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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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HERRICK: Run government like a businessRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Bill Herrick / Special to IBJ
I believe government has forgotten that the reason businesses borrow money is to make money and grow.
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AHLRICHS: Embedding strategy in the ranksRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Nancy Ahlrichs / Special to IBJ
Multiple organizations, from St. Vincent Health to Emmis Communications Corp. to Buckingham Cos. to Riley Children’s Foundation, have added a “chief strategy officer” to their ranks.
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DOWNS: How the Democrats can come backRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Andrew Downs / Special to IBJ
This may be a bad year for Democrats in Indiana.
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SMAGALA: Drought lessons from PhoenixRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Jenelle Smagala / Special to IBJ
As I drove to the airport recently, I couldn’t help but notice all the sprinklers watering lawns in front of houses, businesses and sports fields.
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WALTZ: How to ease away from a senseless taxRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Bill Waltz / Special to IBJ
No one I know particularly enjoys paying taxes, but nearly (if not literally) all will admit to their necessity in helping provide government services to keep our economy running.
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WILLIAMS: Biodiesel makes sense for IndyRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Brian Williams
The rebirth of downtown and its continued viability are the result of clustered assets—hotels, the convention center, sporting facilities, familiar restaurants—and a strong convention business.
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GUY: Irrationality, fear are on the marchRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
John Guy
Increasing fear comes from nowhere. The American crime rate has not risen for decades, and the homicide rate has fallen.
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WHITE: Car culture drives up development costsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Drew White
In central Indiana, 94 percent of Hoosiers own a car, and we generally don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel to go to work, the grocery store or the doctor’s office.
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AGARWAL: Right-to-work battle moves to courtRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Asheesh Agarwal / Special to IBJ
The union movement is desperate for a victory, whether at the ballot box, legislature, or courthouse.
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BOHANON: Much to applaud in 'liberal' IndianaRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
We are skeptical but not cynical about the role of government.
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KEESLING: Putting the heart in HeartlandRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
We’re never going to win the battle for environmental justice if it’s only embraced on the coasts.
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FRIEDMAN: Business tax cuts aren't DemocraticRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Not only is such a plan lousy politics, but the evidence is overwhelming that there are better ways to make Indiana attractive for economic development.
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BINGAMAN: Welcome to Indy; now go buy a carRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Ehren T. Bingaman / Special to IBJ
Would Andrew Luck the Aspiring Architect ever consider moving to Indy?
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FAENZI: Why are we still fighting about gay rights?Restricted Content

May 12, 2012
Carol Faenzi
Despite fierce opposition, some politicians are finally speaking out to say they are in favor of marriage and equal rights for gay citizens.
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GIGERICH: Adult workers need much more trainingRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Larry Gigerich
Like many states, Indiana faces a critical need to retrain and, in some cases, re-career adults over age 35.
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BROWN: Why IPS parents rebuff The Mind Trust planRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Amos Brown
Stability and quality are what IPS residents want.
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CHOCOLA: Why it's time for Lugar to come homeRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Chris Chocola / Special to IBJ
I’m thankful to say there are few Republicans left who still support earmarks. Regrettably, one of the remaining few is 35-year Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.
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BAKER: Women are still underpaidRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
April 17 is Equal Pay Day, a day that marks the wage gap—the number of days into the year women have to work, in addition to last year, to earn the same amount of money men made last year.
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QUINN: New energy code is already obsoleteRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Bowden Quinn / Special to IBJ
Adopting the new code would result in even greater savings for Indiana home buyers.
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CONOVER: How to get our manufacturing jobs backRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Jerry Conover
At the current rate, it’ll be eight more years before manufacturing employment is back to where it was in 2007.
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WILLIAMS: It really is the right to work for lessRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Brian Williams
In which category do the 23 right-to-work states lead the nation? In poverty.
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KLACIK: Now for a new round of big thinkingRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Drew Klacik
If we go about directing the energy and confidence gained during our super moment into an effort downsized by fear of failure, and constrained by limited resources, hampered by political partisanship, and burdened by intra-regional rivalries, and what-is-in-it-for-me agendas, then we will not fully realize the potential of this super moment.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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