Letters to the Editor

Simons already support library

May 1, 2010
In response to IBJ’s April 26 editorial, “Simon could score for city library,” I thought it important for your readers to know members of the Simon family have a long history of supporting Indianapolis’ public library system and continue to be regular donors.
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Donations to Brizzi were appropriate

May 1, 2010
Over the course of my 41 years as a member of the Indiana Bar, I have worked to help improve the justice system in Marion County and the state.
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Losing Pacers wouldn't help library

May 1, 2010
The truth is all it takes to keep [the Pacers] is paying the expenses of a building we would have to pay for anyway.
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Benner column is a must-read

May 1, 2010
I wanted to let you know that I have really enjoyed reading your articles about Butler, especially the [April 19] “in another universe” piece. As a Butler alum, I still cannot believe we were in the championship and almost won it.
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Health by Design deserves publicity

May 1, 2010
Thank you for [columnist Tom Harton’s] well-thought-out piece in [the April 26] edition on Health by Design. As Kim Irwin noted, this coalition is primarily aimed at obesity prevention.
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Woman performed work as contractor

May 1, 2010
I read your article on Vida Aventura and Deseri Garcia in the April 12 issue with interest since Garcia once worked for my company, Team Summit. However, I feel it is important to clarify some of the information contained in the story.
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Let Citizens take over sports venues

April 24, 2010
There may be a solution to the Capital Improvement Board’s financial problems, described in [the April 19] IBJ, that are further complicated by the Pacers wanting to renegotiate their Conseco agreement.
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Citizens' takeover of water will be a relief

April 24, 2010
Tom Henderson gets it wrong in his [April 12] view that “Part of the overall utility problem is that lack of government oversight and public policy vision has made Indianapolis one of the highest-polluting and just plain ugliest cities in the Midwest.”
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Colleges should target learning, not time

April 24, 2010
The Morton Marcus [March 29] column on graduation rates hit home. I too do not like credentialism as an excuse to avoid evaluating performance.
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Educational quantity sacrifices quality

April 24, 2010
Morton Marcus is right to question postsecondary completion rates as the litmus test for evidence of learning (in the March 29 issue).
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To grow economy, support small biz

April 24, 2010
Indianapolis, home to a higher convergence of chain restaurants per capita than most any U.S. city (44-percent higher than the national average), retained its crown last week.
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Senator should be strong, not 'moderate'

April 17, 2010
So Mickey Maurer is not enthralled with the Republican field for the U.S. Senate. His answer [in his April 5 column] is some home-grown “big-leaguer” who is a “moderate.” In other words, another Sen. Lugar. Ho-hum indeed!
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Brizzi story was misleading

April 10, 2010
As a longstanding member of the Indianapolis Bar and reader of IBJ, I was surprised and very disappointed to see an article appearing in this week’s issue [about Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi] suggesting that a sentence reduction provided to Guilford Forney was based not solely on the merits.
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Airport's ideas are a joke

April 10, 2010
I was more than a bit taken aback by the lame revenue generation suggestions offered in the lead story of [the March 29] IBJ (“Airport seeking revenue boost”).
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Small schools give bang for buck

April 10, 2010
Economist Morton Marcus [on March 29] took issue with the notion that college and university graduation rates can be improved by tying compensation to increases (or decreases) in institutional graduation rates.
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Need quality, quantity in higher ed

April 10, 2010
In his [March 29] column, “Set sights on education, not graduation,” Morton Marcus raises a vital point about Indiana’s higher education reform efforts—but he overlooks a larger one.
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Editorial understated MIBOR commitment

April 10, 2010
Your editorial in the March 29 edition praising State Farm and city leaders for the commitment to the [2012 Super Bowl] housing “legacy project” was very commendable. But we do have a correction to what you stated about our piece of the project.
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Column captured Hinkle's magic

April 10, 2010
My dad took me to Butler Fieldhouse to see Oscar [Robertson] play for Attucks—against Broad Ripple in the sectionals—and to see Tony’s Bulldogs.
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Hinkle would be proud of Butler

April 10, 2010
Butler showed the “big boys” what true Indiana basketball is about and that the kids from the small cities and towns can keep up with the big schools.
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Hetrick misinterpreted First Amendment

April 3, 2010
I’m disappointed with Hetrick’s misguided interpretation of the First Amendment.
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Constitution allows free exercise of religion

April 2, 2010
Bruce Hetrick is incorrect in applying Ken Falk’s logic that you can’t vote to violate someone’s Constitutional rights. Quite the contrary, it happens all of the time.
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Story on prosecutor was inaccurate

March 27, 2010
I feel it’s necessary to question the fair and balanced reporting on the part of Cory Schouten in his article, “Brizzi’s lease deals benefited friend, donor,” published March 15.
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Lilly shareholders deserve protection

March 20, 2010
This is the wrong time, in my opinion, and I may not have all the facts, to open up Eli Lilly to an outside takeover.
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We should all have Forsell's fortitude

March 20, 2010
Sometimes we think we’re having a bad day, until we consider the plight of others. I was recently reminded of this when I came across David Forsell’s article in the March 15 issue.
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Bars should cater to smokers, too

March 13, 2010
I am replying to the article in the March 1 IBJ where [Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association President Don] Welsh made his nebulous claims that Indy’s weak smoking ban hurts his ability to market the city to visitors and convention business.
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  1. 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.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. 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.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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