Letters to the Editor

Brokers work as difference-makers

February 12, 2011
Our industry is poised to change, but you missed what’s happening not only in our firm every day, but with our peers in the field that have long since fought against the natural trends of our industry in order to provide value and create solid outcomes—to be difference-makers.
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Tobacco subsidies support smoking

February 5, 2011
I am usually amused and even sometimes intellectually stimulated by Bruce Hetrick’s opinion pieces. However, his piece (Jan. 24) drawing parallels between the tragic shootings in Tucson and tobacco related deaths is over the top.
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Anti-smoking column went too far

February 5, 2011
I do not think I have ever read a more disgustingly disrespectful column as the one printed in the Jan. 24-30 issue, written by Bruce Hetrick.
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We keep taxes low at our peril

January 29, 2011
As we have seen our already poor-quality educational system and libraries cut every year, while raising expectations—it is darkly ironic that the same politicians are making these contradictory decisions.
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Renn adds value

January 29, 2011
Congrats to IBJ for publishing the article, “Indianapolis must reinvent itself—again” by Aaron Renn [in the Jan. 10 Forefront].
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Volunteer today

January 29, 2011
Thank you for [Greg Morris’ Jan. 17 column]. Like a lot of adults, I’ve had “volunteer” on my to-do list for quite some time, and that time just never seems to come.
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Children need broad education

January 22, 2011
I applaud Bruce Hetrick’s column (Jan. 10, “Why this public-school baby fears school reform”) for its keen observations about the value of education in the arts and humanities.
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Criticism of IEDC was off-point

January 22, 2011
Professor [Morton] Marcus’ warning about the perceived under-appreciation of local economic development organizations [in his Jan. 10 column] places a spotlight on the importance of these groups and those who lead them.
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Should teachers be unionized?

January 22, 2011
[In response to Teresa Meredith’s Jan. 10 column in Forefront] I would like to know, if collective bargaining has all of those benefits, why are our public schools performing so badly that a great percentage of the students do not graduate?
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Union backer has vested interest

January 22, 2011
The reason [Teresa] Meredith is so gung-ho regarding her union stance is she has so much to lose: 18 years into her profession, vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, her pension and benefits.
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Some new ideas on education reform

January 15, 2011
We spend too much on brick and mortar and administration and too little on the classroom experience.
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Leave fund alone

January 8, 2011
In reading the editorial, “Let’s consider tapping bank fund,” in the Jan. 3 issue, several corrections are appropriate.
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PDIF has served its purpose

January 8, 2011
The Public Deposit Insurance Fund, Indiana’s state-based backup to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has served its purpose for more than 70 years, and efforts by some Indiana lawmakers to raid this fund are misguided (“Daniels, bankers may spar,” Dec. 27).
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Civility, anyone?

January 1, 2011
Respect for others and civil discourse has taken a back seat to name-calling.
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Most immigrants want to contribute

January 1, 2011
I wish to compliment Carol Faenzi on the excellent [Dec. 13] opinion article on immigration, for taking the time to express those sentiments.
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How will reform affect primary-care docs?

December 25, 2010
The dramatic shift from primary care to specialty interests within the American health care system begs a deeper question—What is the future of the primary-care doctor?
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Support Edwardsport

December 25, 2010
We are concerned that the ethics issues at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy are being used by opponents to derail plans for the Edwardsport IGCC Power Plant.
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Thanks for support of airport facility

December 18, 2010
We believe the positive turnaround of the Indianapolis Maintenance Center has been a quiet but substantial success—not just for the airport authority but for the greater Indianapolis community.
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Praise for tips from Maurer

December 18, 2010
I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Dec. 13] closing commentary on “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School,” along with the previous nine.
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Together we can reduce homelessness

December 4, 2010
Each day, hundreds of homeless men and women pass through the doors of Horizon House, the only agency in central Indiana that provides homeless neighbors with access to the services of a unique collaboration of partners—all under one roof.
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Unions doom workers

November 27, 2010
[In response to a Nov. 15 Focus story] the quote by Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith, “They [hotels] often take the profits they reap in this market and plow them into other markets or ship them back to the corporate headquarters,” speaks volumes about organized labor.
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Indiana's slide started a century ago

November 27, 2010
At the turn of the 20th century, Indiana was one of the most progressive states. After the influx of immigrants in the 1910s, Indiana ratcheted backward and has not recovered.
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Thanksgiving, service and citizen diplomacy

November 27, 2010
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued Oct. 3, 1863, is an eloquent invitation to—even in the midst of the trauma of the Civil War—count one’s blessings.
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Clothes do matter

November 27, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed [Greg Morris’ Nov. 22] commentary titled “Dressing for success matters” and I totally agree with you! I realize times have changed, but I am constantly amazed at how casual our world has become.
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Thanks for column on Carl Brizzi

November 27, 2010
I do not know Carl Brizzi and do not feel that I have adequate information to assess some of the events that have raised so much concern. I have felt all along that he deserves to be deemed innocent until proven guilty.
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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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