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MERISOTIS: Step up the push to increase college graduationRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Jamie Merisotis
Mounting national economic woes, a flattening in the numbers of Indiana college students, and record tuition costs here and in other states have combined to threaten our economic prosperity.
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GUY: Who can blame harassed teachers for losing heart?Restricted Content

September 3, 2011
John Guy
An Indianapolis Public Schools teacher was overheard saying, “Why should I improve myself through advanced professional training when the state and its providers will fire me next year?”
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ETZKORN: 'Tsunami' of business sales coming soonRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Kevin Etzkorn/ Special to IBJ
More than half of all businesses are owned by baby boomers and, while they may be working past age 65, eventually they will retire.
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WHEELER: School transformation is making noiseRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
In business, changes in the marketplace drive decisions to turn around a poor-performing business unit, division or entire company.
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KANNING: Improved productivity isn't good enoughRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Myron Kanning
The latest prolonged recession intensified the push for U.S. productivity gains.
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YOUNG: Why I voted for the debt reduction billRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Todd Young / Special to IBJ
The decision to support the debt limit package, the so-called Budget Control Act, was not an easy one, but one that should be regarded as a meaningful and responsible first step on the path back to economic health.
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KENNEDY: TIFs have gone from good idea to badRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The Ballard administration is proposing to turn large swatches of the urban core into TIFs, robbing school districts and libraries of desperately needed revenue.
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THOMAS: Get thoughts in writing to keep your group's story straightRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
John B. Thomas / Special to IBJ
As you might guess, when I got the e-mailed responses, they didn’t support the contention that “everybody knows” the program’s objectives.
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NAGLE: Beware Indiana labor force losses over next 20 yearsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Matt Nagle / Special to IBJ
Over the next 10 years, baby boomers will begin to retire en masse. By 2030, we can expect about 18 percent of Indiana’s population to be age 65 or older, up from 12 percent today.
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SLAUGHTER: The lowdown on why you can't find a jobRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Robby Slaughter
The greatest challenge in landing a new gig is making a tremendous shift in perspective.
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GARNER: Diversity leads to economic successRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Sanford Garner
Creativity comes not from the brilliance of one person, or a singular “ah ha” moment, but from a collision of ideas.
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KENNEDY: A regulatory no-brainer could save livesRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Cell phone users in the United States can’t choose to have radio on our phones because, when the ability to download first threatened the music industry’s business model, the carriers thought including broadcast radio would undermine their ability to sell music packages.
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JOSEPH: Is working for yourself or for others riskier?Restricted Content

June 25, 2011
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
In business ownership, individual performance is the key indicator of success.
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GUY: I have no predictions about the futureRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
John Guy
Those who try to predict the future do not tell us their track records, but they do ask us to buy their books.
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WHEELER: A case for improving city's balance sheetRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Roderick Wheeler / Special to IBJ
Education is an investment in which our city is expected to see a positive rate of return for every dollar invested and every degree earned.
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KENNEDY: We need to get our civics game onRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Right now, Americans are deeply involved in one of our periodic debates about government spending and the budget deficit. Important as that is, I am more concerned about our civic deficit—the widespread lack of basic constitutional literacy.
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HENDERSON: On power players and the future of kidsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Tom Henderson
We expect IPS to take its students to the very pillars of academic success after thoroughly hog-tying them. It’s difficult to find more breathless insanity than this.
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DECKERS: What are customers tweeting about you?

May 21, 2011
Erik Deckers / Special to IBJ
Where were you when you first heard about Osama Bin Laden? Did you hear about it on Twitter and Facebook? On TV? Or did you see it on the front page of the morning paper, 10 hours after the rest of the world?
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SLAUGHTER: We need a remote-work revolution

May 14, 2011
Robby Slaughter
It turns out that, although we think of glass towers, cubicles and filing cabinets as the places where we go to accomplish something, the office is a terrible place to get anything done.
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GROSSMAN: Here we go again with 'blueprint to nowhere'

May 7, 2011
Peter Z. Grossman
For the umpteenth time since the early 1970s, a president of the United States has issued a plan for solving all our energy ills.
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KENNEDY: Legislature's bottom line is political

April 30, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Many Indiana citizens have been hit hard by the recession, and the General Assembly has reacted by kicking them while they’re down.
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CROWTHER: The future needs a Hoosier attitude

April 23, 2011
Michael Crowther
We need futurists, people with a sense of balance, people who want generations to come to be blessed with the same riches we grew up with.
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KHARBANDA: The case for a diverse energy policy

April 16, 2011
Jesse Kharbanda
Key utility executives and state legislators argue that Indiana’s power should come predominantly from coal and nuclear power.
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GUY: Where are the progressives?

April 9, 2011
John Guy
Today, a political leader who proposes a higher appropriation to clean streets would be criticized. If he proposed going to the moon, he would be impeached.
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KENNEDY: Death (penalty) and taxes aren't certainties after all

April 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Everyone, it seems, wants government to cost less—until someone suggests cuts to our particular sacred cows.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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