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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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HARTON: Our environment provides another path to better health

April 24, 2010
Tom Harton
One recent study showed that medical costs fall more than $3 for every $1 spent on wellness programs. But something doesn’t add up.
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MAURER: Local diva enlightens operaRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Angela Brown has a voice that reaches extraordinary heights from roots that are set deep in Hoosier soil. She is a diva with a heart as big and as soft as her magnificent voice.
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HARTON: Escape your 'information cocoon'

April 10, 2010
Tom Harton
The information age is almost always spoken of in glowing terms. Information is empowering, so we’re told, even if it comes from a cave in the Middle East or a basement down the block or a corporate media machine that needs something—anything—to fill the gaps between the advertising on a 24-hour news channel.
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MAURER: GOP missing golden opportunity for Bayh replacementRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Memo to the state Republican Party: Show me the candidate. We have a right to expect much from the party that gave us Sen. Richard Lugar.
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VIEWPOINT: Much has changed for Butler since 1980

April 2, 2010
David B. Morton
Mediocrity in the athletic department was tolerated by the administration, winning wasn’t a priority and Tony Hinkle’s five principles—humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness—had not been adopted as “The Butler Way.”
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DAVIS: Finding (and keeping) clarity through cancer

March 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Almost eight months ago, I used this space to share the new perspective on life I discovered as a side effect of my battle with cancer. A lot has happened since then, and I’m still marveling at the difference—even as I struggle to hold onto it.
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MAURER: Doctor turned author is worth a readRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Dr. Douglas P. Zipes, retired director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, has devoted his last couple of years to scaring us half to death with his new novel, “The Black Widows.”
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PARENT: Take your brain out for a walkRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Tawn Parent
Urban life has serious costs; it actually impairs our ability to think.
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MAURER: WellPoint's Braly bravely takes on fussRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly was criticized by President Obama on national television. She incurred the wrath of health insurance policyholders in California and Indiana. She reignited debate on the moribund national health care reform bill. A woman hasn’t caused this much turmoil since all those ships were launched by Helen of Troy.
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KATTERJOHN: Closing the book on 30 years

February 27, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
It’s a tall order to write a farewell column after 30 years.
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MAURER: It's time to dump township governmentRestricted Content

February 19, 2010
Mickey Maurer
In Indiana, one institution rife with nepotism and political favoritism stubbornly persists: township government and, more particularly, its delivery of emergency poor relief.
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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for HaitiRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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MAURER: 'Avatar' is a great movie I've seen beforeRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Did you ever see one of my favorite old cowboy movies, “Broken Arrow”? If you missed it the first time, it has been reissued under a new title—“Avatar.”
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PARENT: Why I'm rooting for the Saints in the land of Blue

February 3, 2010
Tawn Parent
The Indianapolis Colts may be the home team, but this Hoosier sits squarely in the New Orleans Saints' corner.
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KATTERJOHN: Stupid Bowl not so stupid anymore

January 30, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
In recent years, my two brothers have been fond of referring to the Super Bowl as The Stupid Bowl. Disgusted by the crass commercialism that has overtaken professional sports, they view The Stupid Bowl as the zenith of hype.
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MAURER: Here's how Katz Sapper Miller balanced its books

January 23, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Last November, Katz Sapper and Miller went back to schooll—Broad Ripple High School.
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MAURER: Stay in the game, don't break rulesRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I’m 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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KATTERJOHN: Rise to the challenge in 2010Restricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Multiple challenges remain, no doubt. But I feel a whole lot better about our prospects than I did a year ago at this time.
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MAURER: How many words can you find?

December 26, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As is the custom of the last few holiday seasons, I am pleased to present a puzzle. This year’s challenge, 3-D Word Hunt, is derived from a format conceived by Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times.
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KATTERJOHN: My Top 11 personalities of 2009Restricted Content

December 19, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
I saw where Barbara Walters did her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 shtick on television recently. So with a nod to the venerable newswoman, here’s my list of locals who got my attention this year.
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MAURER: Cousin Eddie is a fine doctor and a special guyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Remember Cousin Eddie? He is the obstetrician/gynecologist in Houston I wrote about who tried to cut the mustard in the hot dog business (“There ain’t no hog in the Yoso Dog”). He dreamed of having his own restaurant and, against the advice of friends, he went to the dogs.
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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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