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Conserve water, tooRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
IBJ’s Nov. 2 editorial “Study water needs while there’s time” should have noted the value of conservation in meeting future needs. Available supply should be carefully stewarded and not “promiscuously pumped,” as one water expert recently put it.
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Apples and orangesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] attempts to make a correlation between the 5.5 million people of Denmark with the 313 million people of the United States. Then she mentions Denmark has high levels of homogeneity.
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Social safety nets haven’t helpedRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] states that “There’s a fair amount of evidence that strong social safety nets correlate with healthier social indicators”—less gun violence, teen pregnancy, divorce, etc.
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More progress needed for primary care docsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Thank you for [Oct. 21 Morris column] on the shortage of primary care doctors from a patient’s perspective.
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Manage aging processRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Thank you for including the [Oct. 7] article on the Global AgeWatch Index and the need for societies to better prepare for the impact of an aging population.
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Cultural Trail is ‘premier bicycle facility’Restricted Content

October 26, 2013
I really enjoyed Kathleen McLaughlin’s “Bike City” article [Oct. 14], with one exception.
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Thanks for the budgetRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
For many years, including my time at Indiana Black Expo, I have worked to bring people together for the betterment of our city. I’m grateful that our City-County Council and mayor put aside partisan differences to pass a budget.
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MacAllister impressiveRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I am very impressed with Mr. MacAllister’s column in the Oct. 7 Forefront.
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Let market successes dictate energy sourcesRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I was disheartened to see Zach Adamson’s [Sept. 30] Viewpoint that naively believes we can replace the Harding Street Indianapolis Power & Light Co. plant with renewable energy sources.
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Adamson op-ed hailedRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Zach Adamson for president [Sept. 30]!
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Global Caravan chief has solid backgroundRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
We appreciated the [Sept. 30] coverage the IBJ presented of Global Caravan Technologies. As the capital organization coordinating investment in GCT, we do wish to observe that Charles Hoefer had been involved in the management of other successful and unrelated ventures prior to joining Earthbound.
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Rusthoven pegged Obama

September 28, 2013
I enjoyed Peter Rusthoven’s [Sept. 16] column “A president out of his league,” as it nicely characterized both the missteps and blatant lies coming from the Obama administration’s Keystone Cops handling of the crisis in Syria.
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Radio thrives on local

September 28, 2013
As someone who has worked at or with radio stations in Indianapolis as well as mid-sized and smaller markets across the state, I agree with most of the points regarding the strong local strategy in use today by the successful broadcasters in those markets [Sept. 2].
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Stick to business reportingRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
I’m puzzled by your [Sept. 16] stories “The Brain Drain is a Myth” and “Too Few Jobs for Science, Tech Graduates” and their excessively academic focus on the very practical issue of why there are too few Hoosiers working in high-paying jobs to power our state’s future.
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Schools and health, tooRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great if a city’s bid to host the Super Bowl [Sept. 9] took into account the quality of the city’s public schools; the overall health of its residents; how the city treats the homeless; air and water quality; a living wage for it hospitality workers; access to grocery stores; the age of its sewers; ability to manage natural disasters (like floods); safe streets, and so on?
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Lincoln’s RepublicansRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
If Abe Lincoln were asked about the proposed legislation to amend Indiana’s Constitution to ban gay marriage [Maurer, Sept. 2], he would respond as he has in the past: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
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Wanting full marriageRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
I love Indianapolis. It is our home and I would love to marry my partner, but we will never settle for a watered-down version of marriage.
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Maurer got it rightRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
You got it, brother, [Maurer, Sept. 2] except we need to mount up our pickups and ATVs, load up our Glocks, .45s and AK-47s and lay waste to those idiots who want to marry whomever they please.
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Purdue fortunate to have Daniels as presidentRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Your [Sept. 2] cover story on Purdue President Mitch Daniels referenced “skepticism” from certain camps within the Purdue faculty. In the article, professor David Sanders was quoted as a basis for that skepticism.
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Running for office again?

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall’s [Sept. 2] article points out that Mitch Daniels is trying to “create new ways to measure student learning, graduate success and overall academic quality at Purdue” and that “Such a system of measurements would help students, parents and donors choose schools based on the best bang for the buck … ”
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Beltzhoover didn’t solicit teen investorRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
I was shocked to see my name associated with what was portrayed as the solicitation of a minor in relation to securities trading [Sept. 2].
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Kennedy’s recall is biasedRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Sheila Kennedy’s memory [Aug. 26] is faulty.
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Kennedy not missedRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Regarding Sheila Suess Kennedy [Aug. 26] leaving the Republican Party, Roy Clark once sang a line that fit her: “Thank God and Greyhound she’s gone.”
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GOP needs updatingRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
I agree with Sheila Kennedy [Aug. 26] that the GOP of a generation ago that she and I worked for and supported has left.
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Democrats wrong party for adult leadershipRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
If Sheila Kennedy [Aug. 26] has left the Republican Party and become a Democrat in hopes of finding a party of grown-ups, she can’t be thinking of the same Democrats who seem to follow the rules of Saul Alinsky, who advises in “Rules for Radicals” to make the other party the worst kind of evil while Democrats need not stick to the truth to accomplish the end.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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