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VAUGHN: Time to end two-timing public employeesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Shouldn’t the right of citizens to have government untainted by conflicts prevail over the perceived right of an individual to run for office and hold a public job at the same time?
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BOEHM: Put redistricting in hands of citizen groupRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Although there is no one right answer to the “best” map, a group of respected citizens charged with drawing fair maps will take that obligation seriously.
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KETZENBERGER: Referenda may divide school funding equityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
The recession and slow recovery have made it harder for schools to win approval for tax increases for both general spending and construction.
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HARRIS: The amount of quality classroom time is the real issueRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
It’s not when to start and when to end that matters, it’s the amount of time kids spend actually learning that will keep us competing in the global economy.
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MEREDITH: Community leaders know what's best for their schoolsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
It seems clear that local control of school calendar issues should be based on what is best for the students in local settings and not about the bottom dollar of profit.
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SHELLA: Indiana has no shortage of stupid lawsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
A law designed to make politics more transparent has given politicians a reason to hide their motives, their actions, and wink at the public in the meantime.
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EARLY: My fond memories of President ReaganRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Soon-to-be President Reagan seemed to enjoy the fact that some of my uninvited pals from White River Yacht Club showed up on the river in two pontoon boats.
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TENBARGE: Please, cut Indiana University's budgetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Of all the areas for potential cuts, higher education makes the most sense. Not only are there great opportunities for cuts, but our higher education institutions are well-prepared to handle them.
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ACCETTURO: Each city has critical interest in the success of the otherRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Unlike some elected officials in Carmel, I do not believe our city is an island. No one should want to stop progress in either community.
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BRAINARD: Carmel and Indianapolis draw strength from each otherRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Carmel should continue working together to recognize and respond to the unique needs of each city and support each other in the formulation of public policy that will maintain strong balance sheets, low taxes and high quality of life.
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SPIGELMAN: Cities should share joy of continued growth, developmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Without adequate funds, [Carmel] has been forced to subsidize the [Center for the Performing Arts] with taxpayer money. This is unsustainable, and we therefore need the assistance of the citizens of Indianapolis to help patronize this center by attending many of the scheduled performances now and in the years ahead.
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MAHERN: The unhitching of grades and knowledgeRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
When a child comes home with a grade, is it too much to expect that it reflect how much he or she has learned?
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WAGNER: Here's to liquor laws that makes senseRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
What bothers me most about Indiana’s alcohol laws is the lack of rational thinking behind them.”
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LADWIG: It's time to talk about the clocks—againRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Most troubling, though, considering the depressed economy, is Gaski’s discrediting of the state chamber, which claimed that the time change would serve the ‘convenience of commerce.'
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FARGO: Solve transparency problems with oversightRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Transparency walks hand in hand with accountability. It is hard to trust what you cannot see.
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HOWEY: Retool government into classes of countiesRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
Counties with one or two major cities could have their townships within the urban areas terminated. Townships serving rural areas would continue, but their numbers could be greatly consolidated.
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KRULL: Pence, Delph turn Constitution on its headRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The states’ rights argument that Pence and Delph advance is the one Lincoln waged war to defeat.
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MUTZ: Getting economic development rightRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
As an IEDC board member and former lieutenant governor responsible for economic development in the 1980s, I believe IEDC is one of the most successful economic development agencies in the nation.
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BONIFIELD: Balanced appeal will resuscitate DemocratsRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
Democrats need to forge a coherent pact with their constituents, detailing how they will reform education without undermining educators; shepherd sensible, pro-taxpayer policies through the General Assembly without becoming distracted by fringe issues; and provide private citizens and municipalities with the tools and revenue they need to evolve Indiana into an economic leader.
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OSILI: Invest in social services and infrastructureRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
The high costs of social service needs must never lead to initial under-investment or inconsistent long-term maintenance of a community’s infrastructure.
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VAUGHN: Restore civility with the Fairness DoctrineRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Although the Fairness Doctrine would not stop politicians and political commentators from using violent imagery and hate speech designed not to inform but to incite, it would guarantee that opposing views be heard.
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SHELLA: We're the ones permitting raw discourseRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
I compare the attack ads to gossip. Everybody claims to ignore them and abhor them, but they grasp the messages sent and repeat them.
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BOEHM: Put top officials in charge of lower officesRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If we let the leaders of the executive branch of government select their team of professionals, we have a more coherent governmental team. More important, we get accountability to an elected leader for performance that is inept or worse.
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HARRIS: Evaluate teachers annually based on clear standardsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Evaluations should be based on “clear standards of instructional excellence that prioritize student learning.”
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MEREDITH: Build evaluations on widely accepted teaching standardsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
I want the best teachers for my children, and I believe certain ideals should be considered when determining whether Indiana teachers meet the definition of the best teachers.
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