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Next up: teen violenceRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
IBJ’s [Nov. 25] editorial endorsing the proposed panhandling ordinance was definitely on point.
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Enough bashing of Coats, religionRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
The bashing of religion and the Republican Party’s continuing war on women is past being a weary read [Kennedy column, Nov. 18].
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Rusthoven can’t pick his own factsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
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Shale gas will support inexpensive electricity

November 30, 2013
As stated in the “Natural gas dilemma” article [Nov. 18], there is increased demand for natural gas in the electric energy market in Indiana and across the country. However, I take exception to the theme that this increased demand will drive volatility in the market and harm Hoosier electric and gas customers.
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Benner will be missedRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dang! I just read the [Nov. 11] IBJ, as I have done every Monday since forever (always reading Benner’s column first).
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Conserve water, tooRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
IBJ’s Nov. 2 editorial “Study water needs while there’s time” should have noted the value of conservation in meeting future needs. Available supply should be carefully stewarded and not “promiscuously pumped,” as one water expert recently put it.
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Apples and orangesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] attempts to make a correlation between the 5.5 million people of Denmark with the 313 million people of the United States. Then she mentions Denmark has high levels of homogeneity.
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Social safety nets haven’t helpedRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] states that “There’s a fair amount of evidence that strong social safety nets correlate with healthier social indicators”—less gun violence, teen pregnancy, divorce, etc.
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More progress needed for primary care docsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Thank you for [Oct. 21 Morris column] on the shortage of primary care doctors from a patient’s perspective.
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Manage aging processRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Thank you for including the [Oct. 7] article on the Global AgeWatch Index and the need for societies to better prepare for the impact of an aging population.
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Cultural Trail is ‘premier bicycle facility’Restricted Content

October 26, 2013
I really enjoyed Kathleen McLaughlin’s “Bike City” article [Oct. 14], with one exception.
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Thanks for the budgetRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
For many years, including my time at Indiana Black Expo, I have worked to bring people together for the betterment of our city. I’m grateful that our City-County Council and mayor put aside partisan differences to pass a budget.
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MacAllister impressiveRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I am very impressed with Mr. MacAllister’s column in the Oct. 7 Forefront.
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Let market successes dictate energy sourcesRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I was disheartened to see Zach Adamson’s [Sept. 30] Viewpoint that naively believes we can replace the Harding Street Indianapolis Power & Light Co. plant with renewable energy sources.
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Adamson op-ed hailedRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Zach Adamson for president [Sept. 30]!
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Global Caravan chief has solid backgroundRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
We appreciated the [Sept. 30] coverage the IBJ presented of Global Caravan Technologies. As the capital organization coordinating investment in GCT, we do wish to observe that Charles Hoefer had been involved in the management of other successful and unrelated ventures prior to joining Earthbound.
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Rusthoven pegged Obama

September 28, 2013
I enjoyed Peter Rusthoven’s [Sept. 16] column “A president out of his league,” as it nicely characterized both the missteps and blatant lies coming from the Obama administration’s Keystone Cops handling of the crisis in Syria.
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Radio thrives on local

September 28, 2013
As someone who has worked at or with radio stations in Indianapolis as well as mid-sized and smaller markets across the state, I agree with most of the points regarding the strong local strategy in use today by the successful broadcasters in those markets [Sept. 2].
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Stick to business reportingRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
I’m puzzled by your [Sept. 16] stories “The Brain Drain is a Myth” and “Too Few Jobs for Science, Tech Graduates” and their excessively academic focus on the very practical issue of why there are too few Hoosiers working in high-paying jobs to power our state’s future.
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Schools and health, tooRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great if a city’s bid to host the Super Bowl [Sept. 9] took into account the quality of the city’s public schools; the overall health of its residents; how the city treats the homeless; air and water quality; a living wage for it hospitality workers; access to grocery stores; the age of its sewers; ability to manage natural disasters (like floods); safe streets, and so on?
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Lincoln’s RepublicansRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
If Abe Lincoln were asked about the proposed legislation to amend Indiana’s Constitution to ban gay marriage [Maurer, Sept. 2], he would respond as he has in the past: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
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Wanting full marriageRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
I love Indianapolis. It is our home and I would love to marry my partner, but we will never settle for a watered-down version of marriage.
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Maurer got it rightRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
You got it, brother, [Maurer, Sept. 2] except we need to mount up our pickups and ATVs, load up our Glocks, .45s and AK-47s and lay waste to those idiots who want to marry whomever they please.
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Purdue fortunate to have Daniels as presidentRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Your [Sept. 2] cover story on Purdue President Mitch Daniels referenced “skepticism” from certain camps within the Purdue faculty. In the article, professor David Sanders was quoted as a basis for that skepticism.
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Running for office again?

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall’s [Sept. 2] article points out that Mitch Daniels is trying to “create new ways to measure student learning, graduate success and overall academic quality at Purdue” and that “Such a system of measurements would help students, parents and donors choose schools based on the best bang for the buck … ”
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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