Letters to the Editor

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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Heartened by support for same-sex marriageRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
While my husband and I now live far from the Hoosier state (we met while working for then-Indiana Attorney General Pamela Carter, back in the day), the rest of my family still calls Indiana home.
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Bill would upset alcohol distributionRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
On behalf of Anheuser-Busch, I would like to thank IBJ for its continued coverage of Senate Bill 415. This important issue has been the subject of two articles as well as a hearing conducted in the Senate Public Policy Committee on Jan. 29.
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Ashamed of IndianaRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
I couldn’t agree more with Mickey Maurer’s comments [Feb. 17]. It seems counterproductive to try to attract business to Indiana when there is such a provincial attitude here.
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Leaving IndianaRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
After a lifetime in Indiana, I am saying goodbye to the Hoosier state in 16 months [Feb. 17 Maurer column].
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There’s more to the rural vs. Indy storyRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Richard Sullivan [Feb. 3 Viewpoint] offers the perspective that Indiana’s rural areas “stick it” to Indy when folks in rural areas don’t support urban issues. He links this long-running, alleged battle to the lack of rural support for the anti-gay amendment in the news today.
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Argument was selectiveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy should not have endorsed the Christian Theological Seminary president’s position [Jan. 27] even though his conclusion is the one she prefers.
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Empower parents with educationRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
In “Pushing back against education ‘reform’” [Jan. 20 Forefront], Doug Masson seems to lump innovations such as charter schools in with vouchers and derides both.
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Biglari like ObamaRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Just completed Greg Andrews’ [Jan. 27] column. Perhaps Sardar Biglari should consider a presidential run in 2016.
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Editorial was uninformedRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
What an ignorant editorial [Jan. 27] regarding alcohol. If only editorial writers had to know their subject before committing their thoughts to paper.
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Speedy is out of touchRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Mike Speedy [Jan. 20 Forefront] needs to travel more. Mass transit in Indianapolis is a social program because IndyGo is underfunded.
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Volcker Rule was regulatory overkillRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ken Skarbeck opined [Jan. 13] that federal regulators should continue to pile more regulation on the financial services industry. Specifically, he faults the American Bankers Association for suing federal banking regulators over implementation of the Volcker Rule of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Construction moratorium would hurt consumersRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Imagine if lawmakers decided to ban all new home construction, citing too many vacant houses around the state. Or put a ban on new car dealerships so there wouldn’t be so much competition.
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'Ag gag' masks abuseRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Indiana’s “ag gag” law was put to rest in the last hours of the 2013 legislative session, but this month on the first day of the new session was introduced again.
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Fix the real problem with charter schools

January 18, 2014
How many charter school authorizers should Indiana have? What is the right number? The answer is there should be no limits.
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Nuclear becoming passé

January 18, 2014
The latest energy policy fad at the General Assembly [Merritt Viewpoint, Jan. 6] is small nuclear units (modular nuclear power). It was coal gasification until Duke Energy’s financial disaster at Edwardsport.
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Doctors will have helpRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
While I agree that the “chicken little” message of doctor shortages is misguided, as demonstrated [Dec. 16] in “Sorry, docs, but Obamacare will suffer from a shortage,” Indiana patients only benefit from physician assistants practicing at the top of their license.
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Support faith traditionsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Indiana, House Joint Resolution 6.
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End punitive business personal property tax

January 4, 2014
Gov. Pence is right when he says “The time has come to phase out the business personal property tax” to “spur new investment and growth.”
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Leaders: Be consistentRestricted Content

December 28, 2013
Let’s make the rules the same for all issues, not just the ones pushed by a small, vocal minority.
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Indiana thinks too smallRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
In “State reaches expansion deal with 7 companies,” we’re told of plans for one company to add 65 jobs by 2016 and another 62 jobs. Meanwhile both the national and Indiana unemployment rates hover around 8 percent, double what was once considered normal in the U.S.
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Hoosiers don't want marriage amendment

December 14, 2013
As the debate over House Joint Resolution 6 continues, I wonder if some of the major proponents of this discriminatory bill, such as Micah Clark, Eric Miller and Curt Smith, realize that they are being outnumbered.
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Local support made Eskenazi feat possibleRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
A little more than four years ago, our community came together like never before. Thanks to you, thanks to leaders from across our central Indiana, thanks to more than 400 Indiana companies and more than 10,000 workers, and thanks to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi and hundreds of generous donors, the new Sidney & Lois Hospital and Eskenazi Health is here for you.
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Pundits watch Indiana for wrong reasonsRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
It wasn’t long ago that the national media watched closely as Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the nation’s most comprehensive education reform package into law.
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Pence dismantling public educationRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
After the last election, nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to the state’s opinions on our state of education.
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  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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