Opinion

EDITORIAL: Public deserves full disclosure

August 16, 2014
The city might be negotiating a sweet deal for Indianapolis taxpayers over the proposed $500 million justice center to be built across from the Indianapolis Zoo on the former site of General Motors’ stamping plant. Or, taxpayers might be getting a bad deal.
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RUSTHOVEN: Carter keeps the world ‘enlightened’Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Former President Jimmy Carter recently volunteered his wisdom on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. In Carter’s view, hostilities were not sparked by Hamas’ firing rockets at Israeli citizens, nor tunneling from Gaza into Israel to kill and kidnap civilians.
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LAMKIN: Tax tips for a reform-minded PenceRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Ned Lamkin
Determining governmental and tax structures is a major responsibility of state government. But, as we proceed into the 21st century, it is important to note that the size, density and distribution of our population have changed over the last 1-1/2 centuries.
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MAURER: Is there room for compassion in politics?Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
A humanitarian crisis doesn't always bring out the best in us.
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LOPRESTI: What’s in a number? Plenty, if it’s attached to your jerseyRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
A stroll through the digits reveals a wealth of Hoosier-state sports lore.
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Hicks: College success comes to those who persevereRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Mike Hicks
About half of all young people try college, but only half of that group finish a degree. The difference between these groups is almost wholly due to old-fashioned hard work and perseverance.
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Kim: Investors--watch out for penny-stock 'wolves'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
Mickey Kim
Accurate information about low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies can be difficult to find. This makes it easy for fraudsters to spread false information. It’s truly the Wild West of speculation.
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TRY THIS: A caving adventurer discovers the upside of the underworld

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
We're a three-person caving group about to enter Sullivan Cave. Our leader locks the gate behind us.
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DINING: Bar should be set a little higher on promising new taqueria

August 16, 2014
Lou Harry
At BarRio Taco & Tequila Bar, the elements are in play but the recipe doesn't quite work yet
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Change schools chief title while we’re at itRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
I support the initiative being pushed to move the position of state schools chief to an appointed position. While we are at it can we also change the title of the position to Superintendent of Schools?
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How to upgrade International Motor SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
The quality of the racing entertainment at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unsurpassed by any track [Aug. 4]. If the ultimate goal is to attract more fans, then Doug Boles must make their comfort a top priority.
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EDITORIAL: Covanta deal raises red flagsRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
It doesn’t take an expert in recycling technology to raise at least a few concerns with the city’s newly approved contract with New Jersey-based Covanta.
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KENNEDY: Indianapolis needs a commuter taxRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
No matter how nostalgically we think of Indiana as a patchwork of small, quaint towns and family farms, those days are gone. Indiana’s workforce and population are increasingly metropolitan, and our growth will continue to be in our urban centers.
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JOSEPH: Small businesses must grow upRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
Many businesses that were started in the recession are growing up. And while those businesses are probably tougher and nimbler than their competition, they are still a lot younger than they look.
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LOPRESTI: Schumacher has stories to tell after 57 years with Indians

August 9, 2014
There was the time former team president Owen Bush wanted no part of Harmon Killebrew.
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DINING: State Fair finds

August 9, 2014
Lou Harry
Yes, some of it is deep fried. And it won’t be mistaken for health food. But this year's new culinary offerings at the Fairgrounds showed surprising range.
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MORRIS: Ignore 55+ demo? Big mistake! Big! Huge!

August 9, 2014
Greg Morris
People in prime spending years are getting cold shoulder from media buyers.
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Praise for dedicationRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Thank you for working hard to make a difference [Parent Viewpoint, Aug. 4].
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IMS should change to accommodate its fansRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
As a transplant to Indy, I don’t have the history with attending races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Aug. 4]. I have been to my fair share of races (and was even a Yellow Shirt volunteer for a couple years), but I am not a diehard attendee.
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RACE: Prioritize place-making, and college grads will stayRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
Indiana is producing plenty of college graduates, but they don't stick around long.
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LOPRESTI: IHSAA’s biggest contest: Transfers vs. wild, wild West

August 2, 2014
High school athletes changing schools poses big challenge for IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox.
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MAURER: Iconic Cento’s steps into futureRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
Mickey Maurer
Third generation shoe repair shop is the kind of business that is backbone of America.
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EDITORIAL: Time to rethink work/life balanceRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
The constant connectivity is getting so intense that some are taking radical steps when planning vacations or getaways, to allow for digital detox.
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Hicks: World still suffering from World War I falloutRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
Mike Hicks
World War I began a century ago this week, and its legacy continues to have economic, social and political effects.
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Pence, gay marriage and media biasRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The notion that Pence put gay marriage in “legal limbo” is fanciful. The limbo is due to the legal situation, with one court striking down the law, gay couples getting married before the stay, and no one knowing how the case will come out.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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