Letters to the Editor

Not chump changeRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Talking heads and politicians are notoriously bad at math. Morton Marcus [Jan. 9 Forefront] acts as if paying higher wages equates to something like 30 cents per diner. I think this is disingenuous.
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Churlish behavior isn't acceptableRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
John Krull is not an old fogey. His viewpoints [Dec. 26 Forefront] are what America was made of before all the too-open-minded people, the too-liberal thinkers and the too-greedy people came to the forefront.
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How to mix Manning, LuckRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
It’s sad to see the Polian era end. He brought football greatness to Indianapolis.
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Gainsay art if taxes paid for itRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Louis Mahern [Dec. 26 Forefront] cites an incident which was incredibly offensive to millions of Americans—a photo of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine—then moves easily on to say, “If an artist says it is art who are we to gainsay it?”
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Technology already helping commutersRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Richard Sullivan’s letter to the editor [Jan. 2] makes some great observations about how few people take full advantage of Indianapolis’ existing transit resources.
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Markets can rein in health care costsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Congratulations to Rob Hillman, Anthem and UnitedHealthcare [Nov. 26] for allowing patients and health care consumers to shop for lower-cost providers within their networks.
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Unleash biz on transitRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
So the big new mass transit plan has come out, and its main solution is … buses on roads. Government-owned buses, of course.
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Don't snuff out rightsRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Smoking and secondhand smoke put people at risk. But I just don’t understand the mentality of people who are trying to force their views on this topic.
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Mourdock budget fails honesty testRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
On a careful review of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s federal budget plan released Nov. 15, it’s obvious that Gov. Mitch Daniels, who knows something about federal budgeting, is in charge of the budget, not the state treasurer.
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Redistricting push is unnecessaryRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
In “The Guns of August,” Barbara Tuchman wrote, “War is the unfolding of miscalculations.”
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Where are the jobs from the stimulus?Restricted Content

December 24, 2011
According to Sheila Suess Kennedy’s [Dec. 19] column, doubling down on the $1 trillion stimulus package from 2009 will result in a panacea of new jobs (23,000) per $1 billion.
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State manages riskRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Ken Skarbeck’s column [Nov. 19] addressed a new strategy the Indiana Public Retirement System is using to diversify its portfolio. T
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Smoking is antiquatedRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Keep up the writing on smoking [Nov. 28], and mention the contiguous counties, as well.
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Children's Choir made memoriesRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Greg Morris’ [Dec. 5 column ] about the Indianapolis Children’s Choir relates many of its extraordinary accomplishments during the last 25 years, but its performances during the 7th FINA World Swimming Championships in Conseco Fieldhouse in 2004 need special attention.
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Insurers losing fight with hospitalsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
While I certainly support increases in transparency of cost and quality, I wonder why insurance companies need to resort to gimmicks [“Insurers Push Comparison Shopping,” Nov. 28].
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Patent reform helps small firmsRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kristin Jones’ Nov. 26 column, “Patent reform is mixed bag for life sciences,” offered views on the impact of the new patent law, the America Invents Act, on large and small life sciences companies in Indiana.
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Smoking column hit the targetRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Thanks so much for Mickey Maurer’s Nov. 28 “Mayor, Read the Smoke Signals” column. I still cannot believe that Indianapolis and indeed, the entire state can be so backward related to creating a smoke-free environment.
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Up adjunct pay, Mr. McRobbieRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
An open letter to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie:
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Right-to-work view was appallingRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
It is stunning to read the editorial position [Nov. 28] of the foremost business journal in Indiana that cautions against “right-to-work” legislation. Perhaps the writer forgets that Indiana has a 9-percent unemployment rate.
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Kennedy missed markRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Sheila Kennedy is off the mark twice in her [Nov. 21] column.
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Vaughn column was misleadingRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Julia Vaughn, a self-described advocate for “open and honest” government was neither open nor honest in her Nov. 14 Forefront column, “Shine More Light on Duke/IURC Secrets.”
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Welcome dreamers with new businessesRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
I view the recent media coverage regarding Litebox’s ambitious plans to locate in Indianapolis as counterproductive to the reputation our city and state have earned for welcoming business with open arms.
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No NCAA outcry about Penn State?Restricted Content

November 19, 2011
Perhaps it was publishing deadlines that led Bill Benner and the IBJ to miss the local angle to the Penn State scandal.
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Alcohol commission went too farRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Your [Nov. 5] story about the upcoming auction of alcohol permits by the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission failed to tell the whole story.
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Fight for schoolsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Mike Hicks tells readers to “vote with their feet” if their local school districts don’t improve in a few years. From the perspective of true community leadership, this philosophy of action is wrong.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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