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Why don't Bush bashers disgust you?Restricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bashing the president is a time-honored tradition in the United States going all the way back to George Washington himself and honed to a fine point by the Jefferson/Adams exchanges.
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Indy Racing League must go international to surviveRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Like it or not, the Indy Racing League is becoming an international series, with American drivers like Patrick, Andretti and Rahal and internationally known drivers such as Castroneves, Kanaan, Mutoh and Meira.
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WellPoint salaries are ill-gottenRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
I own and manage a small business. WellPoint is our health insurance carrier. I have an employee, makes good money. He is in excellent health but he is diabetic. WellPoint won't insure him!
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Global citizenship is our realityRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
[In his June 22 column, Bruce Hetrick asked,] "Is global citizenship 'intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous?'" This question, reflective of Newt Gingrich's recent statement declaring himself not "a citizen of the world" elicited personal incredulousness.
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Levengood deserves our thanksRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Barney Levengood has had a tough job and deserves our thanks.
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Will our kids know how to enjoy quiet?Restricted Content

June 8, 2009
The ability to enjoy silence, to be comfortable in it, to strip away all the noise and distractions is becoming somewhat of an art form.
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Let stadium users foot the billRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Let stadium users and sports teams pay for luxurious stadiums, not alcohol users.
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A bit of Lauth historyRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Regarding the May 25 story, ["Lauth granted reprieve,"] please note that Lauth Property Group is an offshoot of the original company founded by myself and Terry Eaton in 1976. It was then known as Ernst/Eaton Associates.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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In tough times, remember the arts as a civic dutyRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Attend arts events, visit our cultural organizations, and support our sports teams. If you don't make regular donations to arts and cultural organizations, there has never been a better and more important time to give.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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Stop funding CIBRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Well-intentioned or not, competent or not, the so-called "leaders" [sports columnist Bill Benner] referenced in your [May 4] column failed miserably in representing the best interests of taxpayers and instead presided over an unconscionable transfer of wealth from "We the people" to a small number of professional sports owners and players.
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Volunteers want meaningful workRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
There are many factors involved in the decision to volunteer in the community—including time commitment, the opportunities for building social networks, the skill set needed for the volunteer position, and of course the mission of the organization.
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Cities shouldn't subsidize leisureRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
To hold Carmel up as a healthy community is to turn a blind eye to the mountain of debt run up by that city's mayor. Healthy communities provide the fundamental necessities in a balanced way that does not put undue burden on those who live in that "time and space."
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Community leaders grateful to SimonsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Most of us were taught to give thanks to those who do well and make our lives better. Some of us would like to give our hearty thanks to Mel and Herb Simon and their families for all they've done in our community and statewide.
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Universal health care? Bring it on!Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
With American ingenuity, we can achieve universal health care coverage without the bloated administrative costs found in our system of private insurance companies.
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Restaurants step up despite hard timesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Restaurants are so often asked to support non-profits and many times give very generously—their support means so much to local organizations.
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Is Twitter headed for greatness?Restricted Content

April 20, 2009
Twitter is attractive beyond the buzz. It "feels" like it is going to be something important.
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New cabaret theater is a different animalRestricted Content

April 20, 2009

I think it is a mistake to call this American Cabaret Theatre when it really is in the piano bar tradition of cabaret that is popular in New York and Las Vegas, and not the vision that Claude McNeal brought to his American Cabaret Theatre when he first came to Indianapolis in 1990.

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Company in doubt? Don't blame auditorRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Keep in mind, the auditor doesnâ??t run the businessâ??the businessâ?? management does.
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Green magazine deserves recognitionRestricted Content

April 13, 2009

For the past 2-1/2 years, Indiana Living Green has sprouted up through the corporate cracks, offering Indiana readers a guide to a greener lifestyle and sustainable living.

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Column on education spoke the truthRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Education is empowermentâ??not just for the community but for the individual.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Linking specialties is key to life sciencesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Indiana Innovation Alliance will bring together researchers from both IU and Purdue and keep much intellectual property innovation in Indiana.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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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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