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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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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. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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