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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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Rusthoven adds to political cynicismRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
I was surprised to read Peter Rusthoven’s incendiary [Oct. 31] column accusing Melina Kennedy of making borderline “criminal accusations” against Mayor Ballard.
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Another window for smoke-free airRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
We’re just days away from the next mayoral election in Indianapolis, and if the stumping at a recent debate holds true, supporters of smoke-free air may have reason to celebrate sooner rather than later.
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Kudos for this year's Corporate ChallengeRestricted Content

October 27, 2011
Hats off to Indiana Sports Corp. for executing the 2011 Corporate Challenge. This community event brings together Indiana businesses for two days of friendly competition aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and office camaraderie.
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The other side of McRobbie's speechRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Most of Michael McRobbie’s comments in his state of the university message [“Public in name only,” Oct. 15] stem from his unhappiness with two actions of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, both of which are supported by the Legislature.
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Education creates improbable alliesRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
It’s clear to even the most casual observer that President Obama and Gov. Mitch Daniels don’t agree on much, but the two leaders have found some common ground over the last three years on an issue that affects every American: public education.
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Why women matter

October 22, 2011
The Mayor’s Office in Indianapolis is not in step with women. Out of 17 top positions, the administration has only one appointment that is a woman.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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