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RUSTHOVEN: No dispute about civil illiteracyRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
My friend and Taking Issues counterpart Sheila Kennedy and I disagree on many things. But Kennedy, who heads Indiana University’s Center for Civic Literacy, is dead right about the woeful ignorance among Americans about our history and governmental system.
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CONTERNO: Attack diabetes epidemic togetherRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Enrique Conterno / Special to IBJ
The numbers tell an urgent story: Diabetes is a global epidemic that strikes close to home.
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LOPRESTI: Gods of sport, our list of grievances knows no bounds

September 13, 2014
Someone has an Indianapolis voodoo doll with a pin stuck in it.
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MAURER: Roll up your sleeves for Indy Do DayRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Service event is as good for you and your customers as for the causes you will help.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show evokes many stories

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Annual "Quest for the West" exhibition stresses the familiar over the innovative. And that's just how collectors like it.
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DINING: Sandwich shop pleases with cheeses

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to a "Shark Tank" score, Tom + Chee is spreading. Thoughts on its first Indy location.
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HICKS: Focus on shrinking the federal governmentRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Mike Hicks
Small-government sentiment runs strong in Indiana, and we can be pleased with the resulting low taxes, thoughtful regulatory environment and greater personal freedom. Still, I think much of the small-government movement in Indiana targets the wrong problems.
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KIM: Worlds of sports, finance continue to collideRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Mickey Kim
Instead of assembling a pretend roster for your fantasy football league, how would you like to actually own a piece of Andrew Luck or your favorite player?
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Kennedy criticized wrong interest groupRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Sheila Kennedy again shows her liberal bias in her [Sept. 8] commentary on civics. She complains about the lack of knowledge of “we the people” about our government and our electoral processes, but decides to tie it to political contributions.
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Think long term for Asherwood’s futureRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
IBJ’s [Sept. 8] report on the for-sale listing of the Simon family’s 106-acre estate, Asherwood, in Carmel presents a great opportunity for a new owner to reforest the 18-hole golf course.
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EDITORIAL: Digital billboards could fill coffersRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
The city should put another bargaining chip on the table: revenue.
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KENNEDY: In the country of the blindRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Two unrelated articles in the Aug. 31 New York Times brought me up short. The first was yet another analysis of (un)representative government in Ferguson, Mo.; the second addressed the growing power of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ political organization.
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HENDERSON: No, you can’t hide anymoreRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Tom Henderson
Customer retention and new sales can be trendy. If you’re Comcast/Xfinity, as an example, you’re reeling from the insane firestorm of social media castigation as regards to how you’ve trained, monitored and improved the quality of your customer service representatives.
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Lopresti: Time for the main course: NFL rivalries now in season

September 6, 2014
Sink your teeth into these anticipated Colts match-ups.
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Morris: Start with Art inspires againRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Greg Morris
Local arts organizations are doing something right, deserve your support.
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Hicks: Sluggish economy complicates forecastingRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Mike Hicks
When the economy is getting much better or much worse, the trend is obvious even if there are occasional mixed signals. When the economy changes little, almost every piece of new data can be confusing.
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Skarbeck: Risk measure stokes debate over merits of index funds

September 6, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
While the goal of many investors is to “beat the market,” it is a well-known fact that most investors (including professionals), underperform the market over the long run. Hence, the argument to buy index funds. Investors who invest in index funds accept the aggregate ups and downs (volatility) of the broad stock market.
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LOU'S VIEWS: New/old Lichtenstein sculpture dominates IMA front yard

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
No question about it, "Five Brushstrokes" is bold. It's also playful and welcoming.
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DINING: In the outpost of Zionsville, a trailblazing Cowboy gets cooking

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
While it might sound like a naughty "Blazing Saddles" villain, Salty Cowboy is actually a worthy addition to the town's dining lineup.
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Pence should stand tallRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Mickey Maurer’s [Aug. 18] comments on the children from Central America who are being made into a political football by people who lack compassion are spot on.
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Illegal means illegalRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Having completed Mickey Maurer’s [Aug. 18] column, I have just one simple question for him: When did Webster’s change the definition of illegal?
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Pence owed apologyRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
In response to Gov. Mike Pence’s [Aug. 25] letter “Maurer distorted Pence position,” I agree with the governor on Mickey Maurer’s poor choice of words.
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Sticking it to commutersRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
I found [Sheila Kennedy’s Aug. 11 column] to be incredibly compelling. For years, I worked in Louisville, Ky., while living in Indiana, and for each of those years I was required to pay into a sinking fund (often referred to by commuters as a stinking fund).
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EDITORIAL: Simon isn’t the problemRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Recent criticism of Washington Square decision is misdirected.
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MAURER: Purple hats? There’s still timeRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Let's not be persecuting people.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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