Opinion

Together we can reduce homelessness

December 4, 2010
Each day, hundreds of homeless men and women pass through the doors of Horizon House, the only agency in central Indiana that provides homeless neighbors with access to the services of a unique collaboration of partners—all under one roof.
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EDITORIAL: Statewide smoking ban is overdue

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The scientific evidence has been there for years. The financial argument is easy to make. Yet the idea of protecting the public from the potentially deadly effects of secondhand smoke hasn’t caught fire in the halls of power—at least that’s been the case in Indiana.
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MAURER: Giving back is not always easyRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Mickey Maurer
I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship that You Didn’t Learn in School”—at least I didn’t learn them in school. Over the course of 10 columns, I am featuring each of these essential principles. This is the ninth installment.
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MARCUS: Show us the progress, not the promises

November 27, 2010
Morton Marcus
Why doesn’t Indiana’s economy keep pace with the nation? Why, when we hear so much about new jobs, about Indiana’s beating out this state or that in some national ranking, do the data most often tell a different story? The answers are always the same. It’s hard to turn around a big ship.
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WRIGHT: Schoolchildren need better advocates

November 27, 2010
Greg Wright
The Legislature needs to fix two systemic problems causing Indiana’s public schools to fall behind and cost too much.
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BASILE: Your personal history can be highlight of a trip

November 27, 2010
Frank Basile
These days, it’s easier than ever to reconnect with important people online. But face-to-face is still far better than Facebook when it comes to telling someone how important he or she was in shaping the person you’ve become.
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HICKS: Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber MondayRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Mike Hicks
The holiday season in the United States has morphed into a time of concentrated purchases.
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BENNER: Here's my unpopular recommendation: Keep LynchRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Bill Benner
In defense of the indefensible: Yes, I still support the man.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art-felt thanks

November 27, 2010
Lou Harry

The ISO opened with "A Thanksgiving Overture" -- which inspired me to offer my thoughts on what I'm thankful for in the world of Indianapolis arts.

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Unions doom workers

November 27, 2010
[In response to a Nov. 15 Focus story] the quote by Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith, “They [hotels] often take the profits they reap in this market and plow them into other markets or ship them back to the corporate headquarters,” speaks volumes about organized labor.
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Indiana's slide started a century ago

November 27, 2010
At the turn of the 20th century, Indiana was one of the most progressive states. After the influx of immigrants in the 1910s, Indiana ratcheted backward and has not recovered.
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Thanksgiving, service and citizen diplomacy

November 27, 2010
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued Oct. 3, 1863, is an eloquent invitation to—even in the midst of the trauma of the Civil War—count one’s blessings.
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Clothes do matter

November 27, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed [Greg Morris’ Nov. 22] commentary titled “Dressing for success matters” and I totally agree with you! I realize times have changed, but I am constantly amazed at how casual our world has become.
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Thanks for column on Carl Brizzi

November 27, 2010
I do not know Carl Brizzi and do not feel that I have adequate information to assess some of the events that have raised so much concern. I have felt all along that he deserves to be deemed innocent until proven guilty.
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EDITORIAL: A call to stop the debt spiral

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
President Obama’s fiscal commission is doing its job by recommending tough taxing and expense-slashing measures meant to attack our nation’s debt crisis. Indiana’s congressional delegation should keep the momentum going.
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MORRIS: Dressing for success matters

November 20, 2010
Greg Morris
I’ve been saying for longer than I can remember that I can’t believe how people dress these days. Far too many times, I’ll attend an event and notice folks who are dressed like they were getting ready to clean their garage or cut the grass instead of enjoying a night out.
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MARCUS: If the brain drain stays open, what's left?

November 20, 2010
Morton Marcus
The issue may not be a lack of jobs, but a lack of interest by young people to live in Indiana. It may be a nice place to visit as a post-secondary student, but not a place where one wants to live.
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MOURDOCK: Higher education is everyone's job

November 20, 2010
Richard Mourdock / Special to IBJ
Soon, and for the first time in history, American retirees will be better educated than the American work force. Never before has a country “dumbed down” across generations like this.
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ALTOM: Why the maddening duplication of doctor forms?

November 20, 2010
Tim Altom
In every successive medical office—every single one—we have to fill out the very same data, over and over and over again. Name. Occupation. Medical history. Insurance. They always tell us on a first visit to arrive at least 15 minutes early so we can fill out all this stuff. It’s infuriating to me.
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DINING: Let 'er Ripple at new eatery

November 20, 2010
After initial glitch, our meal at The Ripple Inn eatery proved excellent.
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HETRICK: Let's make Thanksgiving more than a prayerRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
What are you thankful for this holiday season?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Joyful 'Noise!' in Fountain Square

November 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Noise! cabaret, Bands of America's Grand National Championships, and Blue Man Group.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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HAUKE: Fed pulling out all stops to keep inflation downRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants the entire world to believe that the United States is in a deflationary economic cycle and, therefore, the drastic, insane steps he is taking are justified.
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Lynch is history

November 20, 2010
[IU football Coach Bill Lynch] is a good man and we’ve all wished for his success, but the Wisconsin game has pretty much put an end to his tenure.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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