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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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Student loan debt could cripple recoveryRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Congress should act immediately to reverse increase in interest rate.
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Don’t tamper with charitable deductionsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
While elected officials express support for the value and impact of charitable giving, proposals on the table indicate a very real threat to incentives that encourage this kind of generosity.
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BIELAWSKI: A surprise swing into entrepreneurship

June 22, 2013
Luke Bielawski / Special to IBJ
When I embarked on my 110-day, 48,000-swing, cross-country golf odyssey, I had prepared for the rigors of hitting 500-600 golf balls a day on deserted roads in 100-degree heat.
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STUART: Spend more on quality pre-K educationRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Connie Bond Stuart / Special to IBJ
Fundamental to the American experience is the belief that our children have opportunity to reach whatever heights to which they aspire.
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LIBMAN: A plan to fill a media void in the artsRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
Jay Harvey, the performing arts critic for The Indianapolis Star, retired from the paper May 17. Given the importance of the arts to central Indiana, not to mention the amount of advertising bought by arts organizations, one would think the Star has a plan.
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ROSENTHAL: Women still struggle for opportunities to lead

June 1, 2013
In the early 1970s, when I was studying at Barnard College in New York City, I worked as a bartender.
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SHELLEY: Indiana architects finally get Good Samaritan billRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Jason Shelley / Special to IBJ
When a tornado swept through Henryville in 2012, I know plenty of Indiana architects who would have gladly volunteered their time to help first responders assess the structural integrity of houses, school buildings, churches and stores.
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DAVIS: Support workers' volunteerism

May 18, 2013
With businesses everywhere working to attract and retain great talent and customers, giving back to the community can end up on the back burner. The time and effort required to connect with charities, plan events and provide time off from critical business focus initially seems to be counterproductive. This paradigm leaves many leaders scratching their heads about corporate social responsibility.
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DRESSLAR: Extremists hindering Common CoreRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
David Dresslar / Special to IBJ
Controversy over education policy is normal for the General Assembly, but this session’s pointless rancor over Common Core State Standards has only hindered progress in teaching our children and building our communities.
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Partying like it’s 2013

May 4, 2013
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
Even after the Great Recession and throughout the stubborn economic recovery, it’s getting harder to recall when Indiana’s fiscal house was a shambles.
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PHALEN: Schools for the technology ageRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Earl Phalen
The world has changed so much over the past century due to the rapid pace of invention and new knowledge. Systems and processes are constantly updated to serve our realities.
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UPDIKE: A millennial view of transitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Jordan Updike / Special to IBJ
It has been a discouraging year in local politics. Several baby boomers have apologized to me for the state of affairs they are handing over to my generation, and each conversation has made clear the deep and fundamental issues Indiana’s next leaders will face.
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Indiana leads in Medicaid changeRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Mike Pence
A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable. When it comes to health care, the best thing for every Hoosier, rich or poor, is more choices and more incentives for preventive care. In the debate over Medicaid expansion, our aim must be to protect the health of Hoosiers in need and maintain the fiscal health of our state. Expanding traditional Medicaid cannot accomplish both.
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