Letters to the Editor

Here's how to help future work force

October 10, 2009
I encourage businesspeople—well, everyone, really—to volunteer in and visit our schools, if for no other reason than to expose kids to the professional world and let the kids see that the professional world cares.
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Hotel water plan is wasteful

October 3, 2009
I would like to take exception to the topic and the quote in [Scott] Olson’s article in the Sept. 21 IBJ regarding the de-watering system planned for the new Marriott Hotel.
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Rights don't come from government

October 3, 2009
Bruce Hetrick is wrong in asserting that “We pray and protest under the protection of government” and that “We … freely publish columns … because of government.” His assertions reveal the progressive mind-set and belief that we receive our rights from government, and thus man
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Government does deserve some credit

October 3, 2009
Kudos to Bruce Hetrick’s comments in the [Sept. 28] edition. It shows rational thinking instead of fear mongering.
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Maurer column hit the mark

October 3, 2009
[Mickey Maurer’s Sept. 21] column was right on! Totally to the point and about time someone stated the obvious. When will this country begin once again to make people pay for their crime(s)?
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Kudos for 'off-the-wall' Maurer column

October 3, 2009
I really enjoyed your column “Off-the-wall advice for unemployed.”
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More offbeat advice for job-seekers

October 3, 2009
Mickey Maurer’s article on job openings had some excellent suggestions, but let me add the following:
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Are blue laws wrong or are we immoral?

October 3, 2009
When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky, no business was conducted on Sunday at all. On a rare occasion my dad would load up the car and we would cross the river and shop in Indiana.
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Simon embodied customer loyalty

October 3, 2009
I sat in Beth-El Zedeck Temple for the funeral services of Melvin Simon. The various speakers spoke of Mel’s desire to create a real estate empire and his desire to give back to the community.
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Hartman story hit close to home

September 26, 2009
I worked with Mike Hartman at Lauth briefly. Your [Sept. 14] story about him is heart-wrenching and hits very close to home.
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Novel partnership promotes peace

September 26, 2009
Through partnership with Indy Parks, Peace Learning Center is making a difference in the lives of central Indiana youth and families while enhancing Indy Parks’ mission.
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Survey showed need for mass transit

September 26, 2009
Last summer, we said central Indiana was experiencing the perfect storm for mass transit. But this summer, the story was different.
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Nucor story was fair and balanced

September 26, 2009
We understand that it’s never easy to report on a dispute between two local companies and we appreciate the balanced way in which you reported the [Sept. 14] Nucor story.
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Health care reform: Prepare for change

September 26, 2009
With the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, only one thing seems definite: Some level of change is coming. In that light, employers have two options: Fret over the impact these changes might have on their businesses, or act now, meeting the needs of today while forging a plan for addressing a changed landscape.
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Don't blame insurance for costs

September 19, 2009
I urge you, as comprehensive health care reform is considered before Congress, to realize that the best way to expand access to health insurance is to work toward containing health care costs.
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Marcus misses the point

September 12, 2009
In his Aug. 31 column, Morton Marcus dared to paint those who question the role of government on certain issues as misinformed, narrow-minded and in constant need of reminding of their “obligations.” How arrogant!
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Do word puzzles help the economy?

September 12, 2009
The Indianapolis Business Journal is supposed to keep us informed on the comings and goings of Indiana businesses and inspire us with great info on how to run ours better.
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ISO conductor should live here

September 5, 2009
I know that I will not be supporting the [Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] in any way until they have a conductor that lives here and is paid a reasonable salary.
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Wrestling yields long-term benefits

September 5, 2009
As another former high school wrestler from the 1959-1960 season, [Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] about Cleo Moore was an opportunity to reflect.
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Wrestler also excelled at football

September 5, 2009
[Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] on Cleo Moore caught my attention. I have read his name in the papers many times and thought it sounded familiar. As I read through your article on Moore, it dawned on me why I recognized his name.
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Reduce government role in health care

September 5, 2009
Bruce Hetrick’s patronizing and dismissive reference [in his Aug. 24 column] to the idea of death panels (“There is, of course, no such clause or intent in any health-reform legislation”) is insulting to any reader who has followed the debate over health care reform.
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Investing columnist needs new topics

September 5, 2009
It is rather obvious [investment columnist] Keenan Hauke has run out of things to write about. Give the readers a break, this guy’s views are downright irresponsible.
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Experience doesn't mean talent

September 5, 2009
Paul Barada’s argument that teachers with 30 years of teaching experience making $50,000-plus a year are underpaid is flawed.
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Health care system is a travestyRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
I just want to thank you for [Bruce Hetrick’s] insightful article in the Aug. 10 issue regarding health care reform. You say it well.
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Council faced unpleasant choiceRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
[In the Aug. 17 editorial] IBJ accuses elected officials of making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment. This superficial pronouncement of the reasons behind Proposal 285’s vote tally lacks thoughtful evaluation of why councilors cast their votes the way they did at the August 10 council meeting.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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