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.

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.

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.

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.

MADER: Design guidelines vital to city's success

March 26, 2011
No one likes to be told what to do. But, we’re told how fast we can drive, how many emergency exits we have to have in a building and, in some cases, even the color we can paint our houses.

WILLIAMS: What is the IU name worth to us?

March 19, 2011
Brian Williams
Who has the right to give away a state asset, as the IU name is, for what reasons and under what terms?

MERHOFF: Let's rethink what businesses want

March 12, 2011
Mo Merhoff
Today’s lifestyle preferences have trumped yesterday’s corporate loyalty, just as flatter organizational structures leading to greater employee interaction have replaced pyramid-shaped corporate structures.

SLAUGHTER: When bosses behave like bullies

February 26, 2011
Robby Slaughter
Many supervisors seem to have the same demeaning, demoralizing attitudes we encountered as children at recess. What do you do when your boss is a bully?

SHOBERT: Indiana continues to mind the store

February 19, 2011
Benjamin A. Shobert
Indiana’s current fiscal position points a way forward, illuminating what the next decade of good government, and good partnership between municipalities and businesses, should look like—not only at a regional level, but for the nation as a whole as well.

FAENZI: Let's reclaim City Market's legacy

February 12, 2011
Carol Faenzi
I want City Market to feed both our stomachs and our souls.

HENDERSON: The great school massacre of 2011

February 5, 2011
Tom Henderson
What a great way to slime our public school education infrastructure: educational vouchers.

WILLIAMS: Light rail to airport is key for downtown

January 29, 2011
Brian Williams
If Union Station was linked to an urban transportation system extending from downtown to the Hendricks County border, workers in the gargantuan warehouses west of Indianapolis would have access to a reliable transit system.

COX: Shrinking government can increase costs

January 22, 2011
Wendell Cox
Legislation will likely be introduced in the Indiana General Assembly to abolish township governments and consolidate their functions into counties. As in the past, the proponents claim this would save money for taxpayers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

GUY: Let's motivate - not threaten - teachers

January 15, 2011
John Guy
Evaluating teachers cannot improve results. Human nature does not allow it.

WILLIAMS: Indiana must overcome wage gap

January 8, 2011
Brian Williams
Unfortunately, despite the governor’s pledge, the dollars spent by public-private entities and the recession, Indiana’s per-capita income has not risen.

GIGERICH: Here's what we need from 2011 session

January 1, 2011
Larry Gigerich
The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly will have a profound impact on the future of our state and our ability to retain our ranking as one of the top 10 states in which to do business.

FELDMANN: Fundraising trends to watch for in 2011

December 25, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
Well, it’s that time of year again: time to gaze into the crystal ball and predict what trends will dominate fundraising in the year ahead.

DUNN: Banking on daily fairness to customers

December 18, 2010
Peter Dunn
Dear Banking Industry: You hide fees and encourage irresponsible spending, all while touting your “free” checking accounts.

FAENZI: Look for simple solution to complex immigration problem

December 11, 2010
Carol Faenzi
Today’s sorry state of affairs around immigration seems to have no resolution. Cries of “it’s not fair” to any proposed idea come from all sides.

SLAUGHTER: Give employees chance to break your trust

December 4, 2010
Robby Slaughter
If you want the best team with the strongest commitment to ethical behavior, you must ensure they have every opportunity to lie, steal and cheat.

WRIGHT: Schoolchildren need better advocates

November 27, 2010
Greg Wright
The Legislature needs to fix two systemic problems causing Indiana’s public schools to fall behind and cost too much.

MOURDOCK: Higher education is everyone's job

November 20, 2010
Richard Mourdock / Special to IBJ
Soon, and for the first time in history, American retirees will be better educated than the American work force. Never before has a country “dumbed down” across generations like this.

KENNEDY: Let's find ways to sustain visitor business

November 13, 2010
Melina Kennedy
Our city’s economic prosperity has been bolstered for many years by our strong convention and visitor business. We need to do what we can as a city to propel this important driver of our economy.

SHOBERT: Pursuing China is wise move for Indiana

November 6, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
Last year, for the first time ever, outbound investment by Chinese business into American industry exceeded outbound investment into Chinese firms by American companies.

HENDERSON: Thinking outside the neurotypical hiring box

October 30, 2010
Tom Henderson
There’s a screening process we often use in the human resources process that’s meant to identify prospective candidates. It needs re-thinking.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.