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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: The insidiousness of income segregation

August 31, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
As a child, racial segregation was a fact of my life, whether by law or by custom. In the South, barriers between whites and blacks were rigidly codified by statute before the civil rights victories of the 1950s and 1960s.
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TAFT: Redouble fight against urban poverty

August 31, 2013
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Brookings Institute researchers recently published a book called “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America” that profiles how quickly poverty is migrating from many urban centers to their surrounding suburbs. Metro-area poverty has grown fastest in the suburbs over the past 30 years—experiencing a 64-percent increase versus 29-percent growth in urban centers.
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MADISON: Leaders, pundits and reading booksRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
Which of our leaders ever talks with us about a good book she or he has recently read?
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KETZENBERGER: We're more resourceful than we realizeRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
A realization struck recently as I was sitting in the shade of an umbrella stuck into the white sand that rims Thunder Bay in northeast Michigan, a copy of “The Last Policeman” across my lap.
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SADLER: Why Ballard so infuriates DemocratsRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Doris Anne Sadler / Special to IBJ
What is it about our Republican political stars here in Indiana that they are constantly underestimated and under-rated? The reason, of course, is politics.
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SOUDER: Get real about the immigration debateRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
The only commonly accepted facts about the immigration debate in Washington and at every other political level in America are these:
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DANIELS: Simplistic solutions won't fix crimeRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Deborah Daniels
Pundits and public officials are trying to make sense of the level of crime in Indianapolis, the relative safety of our community, and the apparent “new breed” of young toughs—and everyone has an opinion on what we ought to be doing to make the community safer.
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MACALLISTER: Bring back the CCC for troubled youthRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
Those chosen to govern have wrestled eternally with troublesome, often serious situations. Political disunity, stalemating action in city or state. Law enforcement losing its battle against dope, gangs and crime.
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SWAYZE: Beyond symptoms to root causesRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
It hurts to watch crime escalate in Indianapolis, especially among African-American boys and girls.
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PARKER: Hoosiers would quickly warm again to HillaryRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
If you’re a Democrat looking ahead to 2016, there’s only one name anyone wants to talk about: Hillary Clinton.
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VANE: Rubio's hardscrabble life story would resonate wellRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
Let’s assume for now, with appropriate disappointment, that there are no Hoosiers on the ballot.
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PILLIE: Another way on local government reformRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Derek Pillie / Special to IBJ
One of my first stops after moving to Indiana back in 2000 was to the license branch so I could transfer my driver’s license. I was in for two surprises. I didn’t know I had to take a written test (I passed first try), and I was asked what township I lived in.
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FROEHLE: Career council won't curb unemploymentRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
In April, Gov. Mike Pence spearheaded a bipartisan effort around one item most Indiana residents can stand behind: job creation.
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BECK: Jobs, marriage amendment don't mixRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
The morning the news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, people across the country did a double-take. Was it possible that the members of the highest court in the land rendered one of the greatest wedge issues of our time obsolete?
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SHEPARD: Praise for local Zimmerman responseRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
We hope society’s leaders will do well for us in times of turmoil. In the days following the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, this state’s public figures responded to a difficult moment in ways that showed humanity and skill.
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MAHERN? Why so much secrecy at Develop Indy?Restricted Content

August 3, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Shortly after his 2008 inauguration, Mayor Ballard approached the Indianapolis economic development folks with a plan for international strategy—meaning foreign trips for him, his wife, staff members and security.
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STYRING: Conservatives, retake the 'liberal' flag!Restricted Content

August 3, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
When Gov. Mike Pence was Indiana Policy Review Foundation president in the 1990s, editors of the foundation’s flagship publication, Indiana Policy Review, constantly harped at their writers to use precise English. The masthead even sported a Lord Acton quote: “When words lose their meaning, men lose their liberty.”
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VAUGHN: Stand your ground against tricky ALECRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
With the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, attention has returned to the stand-your-ground law that was so central to the defense’s case. Attention has also returned to a key group behind the adoption of stand-your-ground laws in Florida and two dozen other states, including Indiana.
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HOWEY: Good mayors are getting things doneRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
These past few weeks, we’ve seen more sclerosis in Washington, this time with the farm bill. On a topic that begged for compromise, everyone dug in, and there was celebration in some quarters even as they were spitting ashes out of their mouths.
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SIDDIQUI: Tone down the education reform rhetoricRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is home to three amazing institutions that try to improve public school education—The Mind Trust, Teach for America and IUPUI School of Education—but reform rhetoric is hurting their efforts.
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WAGNER: Take the opportunity to live elsewhereRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I never imagined I’d be writing this column, and I want to preface it with a blanket statement that will never change: I’m a proud Hoosier, and I love my hometown of Indianapolis.
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LANOSGA: And you thought the feds were secretive

June 29, 2013
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
Some of the most secret governments are on the local level.
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MASSON: We're all becoming Panopticon prisonersRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
"Privacy" comes from a Latin word meaning “separated from the rest,” initially thought of in negative terms, mostly having to do with deprivation of the ability to participate in government.
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BOEHM: Battle over council is unnecessaryRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
A two-front war is waging over control of the City-County Council. The General Assembly recently changed the Unigov statute to eliminate the four at-large council seats. Meanwhile, a special five-judge panel is considering a challenge to the city-county ordinance drawing the council’s 25 single-member districts.
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BALLARD: Contrary to perceptions, Indy gives more than it getsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Greg Ballard / Special to IBJ
In modern politics, the term “fair share” has endured more than its fair share of political contortion. I’ve never enjoyed engaging in that kind of debate. What I’ve always enjoyed are facts.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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