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WAGNER: A new generation of Indiana DemocratsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
The creation of a political generation depends not just on working for a winning candidate, but on that elected official’s making it a priority to place top talent outside of his or her administration.
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MAHERN: Kill off townships to save public servicesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
OK, here’s your choice: You can reduce the public library book budget by a million dollars or you can recoup a good portion of that savings by deciding we really don’t need 72 elected public officials to dispense poor relief in Marion County.
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REED: Democracy depends on the right basicsRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Suellen Reed / Special to IBJ
I believe we need to do some clear thinking around at least three issues: civil discourse; death, taxes and change; and stepping up to serve.
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FARGO: Building futures alongside memoriesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
My hometown and the southern Indiana communities I encountered have much to offer, including hard-working people, clean air and beautiful scenery. To ensure they survive and grow, community and education leaders need to help prepare workers for opportunities in the new economy.
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Children need broad education

January 22, 2011
I applaud Bruce Hetrick’s column (Jan. 10, “Why this public-school baby fears school reform”) for its keen observations about the value of education in the arts and humanities.
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Criticism of IEDC was off-point

January 22, 2011
Professor [Morton] Marcus’ warning about the perceived under-appreciation of local economic development organizations [in his Jan. 10 column] places a spotlight on the importance of these groups and those who lead them.
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Should teachers be unionized?

January 22, 2011
[In response to Teresa Meredith’s Jan. 10 column in Forefront] I would like to know, if collective bargaining has all of those benefits, why are our public schools performing so badly that a great percentage of the students do not graduate?
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Union backer has vested interest

January 22, 2011
The reason [Teresa] Meredith is so gung-ho regarding her union stance is she has so much to lose: 18 years into her profession, vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, her pension and benefits.
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EDITORIAL: Daniels on target on township reform

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Government reform is an important topic, especially at a time tax caps have forced many units of local government to cut back on essential services.
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MORRIS: Mentor a child ... you'll be glad you did

January 15, 2011
Greg Morris
Research shows mentors can play a powerful role in a young person’s life. A mentoring relationship helps reduce the potential for bad behavior and gives a boost to academic achievement.
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MARCUS: Daniels ignores deficit of neglect

January 15, 2011
Morton Marcus
In the long run, a city or state will attract households and businesses through the services it offers, not the taxes it does not collect. Our political leadership knows this, but ignores it.
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GUY: Let's motivate - not threaten - teachers

January 15, 2011
John Guy
Evaluating teachers cannot improve results. Human nature does not allow it.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work debate could create sparks in Legislature

January 15, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
The bulk of legislative Democrats, allied with organized labor, are vehemently opposed to having Indiana join almost two dozen other states with right-to-work laws, labeling them as discriminatory against minorities and women, and contending that such laws will do little more than reduce wages and lower the living standards of many Hoosiers.
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ALTOM: How to measure seemingly 'incalculable' risks

January 15, 2011
Tim Altom
My goal in life isn’t pushing technology, but applying appropriate technology to workplaces. Every decision about replacing or updating equipment or software has both a cost and risk component.
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BENNER: It's time for Colts to make game plan for futureRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Maybe the reason the Colts insist on keeping the roof closed at Lucas Oil Stadium is to keep anyone from noticing that the sky is falling.
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HICKS: Civility matters, but don't blame murder on wordsRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Mike Hicks
In the wake of the shooting, the loudest debate centers on the heated level of political discourse and its presumed effect on a shooter.
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STYLE: Business isn't ugly thanks to Xmas sweater designs

January 15, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Judging by photos I’ve seen on Facebook, ugly-Christmas-sweater parties ’re all the rage, not to mention pretty hilarious. But to Jared Ingold of Varagen T-shirts, they're all business.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of world premieres at ISO, DK and the Phoenix

January 15, 2011
Lou Harry
In a single weekend, three Indy professional arts groups offered first looks in dance, music and drama
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Some new ideas on education reform

January 15, 2011
We spend too much on brick and mortar and administration and too little on the classroom experience.
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EDITORIAL: City's IT sector finding a groove

January 8, 2011
Indianapolis has spent more than a decade craving a robust information technology sector. Now there are signs that craving is being satisfied.
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EDITORIAL: Praise for Don Welsh

January 8, 2011
Don Welsh, the departing leader of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, is the embodiment of the risk and reward associated with bringing in outside talent to do important work on the city’s behalf.
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MAURER: Looking back at events in 2010

January 8, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I’m always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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MARCUS: Our economic development is endangered

January 8, 2011
Morton Marcus
Thus far, the saddest bill proposed in the General Assembly allows Hoosier local governments to seek bankruptcy and management by a state-appointed agent. This bill is a back-door confession that the state’s 30-year war on local governments has succeeded.
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WILLIAMS: Indiana must overcome wage gap

January 8, 2011
Brian Williams
Unfortunately, despite the governor’s pledge, the dollars spent by public-private entities and the recession, Indiana’s per-capita income has not risen.
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FEIGENBAUM: Here's what to expect from State of the State Address

January 8, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
State of the State Address can help outline priorities for a given session, and governors have used them to dramatically draw a line in the proverbial sand, directly delivering a message to the individual members and leaders of the legislative branch—and over their heads to the voters—as to what they expect, will tolerate, and hope for.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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