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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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Experience doesn't mean talent

September 5, 2009
Paul Barada’s argument that teachers with 30 years of teaching experience making $50,000-plus a year are underpaid is flawed.
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Health care system is a travestyRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
I just want to thank you for [Bruce Hetrick’s] insightful article in the Aug. 10 issue regarding health care reform. You say it well.
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Council faced unpleasant choiceRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
[In the Aug. 17 editorial] IBJ accuses elected officials of making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment. This superficial pronouncement of the reasons behind Proposal 285’s vote tally lacks thoughtful evaluation of why councilors cast their votes the way they did at the August 10 council meeting.
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Shredding paper beats burning itRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
After reading [Tim Altom’s Return on Technology column] in the Aug. 17 IBJ on whether shredding or burning documents provided the greatest security, I felt compelled to send you a note.
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Marcus wrote sanely about 'insane' issueRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
It was good to read Morton Marcus’ [Aug. 17] reasoned and sane synopsis of a subject that has become a lightning rod: health care “reform.”
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Maurer's commentary 'right on track'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Medical technology has taken us to the point where we can sustain life almost indefinitely, but not maintain the quality of that life, nor the dignity of the person.
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Maurer was right: Give people reliefRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
It is time for competent Hoosiers suffering at the end of their lives to have access to all modern medicines for humane relief.
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Vote against 'cap and trade'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
I urge Sen. Evan Bayh to vote against the “cap and trade” legislation pending in the Senate.
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Toll road was good deal for stateRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
I cannot help but agree with the author’s assessment: the state of Indiana got a pretty good deal on the lease-sales agreement.
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Indiana is lucky to have toll leaseRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The facts are that toll increases are strictly limited in the contract and cars using electronic tolling have had no increase and are still paying the $4.65 toll rate set in 1985, one of the lowest per-mile tolls in the nation.
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Higher-ed chief Lubbers is up to taskRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
In her short tenure thus far as commissioner, she has already helped me personally with an issue I was experiencing as a law student.
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Susan Bayh has major conflicts

August 10, 2009
Your editorial last week on Susan Bayh’s memberships on health care company boards was remarkably restrained. There are SCREAMING conflicts. 
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Neighbor input needed in revitalization efforts

August 10, 2009
Local Initiatives Support Corp. wanted to take a moment to second the ideas expressed last week in AIA Indianapolis President Sanford Garner’s Viewpoint column. Garner expressed concern that current residents benefit from revitalization and pointed out the importance of community dialogue as part of the process.
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Officials should redevelop prison property

August 3, 2009
After outcry from the community, the plan to turn the current Women’s Prison on the near east side into a work release facility for male prisoners was modified to make it barely palatable. However, there’s a larger point that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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Energy act will hurt Indiana's economy

August 3, 2009
A deeply concerning piece of legislation has just recently slipped through the [U.S.] House of Representatives. Although the American Clean Energy and Security Act has an appealing name and is created to improve our environment, in actuality, its passing through the Senate will cause dire problems for Hoosiers.
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Indianapolis Public Schools needs more than it getsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
This year will be our 18th year as IPS parents. My husband and I are college graduates, upper-middle class. He is employed full time and I’m self-employed part-time. We chose to stay in IPS and try to make a difference for the many classmates that have no one rooting for them at home.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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