Editorials

EDITORIAL: Hogsett could spark debateRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Joe Hogsett’s July 14 announcement that he’ll step down as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana at the end of the month renewed speculation that he will run for mayor of Indianapolis next year. And to that prospect we can only say, bring it on
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EDITORIAL:Don't be careless with prime siteRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
The Indiana Finance Authority is wise to take its time deciding what might happen to the full square block of surface parking immediately north of the Statehouse.
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EDITORIAL: Choose roadwork based on need, not politicsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
The City-County Council has turned infrastructure repair into a political battleground, with Democrats and Republicans touting competing proposals for how to finance and assign a vital round of major public infrastructure needs.
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EDITORIAL: Legislate some common sense on cold beer

June 21, 2014
Twenty minutes for a can. Forty minutes for a bottle. That’s how long a semi-scientific study by the website Gizmodo determined it takes to turn a warm beer into a cold one—by using a freezer or putting the beer on ice.
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EDITORIAL: Indianapolis Public Schools must rebuild trustRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
If any local organization needs the public’s trust, it’s Indianapolis Public Schools, considering the challenges the district faces educating often-disadvantaged students.
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EDITORIAL: Students need more advice

June 7, 2014
If you’re not certain whether a school counselor’s primary duty is to review college-application letters, work with troubled students, or proctor AP testing, you’re not alone.
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EDITORIAL: Party conventions not an easy callRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Count us among those who are skeptical the attendance and media exposure the big political parties draw are worth the cost.
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EDITORIAL: Another Indy building blockRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
There’s little glamour in the tedious work of streamlining and rewriting a grossly outdated zoning code.
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EDITORIAL: Fadness agenda should advanceRestricted Content

May 8, 2014
Fishers voters made their second forward-thinking choice in as many years on May 6 when they picked Town Manager Scott Fadness in the primary election to run as the Republican nominee for mayor.
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EDITORIAL: Justice center move can benefit downtownRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
Most of the conversation surrounding the city’s proposed criminal justice center has focused on what the heart of downtown stands to lose when the courts and jails move out Rarely discussed is what downtown can gain from the new center, which is now officially slated for about a third of the 110-acre GM Stamping Plant site just west of White River.
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EDITORIAL: Fieldhouse lid cracking openRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
After years of insisting that it cannot make ends meet running Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and receiving millions of taxpayer dollars to ease the pain, Pacers Sports & Entertainment has agreed to open its books—somewhat—to city officials, and to the rest of us.
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EDITORIAL: Bike-share cements cycling legacy

April 12, 2014
Mayor Greg Ballard has accomplished plenty during his seven years in office, but his most enduring legacy may be in building a bicycle-friendly Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Find the money to attack crimeRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
By all accounts, Nathan Trapuzzano was the kind of citizen Indianapolis is trying to recruit.
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EDITORIAL: Keep attentive eye on CumminsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Last week’s announcement that Cummins would build a headquarters for its global distribution division in downtown Indianapolis was deservedly welcomed for its potential to house as many as 400 well-paid workers and add an “architecturally significant” building to a reserved skyline.
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EDITORIAL: Legislative session created foothold for transitRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Years of foot-dragging by Indiana legislators has put the Indianapolis region way behind its peers in developing an effective mass transit system. And the transit funding bill that lawmakers finally approved this year contains some maddening conditions. But make no mistake, passage of the bill is a major milestone in a long, difficult fight.
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EDITORIAL: Swing toward sustainabilityRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Genetically modified crops are not a panacea.
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EDITORIAL: Polytechnic plan makes senseRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
One of the most promising planks in Mayor Greg Ballard’s agenda for the coming years is a new school his staff is calling Indianapolis Polytechnic.
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EDITORIAL: High-earners to the rescueRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Ballard is on the right track in trying to make the city attractive to people with big incomes.
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EDITORIAL: Push electric deregulationRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Gov. Pence is smart to begin studying electric utility deregulation, and his trademark cautious, collaborative style could help the state avoid creating more problems than any reform he proposes might solve.
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EDITORIAL: Don’t isolate heart of criminal justice

February 15, 2014
Most everyone agrees that a core function of government is justice—to accurately determine guilt or innocence of the accused and to carry out appropriate punishment.
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EDITORIAL: Commuter tax needs fences

February 1, 2014
Indy Chamber might incite a little road rage by proposing a commuter tax that would allow Indianapolis to collect revenue from those who work in the city but live outside county lines.
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EDITORIAL: Booze regulation needs an updateRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Someday, perhaps not too many years from now, Indiana will have liquor laws that are well-reasoned and rationale.
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EDITORIAL: Marriage debate wastes our timeRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Among the many good arguments for not putting Indiana through an expensive and embarrassing battle over same-sex marriage, one gets little attention: amending the Constitution to prohibit it won’t matter in the long run.
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EDITORIAL: Forge ahead with preschoolRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence said last month that he wants to help young children from low-income homes start kindergarten “ready for a life of learning.” We applaud that goal, and ask the governor and General Assembly to craft voucher legislation that encourages the highest-quality preschools.
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EDITORIAL: Jacobs bestowed valuable lessons

January 4, 2014
Had Andy Jacobs not fulfilled the duties of his congressional office so unusually during his nearly 30 years in the House, the outpouring of memories following his Dec. 29 death might have been more mundane.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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