Letters to the Editor

Think twice before deregulating utilitiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
For decades, our state has enjoyed low, stable electricity prices due in large measure to using Indiana’s abundant natural resource—coal. However, federal environmental mandates have eroded that advantage as our electric utilities have had to make expensive investments to comply with stricter rules.
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Downtown justice complex would spur city’s centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
The stated preferred location for the new criminal justice center, 6600 Kentucky Ave., is attractive on a first-cost basis because it is bare farm ground. However, looking at the benefits of this project long-term, this site would be a mistake.
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Downtown best location for new justice centerRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Thanks for your thoughtful [Feb. 17] editorial on the proposed locations for the criminal justice center.
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Justice center could go on Citizens propertyRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
If one drives around Center Township, one can find several possible locations.
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Hooray for pragmatismRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
If gay marriage were allowed in Indiana [Feb. 17 Maurer column], there would be no increase in gay porn at AMC Theaters, no mandatory attendance at gay weddings, no straight people suddenly turning gay, no visible signs anywhere of any change—because there already are gay couples.
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Legislature failing to protect consumersRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
The legislative response in the [Feb. 17] IBJ article about possible deregulation of retail electric rates leaves a lot to be desired.
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Fight anti-Semitism with great leadershipRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Anti-Semitism has been in remission, but it’s not dead, and Mickey Maurer points that out very compellingly from time to time [Feb. 3 Maurer column].
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Maurer misunderstands Tea Party movementRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Mickey Maurer’s [Feb. 17] personalized and mean-spirited slam on Mike Delph and unwarranted smear on the Tea Party in particular shows ignorance of what the Tea Party is all about.
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Heartened by support for same-sex marriageRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
While my husband and I now live far from the Hoosier state (we met while working for then-Indiana Attorney General Pamela Carter, back in the day), the rest of my family still calls Indiana home.
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Bill would upset alcohol distributionRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
On behalf of Anheuser-Busch, I would like to thank IBJ for its continued coverage of Senate Bill 415. This important issue has been the subject of two articles as well as a hearing conducted in the Senate Public Policy Committee on Jan. 29.
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Ashamed of IndianaRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
I couldn’t agree more with Mickey Maurer’s comments [Feb. 17]. It seems counterproductive to try to attract business to Indiana when there is such a provincial attitude here.
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Leaving IndianaRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
After a lifetime in Indiana, I am saying goodbye to the Hoosier state in 16 months [Feb. 17 Maurer column].
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There’s more to the rural vs. Indy storyRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Richard Sullivan [Feb. 3 Viewpoint] offers the perspective that Indiana’s rural areas “stick it” to Indy when folks in rural areas don’t support urban issues. He links this long-running, alleged battle to the lack of rural support for the anti-gay amendment in the news today.
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Argument was selectiveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy should not have endorsed the Christian Theological Seminary president’s position [Jan. 27] even though his conclusion is the one she prefers.
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Empower parents with educationRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
In “Pushing back against education ‘reform’” [Jan. 20 Forefront], Doug Masson seems to lump innovations such as charter schools in with vouchers and derides both.
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Biglari like ObamaRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Just completed Greg Andrews’ [Jan. 27] column. Perhaps Sardar Biglari should consider a presidential run in 2016.
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Editorial was uninformedRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
What an ignorant editorial [Jan. 27] regarding alcohol. If only editorial writers had to know their subject before committing their thoughts to paper.
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Speedy is out of touchRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Mike Speedy [Jan. 20 Forefront] needs to travel more. Mass transit in Indianapolis is a social program because IndyGo is underfunded.
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Volcker Rule was regulatory overkillRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ken Skarbeck opined [Jan. 13] that federal regulators should continue to pile more regulation on the financial services industry. Specifically, he faults the American Bankers Association for suing federal banking regulators over implementation of the Volcker Rule of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Construction moratorium would hurt consumersRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Imagine if lawmakers decided to ban all new home construction, citing too many vacant houses around the state. Or put a ban on new car dealerships so there wouldn’t be so much competition.
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'Ag gag' masks abuseRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Indiana’s “ag gag” law was put to rest in the last hours of the 2013 legislative session, but this month on the first day of the new session was introduced again.
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Fix the real problem with charter schools

January 18, 2014
How many charter school authorizers should Indiana have? What is the right number? The answer is there should be no limits.
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Nuclear becoming passé

January 18, 2014
The latest energy policy fad at the General Assembly [Merritt Viewpoint, Jan. 6] is small nuclear units (modular nuclear power). It was coal gasification until Duke Energy’s financial disaster at Edwardsport.
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Doctors will have helpRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
While I agree that the “chicken little” message of doctor shortages is misguided, as demonstrated [Dec. 16] in “Sorry, docs, but Obamacare will suffer from a shortage,” Indiana patients only benefit from physician assistants practicing at the top of their license.
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Support faith traditionsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Indiana, House Joint Resolution 6.
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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.

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