Letters to the Editor

Don't treat children like commoditiesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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New president is a sign of hopeRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The election for me was like looking up for a change instead of having a spiral-down feeling, which was good.
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Story of creation is beautifulRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Teaching the story of creation isn't "hocus-pocus," and vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin isn't arguing how long it took to create the earth on the presidential campaign trail.
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Lou Harry's arts coverage is welcome, insightful

November 17, 2008
Lou Harry's art coverage is thorough and vital to the community, and IBJ, an overall interesting read, should remain committed to including arts reviews and news.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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New health plans will cost more laterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Consumer-driven health plans will lead to greater medical expenses later because people avoid going to the doctor now.
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Gene Cato was true sports boosterRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Gene Cato was a true supporter of high school sports in Indiana.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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Executives must stress wellness program benefits consistentlyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Health care benefits that promote wellness should be an ongoing executive suite focus, not simply an annual budget concern.
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What professional wants gray hair?Restricted Content

November 10, 2008
Dying your hair so you look younger is fine, whether you're male or female.
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Where was Horning in candidate story?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Libertarian candidate Andy Horning should have been covered in more detail in IBJ article about the governor's race.
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Reader suggests IBJ journalists probe officials' assertionsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The airport authority should not assume a 3-percent growth rate because of the new airport, and the FFA Convention was not as wildly successful as reported. Mayor Peterson shouldn't be held out as a good example of a mayor who supports public transportation.
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Let's invest in wind, instead of coalRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Developing wind energy for Indiana would be economical and could make the state a leader in the green economy of the future.
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We're losing art of letter-writingRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
No one writes real letters anymore, and that will make the history of today less rich and meaningful for future generations.
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Keep Lynch as IU football coachRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
With all the disruption in Indiana University's athletic programs, Head football coach Bill Lynch should stay on and be given a chance to build a strong program.
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FFA benefits cityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The FFA brought vitality and $40 million to Indianapolis' economy during its recent convention here.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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