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WINSTON: Mays personifies the best of black historyRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Robin Winston / Special to IBJ
Mays’ efforts at community involvement saved The Indianapolis Recorder.
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DOWD: GOP is now the Ghastly Outdated PartyRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Maureen Dowd / New York Times Syndicate
President Barack Obama has deranged conservatives just as W. deranged liberals.
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RIVERA: Optimism and caution over mass transitRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Angel Rivera
It concerns me that we may be building outdated technology.
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FERGUSON: Big issues playing out right here in IndianaRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Maybe leaders of the Republican National Committee see Indiana as a model.
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LEWIS: Bedrock principle of accountability would be underminedRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Maggie Lewis / Special to IBJ
Frustration should not drive change for its own sake when a competing bedrock principle is in jeopardy.
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KRULL: Rubbing the abrasive edges off lawmakersRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
John Krull / Special to IBJ
If lunch together is good, living together would be even better.
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MCQUILLEN: Plan would trim bureaucracy for the benefit of studentsRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
As we work to rebuild our broken district, we must aim not for perfection, but for progress.
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VANE: Carrying the mantle of reform onwardRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Some of the people who played a pivotal role in shaping this debate are also running for public office.
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TAFT: Now for a Super Bowl just for ourselvesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Downtown is indeed our city’s living room.
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MAHERN: Questionable ROI from the Super BowlRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Local money spent downtown is not new money. It is merely money not spent somewhere else in the local economy.
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MUTZ: Health care budgets at risk of overloadRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Under these definitions, some of our most-honored citizens could be considered mentally ill.
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HOWEY: Middle class kicked by declining home valuesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
Could there be new collusion in the appraisal network?
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STYRING: Raise retirement age, or face collapseRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Those 76 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are flooding onto the rolls at a rate of 10,000 each day.
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FARGO: A good idea with a shot at becoming lawRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
The only way to enforce the law if a public official ignores a public access counselor’s opinion in your favor is to sue.
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LADWIG: The last ordinary American: a eulogyRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
If socialism wasn’t good, we argued lamely, then wealth at least was bad—or not as fair or as kind as government could make it.
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MYERS: A really big vehicle could save your lifeRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Facts are facts and the laws of physics cannot be repealed.
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DONNELLY: A few common-sense actions would restore confidenceRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Joe Donnelly / Special to IBJ
If Congress played by the same rules that Hoosier families do, we could start addressing the critical issues facing our nation.
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LUGAR: Government, economy will survive Obama's mistakesRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Dick Lugar / Special to IBJ
Obama has sought political gain by attacking Congress rather than seeking agreement.
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MOURDOCK: Congress should use the same rules as everyone elseRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Richard Mourdock / Special to IBJ
We have seen the federal government use “crony capitalism” to save businesses that should have otherwise failed.
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BOEHM: Questions about who's minding the storeRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
The names of the married couple who sold the home to us in 1991 remained on the voter lists at our address.
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SHELLA: Free speech on display at the LegislatureRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
All of this union-backed expression is in response to the right-to-work bill.
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WINSTON: Ballard won the social media skirmishRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Robin Winston / Special to IBJ
If you are going to go after an incumbent who already has online traction, then the order of the day is “Tweet early, tweet often.”
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HARRIS: A good idea, as long as quality is closely monitoredRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
David Harris / Special to IBJ
In certain instances technology is actually changing the very nature of teaching and learning and helping students achieve at drastically higher rates.
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MEREDITH: Use available technology first to improve learningRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Yes, they could call a helpline, but they would land in an automated system, leave a message and days later might get a response.
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KETZENBERGER: A grocery clerk sizes up the contendersRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Republicans are about to lose a whole generation of potential voters.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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