Letters to the Editor

Gasification plant is wise investmentRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. is recruiting the $2.8 billion Indiana Gasification LLC clean energy project. The plant represents hundreds of permanent, high-paying jobs in newer, cleaner advanced industrial technologies.
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Don't confuse marijuana with bath salts, spiceRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
In response to Sen. Tom Wyss’s [Dec. 10] letter about marijuana legalization, I am afraid the senator is erroneously conflating several issues. Marijuana is not related to bath salts or spice. There is also no connection between marijuana and meth. It is only their current illegal status that is similar.
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Citizens Energy should oppose Rockport projectRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Citizens Energy Group proclaims a vision to “… fulfill the promise of the Trust to serve our customers and communities with unparalleled excellence and integrity” and a mission to “… maintain the lowest possible rates with sound financial management.” Yet still they remain neutral on Leucadia National Corp.’s Rockport coal gasification plant.
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Morris columns eloquentRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
I have appreciated several of the columns Greg Morris has written about the leadership of Gov. Daniels and Tony Bennett.
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Citizens should oppose Leucadia projectRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
I was disappointed that the IBJ didn’t cover the ongoing issue of the proposed Leucadia coal-to-gas plant and the role that Citizens Energy could play in preventing the construction of this project.
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Don't abandon tax pledgesRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
I’m extremely troubled by some members of the Republican Party recently saying that they will not honor their promises not to raise taxes on the American people.
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Kissinger partly rightRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Pete Kissinger [Nov. 26 letter] seems to think that the Bible is the root of all intolerance.
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Maurer pumped stockRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Mickey Maurer’s [Nov. 26] commentary details a very rosy outlook for the future of Endocyte, the Indiana biopharmaceutical company.
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Don't restrict who can marryRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
In Indiana, the groundwork is again being laid by legislators to bring to a vote a constitutional amendment which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
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Impairment is impairmentRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
I am astounded by the editorial reactions and apparent support for the legalization of small amounts of marijuana.
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Recycling is big economic engineRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
In the [Nov. 19] IBJ, Jesse Kharbanda outlined the Hoosier Environmental Council’s legislative “wish list” for the upcoming session.
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Pacers revenue sharing will be less than reportedRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
The Indiana Pacers are pleased that the NBA revenue sharing plan reached almost one year ago includes significant changes to the sharing among all 30 NBA teams. As was pointed out in the Nov. 26 IBJ, the Pacers’ amount will likely increase, beginning in 2013; however, the increase in 2013 will be dramatically lower than what IBJ reported.
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Ritz aims to protect teachers' unionsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
J.K. Wall is to be congratulated on his [Nov. 19] exposure of the true Glenda Ritz. Her quote, “Rewriting that waiver is my most important mission,” says it all. It is clear she has no interest in continuing to achieve the education improvements made here under Tony Bennett.
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Fever overlookedRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
I am disappointed that [Benner column, Nov. 19] did not mention the Fever’s WNBA championship as something to be thankful for.
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Mass Ave design should be edgierRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
At the American Institute of Architects Regional Conference in Lexington, Ky., Olson Kundig of Seattle and Archimania of Memphis, the keynote speakers, left Indiana architects in awe of the beautifully detailed and technologically experimental, and amazingly crafted work.
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State Democrats reach critical turning pointRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Like many Democrats, I ended election night with polarized emotions. I started off ecstatic.
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Ritz should advocate higher teacher salariesRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Teachers have the most difficult job in the world. They aren’t paid what they’re worth.” Across Indiana, these words have become cliché. In their guts, Hoosiers know what data has proven—better pay for teachers translates, in the long run, to better outcomes for students.
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Teachers crave rulesRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The Bennett/Ritz election was a contest between forward motion and status quo. Daniels and Bennett are pressing the accelerator. Ritz represents a tactically oriented teacher group and will pump the brakes to slow change initiatives.
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Leighty sophisticated beyond her yearsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Congratulations and kudos to Hillary Leighty Nov. 5 Forefront]. And she is only a college sophomore.
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Selective spinRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Bruce Hetrick’s [Oct. 22] column “spouted off” on two examples of GOP “spin,” one regarding Republican Paul Ryan, the other regarding Republican Mitt Romney.
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Rusthoven an 'epigone'Restricted Content

November 3, 2012
It is clear that Richard Mourdock is an astringent to the derriere of Peter Rusthoven [Oct. 29 column]. How else does one explain why the luminous Lugar acolyte Rusthoven would attack Mourdock for Mourdock’s cumbersome locution for which he has apologized and clarified?
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Drum up more flightsRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
I could not agree more—connections to and from Indianapolis [Oct. 22] are totally inadequate.
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Math illiteracy rampantRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Please don’t blame the state’s emphasis on tests for the lack of life skills in mathematics [Meredith column, Oct. 1].
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Drop RusthovenRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Peter Rusthoven’s columns are horrible. There is no business information in them, just conservative Republican dribble.
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Hetrick spins, tooRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Bruce Hetrick’s Oct. 22 column “Spouting off about the all-too-common art of spin” begins by offering the reader his view on how characters in the Broadway play “The Book of Mormon” are adept at spinning falsehoods in the guise of “helping people.” Hetrick provides spinning of his own, personally reviewing the highly irreverent play as hilarious, pant-wetting entertainment.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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