Letters

Unions doom workers

November 27, 2010
[In response to a Nov. 15 Focus story] the quote by Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith, “They [hotels] often take the profits they reap in this market and plow them into other markets or ship them back to the corporate headquarters,” speaks volumes about organized labor.
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Indiana's slide started a century ago

November 27, 2010
At the turn of the 20th century, Indiana was one of the most progressive states. After the influx of immigrants in the 1910s, Indiana ratcheted backward and has not recovered.
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Thanksgiving, service and citizen diplomacy

November 27, 2010
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued Oct. 3, 1863, is an eloquent invitation to—even in the midst of the trauma of the Civil War—count one’s blessings.
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Clothes do matter

November 27, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed [Greg Morris’ Nov. 22] commentary titled “Dressing for success matters” and I totally agree with you! I realize times have changed, but I am constantly amazed at how casual our world has become.
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Thanks for column on Carl Brizzi

November 27, 2010
I do not know Carl Brizzi and do not feel that I have adequate information to assess some of the events that have raised so much concern. I have felt all along that he deserves to be deemed innocent until proven guilty.
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Lynch is history

November 20, 2010
[IU football Coach Bill Lynch] is a good man and we’ve all wished for his success, but the Wisconsin game has pretty much put an end to his tenure.
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Caution can take over

November 20, 2010
I understand and agree [with Mickey Maurer’s Nov. 1 column] that pace, discipline and focus all are important for any entrepreneur to employ when they are managing their enterprise. However, you have not discussed what I believe is the “real” issue.
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What happened to Di Rimini architect?

November 13, 2010
Where was the architect when the developer made 35 departures from the approved plans? Where was the architect when the city cited the developer for multiple code violations?
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Township government has a purpose

November 6, 2010
Our townships are not business competitors; they are governing for the people—not for greed, not for profit.
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Lung cancer strikes nonsmokers

November 6, 2010
Last November I was hospitalized with H1N1 and pneumonia. In January I had a biopsy that confirmed non-small-cell lung cancer, stage IV.
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Time for townships has passed

October 30, 2010
I am in agreement with the IBJ position [stated in the Oct. 25 editorial]. It is time to abolish townships and shift their revenue and responsibilities to their respective counties.
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Meter deal not in city's interest

October 30, 2010
It’s easy to see that a deal that gives away billions of dollars over 50 years to a private company might not be the best deal for the citizens of our city.
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City can improve meters itself

October 23, 2010
You do not have to sell off the parking meters to bring the rates and service hours up to par with other Midwest cities.
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Maurer columns hit home

October 23, 2010
I want to express how much I’ve enjoyed reading [Mickey Maurer’s] commentaries the last few weeks.
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Online retailers should collect taxes

October 16, 2010
This is not just a matter of fairness. It is the law in most states that consumers pay sales taxes on Internet and catalog purchases.
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Praise for 'Q' column

October 16, 2010
I agree with [Mickey Maurer’s Oct. 4] thoughts on the “Q factor.” In the first 14 years of my career, I never considered it. The result was seven relocations and our kids being in three schools by fifth grade.
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Some examples of gutlessness

October 9, 2010
Morton Marcus is right when he says [in the Sept. 13 issue], “Gutless government avoids political risk.” I just differ with him on which items on the list of government activities, or lack thereof, constitute such “gutlessness.”
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Online shopping isn't the problem

October 9, 2010
It is disingenuous of Indiana lawmakers to claim low Internet taxation puts some firms at a competitive disadvantage when their goal is likely just to bring in more tax revenue, not level the playing field.
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Duke Energy maintains trust

October 2, 2010
A [Sept. 27] IBJ article reported on a settlement Duke Energy and several customer groups have reached on costs associated with construction of the company’s clean-coal technology power plant in Edwardsport.
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Indiana missed stimulus opportunity

October 2, 2010
Kudos to Mary Dieter and IBJ for the investigative journalism that led to the [Sept. 27] publication of the disturbing disclosure that the Daniels administration failed to pursue up to $103 million in federal stimulus money that would benefit Hoosier small businesses and workers.
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Indiana Sports Corp. intimidates IBJ

October 2, 2010
Make no mistake about it, we are calling you out, in your own publication. Indiana Sports Corp. has about 30 staffers; we both run the event and run in the event. We want to go head-to-head with Team IBJ next year!
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'Greener Welcome' will be powerful

October 2, 2010
In just a few days, thousands of Lilly employees will descend upon Interstate 70. The purpose: a massive makeover we’re calling “A Greener Welcome.” It will naturalize 10 acres of vacant interchanges.
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Parking meter deal is boon for city

September 25, 2010
The proposed parking transaction with ACS is another example of the mayor streamlining government, maximizing the value of existing assets, and securing millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements.
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NFL lockout risky

September 25, 2010
I hope NFL owners and players take into account, while contemplating a lockout, the effect on the fans.
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Meter deal is a bad idea

September 18, 2010
I read with interest [Cory Schouten’s] article in the Aug. 30 IBJ, “City vendor may get $1.2B,” detailing aspects of the city’s proposed deal to privatize the city’s parking meters.
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  1. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  2. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

  3. Good try, Mr. Irwin, but I think we all know the primary motivation for pursuing legal action against the BMV is the HUGE FEES you and your firm expect to receive from the same people you claim to be helping ~ taxpayers! Almost all class action lawsuits end up with the victim receiving a pittance and the lawyers receiving a windfall.

  4. Fix the home life. We're not paying for your child to color, learn letters, numbers and possible self control. YOU raise your children...figure it out! We did. Then they'll do fine in elementary school. Weed out the idiots in public schools, send them well behaved kids (no one expects perfection) and watch what happens! Oh, and pray. A mom.

  5. To clarify, the system Cincinnati building is just a streetcar line which is the cheapest option for rail when you consider light rail (Denver, Portland, and Seattle.) The system (streetcar) that Cincy is building is for a downtown, not a city wide thing. With that said, I think the bus plan make sense and something I shouted to the rooftops about. Most cities with low density and low finances will opt for BRT as it makes more financial and logistical sense. If that route grows and finances are in place, then converting the line to a light rail system is easy as you already have the protected lanes in place. I do think however that Indy should build a streetcar system to connect different areas of downtown. This is the same thing that Tucson, Cincy, Kenosha WI, Portland, and Seattle have done. This allows for easy connections to downtown POI, and allows for more dense growth. Connecting the stadiums to the zoo, convention center, future transit center, and the mall would be one streetcar line that makes sense.

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