORRIS: It's crunch time with five months left in 2010

July 17, 2010
Greg Morris
There is still a lot of ground to cover before the sun sets on the year. But the time will go by quickly.
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MAURER: First, choose the right peopleRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Never in a single business class was I informed of the most important factor in making a sound business investment decision — people.
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MARCUS: Kokomo works to advance economy

July 10, 2010
Morton Marcus
What do you do when you have little discretionary money and enormous challenges? You might follow the example being set by Mayor Greg Goodnight in Kokomo.
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MORRIS: First Amendment protects five freedoms

July 3, 2010
Greg Morris
The First Amendment is the cornerstone of democracy and truly guarantees freedom for all.
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MAURER: Exercise your creative muscleRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Creativity, like muscle tone, must be exercised if one is to increase it. We need to seize opportunities to think creatively. Challenging riddles like the one above interrupt the normal routine and rev up our brains.
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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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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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MORRIS: An introduction and invitation from the publisher

June 5, 2010
Greg Morris
I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the sixth publisher in IBJ’s history, succeeding Chris Katterjohn, who was publisher the past 20 years.
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MAURER: Early education leads to successRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Not only is early childhood education essential to supplement and often reverse the effects of a deficient home environment, but a rich preschool home environment is also an important indicator of high achievement.
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KING: News in the age of instant feedback

May 22, 2010
Mason King
Most IBJ editors and bloggers now can access readership stats for every bit of news content on our website. We know how many times each story, blog and video has been viewed and for how long, for any month, week or day.
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MAURER: Pack your bags ... it's time for campRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Mickey's Camp presents a chance to learn new skills or polish old ones, including backgammon, canoeing, badminton, darts, bass fishing, fly fishing, golf, self-defense, magic, jewelry making, knitting, arts and crafts, and CPR.
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HARTON: The IBJ's 30-year story, retold

May 8, 2010
Tom Harton
The tale shows how a germ of an idea can turn into something special and how people in business can reach across generations—even when they think their biggest contributions are behind them—to pull others along.
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MAURER: Another look at the glass ceilingRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Mickey Maurer
My longtime assistant, Marla Smith, had a sign on her desk that read, “The best man for the job is often a woman.” I have grown to appreciate and believe in that advice.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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