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More taxes to fund copsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
The idea of more police is a great idea. However, the idea to take away the homestead exemption to fund it shows how out of touch the politicians are. Removing the exemption only places the onus on homeowners.
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WFYI isn’t unbiasedRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle’s [June 23] article “Less news, more talk” bemoans the loss of Steve Simpson and states, “With Simpson’s departure, the only local station that still employs non-opinion-oriented news hosts is WFYI.”
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Indiana needs film incentives

July 12, 2014
The recent opening of the motion picture “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on the novel by Indianapolis’ own John Green, has led to a re-examination of Indiana’s film incentive policy.
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Autistic children still denied benefitsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Imagine your child had a chronic condition requiring on-going treatment, like diabetes, epilepsy or cystic fibrosis, and every six months you had to fight for weeks in order to continue medical treatment, even though your child’s entire clinical team and physicians agree that treatment is medically necessary.
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Moves to improve Americans’ incomeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Burn both the federal and state individual income tax codes and give each income-receiving American citizen a $50,000 standard deduction while keeping current dependent exemptions.
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WIBC slides further into ‘have it your way’ newsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
News is supposed to bring us facts even if they challenge our preconceptions. As two towering statesmen—Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Republican James R. Schlesinger—said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts.
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Scales shouldn’t quit Meadows TIF projectRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
As public servants, it is our job to serve the public, not pick unnecessary fights.
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Support for ScalesRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Scales is the perfect councilor and sets a very high standard.
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Solidly conservativeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
I favor lower taxes, strong morality and work ethics, family values and an ability to defend my family—all hallmarks of extremists.
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Scales was pilloriedRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The [June 16] front page story about Councilor Christine Scales was very disappointing. It seems to me that what is missing at virtually all political levels are individuals who will in fact stand upon principles. Despite partisan bickering in the council, the city administration—Republican or Democrat—eventually seems to get what it wants.
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Gregg’s priorities faultyRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
John Gregg [June 16 Forefront] says Republicans are being Chicken Little because they want to do something rational like stopping spending more than we have.
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Anthem works with autismRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The tone of the [June 16] story “Insurance changes put state’s autism industry on edge” implies that an adversarial relationship exists between the autism community and insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Rusthoven disparages conservative trendRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
While I have the greatest respect and admiration for Peter Rusthoven’s public service under President Reagan, I take issue with his June 9 Taking Issue column. It almost sounded as if Rusthoven leans Democrat!
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Voters should do their jobsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
State Sen. Jim Smith claims in his [June 2] letter to the editor that Doug Masson missed most of the story regarding the legislation to repeal the 17th Amendment.
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Healthy Indiana Plan will improve careRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Little Red Door Cancer Agency would like to express its support for the expansion of health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers through HIP 2.0.
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Stay open to other viewsRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Bruce Hetrick’s [May 26 Viewpoint] on living and learning in silos not only is something that I completely agree with, but I found myself having the same exact conversation with clients and friends.
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More women needed in IBJ news sectionsRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Most weeks, I flip through IBJ and ponder why I see so few female faces pictured in the news sections. There are plenty of female faces in the People section. Surely some of them have something newsworthy to say?
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Replace Delph with FordRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
As a resident new to Indiana, I have been troubled by news reports pertaining to state Sen. Mike Delph. His Twitter rants and public statements to media were published repeatedly, but there was nothing newsworthy about them.
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Repeal 17th Amendment to restore balanceRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
This year, I authored legislation that would have rescinded Indiana’s approval of the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment, adopted in 1913, requires U.S. senators to be elected by popular vote rather than by state legislatures. Doug Masson [May 19 Forefront] argued that this would be a bad idea, but he missed most of the story.
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Kennedy demonized makers and producers

May 24, 2014

Sheila Suess Kennedy’s [May 19] column is downright scary in light of anti-Semitic history. Jews were demonized with the same words she uses in her column to disparage 1 percenters: “They are disproportionately the manipulators and rent-seekers, speculators and financiers—not the producers, entrepreneurs or ‘makers’ many believe themselves to be.”

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Shift Super Bowl vigor to other big ideas

May 24, 2014
Bravo to the Super Bowl committee for a valiant and brilliant effort despite considerable odds.
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Loves Uber, LyftRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
I needed to get downtown the other day. My Uber driver was friendly, had classical music going, and it turned out I was going to one of his favorite places!
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Indiana on right trackRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Shaw Friedman writes in his [April 29 Viewpoint] that “tax cuts undermine prosperity” and laments the move to cut business taxes over the past decade of Republican leadership. I suspect that the governmental entities’ prosperity will be undermined but maybe not the entire state’s.
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No place to hideRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
I am definitely a free speech advocate, even if the opinion being expressed is reprehensible [May 5 Lopresti column].
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Citizens deal is workingRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Recently, Citizens Energy Group received regulatory approval to raise rates [April 23 IBJ] to continue updating the community’s aging water and wastewater systems.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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