Letters to the Editor

Global citizenship is our realityRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
[In his June 22 column, Bruce Hetrick asked,] "Is global citizenship 'intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous?'" This question, reflective of Newt Gingrich's recent statement declaring himself not "a citizen of the world" elicited personal incredulousness.
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Levengood deserves our thanksRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Barney Levengood has had a tough job and deserves our thanks.
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Will our kids know how to enjoy quiet?Restricted Content

June 8, 2009
The ability to enjoy silence, to be comfortable in it, to strip away all the noise and distractions is becoming somewhat of an art form.
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Let stadium users foot the billRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Let stadium users and sports teams pay for luxurious stadiums, not alcohol users.
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A bit of Lauth historyRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Regarding the May 25 story, ["Lauth granted reprieve,"] please note that Lauth Property Group is an offshoot of the original company founded by myself and Terry Eaton in 1976. It was then known as Ernst/Eaton Associates.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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In tough times, remember the arts as a civic dutyRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Attend arts events, visit our cultural organizations, and support our sports teams. If you don't make regular donations to arts and cultural organizations, there has never been a better and more important time to give.
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CIB drama goes from bad to worseRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
I am truly disgusted after reading the latest in the perennial saga of the CIB.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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Stop funding CIBRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Well-intentioned or not, competent or not, the so-called "leaders" [sports columnist Bill Benner] referenced in your [May 4] column failed miserably in representing the best interests of taxpayers and instead presided over an unconscionable transfer of wealth from "We the people" to a small number of professional sports owners and players.
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Volunteers want meaningful workRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
There are many factors involved in the decision to volunteer in the community—including time commitment, the opportunities for building social networks, the skill set needed for the volunteer position, and of course the mission of the organization.
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Cities shouldn't subsidize leisureRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
To hold Carmel up as a healthy community is to turn a blind eye to the mountain of debt run up by that city's mayor. Healthy communities provide the fundamental necessities in a balanced way that does not put undue burden on those who live in that "time and space."
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Community leaders grateful to SimonsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Most of us were taught to give thanks to those who do well and make our lives better. Some of us would like to give our hearty thanks to Mel and Herb Simon and their families for all they've done in our community and statewide.
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Universal health care? Bring it on!Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
With American ingenuity, we can achieve universal health care coverage without the bloated administrative costs found in our system of private insurance companies.
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Restaurants step up despite hard timesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Restaurants are so often asked to support non-profits and many times give very generously—their support means so much to local organizations.
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Is Twitter headed for greatness?Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
Twitter is attractive beyond the buzz. It "feels" like it is going to be something important.
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New cabaret theater is a different animalRestricted Content

April 20, 2009

I think it is a mistake to call this American Cabaret Theatre when it really is in the piano bar tradition of cabaret that is popular in New York and Las Vegas, and not the vision that Claude McNeal brought to his American Cabaret Theatre when he first came to Indianapolis in 1990.

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Company in doubt? Don't blame auditorRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Keep in mind, the auditor doesnâ??t run the businessâ??the businessâ?? management does.
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Green magazine deserves recognitionRestricted Content

April 13, 2009

For the past 2-1/2 years, Indiana Living Green has sprouted up through the corporate cracks, offering Indiana readers a guide to a greener lifestyle and sustainable living.

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Column on education spoke the truthRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Education is empowermentâ??not just for the community but for the individual.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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Linking specialties is key to life sciencesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Indiana Innovation Alliance will bring together researchers from both IU and Purdue and keep much intellectual property innovation in Indiana.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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Low graduation rates bode poorly for stateRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
With high school graduation rates as low as they are in Indiana, I find it amazing that Indiana isn't at the very bottom of the statistical ladder described in Morton Marcus' March 16 column.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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