Letters to the Editor

Do these folks file tax returns?Restricted Content

May 28, 2011
Morton Marcus [in his May 23 column] may have omitted some things in analyzing the statement about “half the people” not paying taxes.
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Families First helps beat addictionRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
In response to the prescription drug article [in the May 16 Focus section], with the increase in prescription-drug abuse throughout the state, there are two important things to understand:
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Swipe-fee reforms will ensure prosperityRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Merchants in the Hoosier state have experienced an inordinately swift and severe rise in swipe fees, a charge that card-issuing banks levy against retailers every time a customer uses a debit card to make a purchase.
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Indy 500 needs a dose of speed

May 21, 2011
The fastest Indy 500 was run 21 years ago. Look at the pole sitters’ times, and note how far back you’d have to go (decades) to have a pole sitter’s time not make today’s field!
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Good riddance to abortion funding

May 14, 2011
Congratulations are due Gov. Daniels and the Indiana Legislature for taking action to suspend public dollars to “family planning” organizations who perpetuate the continuing slaughter of the tiniest, most innocent human beings.
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Powerful must learn hard lessons

May 14, 2011
In light of our most recent General Assembly, I believe the top 1 percent of Indiana went to bat for the top 1 percent and then kicked the other 99 percent [who were] fooled into electing them in the teeth.
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Vouchers muddy church, state

May 7, 2011
In response to the [May 2] editorial “Education bills rise above legislative noise,” I have to agree wholeheartedly that there is no question that the status quo is not working.
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Open the Circle to food trucks

May 7, 2011
Here’s an opportunity to enliven the city with al fresco dining in a spectacular yet casual party-like atmosphere amidst the architectural splendor of Monument Circle.
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Butler was 'inept' and 'unparalleled'

April 30, 2011
Regarding [Bill Benner’s] Butler comments in the April 18 issue, quite possibly the reason Clark Kellogg referred to the “unparalleled ineptitude” of Butler was, well, because it was both inept and unparalleled.
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Consumer cutbacks may cost us

April 30, 2011
I was looking over IBJ today, and I thought to myself, I find all of this depressing, and I was about to set it aside and take it up again later. Then I came to [Bruce Hetrick’s April 25] article, and I realized there was somebody with some sanity in this world.
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Story's headline fell short

April 23, 2011
I was disappointed to read your misleading headline, “Financial planner slapped with suit” on the front page [April 11].
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'Progressive' ideas don't hold water

April 23, 2011
I read with interest John Guy’s [viewpoint column] titled “Where are the progressives?” (April 11, 2011) and found his list of antis enlightening.
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Where are stories about Bobby Fong?

April 16, 2011
The individual who seemed to get lost in all the hype leading up to the NCAA men’s national championship basketball game is Bobby Fong, president of Butler University.
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Bulldogs made entire city proud

April 16, 2011
Kudos to Bill Benner for his fine [April 4] column about a fine team, the Butler Bulldogs. Despite the outcome, our city has reason to be proud.
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Church network helps homeless

April 16, 2011
I appreciated your comments in [the April 4] IBJ about the Horizon House and the general efforts of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention to help the many experiencing homelessness in our community.
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Let's find ways to house the homeless

April 16, 2011
I read [Mickey Maurer’s] column in the April 4 issue. There is not one way to describe “the homeless.”
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Indianapolis loses a quiet giant

April 16, 2011
Ken Thompson passed away on March 25. Ken was a quiet giant in the real estate development field in Indianapolis, Carmel and Fishers.
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Health Foundation 'far above average'

April 2, 2011
As a grantee of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, I read [reporter Kathleen McLaughlin’s March 21] article with great interest.
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Drilling is energy key

April 2, 2011
The [March 28] energy article by [Bruce] Hetrick proposes a Hollywood piece of fiction as a modern-day parable of undeniable truth.
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Democracy requires representation

March 26, 2011
In Wisconsin and Indiana, elected Democrats have fled to Illinois in order to avoid making the difficult decisions facing their states.
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Column was OK, but tone wasn't

March 26, 2011
Mickey Maurer has achieved much in his career, but he should leave sarcastic humor to real comedians.
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Should redheads be mistreated?

March 26, 2011
I have often used the example of people with red hair, why don’t we pass a law which would only affect people with red hair and treat them differently?
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'Purple' column hit the mark

March 26, 2011
The following is to thank you for [Mickey Maurer’s] column in the March 19 IBJ: “The Indiana we’ve always wanted.”
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Discrimination is hard to stop

March 26, 2011
Thank you so much for your article “The Indiana we’ve always wanted.”
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Keep Benner's column coming

March 26, 2011
I’m a regular reader of [Bill Benner’s] column. Matter of fact, I read the columns written by you and Bruce Hetrick before I read the front page.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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