Letters to the Editor

‘Illinoyed’ for good reasonRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
In his [April 28 Viewpoint], Shaw Friedman apparently tried his hand at fiction writing. I prefer non-fiction, and I’m confident my fellow Hoosiers will join me in celebrating the factual victories Indiana has earned that other states are noticing—especially Illinois.
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Growth follows safetyRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Greg Andrews’ [April 14] column “Kokomo, like Indy, trying to sway suburbanites to move in” mentions mayors of Kokomo and Indianapolis wanting to convince north side suburbanites to move to their respective cities to increase their tax bases. Both mayors stressed the need to make their communities more desirable as places to live, not just work.
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Don’t sweep Turner stench under the rugRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Julia Vaughn’s [April 21 Forefront column] has added credence evidenced by the “Turner’s new play” piece in the April 21 edition.
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Plenty of credit for bike progressRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
I would like to thank the IBJ’s [April 14] editorial writers for acknowledging the explosion of Indy’s bicycling culture and amenities in the seven years since I took office, but I cannot in good conscience accept the credit single-handedly.
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Bike legacy? Really?Restricted Content

April 19, 2014
Is [bike-share] worthy of an editorial [April 14]? A substantive accomplishment would be getting a large number of commuters to use bicycles rather than cars.
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Lawyer stirs up troubleRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
After reading the lunacy involved in the [April 14] article concerning Richard Bell, I’m reminded of one of my favorite jokes:
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An alternate plan to repair streetsRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Mayor Ballard is criss-crossing Indy promoting Rebuild Indy 2.0 to make street, road, curb and sidewalk improvements. I agree; we need to make critical investment in our infrastructure. And quickly.
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Kudos for MorrisRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
I was really pleased to see Greg Morris’ [March 24] comments on Jim Irsay’s situation. Morris put in proper perspective a person’s worth and contribution versus one’s behavior.
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Support for IrsayRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Thank you so much for a caring [Morris column, March 24] showing, and indeed seeking, support for Jim Irsay, the man.
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Business model, schools don’t mixRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
I have long said the business model cannot work in schools, especially when the current reform format is in place [March 17 Guy Viewpoint].
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Get behind IrsayRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Bravo, and well said on “Jim Irsay deserves our support” [March 24 Morris column].
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Support for Irsay has its limitationsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Anyone who has a problem with drug or alcohol addiction has my empathy and support—right up until they endanger my life or the lives of others by choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle [March 24 Morris column].
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Ed Martin competition feared by other dealersRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
I was interested to see the [March 17] article concerning the Toyota dealerships’ “turf altercations” shall we call them.
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Rethink agriculture

March 22, 2014
I appreciate the recognition that there are alternatives to industrialized agriculture [March 17 editorial], but I encourage IBJ not to fall into the trap of “feeding the world.
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Locals focus on real jobs

March 22, 2014
As a site consultant for over eight years, I worked for those “footloose businesses that could locate anywhere” Michael Hicks talks about in his [March 17] column “Focus on real job creation.” We helped these companies choose the best states and communities for their expansion projects.
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Miller failed Brownsburg

March 22, 2014
I am writing to express my disappointment with state Sen. Pete Miller’s sponsorship and shepherding of Senate Bill 118 through the legislative process. The bill guts the tax increment finance district Brownsburg relies heavily on to fund current and future infrastructure.
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Irsay's behavior is personal

March 22, 2014
I agree that one should hold owners, co-founders and CEOs to higher standards, but Jim Irsay’s driving while intoxicated charge is personal, not business, meaning the Colts should not be penalized by the NFL one iota.
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Think twice before deregulating utilitiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
For decades, our state has enjoyed low, stable electricity prices due in large measure to using Indiana’s abundant natural resource—coal. However, federal environmental mandates have eroded that advantage as our electric utilities have had to make expensive investments to comply with stricter rules.
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Downtown justice complex would spur city’s centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
The stated preferred location for the new criminal justice center, 6600 Kentucky Ave., is attractive on a first-cost basis because it is bare farm ground. However, looking at the benefits of this project long-term, this site would be a mistake.
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Downtown best location for new justice centerRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Thanks for your thoughtful [Feb. 17] editorial on the proposed locations for the criminal justice center.
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Justice center could go on Citizens propertyRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
If one drives around Center Township, one can find several possible locations.
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Hooray for pragmatismRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
If gay marriage were allowed in Indiana [Feb. 17 Maurer column], there would be no increase in gay porn at AMC Theaters, no mandatory attendance at gay weddings, no straight people suddenly turning gay, no visible signs anywhere of any change—because there already are gay couples.
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Legislature failing to protect consumersRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
The legislative response in the [Feb. 17] IBJ article about possible deregulation of retail electric rates leaves a lot to be desired.
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Fight anti-Semitism with great leadershipRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Anti-Semitism has been in remission, but it’s not dead, and Mickey Maurer points that out very compellingly from time to time [Feb. 3 Maurer column].
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Maurer misunderstands Tea Party movementRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Mickey Maurer’s [Feb. 17] personalized and mean-spirited slam on Mike Delph and unwarranted smear on the Tea Party in particular shows ignorance of what the Tea Party is all about.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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