Letters to the Editor

Praise for Marcus

March 13, 2010
I am a probably [columnist Morton Marcus’] biggest fan in Indiana whom you never have met.
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United Way contrast didn't work

March 6, 2010
It is unfair to contrast the $1.32 that the townships spend to give away a dollar, with the United Way spending 16 cents. As I understand it, the townships are giving poor relief directly to individuals and families. United Way gives their money to agencies.
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Katterjohn will be missed

March 6, 2010
As the kid said to Shoeless Joe Jackson, “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” But I know it is so since I read Chris Katterjohn’s [March 1] column stating that he is leaving IBJ.
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Uncertain tax climate could hurt business

March 6, 2010
Each day, it seems, something new is said by the Obama administration on how best to curb greenhouse gases, whether that be through a harmful “cap and trade” program or, even worse, stifling Environmental Protection Agency regulation.
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Trade motorized walkway for walking

February 27, 2010
Every day there are articles in newspapers and magazines and news reports on TV about obesity and what a problem it has become and what we need to do to overcome it.
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More mobility options mean opportunity

February 20, 2010
The Central Indiana Transit Task Force unveiled a comprehensive plan for mass transit. It’s a combination of expanded bus service and light rail that addresses the challenges of urban residents seeking job opportunities across the metro areas.
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Tobacco programs will be protected

February 19, 2010
With respect to your editorial in the Feb. 1 issue supporting the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency, your intent is pure and laudable, but I fear you miss the point.
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Marcus column went too far

February 13, 2010
Kudos to Morton Marcus (with tongue in cheek) for pointing out [in his Jan. 25 column] that we should all pay for health care just as we all pay for the fire department.
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'Avatar' unimpressive

February 13, 2010
I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Feb. 8 column] on “Avatar”! It was a refreshing counter to the media (and social) phenomenon swirling around this (in my opinion) banal flick.
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Billboard decision was defiant

February 6, 2010
[In the Jan. 4 issue], IBJ covered the State Fair board’s decision to permit a digital billboard at the Fairgrounds on Fall Creek Parkway. One of the opening lines, “Take that, Indianapolis” in the article was apt.
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You don't have to travel to find nature

February 6, 2010
I have learned that the exploration of natural areas can take place year-round, not just while on vacation.
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Salvation Army story deserved better

January 30, 2010
A little more research on the comparison of housing costs in Indianapolis vs. Needham, Mass., was needed [in the Jan. 25 story on Salvation Army].
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Anyone can feel the power of mentoring

January 30, 2010
Your headline [on the Jan. 25 Viewpoint] said it all: “Find a mentor to make you better.” January was national mentoring month to raise awareness of the power of mentoring, which is often thought of as valuable for youth.
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Bring back IBJ stock charts

January 23, 2010
Your decision to discontinue the printing of stock prices and economic activity charts, as announced in your Jan. 17 issue, was extremely disappointing to us as well as, surely, to other paid subscribers.
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Why more taxes for education?

January 23, 2010
Re: Bruce Hetrick’s [Jan. 11 column] “Hey kids! Come and get your pound of flesh,” at first I was stunned. Then I was speechless. After that I was just plain mad.
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Are fans ready to forgive Polian?

January 23, 2010
By the time the next IBJ hits the newsstands we’ll know whether it’s the Colts or The Team the Colts Enabled (the Jets) that will be playing in the Super Bowl.
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Concert review was right on

January 23, 2010
Since I canâ??t summarize this exciting four-plus-hour [Hoosier Dylan] concert nearly as well as [the Jan. 18 Louâ??s Views column], I will merely agree with you verbatim on your precise review—including your disappointment with Indianaâ??s poet laureate.
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Insurance should not pay for all doctor visits

January 16, 2010
It is not the government’s (taxpayers’) responsibility to provide for an individual’s health care. The “general welfare” clause in the Constitution is just that—general.
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Good government shows our humanity

January 16, 2010
After reading [Morton Marcus’ Jan. 4 column] on the economics of government, I would like to nominate you for the Nobel Prize for Economics and Government 101.
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Not all charities should survive

January 9, 2010
My letter is in response to Kathleen McLaughlin’s excellent [Dec. 28] article, “Charity mergers scarce.” While all of the comments shared are well-considered, the elephant in the room is nonprofit closures.
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Future Fund's start is not so slow

January 9, 2010
n response to your Dec. 21 article labeling the Indiana Future Fund as “off to slow start,” I believe some additional historical perspective is warranted.
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Here are some ways to help the CIB

January 9, 2010
Is there enough money coming in to keep the city's world-class sports facilities maintained, pay them off, put enough away for the inevitable refurbishing that they will need over time and also promote Indianapolis?
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Goals are different than a decade ago

January 9, 2010
Bruce Hetrick's [Dec. 28] “Could we start again?” article really made me remember the hope and excitement of the new millennium 10 years ago.
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Smoking should be part of health reform

January 9, 2010
As Congress debates health care reform, it’s easy to lose sight of what we agree on—and what we know works to prevent disease and lower costs. Helping people quit smoking and keeping young people from starting are proven ways to reduce the awful toll of cancer, heart attacks and other serious illnesses.
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Yuletide show rocked

January 2, 2010
For the eighth consecutive year, we took our family (22 this year) to the Yuletide Celebration. The show was one of the best.
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