Letters to the Editor

'Avatar' unimpressive

February 13, 2010
I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Feb. 8 column] on “Avatar”! It was a refreshing counter to the media (and social) phenomenon swirling around this (in my opinion) banal flick.
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Billboard decision was defiant

February 6, 2010
[In the Jan. 4 issue], IBJ covered the State Fair board’s decision to permit a digital billboard at the Fairgrounds on Fall Creek Parkway. One of the opening lines, “Take that, Indianapolis” in the article was apt.
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You don't have to travel to find nature

February 6, 2010
I have learned that the exploration of natural areas can take place year-round, not just while on vacation.
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Salvation Army story deserved better

January 30, 2010
A little more research on the comparison of housing costs in Indianapolis vs. Needham, Mass., was needed [in the Jan. 25 story on Salvation Army].
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Anyone can feel the power of mentoring

January 30, 2010
Your headline [on the Jan. 25 Viewpoint] said it all: “Find a mentor to make you better.” January was national mentoring month to raise awareness of the power of mentoring, which is often thought of as valuable for youth.
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Bring back IBJ stock charts

January 23, 2010
Your decision to discontinue the printing of stock prices and economic activity charts, as announced in your Jan. 17 issue, was extremely disappointing to us as well as, surely, to other paid subscribers.
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Why more taxes for education?

January 23, 2010
Re: Bruce Hetrick’s [Jan. 11 column] “Hey kids! Come and get your pound of flesh,” at first I was stunned. Then I was speechless. After that I was just plain mad.
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Are fans ready to forgive Polian?

January 23, 2010
By the time the next IBJ hits the newsstands we’ll know whether it’s the Colts or The Team the Colts Enabled (the Jets) that will be playing in the Super Bowl.
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Concert review was right on

January 23, 2010
Since I canâ??t summarize this exciting four-plus-hour [Hoosier Dylan] concert nearly as well as [the Jan. 18 Louâ??s Views column], I will merely agree with you verbatim on your precise review—including your disappointment with Indianaâ??s poet laureate.
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Insurance should not pay for all doctor visits

January 16, 2010
It is not the government’s (taxpayers’) responsibility to provide for an individual’s health care. The “general welfare” clause in the Constitution is just that—general.
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Good government shows our humanity

January 16, 2010
After reading [Morton Marcus’ Jan. 4 column] on the economics of government, I would like to nominate you for the Nobel Prize for Economics and Government 101.
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Not all charities should survive

January 9, 2010
My letter is in response to Kathleen McLaughlin’s excellent [Dec. 28] article, “Charity mergers scarce.” While all of the comments shared are well-considered, the elephant in the room is nonprofit closures.
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Future Fund's start is not so slow

January 9, 2010
n response to your Dec. 21 article labeling the Indiana Future Fund as “off to slow start,” I believe some additional historical perspective is warranted.
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Here are some ways to help the CIB

January 9, 2010
Is there enough money coming in to keep the city's world-class sports facilities maintained, pay them off, put enough away for the inevitable refurbishing that they will need over time and also promote Indianapolis?
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Goals are different than a decade ago

January 9, 2010
Bruce Hetrick's [Dec. 28] “Could we start again?” article really made me remember the hope and excitement of the new millennium 10 years ago.
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Smoking should be part of health reform

January 9, 2010
As Congress debates health care reform, it’s easy to lose sight of what we agree on—and what we know works to prevent disease and lower costs. Helping people quit smoking and keeping young people from starting are proven ways to reduce the awful toll of cancer, heart attacks and other serious illnesses.
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Yuletide show rocked

January 2, 2010
For the eighth consecutive year, we took our family (22 this year) to the Yuletide Celebration. The show was one of the best.
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Return of business name is gratifying

January 2, 2010
I am writing in response to the Dec. 14 On the Beat article (“Firm undergoes name change”). First, since leaving my former company, which had still been using the Sponsel name, I’m happy to have my name back solely for my use.
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Indianapolis business supports community

January 2, 2010
I loved [Benner’s Dec. 14] column [about Indiana Sports Corp.]. Thirty years is not a long history, but I’ll bet most folks in Indy don’t know about this.
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Editorial on Durham was worth posting

December 26, 2009
Thanks for your [editorial] in [the Dec. 7] IBJ. I really appreciated the comparison [between businessmen Tim Durham and Jim Dodson] and plan to reference this article (now hanging in my office) as a reality check.
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Ballard is right to oppose smoking ban

December 26, 2009
[Mickey Maurer’s Nov. 30 column] was the second article criticizing Mayor [Greg] Ballard on his position against a stronger non-smoking ban for Indy.
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Losing tennis event is a sad moment

December 19, 2009
As a local business owner and someone who grew up just off of Dean Road, where the first U.S. Open Clay Courts were played, I am very saddened that the Indy Tennis Championships is leaving our city.
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Focus of NCAA story was all about money

December 19, 2009
Simultaneously disturbing and telling is how I found “Big Dance may get bigger” in the Dec. 14 edition of the IBJ.
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Health care issues haven't changed much

December 12, 2009
[In response to Chris Katterjohn’s Nov. 21 column] In ’73 I was a grad student in a master’s health care management program and the same issues were the topic of the day, especially in the econ class.
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Fix what's broken first

December 12, 2009
As a physician, I owe it to my patients to help get health care reform right. From the front line, physicians can offer changes that could result in more cost-effective, efficient and accessible health care. That’s why I joined the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights, along with 10,000 other doctors.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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