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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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KATTERJOHN: Indiana Achievement Awards live onRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
en years ago, Dodson Group CEO Jim Dodson came to IBJ with an idea to launch a program that would recognize best practices in the not-for-profit community and reward organizations that practiced them. And not just with a pat on the back—with hard cash.
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MAURER: Mayor Ballard's rules going up in smokeRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Mayor Greg Ballard published his book “The Ballard Rules” in 2005. Apparently, the rules do not apply to Ballard.
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KATTERJOHN: Health care issues decades oldRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The unsustainable system of health care that we now find ourselves participating in has been decades in the making. What makes us think we can fix it—really fix it—overnight?
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MAURER: Inspiration flowers in BloomingtonRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As a participant in the Spirit and Place Festival that took place in Indianapolis Nov. 6-15, I was invited to share a personal story of how an ordinary space was infused with special meaning for me. This is my story.
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KATTERJOHN: Indianapolis is a 21st century schizoid townRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
With apologies to the rock group King Crimson, who recorded a song in the late ’60s called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” I’d like to draw attention to our city’s split personality. Good Indianapolis. Bad Indianapolis.
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MAURER: Now is not the time to fear failureRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Failure does not have to mean you’re through. Mistakes are inevitable in all businesses. A better test of the character of someone in business is how he or she reacts to failure.
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KATTERJOHN: Get out and vote for WishardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
You know, there’s an election on Nov. 3, right? We’re not voting for president, governor, mayor, or even dog catcher. We’re voting for a critical piece of the health care delivery system in central Indiana: whether to allow Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. to sell bonds to build a new Wishard Hospital.
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MAURER: Hoosier Quentin Smith's heroics worth noting

October 17, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Quentin Smith served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He is one of at least seven surviving Tuskegee Airmen who live in Indiana.
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KATTERJOHN: Newspapers still deliver - for YOU

October 10, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
The Hoosier State Press Association, a trade group representing 175 paid-circulation Hoosier newspapers, including IBJ, has launched a campaign designed to remind the public of the important role newspapers play in our democracy. So this week, I’m ceding my space to David Stamps, executive director of the HSPA
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MAURER: Teach your children to reject hateRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Mickey Maurer
God hates fags. That’s the declaration we heard Sept. 24 from the Westboro Baptist Church road show that appeared at North Central High School and other Indianapolis venues throughout the day.
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KATTERJOHN: Buy some underwear, men

September 26, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
It turns out the purchase of men’s underwear is an esoteric economic indicator for economists all over the world. Alan Greenspan himself apparently considers it important. That was news to me.
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MAURER: Here's some off-the-wall advice for unemployedRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Mickey Maurer
As an old-timer, I am honored when asked for business advice. Because so much of the labor force has been idled, recent inquiries have come from Hoosiers with resumes in hand. I am afraid my usual advice isn’t working, so I have some new ideas—new opportunities to investigate in the face of this job crisis.
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Ron Gifford's blog from China

September 16, 2009
Ron Gifford
Indy Partnership CEO Ron Gifford is traveling with Gov. Mitch Daniels and a delegation of Hoosier business and community leaders on a trip to Asia through Sept. 16. Gifford is blogging about his experiences as he works to bring new jobs and investment to the economic development group's 10-county Indianapolis region. Bookmark this page and check back for updates.
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MAURER: Can you puzzle out My Word?Restricted Content

September 5, 2009
Mickey Maurer
I recently welcomed a special guest to “Mickey’s Corner”—Will Shortz, the crossword editor of The New York Times and the riddle maven we love to listen to every Sunday morning on National Public Radio. In order to engage this creative genius, I conceived a challenge that I present to you now: a two-part game called My Word.
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KATTERJOHN: Role model leading College MentorsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
Erin Slater might be considered an over-achiever. The 32-year-old CEO of College Mentors for Kids boasts a laundry list of accomplishments in her relatively short life.
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DAVIS: Looming deadline not so big now

August 17, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The exact words the doctor used that day are forever lost in a blur of hospital gowns and ultrasound gel and post-biopsy instructions.
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LIPPERT: GM woes strike close to homeRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Douglas Lippert
As someone who grew up in Michigan during the 1960s and 1970s, watching General Motors Corp. self-destruct was like seeing a loved one make bad decisions then watching him suffer the consequences.
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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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Township jobs offer benefits, money for little workRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Just like Willie Sutton, who liked to rob banks because that's where the money was, I'm going to get myself a job in township government because, "There is gold in them thar hills."

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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