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DANIELS: Why can't everyone be more like Joe?

October 5, 2013
Deborah Daniels
My law partner and longtime friend Joe Russell died suddenly at age 63 in July. Such a stunning event unleashes introspection: How could this happen to someone so young? How likely is it that I’ll keel over in the next year? Time to start planning vacations NOW.
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WAGNER: Indiana Dems need branding makeover

October 5, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I spent a large chunk of the last eight years as the spokeswoman for the Indiana Democratic Party. It was the best of times (big wins in 2006, 2008 and 2012), it was the worst of times (it sure would be nice to forget about 2010 and some stinging losses at the local level).
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SHEPARD: Great places draw the young, innovative

October 5, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Our public dialogue about competing with other states often focuses on development tools, tax policy, infrastructure and the like. These are surely some of the hard-edge elements of any sensible approach to building Indiana’s economic future.
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MARCUS: Politicians have little influence over jobs

October 5, 2013
Morton Marcus
Governors and mayors normally talk as if they are personally responsible for bringing jobs to their states and communities. This is nonsense.
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KRULL: Right to work and promises to be kept

October 5, 2013
John Krull / Special to IBJ
When Indiana Republicans started their push to ram so-called right-to-work legislation through the General Assembly nearly three years ago, they said the measure would rain blessings down on the Hoosier state.
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PILLIE: Don’t toss the reforms along with Bennett

October 5, 2013
Derek Pillie / Special to IBJ
In the modern political world, it seems the validity or importance of an idea is treated no more seriously than what brand of butter substitute you buy from the local grocery store. Most recently, Indiana has experienced this phenomenon in education policy.
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BECK: New hope for early childhood education

October 5, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
My son started kindergarten in August. Within a few days, it became apparent that his kindergarten experience is significantly different from that of his parents. Homework every night. Reading that must be logged and initialed. High expectations for reading, math, technology and the arts.
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SIDDIQUI: Conflict, ideology devalue education

October 5, 2013
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
Recent ISTEP test scores seem to indicate a correlation between academic success and economic prosperity. These test results show that school districts in affluent neighborhoods have better scores than schools in poorer neighborhoods.
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STYRING: The teachers association lost its way

October 5, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Nothing in politics is so constant as change. Consider the Indiana State Teachers Association.
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MACALLISTER: Not every free speaker is esteemedRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
We Americans pride ourselves on free speech and demonstrate that privilege—vocally, written, cartooning, tweeting, publishing, televising, on billboards, and through movies, TV shows and publications.
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VAUGHN: Ag gag and its euphemisms are backRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
One of the most controversial proposals to emerge at the 2013 General Assembly has resurfaced as the topic of a summer study committee. Late last month, the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development focused on ag gag legislation that would make it a crime to expose illegal, inhumane or unsafe conditions at factory farms in Indiana.
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FROEHLE: First it was Chinatown, and now cricketRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
Early this year, Indianapolis expressed its intent to become a major player in the world of international sports.
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MAHERN: At least Indianapolis is ahead of DetroitRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Weather permitting, I walk our Irish setter, Finn McCool, nearly every day in Garfield Park. The 126-acre park on the near-south side has been a Mahern recreation site for over 100 years, after my great-grandfather moved his family to the area of Raymond and Shelby streets.
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FRIEDMAN: A great nation undermined by extremismRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times Syndicate
Countries that don’t plan for the future tend not to do well there. When you watch the reckless behavior of the Tea Party-driven Republicans in Congress today, you can’t help but fear that we’ll be one of those.
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GARRISON: The makers are getting tired of the takersRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
They will call it Northern Colorado if they can get the job done. Ten counties in the rich area north of Denver produce almost all the agriculture and most of the gas and oil that comes from the Mountain State. Its residents pay well over half the taxes but garner a fraction of the representation in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
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BOHANON: I wish I’d said that, but not in an emailRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
When I read what then-Gov. Mitch Daniels said in an email to then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett about Marxist historian Howard Zinn’s work, my immediate reaction was, “My thoughts exactly!” I take great exception to Zinn’s characterization of American history.
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LANOSGA: In government, clarity trumps efficiencyRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
Here’s something to ponder in the wake of the big stories that keep trickling out from the emails released by state Superintendent of Public Education Glenda Ritz: What if the emails in question had been from her own tenure in that office? Or, what if a reporter had asked Tony Bennett for the same emails while he was still in office (or asked for the emails from then-Gov. Mitch Daniels)?
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MASSON: Past was prelude in Zinn controversyRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
Former Gov. Daniels seems to have a good grasp of Orwell’s notion that who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past.
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BUCK: Educate Hoosiers about fundamentals of economicsRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Jim Buck / Special to IBJ
The answer is as old as the Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he gets old, he will not depart from it.” Likewise, we are all familiar with the idea that we will reap what we sow, and this is true in our educational system.
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HALE: Raising expectations would help Hoosiers thriveRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Christina Hale Hale / Special to IBJ
It’s time to reboot the American Dream for Indiana by doing three things:
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LEIGHTY: Same-sex marriage ban hurts businessRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Hilary Leighty / Special to IBJ
There has been significant discussion this summer about gay rights and marriage equality. Specifically in Indiana, House Joint Resolution 6, the amendment that would permanently alter Indiana’s Constitution to define marriage, has produced strong emotions on both sides.
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DAVIS: Welcome to Indianapolis, Mr. FerebeeRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
We welcome a new leader to town to take one of our most important jobs—superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.
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ODLE: Pull a chair up to the Big Table, leadersRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
I generally stay away from education issues in my column, but recent thoughts compel me to divert from that practice.
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SHELLA: Bennett's emotions got the best of himRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
It was a warm, sunny Monday in November when John McCain came to the Indianapolis airport seeking to pull out an Indiana win in the 2008 race for presidency. It was the day before Election Day. Confident Hoosier Republicans were thrilled about the first real campaign rally in this state by that year’s GOP nominee.
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BOEHM: More to do to continue Indy's ascent

August 31, 2013
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Those of us who have seen the progress Indianapolis has made over the last several decades are justifiably proud of what has been accomplished. At the same time, most thoughtful observers agree on the need to address a range of problems—notably crime, fiscal pressures, education, transportation and neighborhood development.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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