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SMITH: Business thrives in pro-family IndianaRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Curt Smith / Special to IBJ
Among the more mystifying arguments against a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman is the claim that having such a conversation creates an intolerant tone that hurts Indiana’s business climate. It’s mystifying because as we have respectfully debated this issue, Indiana’s economy improved remarkably.
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MERRITT: Reconsider nuclear energy

January 4, 2014
Jim Merritt / Special to IBJ
Renewable or reliable? That is the unavoidable choice when debating energy policy. For Indiana, you can have one, but not the other.
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YORK: Indy doesn’t shrink from ‘ambitious’Restricted Content

December 28, 2013
We have seen what this city can do when it pulls together, focuses on a big goal, and works hard to make it happen.
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PERRAS: A lump of coal from the state’s high courtRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Jodi Perras / Special to IBJ
If you’re a natural-gas customer in Indiana, the Indiana Supreme Court last week delivered a costly blow to your pocketbook.
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HENDERSON: Love can trump constitutional misstepsRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Tom Henderson
The fatwa on gay marriage must end. The state Constitution is no toy for the disengaged to manipulate real love. I’m hoping the Legislature does the right thing: reverse the hatred and disinformation that makes us appear like Iran on an evil day.
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MCCORMICK: Indiana should refocus on Europe

November 30, 2013
John McCormick / Special to IBJ
Most Hoosiers probably didn’t know too much about the European Union until the crisis that broke in the euro zone in 2009. The worries sparked by that crisis were a double-edged sword: They made more of us aware of the EU, but the news we heard was mainly bad.
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BOSSO: Want to run for office? Think twice

November 23, 2013
Luke Bosso / Special to IBJ
When I was growing up, like most kids, I worked a summer job. During that time, I used to think if everyone had to work in the restaurant industry, the world would be a better place. I was wrong.
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HEALY: Envision Broad Ripple promotes changeRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Apparently, it’s no longer possible to undertake a project in Broad Ripple Village without its being labeled “controversial.”
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STEURY: Clobber two birds with a single stoneRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Rachel Bennett Steury / Special to IBJ
Last month’s government shutdown wasted a lot of time. Now that it’s over, it’s time for our elected officials to get down to the business of the people, and the people want manufacturing jobs.
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LIBMAN: Great Recession isn’t over for the artsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As we all know, the Great Recession that began in 2008 was the worst economic disaster to hit America and the global economy since the Great Depression. While the Great Recession is technically over as measured by economists, millions of Americans are still out of work or have stopped searching for work, and some sectors of the economy have not recovered.
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MADDOX: Five years later, little progress madeRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Mark Maddox
For many, the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 was the formal commencement of the Great Recession. Within days, we learned that American International Group and Merrill Lynch would be next in line.
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KANNING: Myopic priorities stifle growthRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Myron Kanning
I recently overheard two business leaders saying the slow pace of economic recovery would impede their quarterly results. I concur with their assessment, but focusing on the rate of economic recovery is similar to looking at an iceberg; only 10 percent is visible. The other 90 percent is hidden below the surface.
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HENDERSON: Why businesses should make MakersRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Tom Henderson
Over beers and dinners, I hear complaints that innovation is dead in the United States, and that most of the “real” innovation comes from southeast Asia, and the university skunk works of Western and Northern Europe.
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Adults critical to closing skills gapRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Andrew Bradley / Special to IBJ
While the meaning of the term “the skills gap” might always be debated, a new report finds that middle-skill attainment makes up the real gap for Indiana’s economy.
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ADAMSON: Close the obsolete Harding Street plantRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Zach Adamson / Special to IBJ
In recent years, our city’s civic and business leaders have put much effort into attracting and retaining young professionals, those young singles who prefer city life, dining out and environmental causes.
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BANKS: Hop the red tape for craft beerRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
As a legislator, I know from experience that some policy topics are more fun to discuss than others. I’ve served a variety of roles in the Senate, and all of them have had their own share of debate and consideration.
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GOODRICH: Don’t delay sewer, water upgradesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
David Goodrich / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has largely reinvented itself over the last four decades. Most of our modern skyline—the major office towers and hotels that define downtown—came about in the last 20 years. The IUPUI campus took shape in the early 1970s and has continued to grow. The sports venues that helped put us on the map, the vast convention center, our impressive new airport terminal—all built within a generation.
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EVERETT, HALSTEAD: Nurses need more training—quicklyRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Linda Everett / Special to IBJ, Judith Halstead / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s health care work force is ill-equipped to meet the daunting challenges and requirements of health care reform without strategic work force development efforts.
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LEONARD: Hospitals embrace price transparencyRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Doug Leonard / Special to IBJ
Following the federal government’s release of data on hospital charges for Medicare patients, much has been written nationally about how health care providers determine prices, the variation in charges for the same procedure, and the willingness of hospitals to “come clean” on the issue of price transparency.
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CHAPMAN: Don’t unwittingly spawn invaders

August 24, 2013
Cliff Chapman / Special to IBJ
You probably don’t notice it when you walk into your office building or drive by the bank. The landscaping looks nice, so you don’t pay attention to it. Throughout central Indiana, though, developers and landscapers are using plants that are inexpensive and look good, but plants like burning bush and Japanese barberry are destroying our native habitats and hurting land and water quality.
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FERIBACH: Disabled-friendly city advances againRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Gregory Feribach / Special to IBJ
The City-County Council recently approved a proposal to create more entrepreneurship opportunities for people with disabilities. Led by President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth, the council unanimously agreed to include the disability enterprise category to the city’s contracting program. Within days, Mayor Greg Ballard signed it into law.
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MARRON: ‘Better’ isn’t the same as ‘good’Restricted Content

August 10, 2013
John Marron / Special to IBJ
That phrase comes to mind when I talk about transit in central Indiana. As I’ve urged people to support the IndyConnect plan, more than a few have said, “But didn’t IndyGo get funds to add a new route and improve others? Didn’t that fix the problem?”
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SAXTON: Hospitals launch into downward spiralRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Todd Saxton / Special to IBJ
The recent cutbacks sweeping central Indiana hospital systems are part of a larger epidemic affecting the entire U.S. health care system.
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GUY: Don’t purge good volunteersRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
John Guy
Not-for-profit staffs and boards occasionally stub their toes by “firing” or replacing longtime volunteers.
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TEASLEY: Will we tolerate school choice chaos?Restricted Content

July 13, 2013
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s school choice movement is experiencing a lot of growing pains these days, particularly with charter and private schools. Patience and tolerance is called for now.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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