Letters to the Editor

Some new ideas on education reform

January 15, 2011
We spend too much on brick and mortar and administration and too little on the classroom experience.
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Leave fund alone

January 8, 2011
In reading the editorial, “Let’s consider tapping bank fund,” in the Jan. 3 issue, several corrections are appropriate.
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PDIF has served its purpose

January 8, 2011
The Public Deposit Insurance Fund, Indiana’s state-based backup to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has served its purpose for more than 70 years, and efforts by some Indiana lawmakers to raid this fund are misguided (“Daniels, bankers may spar,” Dec. 27).
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Civility, anyone?

January 1, 2011
Respect for others and civil discourse has taken a back seat to name-calling.
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Most immigrants want to contribute

January 1, 2011
I wish to compliment Carol Faenzi on the excellent [Dec. 13] opinion article on immigration, for taking the time to express those sentiments.
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How will reform affect primary-care docs?

December 25, 2010
The dramatic shift from primary care to specialty interests within the American health care system begs a deeper question—What is the future of the primary-care doctor?
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Support Edwardsport

December 25, 2010
We are concerned that the ethics issues at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy are being used by opponents to derail plans for the Edwardsport IGCC Power Plant.
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Thanks for support of airport facility

December 18, 2010
We believe the positive turnaround of the Indianapolis Maintenance Center has been a quiet but substantial success—not just for the airport authority but for the greater Indianapolis community.
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Praise for tips from Maurer

December 18, 2010
I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Dec. 13] closing commentary on “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School,” along with the previous nine.
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Together we can reduce homelessness

December 4, 2010
Each day, hundreds of homeless men and women pass through the doors of Horizon House, the only agency in central Indiana that provides homeless neighbors with access to the services of a unique collaboration of partners—all under one roof.
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Unions doom workers

November 27, 2010
[In response to a Nov. 15 Focus story] the quote by Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith, “They [hotels] often take the profits they reap in this market and plow them into other markets or ship them back to the corporate headquarters,” speaks volumes about organized labor.
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Indiana's slide started a century ago

November 27, 2010
At the turn of the 20th century, Indiana was one of the most progressive states. After the influx of immigrants in the 1910s, Indiana ratcheted backward and has not recovered.
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Thanksgiving, service and citizen diplomacy

November 27, 2010
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued Oct. 3, 1863, is an eloquent invitation to—even in the midst of the trauma of the Civil War—count one’s blessings.
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Clothes do matter

November 27, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed [Greg Morris’ Nov. 22] commentary titled “Dressing for success matters” and I totally agree with you! I realize times have changed, but I am constantly amazed at how casual our world has become.
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Thanks for column on Carl Brizzi

November 27, 2010
I do not know Carl Brizzi and do not feel that I have adequate information to assess some of the events that have raised so much concern. I have felt all along that he deserves to be deemed innocent until proven guilty.
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Lynch is history

November 20, 2010
[IU football Coach Bill Lynch] is a good man and we’ve all wished for his success, but the Wisconsin game has pretty much put an end to his tenure.
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Caution can take over

November 20, 2010
I understand and agree [with Mickey Maurer’s Nov. 1 column] that pace, discipline and focus all are important for any entrepreneur to employ when they are managing their enterprise. However, you have not discussed what I believe is the “real” issue.
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What happened to Di Rimini architect?

November 13, 2010
Where was the architect when the developer made 35 departures from the approved plans? Where was the architect when the city cited the developer for multiple code violations?
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Township government has a purpose

November 6, 2010
Our townships are not business competitors; they are governing for the people—not for greed, not for profit.
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Lung cancer strikes nonsmokers

November 6, 2010
Last November I was hospitalized with H1N1 and pneumonia. In January I had a biopsy that confirmed non-small-cell lung cancer, stage IV.
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Time for townships has passed

October 30, 2010
I am in agreement with the IBJ position [stated in the Oct. 25 editorial]. It is time to abolish townships and shift their revenue and responsibilities to their respective counties.
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Meter deal not in city's interest

October 30, 2010
It’s easy to see that a deal that gives away billions of dollars over 50 years to a private company might not be the best deal for the citizens of our city.
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City can improve meters itself

October 23, 2010
You do not have to sell off the parking meters to bring the rates and service hours up to par with other Midwest cities.
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Maurer columns hit home

October 23, 2010
I want to express how much I’ve enjoyed reading [Mickey Maurer’s] commentaries the last few weeks.
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Online retailers should collect taxes

October 16, 2010
This is not just a matter of fairness. It is the law in most states that consumers pay sales taxes on Internet and catalog purchases.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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