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Chicago Olympics? What a joke

October 10, 2009
I can appreciate, but heartily disagree, with the arguments [Bill Benner] advanced [in his Oct. 5 column] that Chicago getting the 2012 Olympics would have benefited Indianapolis.
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This is time to step up at work, not back off

October 10, 2009
I read the [Sept. 21 viewpoint] “Learn to say no at work” with disbelief that this is among the best advice that can be given, when companies are now being required to do more with less.
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Forget visiting the Berry Bowl

October 10, 2009
[In response to Bill Benner’s Oct. 5 column] You can cross off your list watching basketball at the Berry Bowl. A new school was built in Logansport in the early ’70s and the old school, including the wonderful Berry Bowl, was torn down.
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Here's how to help future work force

October 10, 2009
I encourage businesspeople—well, everyone, really—to volunteer in and visit our schools, if for no other reason than to expose kids to the professional world and let the kids see that the professional world cares.
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Hotel water plan is wasteful

October 3, 2009
I would like to take exception to the topic and the quote in [Scott] Olson’s article in the Sept. 21 IBJ regarding the de-watering system planned for the new Marriott Hotel.
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Rights don't come from government

October 3, 2009
Bruce Hetrick is wrong in asserting that “We pray and protest under the protection of government” and that “We … freely publish columns … because of government.” His assertions reveal the progressive mind-set and belief that we receive our rights from government, and thus man
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Government does deserve some credit

October 3, 2009
Kudos to Bruce Hetrick’s comments in the [Sept. 28] edition. It shows rational thinking instead of fear mongering.
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Maurer column hit the mark

October 3, 2009
[Mickey Maurer’s Sept. 21] column was right on! Totally to the point and about time someone stated the obvious. When will this country begin once again to make people pay for their crime(s)?
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Kudos for 'off-the-wall' Maurer column

October 3, 2009
I really enjoyed your column “Off-the-wall advice for unemployed.”
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More offbeat advice for job-seekers

October 3, 2009
Mickey Maurer’s article on job openings had some excellent suggestions, but let me add the following:
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Are blue laws wrong or are we immoral?

October 3, 2009
When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, no business was conducted on Sunday at all. On a rare occasion my dad would load up the car and we would cross the river and shop in Indiana.
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Simon embodied customer loyalty

October 3, 2009
I sat in Beth-El Zedeck Temple for the funeral services of Melvin Simon. The various speakers spoke of Mel’s desire to create a real estate empire and his desire to give back to the community.
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Hartman story hit close to home

September 26, 2009
I worked with Mike Hartman at Lauth briefly. Your [Sept. 14] story about him is heart-wrenching and hits very close to home.
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Novel partnership promotes peace

September 26, 2009
Through partnership with Indy Parks, Peace Learning Center is making a difference in the lives of central Indiana youth and families while enhancing Indy Parks’ mission.
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Survey showed need for mass transit

September 26, 2009
Last summer, we said central Indiana was experiencing the perfect storm for mass transit. But this summer, the story was different.
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Nucor story was fair and balanced

September 26, 2009
We understand that it’s never easy to report on a dispute between two local companies and we appreciate the balanced way in which you reported the [Sept. 14] Nucor story.
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Health care reform: Prepare for change

September 26, 2009
With the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, only one thing seems definite: Some level of change is coming. In that light, employers have two options: Fret over the impact these changes might have on their businesses, or act now, meeting the needs of today while forging a plan for addressing a changed landscape.
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Don't blame insurance for costs

September 19, 2009
I urge you, as comprehensive health care reform is considered before Congress, to realize that the best way to expand access to health insurance is to work toward containing health care costs.
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Marcus misses the point

September 12, 2009
In his Aug. 31 column, Morton Marcus dared to paint those who question the role of government on certain issues as misinformed, narrow-minded and in constant need of reminding of their “obligations.” How arrogant!
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Do word puzzles help the economy?

September 12, 2009
The Indianapolis Business Journal is supposed to keep us informed on the comings and goings of Indiana businesses and inspire us with great info on how to run ours better.
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ISO conductor should live here

September 5, 2009
I know that I will not be supporting the [Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] in any way until they have a conductor that lives here and is paid a reasonable salary.
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Wrestling yields long-term benefits

September 5, 2009
As another former high school wrestler from the 1959-1960 season, [Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] about Cleo Moore was an opportunity to reflect.
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Wrestler also excelled at football

September 5, 2009
[Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] on Cleo Moore caught my attention. I have read his name in the papers many times and thought it sounded familiar. As I read through your article on Moore, it dawned on me why I recognized his name.
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Reduce government role in health care

September 5, 2009
Bruce Hetrick’s patronizing and dismissive reference [in his Aug. 24 column] to the idea of death panels (“There is, of course, no such clause or intent in any health-reform legislation”) is insulting to any reader who has followed the debate over health care reform.
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Investing columnist needs new topics

September 5, 2009
It is rather obvious [investment columnist] Keenan Hauke has run out of things to write about. Give the readers a break, this guy’s views are downright irresponsible.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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