Letters to the Editor

Change schools chief title while we’re at itRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
I support the initiative being pushed to move the position of state schools chief to an appointed position. While we are at it can we also change the title of the position to Superintendent of Schools?
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How to upgrade International Motor SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
The quality of the racing entertainment at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unsurpassed by any track [Aug. 4]. If the ultimate goal is to attract more fans, then Doug Boles must make their comfort a top priority.
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Praise for dedicationRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Thank you for working hard to make a difference [Parent Viewpoint, Aug. 4].
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IMS should change to accommodate its fansRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
As a transplant to Indy, I don’t have the history with attending races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Aug. 4]. I have been to my fair share of races (and was even a Yellow Shirt volunteer for a couple years), but I am not a diehard attendee.
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Interior Design Registry invites competitionRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
The registry does not restrict the practice of interior design nor does it limit one’s ability to do business as an interior designer or call one’s self an interior designer.
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Local WFYI programs largely free of biasRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Because I have served as chief programming officer for both WIBC-AM radio and later WFYI-FM public radio, the argument over a biased point of view of programming [Kalscheur letter July 21] is a great interest.
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More taxes to fund copsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
The idea of more police is a great idea. However, the idea to take away the homestead exemption to fund it shows how out of touch the politicians are. Removing the exemption only places the onus on homeowners.
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WFYI isn’t unbiasedRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle’s [June 23] article “Less news, more talk” bemoans the loss of Steve Simpson and states, “With Simpson’s departure, the only local station that still employs non-opinion-oriented news hosts is WFYI.”
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Indiana needs film incentives

July 12, 2014
The recent opening of the motion picture “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on the novel by Indianapolis’ own John Green, has led to a re-examination of Indiana’s film incentive policy.
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Autistic children still denied benefitsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Imagine your child had a chronic condition requiring on-going treatment, like diabetes, epilepsy or cystic fibrosis, and every six months you had to fight for weeks in order to continue medical treatment, even though your child’s entire clinical team and physicians agree that treatment is medically necessary.
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Moves to improve Americans’ incomeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Burn both the federal and state individual income tax codes and give each income-receiving American citizen a $50,000 standard deduction while keeping current dependent exemptions.
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WIBC slides further into ‘have it your way’ newsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
News is supposed to bring us facts even if they challenge our preconceptions. As two towering statesmen—Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Republican James R. Schlesinger—said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but not our own facts.
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Scales shouldn’t quit Meadows TIF projectRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
As public servants, it is our job to serve the public, not pick unnecessary fights.
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Support for ScalesRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
Scales is the perfect councilor and sets a very high standard.
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Solidly conservativeRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
I favor lower taxes, strong morality and work ethics, family values and an ability to defend my family—all hallmarks of extremists.
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Scales was pilloriedRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The [June 16] front page story about Councilor Christine Scales was very disappointing. It seems to me that what is missing at virtually all political levels are individuals who will in fact stand upon principles. Despite partisan bickering in the council, the city administration—Republican or Democrat—eventually seems to get what it wants.
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Gregg’s priorities faultyRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
John Gregg [June 16 Forefront] says Republicans are being Chicken Little because they want to do something rational like stopping spending more than we have.
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Anthem works with autismRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The tone of the [June 16] story “Insurance changes put state’s autism industry on edge” implies that an adversarial relationship exists between the autism community and insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Rusthoven disparages conservative trendRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
While I have the greatest respect and admiration for Peter Rusthoven’s public service under President Reagan, I take issue with his June 9 Taking Issue column. It almost sounded as if Rusthoven leans Democrat!
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Voters should do their jobsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
State Sen. Jim Smith claims in his [June 2] letter to the editor that Doug Masson missed most of the story regarding the legislation to repeal the 17th Amendment.
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Healthy Indiana Plan will improve careRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Little Red Door Cancer Agency would like to express its support for the expansion of health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers through HIP 2.0.
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Stay open to other viewsRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Bruce Hetrick’s [May 26 Viewpoint] on living and learning in silos not only is something that I completely agree with, but I found myself having the same exact conversation with clients and friends.
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More women needed in IBJ news sectionsRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
Most weeks, I flip through IBJ and ponder why I see so few female faces pictured in the news sections. There are plenty of female faces in the People section. Surely some of them have something newsworthy to say?
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Replace Delph with FordRestricted Content

June 7, 2014
As a resident new to Indiana, I have been troubled by news reports pertaining to state Sen. Mike Delph. His Twitter rants and public statements to media were published repeatedly, but there was nothing newsworthy about them.
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Repeal 17th Amendment to restore balanceRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
This year, I authored legislation that would have rescinded Indiana’s approval of the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment, adopted in 1913, requires U.S. senators to be elected by popular vote rather than by state legislatures. Doug Masson [May 19 Forefront] argued that this would be a bad idea, but he missed most of the story.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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