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MARCUS: Not the time to emphasize our negatives

November 30, 2013
Morton Marcus
What is the number one complaint of Hoosier employers? The labor force is outdated. We do not have enough workers with the training and experience to compete with other states and nations.
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BECK: Bipartisanship makes big things happen

November 30, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
Sid and Lois Eskenazi Hospital recently opened downtown to justifiable fanfare. The state-of-the-art campus is the city’s only public hospital. Formerly known as Wishard Hospital, Eskenazi Health has long served some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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WAGNER: It's a brave new world in the suburbs

November 30, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Earlier this year, I wrote for this publication about the rise of a new Hoosier swing voter, women my age who live in the doughnut counties around Indianapolis.
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SHEPARD: Conrad's intensity still felt downtown

November 30, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Surely Larry Conrad is smiling over the recent report about the phenomenal strength of the housing market in downtown Indianapolis.
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VAUGHN: Courts will decide basic election issues

November 30, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Although voters in Marion County won’t cast ballots for City-County elections until 2015, two courts are considering cases that will have a major impact on local elections.
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KRULL: Misguided judges reaping whirlwind

November 30, 2013
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard and other veterans of the highest state courts in the country issued a warning a few days ago about the dangers of large-scale campaign spending in judicial campaigns.
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SIDDIQUI: Americans are trustworthy on insurance

November 30, 2013
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
The failed rollout of the Obamacare health care exchanges is seen by many as a political gift to the Republican Party. There is no question that President Obama’s administration failed to execute a controversial law that has been heavily criticized, litigated in courts and elections, and created great unrest among the American people.
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STYRING: Obamacare rests on numbers concoction

November 30, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Everybody’s talking about Obamacare. Website crashes. People booted off their health insurance. Sticker shock. No doubt we’ll be talking about it through the 2014 election. And the 2016 election. And most likely well beyond that.
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PILLIE: GOP should put more energy into tech

November 30, 2013
Derek Pillie / Special to IBJ
We’re about to leave one unique facet of Indiana politics and enter another.
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MADISON: Getting on the right side of history

November 2, 2013
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
We sometimes hear the advice to “get on the right side of history.”
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SHELLA: Youth vote might negate marriage polls

November 2, 2013
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Twenty-fourteen will be a year of love and politics in Indiana.
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BOHANON: Businesses tend to reflect social values

November 2, 2013
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
The Indy Chamber is opposing the proposed state constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages and civil unions. Fifty years ago—even 10 years ago—such a position would have been unthinkable. This is a remarkable change.
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PELATH: Push the marriage amendment at the economy's peril

November 2, 2013
For those who can still bear to look, Indiana’s unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent.
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TAFT: How to meld Christian, secular values

November 2, 2013
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
The next legislative session is likely to feature several bills affecting “social” issues like same-sex marriage, curriculum controversies and religious activities in public schools, abortion and public prayer.
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DAVIS: Public sphere needs Hoosier hospitality

November 2, 2013
Kathy Davis / Special to IBJ
We have a disconnect in Indiana that we need to fix.
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LANOSGA: Education board desecrated meetings law

November 2, 2013
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
In the state law that requires government meetings to be open to the public, there’s a wonderful preamble expressing the philosophy behind the statute. The intent of the Open Door Law, it declares, is “that the official action of public agencies be conducted and taken openly … in order that the people may be fully informed.”
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BOEHM: Attack gerrymandering through the courts

November 2, 2013
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Legislatures in Iowa and California have seen the wisdom of eliminating partisan gerrymandering and the polarized bodies it generates. The call for redistricting reform is growing now that the federal government has been shut down and the nation’s credit and the world’s economy threatened.
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SOUDER: Little common about Common Core

November 2, 2013
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
While I have been a bookaholic since elementary school, few books made as much of an impression on me as E.D. Hirsch’s “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know.” It was released in book form in 1987, rising to second on the New York Times Best Sellers List behind Allan Bloom’s less-readable but also influential and important “Closing of the American Mind.”
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Return to sender: Get a clue about email

November 2, 2013
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
If I had a dollar for every time I read a news article or post about a public official getting busted for sending or exchanging inappropriate emails and texts to fellow officials, colleagues and subordinates, I’d be well on my way to financial freedom.
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MASSON: Juries carry out noble, weighty duty

November 2, 2013
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
We ask juries to do a lot in Indiana. In simple terms, juries are a body empaneled to be fact finders as part of the judicial process for resolving criminal charges or civil disputes.
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KETZENBERGER: Thoughtful notions from the Vlogbrothers

November 2, 2013
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
John and Hank Green, also known as the Vlogbrothers, exchange videos with each other twice a week. Sometimes the videos are funny and sometimes they’re serious, but they’re usually thought-provoking.
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GARRISON: We're on a slippery slope to socialism

November 2, 2013
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
Central governments are really good at just a few things. Waging war, funding interstate highways (maybe), and protecting our borders (well, sort of) come to mind.
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SOWELL: Does Yellen portend a return to Keynes?

November 2, 2013
Thomas Sowell / Creators Syndicate
The nomination of Janet Yellen to become head of the Federal Reserve System has set off a flurry of media stories. The Federal Reserve has become such a major player in the American economy that it needs far more scrutiny and criticism than it has received, regardless of who heads it.
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COLLINS: A Ted Cruz on every corner in Texas

November 2, 2013
Gail Collins / New York Times Syndicate
Have you noticed how many lawmakers from Texas were doing crazy things during the government shutdown debacle?
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ODLE: Indiana needs a new immigration burst

October 5, 2013
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
Indiana and Indianapolis have much to be proud of. The state is in a relatively good financial position, to the point of rebated taxes.
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