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ZAHN: Attack health problems the Indy WayRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Tamara Zahn / Special to IBJ
With all the talk about increasing health care costs, the Affordable Care Act and Hoosiers’ poor health standings, now is the time for Indianapolis to be bold and take action.
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MAGID: Invest in the ripple effectRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Julie Manning Magid / Special to IBJ
Competitive, growing public companies that develop job opportunities and invest in the needs and resources of our community have a long-standing ripple effect.
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HINCKLEY: Fads undermine school reformRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Peggy Hinckley / Special to IBJ
Would you launch four or five initiatives in your business in a year? And then introduce three or four more the following year? Of course not!
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LANGELLIER: Pounce on this tech opportunityRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mike Langellier / Special to IBJ
For several years, the national media and venture capital investment community have focused myopically on consumer Web and social Web companies like Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and others.
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CLARK: The fairness of marriageRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Micah Clark / Special to IBJ
Indiana defines marriage in a singular way—between a man and a woman. As I discussed the merits of this law recently with an opponent, his disagreement fell into two fundamental areas: fairness and civil rights.
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GUY: How to revive dying service clubsRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
John Guy
Despite evidence that change is necessary, some businesses, not-for-profits and associations cannot do it. An example is service clubs. The Indianapolis Jaycees, having had more than 400 members in 1976, appears to have canceled its telephone number. Zionsville Kiwanis ceased business in September.
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LIBMAN: Shrink unwieldy not-for-profit boardsRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As major arts institutions in central Indiana search for administrative leadership and financial stability, a logical question might be, what should be the role of the board for a not-for-profit organization?
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SWIECKI: New era for automotive investment?Restricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bernard Swiecki / Special to IBJ
From the mid 1980s through perhaps 2008, automotive investment in the Great Lakes region was driven by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share to competitors from Japan, Korea and Europe.
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GIGERICH: Need for leadership growing criticalRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Larry Gigerich
As a father of four (three of whom are about to become teenagers—yes, triplets), my wife and I are constantly talking to them regarding the importance of being a leader and making good choices.
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FORSELL: Knowing this, how shall I act?Restricted Content

December 1, 2012
David Forsell
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple of terrific opportunities to reflect upon the deepest things in life. One opportunity came thanks to the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, of all things, and the other from a life-threatening disease.
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ROKITA: Sweeping tax reform long overdueRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
As I’ve traveled across Indiana and met with Hoosier employees, business executives and civic groups over the past two years, I’ve heard many stories about the complex, unfair nature of our federal tax code.
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SNYDER: An unnecessary barrier to entryRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Tom Snyder / Special to IBJ
A few months ago, I was visiting a friend in the hospital. As I observed the staff attending to him, I was impressed by the quality of care he received. It was clear he was in good hands.
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SCHMIDT: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Wayne S. Schmidt / Special to IBJ
While walking down a street in Prague recently, I made some observations. There were no potholes and no parking lots—just rows of buildings. Each building was five stories high, except one. That one had a much different façade and an angular design. It also was the building where people congregated. It was the building that captured the most attention and prompted the most discussion.
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FAENZI: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 8, 2012
Carol Faenzi
I am all for creating a thriving community, but imposing on everyone a large, flashing electronic screen does not come across as an invitation, but a distracting in-your-face visual shout that is at odds with the environment.
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SCHMIDT: Romney energy policy bestRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Schmidt / Special to IBJ
Indiana is blessed with abundant energy resources. We have a 300-year supply of coal. A substantial part of the 214 million barrels of oil and 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Illinois Basin sits in southwestern Indiana. We have even more natural gas locked away as shale gas, coal bed methane and landfill gas.
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AHLRICHS: Turn up the heat on innovationRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Nancy Ahlrichs / Special to IBJ
Indiana is showing the first signs that innovation is becoming part of its brand. On Oct. 26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 500 of Indianapolis’ most impassioned TEDx fans heard ground-breaking thought leaders discuss the challenges, innovations and future of design learning.
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STEINOUR: Midwest leads national recoveryRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Stephen D. Steinour / Special to IBJ
The real news is that the Midwest in general and Indiana in particular is bouncing back. In fact, the Midwest is not only resurgent—it is leading the national economic recovery.
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ANNALA: Improve transit for Ralph's sakeRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Let me tell you about Ralph. Ralph is among 78 percent of IndyGo riders who have no vehicle available, 65 percent who are employed, and 70 percent who earn less than $25,000 a year.
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TEASLEY: Extend clarity to vouchers, chartersRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
State schools superintendent Tony Bennett was right to celebrate the achievements of the past three years of his administration during his recent State of Education address. He made it clear that all Indiana schools are now a “school of choice” and that access to most any school is now an option for all Hoosiers.
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PERSON: Stand up for the ISO before it's too lateRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Sheldon Person / Special to IBJ
For three years, Indianapolis was the city I called home, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was where I was proud to work. I am sad to learn not only of the serious problems the organization now faces, but also of the possibility that the Indianapolis community could lose one of its greatest assets.
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WILLIAMS: Anchor MSA redevelopment with City HallRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Brian Williams
Any successful revitalization of the Market Square Arena site demands restoring the former City Hall as the public’s house. City Hall’s decaying grandeur casts a long shadow over the neighboring parking lots created by the implosion of MSA 11 years ago and is probably overwhelming the facile designs associated with redevelopment proposals.
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ALTEMEYER: ISO's challenges real, but solvableRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Don Altemeyer
The challenges facing the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra are now widely known, but many still struggle with how that can be, especially when you look out at the sea of people in attendance at some of our Symphony on the Prairie performances. But facts are facts.
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GUY: Let's stop bashing governmentRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
John Guy
In the following words, a friend implies that I love government: “I feel you believe in much more reliance on government, and I prefer free markets.” My reaction: Not really!
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HENDERSON: If coffee were like gasolineRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Tom Henderson
Today, we’re paying what the market will not get upset over, just like the enormous price of coffee, whose bean prices have also collapsed.
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SULLIVAN: Work-share is no-brainerRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Mary Ann Sullivan / Special to IBJ
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that Indiana is eligible for more than $2 million to implement a program known as “work-share.” Unfortunately, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced earlier this month that it would not participate.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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