Taking Issue

RUSTHOVEN: FitzGibbon was friend and hero departed too soon

September 28, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Our state and city lost an extraordinary citizen last week, when my friend and partner Dan FitzGibbon passed at age 71.
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KENNEDY: We need to learn to fight fairRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
In Florence, Italy, in one of that city’s many museums, there is a famous marble statue of Hercules and Diomedes wrestling. One of them—presumably Hercules—has his hands around the testicles of the other, and ever since we first saw it, my husband has referred to it as the “fight fair, dammit” statue.
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RUSTHOVEN: A president out of his leagueRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The president’s handling of the Syria situation is a model of undermining U.S. credibility and influence. Three headlines from last week: 1. “Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad”; “Amateur Hour in the White House”; “Dazed and Confused.”
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KENNEDY: Revenue enhancement, anyone?Restricted Content

September 7, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Public finance these days reminds me of those fellows we used to encounter at the county fairs—the ones who twisted balloons into fantastic shapes, making horses or dogs from oblong balloons they blew up. Push the balloon here and watch a shape emerge there, and wonder if it would pop.
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RUSTHOVEN: Rappin' away the DreamRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Few speeches merit recall a week later. King’s will be remembered as long as America lives.
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KENNEDY: More reasons why I left the GOPRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I know it will come as something of a shock to younger readers of IBJ, but I spent 35-plus years as an active Republican.
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RUSTHOVEN: Taking issue with KennedyRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
I don’t comment on columns by my liberal “Taking Issue” counterpart Sheila Kennedy. This week is an exception, prompted by reader requests to respond to her Aug. 12 “Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcy” column for impugning the motives of those who don’t share her views.
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KENNEDY: Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcyRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The city of Detroit has declared bankruptcy. It is the largest city in the United States ever to do so, and the punditry—what the late Molly Ivins called “the chattering classes”—are pointing fingers at those their particular ideologies suggest are to blame. It’s “white flight” or de-industrialization or lack of economic diversification or corrupt government or a combination of these and more.
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KENNEDY: Public safety is still Job OneRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
The murder rate in New York City is 3.4 per 100,000. The murder rate in Indianapolis is 17.5 per 100,000.
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KENNEDY: Equality economics hitting homeRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When it comes to the culture-war politics of same-sex marriage, our governor and legislators would be well advised to listen to Indiana’s business and corporate leadership and forgo their pious pandering to the shrinking number of Hoosiers spooked by social change.
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RUSTHOVEN: This is post-racial America?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The final days of June made me wonder if we're ever going to get past race.
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KENNEDY: Enough meat grinding, alreadyRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Congressman Marvin Stutzman is hardly alone in waging what seems like a mean-spirited campaign against the “least of us.”
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RUSTHOVEN: Court sent signal quiet and clearRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Two law stories made Indianapolis headlines last week. One is Tomisue Hilbert’s lawsuit against John Menard, claiming he tried to extort, uh, “favors,” and is now trying to wreak financial revenge for being rebuffed. Hmm. What say we talk about the other story?
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KENNEDY: Mom-and-pops keep skin in the gameRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Sometimes, the more we learn, the more complicated things get.
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RUSTHOVEN: Welcome back, Indiana PacersRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Other than the disappointing, anticlimactic Game 7 with the Miami Heat, this was a terrific year and fabulous playoff run by the Pacers. We owe the players and team officials a huge vote of thanks.
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KENNEDY: Green over irrational hostilityRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
A study recently published in Archives of General Psychiatry has linked the growing incidence of autism to early-life exposure to pollution.
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RUSTHOVEN: Obama's Teflon starting to wearRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The president’s had a bad fortnight. Worse lies ahead.
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KENNEDY: We the ignorant peopleRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Like it or not, the United States is a country where, increasingly, people read different books and newspapers, visit different blogs, watch different television programs, attend different churches and even speak different languages.
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RUSTHOVEN: Bowen lived, governed with characterRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Early this month saw the passing of Otis Bowen, among the most admired, respected governors in Indiana history. Tributes following his death have been gratifying and well-deserved.
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KENNEDY: Rethink research to save higher edRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
It’s no secret that higher education is in a state of turmoil—one might even use the word “crisis.”
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RUSTHOVEN: Praise for one of the good guysRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
This weekend finds me in D.C. cheering my Reagan White House boss, Fred Fielding, on receiving the National Republican Lawyers Association’s Ed Meese Award for upholding the rule of law in the face of political adversity. No one could be more deserving.
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KENNEDY: Another session, another embarrassmentRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
When the Legislature is in session, Hoosiers have learned to worry.
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RUSTHOVEN: Let lawmakers decide gay marriageRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s new senator, Joe Donnelly, made news April 5 announcing he had changed his mind and now supported gay marriage.
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KENNEDY: Listen to the MillennialsRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Last month, the media and much of the American public fixated on oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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RUSTHOVEN: Tails ought not wag the dogRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Mike Pence has been governor almost three months, so The Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully has decided it’s time to quit stalling and simply declare Pence a failure.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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