Letters to the Editor

Jefferson, conservatism don't always mix wellRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
One should generally be skeptical of conservatives quoting Thomas Jefferson in aid of their positions.
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Parking enforcement overstatedRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Sensors in Indianapolis do not alert an enforcement officer when time on a meter has expired.
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Renewing democracyRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
I was heartened to see John Mutz’s [June 16 Forefront column] about Parker Palmer’s newest book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.”
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Law selectively enforcedRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Peter Rusthoven [June 25] correctly criticized President Obama’s decision to invade the province of Congress by taking steps to effectively enact the Dream Act through omission.
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‘Ethics’ in perspectiveRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
In his rambling essay on everyday ethics, Bruce Hetrick [June 25] introduces us to David Brower, a “leading environmentalist” with a “penchant for expressing bold ideas in blunt terms.”
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Jefferson also said…Restricted Content

July 7, 2012
Thomas Jefferson could hardly be further from today’s liberal/progressive agenda [Hetrick, June 11].
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Another idea to merge local not-for-profitsRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
I applaud the Little Red Door Cancer Agency [June 18] in taking a step that many not-for-profits should consider: merging to better serve constituents and utilize donor contributions.
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Learning the new bike rulesRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
I would like to share my opinion on three of [Morris commentary, June 18] points.
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Kennedy wrong on jobsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy suggested [June 4] that job creation and the wages of working Hoosiers drastically trail the national average. Here are the facts:
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Deal with the scofflawsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
After reading Greg Morris’ [June 18] commentary “Cyclists, do your part to share the road,” I had an epiphany—a way for the city to make money and a way to save money.
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Get bikes off busy streetsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Spot on! [Morris’ June 18 commentary] on bicyclists was perfect. In my experience cyclists are rude and inconsiderate.
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Angie's List suit laughableRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Your [June 4] article on the federal lawsuit initiated by Angie’s List against its largest online competitor, ServiceMagic, made us laugh.
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Lugar's age was issueRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Peter Rusthoven [May 28] forgot one important reason why people did not vote for Dick Lugar and it has nothing to do with tea.
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Funds help launch Carmel arts centerRestricted Content

June 23, 2012

The Center for the Performing Arts just finished a monumental season of programming. Well over 100,000 guests visited, making the center and its Palladium concert hall one of the region’s most visible destinations.

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Package liquor stores aren't so responsibleRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
It is not surprising to read Jon Sinder's [June 11 letter] tired old defense of Indiana's archaic liquor laws by somehow suggesting the package liquor store industry is more responsible when it comes to selling alcoholic beverages.
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Immigrant column spot-onRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Very uplifting [June 11 Maurer commentary]. Your question is well posed and it points to the historical "need" for scapegoats.
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Conexus supports governor's Major MovesRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
We appreciate the [June 4] attention given to the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council and our work to address Indiana's long-term infrastructure gap.
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Wells' credibility hurtRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
In mid to late May, many news outlets [May 14 IBJ] covered a story with Indianapolis International Airport board President Mike Wells prominently reporting that the airport suffered a $31.3 million operating loss in 2011.
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The case for stock optionsRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Your executive compensation headlines [June 4] makes one think about the fairness of such large awards.
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Liquor laws necessaryRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Greg Morris' [June 4] commentary calling for further deregulation of Indiana's alcohol laws is simply reckless and uninformed, as we have one of the most deregulated alcohol markets.
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Liquor laws are absurdRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Thank you for the intelligent and cogent commentary [June 4] on our less-than-intelligent and cogent liquor laws, clearly a holdover from the temperance days now serving a narrow group with good lobbyists.
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Green energy no panaceaRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O’Malley’s [May 28] article on the Sierra Club left out some rather stunning statistics.
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Simon grossly overpaidRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Having experienced a somewhat predictable rejection of the proposed compensation package for CEO David Simon, the board of Simon Property Group now will propose a lesser amount which, by comparison, will seem reasonable.
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Taxes from big incomes leaving Marion CountyRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Despite the location of Simon Property Group’s tax-subsidized headquarters in Indianapolis, Marion County income tax coffers will see little impact from David Simon’s compensation.
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Smoking, family values inconsistent at bestRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
I don't understand how Angel Rivera can write that Ryan Vaughn is a man of family values.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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