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RUSTHOVEN: Admiring gratitude for the Polian eraRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Bill Polian deserves a huge chunk of the credit for the Colts’ becoming a premier NFL franchise, and a tremendous source of pride and pleasure to our town.
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KENNEDY: Pols playing games with right-to-workRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Let’s get real: If so-called “right-to-work” laws generated economic growth, Mississippi would be an epicenter of economic activity.
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RUSTHOVEN: Lugar's wisdom on display against ObamaRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Last month, the Obama administration decided to delay decision on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline for at least a year, pushing it past November 2012. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is leading the fight to secure prompt approval.
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KENNEDY: We could build our way out of this funkRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
It will never be less expensive to fix our decaying infrastructure than it is now.
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RUSTHOVEN: Right-to-work could spark Urbana 2.0Restricted Content

December 10, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Here’s a right-to-work primer: Federal labor law permits states to prohibit bargaining agreements requiring workers to join a union (or to pay union dues). Unions hate this provision but have never been able to kill it.
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KENNEDY: We need a recovery of real journalismRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
A healthy Fourth Estate is critical to democratic self-government.
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RUSTHOVEN: Romney is sufficient for conservativesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Romney is not as conservative as many of us prefer. But he would be a vast improvement on Obama.
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KENNEDY: Navigating Byzantine health care costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
How many times do we fill out patient forms with identical information? How many insurance claims must be completed in different formats by all those white-haired ladies in colorful smocks sitting behind the glass partitions in your doctor’s office?
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RUSTHOVEN: What conservatives should learn from the Cain sagaRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Conservatives should not contribute to the poisonous practice of assigning racial motivation to political opposition.
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KENNEDY: A cautionary tale about politics and policyRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The Litebox story makes a bigger point ... about the entire policy of cities “buying” jobs by offering financial incentives to companies that promise to move and/or expand.
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RUSTHOVEN: Kennedy verges on criminal accusationsRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis residents cannot turn on a TV or radio without hearing Melina Kennedy ads telling voters that Mayor Greg Ballard “gave $300 million in city contracts to his political contributors.”
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KENNEDY: In Indy, it's still the economy, stupidRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
You can’t create bike lanes, improve schools, hire police or pick up garbage without money.
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Admiring the substantive candidateRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJMore

KENNEDY: Society's complexity requires ever more expertiseRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
It’s election season, and as I’ve watched the ads, debates and speeches—it’s occurred to me that the complexity of our society and world may be outstripping our ability to govern ourselves.
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RUSTHOVEN: How is Obamanomics working for you?Restricted Content

October 1, 2011
The Obama vision of “fairness” demands higher taxes even when they help no one, reducing revenues and raising deficits.
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KENNEDY: Threshhold questions for higher educationRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Colleges and universities that are genuinely engaged in education must have standards.
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RUSTHOVEN: Carson's Tea Party jab missed the markRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
U.S. Rep. AndréCarson recently grab-bed headlines by telling the Congressional Black Caucus (to quote news reports), “the Tea Party is working through its allies in Congress to block the economic advancement of blacks and other minorities.”
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KENNEDY: Tears at a wedding that should have beenRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Although it was otherwise indistinguishable from other Christian wedding ceremonies I’ve attended, my friend and his life partner walked out of church still strangers in the eyes of the law.
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RUSTHOVEN: Deconstructing wayward politiciansRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
If we want fewer Phil Hinkle stories, then “not resigning” should not be an option.
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KENNEDY: Here's a revenue enhancement for youRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
We should decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana, and focus on treatment and prevention for those with genuine addictions.
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RUSTHOVEN: Hoosier pols critiqued on debt-limit voteRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Democrat Reps. Pete Visclosky and André Carson wanted tax hikes—just the thing for a sputtering economy.
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KENNEDY: Google is making islands of all of usRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
What did I learn on my summer vacation? One thing that immediately struck me was how homogenized citizens from Western industrialized countries have become—how much we all look and dress alike.
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RUSTHOVEN: The pipedream of legalized marijuanaRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
In Indiana, as elsewhere, advocates of medical marijuana use—particularly those aflame with government’s power to “do good”—are blind to unintended consequences and the realities of human motivation and behavior.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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