Letters to the Editor

School choice segregates

May 18, 2013
Reflecting on the [May 13] article “Trying to Reclaim a Legacy,” please don’t forget another group of people who took a risk: the taxpayers.
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Defer to Urbanski on seating decisionRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
I strongly support Maestro Urbanski’s decision not to have people seated in the Stage Terrace behind the orchestra [April 22 editorial].
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ISO editorial unfoundedRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
I am surprised to find the IBJ [April 22 editorial] calling something bad business without having done any real research to find out if the action it scorns is really bad business.
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Indiana University-Kokomo in good handsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
“Charges flew after IU-Kokomo chancellor’s sudden exit” [April 22] contradicts the reality of our experience.
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Ridership won’t cover cost of mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Responding to the [April 15] millennial view Jordan Updike has of transit, I appreciate his passion for mass transit, and I would echo that passion in the negative.
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Transit should support itselfRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Who wouldn’t want a transit system that saved them $8,000 while someone else paid the bills [Updike Viewpoint, April 15]?
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Foreign aid is importantRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
In light of the sequestration, it is crucial that the government realizes the importance of foreign aid spending and its impact on the economy.
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Sidewalks before transitRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
I recently returned home to the Indianapolis area. Growing up in Carmel, the only bus I rode was the school bus. My travels with the military exposed me to mass transit: the subway in New York City, trains in Europe and the Middle East, and the bus and light rail system in Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
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Fleeced at the ‘hospital’Restricted Content

April 20, 2013
In the July 9, 2011, IBJ, I warned that employers and patients are paying a steep price for the shift of physician services to hospital outpatient departments. The [April 8] article about physical therapy services is a clear example of this.
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Hospital expertise variesRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
I read with great interest [Mickey Maurer’s April 15] column about his prostate cancer experiences.
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Misplaced focusRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
The [April 8] story about the Center Township trustee was absolutely incredible.
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Mahern got it wrongRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
The [April 1] Forefront column by Louis Mahern discussed a zoning case in the Fletcher Place Neighborhood “called down” by City-County Councilor Jeff Miller. Mahern’s column incorrectly assumes that neighborhood opposition to the project relates to its affordable housing aspect.
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Tax cut costs taxpayers?Restricted Content

April 6, 2013
How would IBJ allow John Zody [April 1 Forefront] to write, “The governor’s 10-percent income tax cut, which would cost taxpayers more than a half a billion dollars …”?
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Iraq column not credibleRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
I read with incredulity Mike Hicks’ [March 25] column on the Iraq war’s “success or failure.”
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Ban canned huntingRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.
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Healthy Indiana Plan has too little capacityRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
As a leader in the United Methodist faith tradition, I and our church are called to reach out to the poor and society’s marginalized.
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‘Wrogn’ againRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
I enjoyed the [March 18] Viewpoint “It’s inevitable that plans go wrogn.”
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Biologics misunderstoodRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
In “Profits at center of biosimilars debate” [March 18], the author refers to attempted copies of biotech medicines as “generic biotech medicines.” This demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of biosimilars.
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Bill would help educationRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
I write in support of Senate Bill 207, which reinstates in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who were enrolled in a state college or university in 2011.
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Drug testing downsideRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy hit the nail on the head with her [March 11] column on drug testing for welfare recipients.
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Ulterior motive at WFYI?Restricted Content

March 16, 2013
If National Public Radio [March 4] really wanted to draw more people to the terrestrial radio station, and maybe WFYI’s website, the billboard message would read, for example, “Poetry-writing mechanics listen to NPR on 90.1 FM, WFYI.
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Service matches students with meaningful internshipsRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Bruce Hetrick made a great point in his [March 11] column “Ten tips to help those seeking jobs or internships,” about how much stronger a résumé becomes when an internship experience is featured front and center.
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Tax break, rebate laudedRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
I have a message for Mr. Madison, Mr. Odle and Ms. Leighty [March 4 Forefront]: If you don’t want your rebate, return it, but let me keep mine.
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Truth hasn't changedRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Peter Rusthoven’s [Feb. 18 ] column “‘Relevance’ is irrelevant” could not have been more on point. The world view, as seen through liberal media, is that not just the Roman Catholic Church but Christianity in general needs to “become more relevant to an increasingly secular world.
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Sequestration piece spot-onRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
While I don’t always agree with [Greg Morris], he was spot on with this [Feb. 25] column. Excellent job on this huge issue for the future of our America. ____________ Albert Wurster Noblesville
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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