Editorial

EDITORIAL: GM dispute deserves vote

August 21, 2010
It’s puzzling to us that leaders of the United Auto Workers Local 23 are against members even casting a vote on the proposed takeover of GM's Indianapolis metal-stamping plant by Illinois-based J.D. Norman Industries.
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EDITORIAL: Raising parking fees is wise step

August 14, 2010
It isn’t difficult to grasp the reasoning behind Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposal to privatize the city’s parking operations.
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EDITORIAL: In Indianapolis, sports venues aren't built to last

August 7, 2010
Indianapolis has made strides toward becoming a “greener” city in the last few years. Reusing what we discard makes sense, but not everything should be disposable. That includes the sports landmarks we’ve made a habit of turning into rubble.
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EDITORIAL: City needs to keep momentum from utilities deal

July 31, 2010
We’re happy to see that partisanship didn’t sink Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to sell Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group. Now city leaders need to make sure they spend the money wisely.
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EDITORIAL: Timid talk won't stop violence during Indiana Black Expo

July 24, 2010
The violence that sometimes erupts on the streets of downtown during Summer Celebration’s final weekend can no longer be tolerated.
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EDITORIAL: Deal for Pacers is worth making

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Fieldhouse does not belong to the Pacers, but to the city. And we need the Indiana Pacers.
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EDITORIAL: Electric-car gang is ahead of pack

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The drive to make central Indiana a leader in the use of electric vehicles is smart—regardless of where the money comes from.
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EDITORIAL: New gun, booze laws make no sense

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Businesses no longer can prohibit their employees from bringing firearms to work, and everyone buying alcohol must show ID. Say what?
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EDITORIAL: Circle Centre worth watching

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City government brought Circle Centre into this world. It makes sense, then, that city government is involved in positioning it for the future.
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EDITORIAL: Improvement needed, but value of statistics in education limited

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Few Hoosiers have any concept of the scope of the information tsunami washing over state education policy, but they’re beginning to find out.
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EDITORIAL: Next grand plan for City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
While it seems ominously similar to earlier efforts, there are components that might result in a better outcome.
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EDITORIAL: Lots of promising local firms in IPO pipeline

June 5, 2010
There’s a reason we’re thrilled to see the Indianapolis area is building a healthy pipeline of firms primed to go public: It bodes well for our economy.
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EDITORIAL: Executive pay policies, not salaries, need reform

May 29, 2010
In the wake of a recession blamed largely on Wall Street, boards need to act. But reducing executive pay shouldn’t be their primary objective.
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EDITORIAL: Business strength benefits city

May 22, 2010
The recession is dragging on, unemployment remains above 9 percent, and Lilly is chopping its way through 5,500 layoffs. Business bummers abound. But it’s not all bad news.
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EDITORIAL: Ballard making good moves a habit

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than two years into his term, Mayor Greg Ballard has shown a creative flair and a pragmatic streak the city needs.
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EDITORIAL: Celebrate victory over apathy by voting

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Isn’t it great to live in a country where citizens have a say in who serves in every public position from president to school board? Wouldn’t it be even better if citizens actually took that privilege seriously and went to the polls?
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EDITORIAL: Don't abandon basic services because of tax caps

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The property tax caps that are all but sure to become part of the Indiana constitution after a voter referendum this November are definitely good politics—and might prove to be good policy. We won’t know for sure until we see what becomes of two property-tax funded entities that are starving as the caps fully phase in.
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EDITORIAL: Simon could score for city library

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Perhaps it’s time for Pacers owner Herb Simon—a billionaire like his late brother—to burnish his credentials as a philanthropist who makes the city a better place to live and work.
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EDITORIAL: Shed more light on Pacers' plight

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
It would be a sad day in our civic history if the Indiana Pacers packed up and left for a place with more financial firepower. But there’s a limit to how far the city should go to keep the team from leaving home.
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EDITORIAL: Time for Brizzi to heed calls to step down

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carl Brizzi’s once-promising political career is coming to an end. He won’t become a mayor or a congressman or win election to any of the posts that seemed within his grasp when he was an up-and-coming Republican.
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EDITORIAL: It takes money to raise graduation rates

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
After the 2008-2009 school year—the first of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s four-year Common Goal program, the overall graduation rate among public schools in Marion County had jumped from 69 percent to almost 74 percent.
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EDITORIAL: Sports payoff is on the way through 'legacy project'

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Sports may be overemphasized in our society, but there’s no doubt they’ve been good to Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Opportunities lost in 2010 legislative session

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
After a legislative session short on fireworks but absent any major achievements, it’s fair to ask how long “do no harm” will pass for progress in the Indiana General Assembly.
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EDITORIAL: Citizens' utility deal is smart move

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Much work remains before the city’s water and sewer utilities are sold to Citizens Energy Group, but the general outline of the deal makes sense and deserves support—not political posturing—as final terms are hammered out.
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EDITORIAL: Run for president, Gov. Daniels

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels should step through the door he cracked open last month and throw his hat in the ring. Voters would benefit from a new voice.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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