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Commentary: Worker training program must expandRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Brian Williams
On Sept. 28, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Executive Order 11246. In so doing, he advanced a revolutionary cause by stating clearly that, "It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all qualified persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color or national origin, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program in each executive department and agency." The...
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NOTIONS: A pregnant GOP primer on civil liberties: Who decides?Restricted Content

September 8, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Years ago, I wrote an article about Sheila Suess Kennedy, an Indianapolis author who'd written a book called "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the ACLU?" I didn't know Sheila. I didn't know much about the American Civil Liberties Union, either. So I stopped by her office (she directed the organization's Indiana chapter back then) for an education. Sheila, now a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, explained to...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Too many governments plague stateRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Morton Marcus
Have you read the Ke r n a n - S h e p a r d report? Don't feel guilty, few have. Its more formal name is, "Streamlining Local Government; We've got to stop governing like this." It's a very strong, readable statement for reforming local government. Unfortunately, it does not get to our root problem: Local governments are creatures trained for obedience by their master, the Indiana General Assembly. Although the report does not say it, there will...
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Daniels still wants more from lottery, through privatizing or bond issueRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is building his campaign for re-election in part on another attempt to cash in a jackpot on the Hoosier Lottery. This time, he's hedging his bet. In case leasing the Hoosier Lottery outright to a private operator is politically impossible, Daniels is exploring a major bond issue backed by its future revenue.

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Doc pay-for-performance program set to launch: Quality Health First signs up Anthem, 700 doctorsRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
J.K. Wall
After four years of development, a payfor-performance plan for Indianapolisarea doctors will officially launch Oct. 1. Quality Health First, the latest service of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, now has 700 primary-care doctors signed up to receive its reports on the quality of the care they give. And perhaps even more important, the program has contracted with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana as the first health insurer to offer bonus payments to doctors based on how well...
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Children's Bureau reaches out: State prevention program helps social-services agency enter new areas, lift budgetRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Andrea Muirragui
Since its origins as the Widows and Orphans Asylum in 1851, the Children's Bureau has been working to fix broken families in Indianapolis. Now the local not-for-profit has expanded its reach into 37 Indiana counties-growing its budget 22 percent in the process. Despite the regional push, the agency remains focused on Marion County, where it's building a $9.2 million service center at 16th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets. The engine driving the organization's recent growth: a statewide program...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: China, higher education and our economic futureRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Mark Miles
In mid-September, I'll be traveling to China's Liaoning province as part of a delegation led by Indiana State University, hosted by Liaoning University. We'll arrive in the country too late for the Olympics, but we'll be there to talk about another form of global competition-economic development. It's appropriate that the two universities are co-hosting a conference on economic development issues, given the importance of human capital in our economy. It's especially appropriate for China, where higher education has become a...
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Law targeting controversial landfill only fuels fight: Would-be operator, citizens group are back in courtRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Even for those with a vested interest in the battle over a proposed landfill near Anderson, it's hard to get too worked up over the latest twist before the courts or government agencies. After all, the Mallard Lake Landfill battle is in its 29th year. The latest development, one that opponents of the project had hoped was the silver bullet to fell their garbage Dracula, is starting to look just as inconclusive as countless other chapters, at least for now....
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SURF THIS: This Olympic year, NBC got it right-online and off

September 1, 2008
Jim Cota
I already miss the Olympics. Perhaps due to my overactive patriotic gene, the overdeveloped sports fan gene, or the finetuned sucker-for-agood-story gene (or some combination of all three), I found the entire event strangely compelling. I've paid attention to the Olympics before, but this year it had some captivating affect on me that was altogether new. I found I could watch beach volleyball or fencing with equal enthusiasm. I watched handball matches (which was not at all the game I'd...
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Ivy Tech cooking up plans for more culinary space: Growing program hopes to build $7 million school at Glick CenterRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Scott Olson
Popular television cooking shows such as "Iron Chef," "Emeril Live," "Top Chef" and, dare we mention, "Hell's Kitchen," have brought the interest in culinary careers to a boil. To help meet demand locally, Indiana Business College opened a Chef's Academy downtown nearly two years ago. Now, Ivy Tech Community College is expanding its existing program by building a culinary school in Indianapolis at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center on North Keystone Avenue. Enrollment in Ivy Tech's two-year...
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VIEWPOINT: How to win Uncle Sam's gas-tax shell gameRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Ronald Fraser
Between 1956 and 1991, Indiana motorists willingly paid "temporary" hikes in the federal gasoline tax, knowing the money was being used to build the 42,000-mile interstate highway system. In 1991, Congress declared the highway system completed-but the tax lived on and on, growing bigger and bigger. No longer needed to build the interstate, the current 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax-double what it was in 1990-now funds a "highway trust fund" shell game that shifts $866 million a year, and control over...
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EYE ON THE PIE: It's time for Indiana to come cleanRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Morton Marcus
"How are you doing?" Ed asks in a voice that for years has called out over the grind of the machinery that applies water, soap and heated air to thousands of cars. "Well," I say. "Nice," Ed says. "It's nice to be doing well. It's what a lot of folks wish they were doing in Indiana," he says, chuckling. "I'm not aware of new serious problems," I say. "No, you wouldn't be, since you can afford one of my car...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why the 10-year alternative-energy goal is absurdRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Mike Hicks
B e f o r e w r i t i n g about energy matters, I am going to have to make a confession. I am a closet environmentalist. I support a wide range of environmental policies and think it often makes good business sense to go green. But sadly, far too many supporters of environmental policy look at the world through green-colored glasses. One result is that it is increasingly difficult to take many environmentalists seriously. One verdant...
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EDITORIAL: Privatizing MAC worth exploring: Saving cash shouldn't be only goalRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Privatizing MAC worth exploring Saving cash shouldn't be only goal The bad news: The Mayor's Action Center-city government's primary vehicle for responding to citizen complaints-is vastly ineffective. When nearly half the residents who call the center hang up the phone in frustration before reporting their problems, you know something isn't working right. The good news: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard recognizes there is a big problem with the MAC and says he wants to fix it. In late July, he issued...
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Wrap-master Redmond on Reynolds e-mail

