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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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How's Obama workin' for ya?Restricted Content

October 27, 2012
I have avoided writing about any of left-wing author Sheila Kennedy’s opinion pieces because she’s such an easy target. However her [Oct. 22] “Elections have consequence” piece calling Republicans extremist demands a response.
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Vote to restore balanceRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Three things have modulated the excesses of unfettered American capitalism since the rise of the Progressive Era in the early 20th century: labor unions, government regulations, and the progressive income tax system. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the American middle class followed.
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GM, Chrysler didn't need rescueRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
The automobile industry did not need rescue. It did not need the government takeover. Only two badly run corporations were in trouble.
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Sports, arts not rivalsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Bill Benner’s [Oct. 15] column on arts versus sports drives home the point of the misguided view that the arts and sports are equal rivals! This column should have appeared on your front page!
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Why help Democrats?Restricted Content

October 20, 2012
I must respectfully disagree with Mickey Maurer’s Oct. 15 commentary.
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Might leave the stateRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
[Hetrick’s Oct. 8 column] was spot on. I tend Democrat but have been voting for Richard Lugar since I could vote in 1972.
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Disheartening responseRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Thank you for the [Oct. 8 Morris column] on the Senate race. Some important issues seem to be swept under the rug in this important race.
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Obesity battle can be wonRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
The shocking news about obesity keeps on coming. As IBJ reported in its Oct. 8 editorial, “Residents’ health a weighty issue,” more than half of Hoosiers will be obese by 2030, costing us billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity.
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Student critiques have limited value to teachersRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
I see some real drawbacks to having students evaluate their teachers.
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Article overlooked part-time MBAs

October 6, 2012
A [Sept. 10] article cited evidence of a drop in MBA applications as part of a nationwide trend among prominent business schools. While the article specifically names decreases in applications to highly regarded MBA programs at Indiana University and Purdue University, it overlooks the significant growth within part-time MBA programs like the one offered here at the IU Kelley School of Business in downtown Indianapolis.
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Vote for change

October 6, 2012
The recession was not caused by George W. Bush. It was caused by liberal sub-prime mortgage practices at financial institutions, backed by government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 1993. The independent Federal Reserve System saved the banks, but in addition to foreclosures, millions of home values are now worth less than the mortgages owed.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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