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Ritz should advocate higher teacher salariesRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Teachers have the most difficult job in the world. They aren’t paid what they’re worth.” Across Indiana, these words have become cliché. In their guts, Hoosiers know what data has proven—better pay for teachers translates, in the long run, to better outcomes for students.
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Teachers crave rulesRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The Bennett/Ritz election was a contest between forward motion and status quo. Daniels and Bennett are pressing the accelerator. Ritz represents a tactically oriented teacher group and will pump the brakes to slow change initiatives.
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Mass Ave project has characterRestricted Content

November 15, 2012
Schmidt Associates is pushing Indianapolis' building facades into 21st century leadership.
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Leighty sophisticated beyond her yearsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Congratulations and kudos to Hillary Leighty Nov. 5 Forefront]. And she is only a college sophomore.
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Selective spinRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Bruce Hetrick’s [Oct. 22] column “spouted off” on two examples of GOP “spin,” one regarding Republican Paul Ryan, the other regarding Republican Mitt Romney.
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Rusthoven an 'epigone'Restricted Content

November 3, 2012
It is clear that Richard Mourdock is an astringent to the derriere of Peter Rusthoven [Oct. 29 column]. How else does one explain why the luminous Lugar acolyte Rusthoven would attack Mourdock for Mourdock’s cumbersome locution for which he has apologized and clarified?
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Drum up more flightsRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
I could not agree more—connections to and from Indianapolis [Oct. 22] are totally inadequate.
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Math illiteracy rampantRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Please don’t blame the state’s emphasis on tests for the lack of life skills in mathematics [Meredith column, Oct. 1].
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Drop RusthovenRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Peter Rusthoven’s columns are horrible. There is no business information in them, just conservative Republican dribble.
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Hetrick spins, tooRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Bruce Hetrick’s Oct. 22 column “Spouting off about the all-too-common art of spin” begins by offering the reader his view on how characters in the Broadway play “The Book of Mormon” are adept at spinning falsehoods in the guise of “helping people.” Hetrick provides spinning of his own, personally reviewing the highly irreverent play as hilarious, pant-wetting entertainment.
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How's Obama workin' for ya?Restricted Content

October 27, 2012
I have avoided writing about any of left-wing author Sheila Kennedy’s opinion pieces because she’s such an easy target. However her [Oct. 22] “Elections have consequence” piece calling Republicans extremist demands a response.
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Vote to restore balanceRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Three things have modulated the excesses of unfettered American capitalism since the rise of the Progressive Era in the early 20th century: labor unions, government regulations, and the progressive income tax system. It’s no coincidence that the rise of the American middle class followed.
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GM, Chrysler didn't need rescueRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
The automobile industry did not need rescue. It did not need the government takeover. Only two badly run corporations were in trouble.
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Question RockportRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
One is left to wonder why Bill Styring [Oct. 15 Forefront] and others like him were so darned slow to engage in this issue.
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Sports, arts not rivalsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Bill Benner’s [Oct. 15] column on arts versus sports drives home the point of the misguided view that the arts and sports are equal rivals! This column should have appeared on your front page!
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Why help Democrats?Restricted Content

October 20, 2012
I must respectfully disagree with Mickey Maurer’s Oct. 15 commentary.
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Might leave the stateRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
[Hetrick’s Oct. 8 column] was spot on. I tend Democrat but have been voting for Richard Lugar since I could vote in 1972.
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Disheartening responseRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Thank you for the [Oct. 8 Morris column] on the Senate race. Some important issues seem to be swept under the rug in this important race.
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Obesity battle can be wonRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
The shocking news about obesity keeps on coming. As IBJ reported in its Oct. 8 editorial, “Residents’ health a weighty issue,” more than half of Hoosiers will be obese by 2030, costing us billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity.
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Student critiques have limited value to teachersRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
I see some real drawbacks to having students evaluate their teachers.
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Article overlooked part-time MBAs

October 6, 2012
A [Sept. 10] article cited evidence of a drop in MBA applications as part of a nationwide trend among prominent business schools. While the article specifically names decreases in applications to highly regarded MBA programs at Indiana University and Purdue University, it overlooks the significant growth within part-time MBA programs like the one offered here at the IU Kelley School of Business in downtown Indianapolis.
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Vote for change

October 6, 2012
The recession was not caused by George W. Bush. It was caused by liberal sub-prime mortgage practices at financial institutions, backed by government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 1993. The independent Federal Reserve System saved the banks, but in addition to foreclosures, millions of home values are now worth less than the mortgages owed.
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Consumption tax would spark growthRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Elections are close by and the rhetoric from all sides is heating up. Tax the rich! 47 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes!
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More credits for Denison growthRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
We want to thank IBJ for the [Sept. 24] profile of Denison Parking. While Denison’s partnership with the citizens of Indianapolis was highlighted in the article, our partnership with Hal Darring and Global Parking was left unpublished.
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Pancake too thinRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
I know Rex Early is a loyal Republican but I was surprised of his [Sept. 1 column] support for Mourdock. While he may tell it as he sees it, he fails to understand it is a mighty thin pancake that does not have two sides.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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