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CONTERNO: Attack diabetes epidemic togetherRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Enrique Conterno / Special to IBJ
The numbers tell an urgent story: Diabetes is a global epidemic that strikes close to home.
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HENDERSON: No, you can’t hide anymoreRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Tom Henderson
Customer retention and new sales can be trendy. If you’re Comcast/Xfinity, as an example, you’re reeling from the insane firestorm of social media castigation as regards to how you’ve trained, monitored and improved the quality of your customer service representatives.
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DEBOY: Let’s fix our leaky water pipesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Alan DeBoy / Special to IBJ
As challenging as developing and preserving water supplies for the next 50 years might be, as identified recently in a water resources study by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, another significant challenge looms just as large for most water utilities.
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HOOPER: Ritz didn’t politicize public educationRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Glenda Ritz isn’t responsible for politicizing education policy. That distinction goes to her predecessor, Tony Bennett, the Republican she unseated two years ago.
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LAMKIN: Tax tips for a reform-minded PenceRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Ned Lamkin
Determining governmental and tax structures is a major responsibility of state government. But, as we proceed into the 21st century, it is important to note that the size, density and distribution of our population have changed over the last 1-1/2 centuries.
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JOSEPH: Small businesses must grow upRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
Many businesses that were started in the recession are growing up. And while those businesses are probably tougher and nimbler than their competition, they are still a lot younger than they look.
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PARENT: Trading a keyboard for a chalkboard

August 2, 2014
Tawn Parent
I decided that perhaps the most important thing I could do as a teacher was to make my classroom “a land of hope,” where the possibility of a better future seems very real indeed.
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BAGGOTT: Startup investing for the little personRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Chris Baggott / Special to IBJ
As many people know, ExactTarget started in a small room in Greenfield back in 2000 and grew into a global company with thousands of employees, an initial public offering and a $2.7 billion buyout by Salesforce.com.
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BROWNING: How to fix Broad Ripple

July 19, 2014
Jamie Browning / Special to IBJ
It is a tragedy that the senseless shootings in Broad Ripple earlier this month might define one of the most important destination districts in Indianapolis.
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BRINEGAR: Indiana is still progressing too slowlyRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Progress is a word with very positive connotations. The mantra seems to be: If we’re making progress, we can avoid criticism for not taking action.
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Stats don't tell full story

July 12, 2014
Kudos to Richard Gunderman and Mark Mutz for their [June 23 Viewpoint]. Their points are spot on. I’ve seen the power of inspirational leadership and the subsequent production that can be achieved. By contrast, I’ve seen the negative effect number worship has on the morale and integrity of a team.
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MOSELEY: A new way to finance collegeRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
We need a fundamentally new approach to financing college education. Price resistance and over-reliance on student loans are not going away.
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PHILLIPS: Indiana is lab of life sciences innovationRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Indiana is in the midst of a revolution and it’s not what you think. It’s not politics, open-wheel racing or even basketball. This revolution is about creating a sustainable health care model for personal wellness and economic growth.
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GUNDERMAN; MUTZ: We’re now worshipping numbersRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” It is difficult to think of an adage more universally endorsed in business, government, not-for-profits and throughout our culture. Every enterprise wants to demonstrate its success through measurable outcomes—whether reduced wait times in the Veterans Administration health system, increased student test scores in the Atlanta public school system, or profits in a business.
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MADDOX: Bells toll for Indiana primary electionsRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Mark Maddox
It’s time to get rid of primary elections in Indiana. Just because we’ve been using them for every race from dog catcher up to president is not good enough to keep incurring these unnecessary costs while disengaging our voters.
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BRENNER: Making Brookside neighborhood the next big thingRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Bryan Brenner / Special to IBJ
A couple of weeks ago, as my 14-year-old daughter, Caroline, prepared for her final days as an Oaks Academy student, she wrote, “The Oaks Academy has taught me to work hard, not because you have to but because you want to.”
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MUTZ: Growth is answer to GOP agendaRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
It’s time for Republicans to stop playing defense on President Obama’s agenda and implement our own pro-growth agenda that solves the country’s biggest problems—the economy and jobs—then reap the political rewards.
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HETRICK: The risk of living and learning in silos

May 24, 2014
Confession: 25 years ago, during my lunch breaks, I began listening to a newly syndicated radio talk show. The host, Rush Limbaugh, was anathema to everything I believe. But while his opinions were outrageous, his delivery was delectable.
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GROSS: Toward a more welcoming IndianaRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Annette Gross / Special to IBJ
As co-president of Indianapolis Parents, Families, Friends & Allies of Lesbians and Gays, I hear stories of heartbreak as mom after mom tell me about their children leaving because they do not feel welcome in Indiana. We as moms want to be together as a family during important times. However, because our children are moving out at such a feverish pace we miss out on so much.
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KEY: End the end-runs around public businessRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Steve Key / Special to IBJ
Technology that makes a vast amount of public records available with a few keystrokes can also make monitoring government actions more difficult for Hoosiers.
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LEE: A path toward better health care

May 3, 2014
David Lee
Lost in all the rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act—website glitches, recriminations and cries for “repeal and replace”—it’s easy to forget the near-universal agreement that today’s health care environment is fragmented and inefficient.
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FRIEDMAN: Tax cuts undermine prosperityRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Shaw Friedman / Special to IBJ
State Sen. Brandt Hershman, key sponsor of the reduction in state corporate and bank taxes, is still insisting that more business tax cuts are the way to prosperity.
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HENDERSON: Why we should halt tax abatementsRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Tom Henderson
It’s time to rein in the tax abaters. If the business plan succeeds only if you can avoid or abate taxes, then it’s a bad plan.
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LANNAN: Cash could swing sprawling Fishers mayor's raceRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Larry Lannan / Special to IBJ
A large amount of money is pouring into the Republican primary election for the mayor of Fishers. Don’t be swayed by the amount of money a campaign has raised.
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FULGHAM: Beyond the public school culture warsRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Nicole Baker Fulgham / Special to IBJ
It’s time to begin engaging public schools in ways that help ensure all children reach their God-given potential.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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