Letters to the Editor

Citizens' takeover of water will be a relief

April 24, 2010
Tom Henderson gets it wrong in his [April 12] view that “Part of the overall utility problem is that lack of government oversight and public policy vision has made Indianapolis one of the highest-polluting and just plain ugliest cities in the Midwest.”
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Colleges should target learning, not time

April 24, 2010
The Morton Marcus [March 29] column on graduation rates hit home. I too do not like credentialism as an excuse to avoid evaluating performance.
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Educational quantity sacrifices quality

April 24, 2010
Morton Marcus is right to question postsecondary completion rates as the litmus test for evidence of learning (in the March 29 issue).
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To grow economy, support small biz

April 24, 2010
Indianapolis, home to a higher convergence of chain restaurants per capita than most any U.S. city (44-percent higher than the national average), retained its crown last week.
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Senator should be strong, not 'moderate'

April 17, 2010
So Mickey Maurer is not enthralled with the Republican field for the U.S. Senate. His answer [in his April 5 column] is some home-grown “big-leaguer” who is a “moderate.” In other words, another Sen. Lugar. Ho-hum indeed!
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Brizzi story was misleading

April 10, 2010
As a longstanding member of the Indianapolis Bar and reader of IBJ, I was surprised and very disappointed to see an article appearing in this week’s issue [about Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi] suggesting that a sentence reduction provided to Guilford Forney was based not solely on the merits.
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Airport's ideas are a joke

April 10, 2010
I was more than a bit taken aback by the lame revenue generation suggestions offered in the lead story of [the March 29] IBJ (“Airport seeking revenue boost”).
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Small schools give bang for buck

April 10, 2010
Economist Morton Marcus [on March 29] took issue with the notion that college and university graduation rates can be improved by tying compensation to increases (or decreases) in institutional graduation rates.
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Need quality, quantity in higher ed

April 10, 2010
In his [March 29] column, “Set sights on education, not graduation,” Morton Marcus raises a vital point about Indiana’s higher education reform efforts—but he overlooks a larger one.
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Editorial understated MIBOR commitment

April 10, 2010
Your editorial in the March 29 edition praising State Farm and city leaders for the commitment to the [2012 Super Bowl] housing “legacy project” was very commendable. But we do have a correction to what you stated about our piece of the project.
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Column captured Hinkle's magic

April 10, 2010
My dad took me to Butler Fieldhouse to see Oscar [Robertson] play for Attucks—against Broad Ripple in the sectionals—and to see Tony’s Bulldogs.
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Hinkle would be proud of Butler

April 10, 2010
Butler showed the “big boys” what true Indiana basketball is about and that the kids from the small cities and towns can keep up with the big schools.
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Hetrick misinterpreted First Amendment

April 3, 2010
I’m disappointed with Hetrick’s misguided interpretation of the First Amendment.
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Constitution allows free exercise of religion

April 2, 2010
Bruce Hetrick is incorrect in applying Ken Falk’s logic that you can’t vote to violate someone’s Constitutional rights. Quite the contrary, it happens all of the time.
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Story on prosecutor was inaccurate

March 27, 2010
I feel it’s necessary to question the fair and balanced reporting on the part of Cory Schouten in his article, “Brizzi’s lease deals benefited friend, donor,” published March 15.
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Lilly shareholders deserve protection

March 20, 2010
This is the wrong time, in my opinion, and I may not have all the facts, to open up Eli Lilly to an outside takeover.
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We should all have Forsell's fortitude

March 20, 2010
Sometimes we think we’re having a bad day, until we consider the plight of others. I was recently reminded of this when I came across David Forsell’s article in the March 15 issue.
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Bars should cater to smokers, too

March 13, 2010
I am replying to the article in the March 1 IBJ where [Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association President Don] Welsh made his nebulous claims that Indy’s weak smoking ban hurts his ability to market the city to visitors and convention business.
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Praise for Marcus

March 13, 2010
I am a probably [columnist Morton Marcus’] biggest fan in Indiana whom you never have met.
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United Way contrast didn't work

March 6, 2010
It is unfair to contrast the $1.32 that the townships spend to give away a dollar, with the United Way spending 16 cents. As I understand it, the townships are giving poor relief directly to individuals and families. United Way gives their money to agencies.
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Katterjohn will be missed

March 6, 2010
As the kid said to Shoeless Joe Jackson, “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” But I know it is so since I read Chris Katterjohn’s [March 1] column stating that he is leaving IBJ.
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Uncertain tax climate could hurt business

March 6, 2010
Each day, it seems, something new is said by the Obama administration on how best to curb greenhouse gases, whether that be through a harmful “cap and trade” program or, even worse, stifling Environmental Protection Agency regulation.
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Trade motorized walkway for walking

February 27, 2010
Every day there are articles in newspapers and magazines and news reports on TV about obesity and what a problem it has become and what we need to do to overcome it.
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More mobility options mean opportunity

February 20, 2010
The Central Indiana Transit Task Force unveiled a comprehensive plan for mass transit. It’s a combination of expanded bus service and light rail that addresses the challenges of urban residents seeking job opportunities across the metro areas.
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Tobacco programs will be protected

February 19, 2010
With respect to your editorial in the Feb. 1 issue supporting the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency, your intent is pure and laudable, but I fear you miss the point.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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