August 18, 2008
Mike Redmond
I suppose you got the e-mail about Reynolds Wrap. Oh. Well, then, you're among the few Amer icans who didn't Actually, you might want to check your e mail after you finish reading IBJ. It'll probably be waiting in your in-box Although I guess you really won't have to, seeing as how I'm going to go ahead and spoil the surprise. Under a subject line full of typical Internet understatement ("OMG! THIS IS SO AMAZING! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!")...
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Small towns with a heart: Spurning sprawl, more towns upbeat on downtownRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Chris O\'malley
From Andy Griffith's Mayberry, the small town evolved into the likes of Avon, Ind. The tree-shaded bungalow on Oak Street within walking distance of the town center became the vinyl-clad, single-family home planted in a former cornfield with a contrived name ending in "creek" or "woods" or "farms." Residents have to jump in the car if they want to buy a cup of coffee or to patronize the predictable chain restaurants and bigbox retailers. The Best Buy on Avon's main...
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EDITORIAL: Privatizing MAC worth exploring: Saving cash shouldn't be only goalRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Privatizing MAC worth exploring Saving cash shouldn't be only goal The bad news: The Mayor's Action Center-city government's primary vehicle for responding to citizen complaints-is vastly ineffective. When nearly half the residents who call the center hang up the phone in frustration before reporting their problems, you know something isn't working right. The good news: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard recognizes there is a big problem with the MAC and says he wants to fix it. In late July, he issued...
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Wrap-master Redmond on Reynolds e-mail

August 18, 2008
Mike Redmond
I suppose you got the e-mail about Reynolds Wrap. Oh. Well, then, you're among the few Amer icans who didn't Actually, you might want to check your e mail after you finish reading IBJ. It'll probably be waiting in your in-box Although I guess you really won't have to, seeing as how I'm going to go ahead and spoil the surprise. Under a subject line full of typical Internet understatement ("OMG! THIS IS SO AMAZING! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!")...
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Small towns with a heart: Spurning sprawl, more towns upbeat on downtownRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Chris O\'malley
From Andy Griffith's Mayberry, the small town evolved into the likes of Avon, Ind. The tree-shaded bungalow on Oak Street within walking distance of the town center became the vinyl-clad, single-family home planted in a former cornfield with a contrived name ending in "creek" or "woods" or "farms." Residents have to jump in the car if they want to buy a cup of coffee or to patronize the predictable chain restaurants and bigbox retailers. The Best Buy on Avon's main...
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Creating opportunities in tough times: Tightening economy requires 'patchworking' sources of incomeRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Della Pacheco
Women aren't leaving the work force to stay home with their kids-they're being forced out in equal numbers with men. That's the word from "Equality in Job Loss: Women are Increasingly Vulnerable to Layoffs During Recessions," a congressional report released July 21. Often women who face job losses decide to forego the job hunt and opt instead for selfemployment, the report said. Might this job downturn trigger a boom in entrepreneurship for women? Not if they don't already have the...
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Study costs, public support mount for commuter rail: Key vote on northeast corridor could come next monthRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Worsening gas prices and congestion have some commuters demanding faster progress on launching a rapid transit line. They can quibble about slowness in getting it done, but lack of study hasn't been an issue. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Organization spent $4 million since 2002 on a rapid transit study that concluded earlier this year, according to records provided by the agency. Most, or 80 percent, of the funds paid to eight consulting firms came from federal transportation funds, with 20...
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EYE ON THE PIE: This railroad deal is a good dealRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Morton Marcus
Let's get burritogate out of the way and proceed to more substantive, if less spicy, matters. Yes, a guy who works for the Canadian National Railroad paid for a burrito and a beer that I consumed. He did not know then that I wrote this column and hence commanded a vast, influential audience. I did not know then that he had a project to represent. But CN (as the rail line is called) has a most significant project going. It...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why Indiana's AAA bond rating should please all of usRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Mike Hicks
Sometimes, obscure economic issues matter a great deal to our economic well-being. One example is the news that Indiana's bond rankings have risen to the highest level, the highly coveted AAA ranking from Standard and Poor's. Why that happened, what it means and why it is important should matter to Hoosiers. To begin with, all states, like virtually all households, borrow money to ease cash flow issues. States also borrow money to make infrastructure investments. The government essentially takes out...
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Mayor's Action Center might be privatized to cure chronic woesRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Maybe it's a stray dog rooting through your garbage. Perhaps someone has abandoned a car amid the potholes riddling your street. Either way, Indianapolis offers a one-stop shop for irate residents to complain. Just dial the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4MAC. Then get ready to wait. And wait. So long, in fact, that close to half of the MAC's callers hang up in frustration.


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INVESTING: Candid e-mails chip away at Wall Street's credibilityRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
E-mail, today's ubiquitous form of communication, is proving to be the smoking gun in a number of recent financial fiascos. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently released a draft of its investigation into the behavior of bond-rating firms during the subprime-mortgage-securitization craze. The report highlighted e-mails expressing the sentiment of the authors during the period-a sentiment in conflict with the Wall Street sales pitch being used to sell these securities to investors. One e-mail a Standard & Poor's analyst sent...
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