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KENNEDY: Confront the shampoo girls at your perilRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
There is statistical evidence that licensing acts as a barrier to entry into a profession, and also as a barrier to labor mobility (since states have different requirements, licenses are considerably less portable than one might imagine).
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RUSTHOVEN: A retrospect on 50 years of desegregationRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
We honor King’s legacy by recognizing that challenges remain, and by continuing to work for an America where people are judged “by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
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KENNEDY: If we could just educate the politiciansRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Citizens who were most knowledgeable about history, government and economics were the least likely to seek elective office.
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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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