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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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Beltzhoover didn’t solicit teen investorRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
I was shocked to see my name associated with what was portrayed as the solicitation of a minor in relation to securities trading [Sept. 2].
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Kennedy’s recall is biasedRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Sheila Kennedy’s memory [Aug. 26] is faulty.
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Kennedy not missedRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Regarding Sheila Suess Kennedy [Aug. 26] leaving the Republican Party, Roy Clark once sang a line that fit her: “Thank God and Greyhound she’s gone.”
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GOP needs updatingRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
I agree with Sheila Kennedy [Aug. 26] that the GOP of a generation ago that she and I worked for and supported has left.
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Democrats wrong party for adult leadershipRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
If Sheila Kennedy [Aug. 26] has left the Republican Party and become a Democrat in hopes of finding a party of grown-ups, she can’t be thinking of the same Democrats who seem to follow the rules of Saul Alinsky, who advises in “Rules for Radicals” to make the other party the worst kind of evil while Democrats need not stick to the truth to accomplish the end.
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Lessons lost on KennedyRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Sheila Kennedy’s [Aug. 12] column “Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcy” leads us down the same path she always goes.
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Heated words don't helpRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
In response to Sheila Suess Kennedy’s op-ed “Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcy,” I can’t say I’m shocked by her predictable position supporting liberal policy to cure all ills.
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Ban Kennedy columnsRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Thank you for allowing Peter Rusthoven [Aug. 19] to respond to Sheila Kennedy’s outlandish column on the Detroit bankruptcy.
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Leaders badly neededRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
I wholeheartedly agree with P.E. MacAllister’s Aug. 5 Forefront column “Bring back the CCC for troubled youth.” Dope, gangs, crime. A disappointing educational system. Our staggering economic base supplanted with food stamps and unemployment compensation. Declining church influences. Sagging morality. He mentions it all.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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