Letters to the Editor

Study Indianapolis criminal justice centerRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
The IBJ is correct [Aug. 18 editorial]. There are too many unanswered questions about the proposed half-billion-dollar criminal justice center and the little-tested public/private partnership (P3) contracting model under which a private consortium would design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility in return for predetermined annual payments.
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Daniels attacks bloatRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Lucky are we that Mitch Daniels is helping Purdue return to the premier, student-centered university it once was.
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Pence should own upRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Apparently Mickey Maurer hit a nerve in his Aug. 18 column regarding Pence’s position on children looking for a better life [Pence letter, Aug. 25].
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Maurer distorted Pence positionRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
When I read Mickey Maurer's [Aug. 25 column] “Is there room for compassion in politics?” I was simply taken aback.
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More praise for Lauth

August 23, 2014
I worked for Bob Lauth and found him to be tough, fair, driven and extraordinarily street-smart [Maurer column, July 21].
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Change schools chief title while we’re at itRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
I support the initiative being pushed to move the position of state schools chief to an appointed position. While we are at it can we also change the title of the position to Superintendent of Schools?
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How to upgrade International Motor SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
The quality of the racing entertainment at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unsurpassed by any track [Aug. 4]. If the ultimate goal is to attract more fans, then Doug Boles must make their comfort a top priority.
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Praise for dedicationRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Thank you for working hard to make a difference [Parent Viewpoint, Aug. 4].
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IMS should change to accommodate its fansRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
As a transplant to Indy, I don’t have the history with attending races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Aug. 4]. I have been to my fair share of races (and was even a Yellow Shirt volunteer for a couple years), but I am not a diehard attendee.
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Interior Design Registry invites competitionRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
The registry does not restrict the practice of interior design nor does it limit one’s ability to do business as an interior designer or call one’s self an interior designer.
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Local WFYI programs largely free of biasRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Because I have served as chief programming officer for both WIBC-AM radio and later WFYI-FM public radio, the argument over a biased point of view of programming [Kalscheur letter July 21] is a great interest.
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More taxes to fund copsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
The idea of more police is a great idea. However, the idea to take away the homestead exemption to fund it shows how out of touch the politicians are. Removing the exemption only places the onus on homeowners.
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WFYI isn’t unbiasedRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle’s [June 23] article “Less news, more talk” bemoans the loss of Steve Simpson and states, “With Simpson’s departure, the only local station that still employs non-opinion-oriented news hosts is WFYI.”
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Indiana needs film incentives

July 12, 2014
The recent opening of the motion picture “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on the novel by Indianapolis’ own John Green, has led to a re-examination of Indiana’s film incentive policy.
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Autistic children still denied benefitsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Imagine your child had a chronic condition requiring on-going treatment, like diabetes, epilepsy or cystic fibrosis, and every six months you had to fight for weeks in order to continue medical treatment, even though your child’s entire clinical team and physicians agree that treatment is medically necessary.
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Moves to improve Americans’ incomeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Burn both the federal and state individual income tax codes and give each income-receiving American citizen a $50,000 standard deduction while keeping current dependent exemptions.
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WIBC slides further into ‘have it your way’ newsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
News is supposed to bring us facts even if they challenge our preconceptions. As two towering statesmen—Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Republican James R. Schlesinger—said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts.
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Scales shouldn’t quit Meadows TIF projectRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
As public servants, it is our job to serve the public, not pick unnecessary fights.
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Support for ScalesRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Scales is the perfect councilor and sets a very high standard.
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Solidly conservativeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
I favor lower taxes, strong morality and work ethics, family values and an ability to defend my family—all hallmarks of extremists.
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Scales was pilloriedRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The [June 16] front page story about Councilor Christine Scales was very disappointing. It seems to me that what is missing at virtually all political levels are individuals who will in fact stand upon principles. Despite partisan bickering in the council, the city administration—Republican or Democrat—eventually seems to get what it wants.
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Gregg’s priorities faultyRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
John Gregg [June 16 Forefront] says Republicans are being Chicken Little because they want to do something rational like stopping spending more than we have.
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Anthem works with autismRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The tone of the [June 16] story “Insurance changes put state’s autism industry on edge” implies that an adversarial relationship exists between the autism community and insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Rusthoven disparages conservative trendRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
While I have the greatest respect and admiration for Peter Rusthoven’s public service under President Reagan, I take issue with his June 9 Taking Issue column. It almost sounded as if Rusthoven leans Democrat!
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Voters should do their jobsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
State Sen. Jim Smith claims in his [June 2] letter to the editor that Doug Masson missed most of the story regarding the legislation to repeal the 17th Amendment.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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