Letters to the Editor

Coaches, mentors often confused

August 21, 2010
[Mickey Maurer] really did a great job in [his Aug. 9 column,] “Even CEOs need mentors.” I agree that having a mentor, or having someone to coach you, is valuable.
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Attendance figures were inconsistent

August 21, 2010
I was disappointed in the lack of fair and accurate reporting in Kathleen McLaughlin’s article, “Missing the action: Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy Central Canal,” which was published in the Aug. 16 edition.
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We must explore alternative energy

August 14, 2010
The Viewpoint essay penned by Peter Grossman [in the July 26 issue] was infuriating.
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ICVA does assist bed-and-breakfasts

August 7, 2010
As the owners and innkeepers of Nestle Inn B&B downtown for the past 11 years, we were perplexed by your investigative report [in the Aug. 2 Focus], “Overshadowed and underappreciated?”
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Don't make hires too quickly

July 31, 2010
Mickey Maurer’s [July 12 column offering] advice on exercising care in hiring is well-taken. Busy people often decide to hire too quickly and to correct the resulting error too slowly.
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Move Black Expo to fairgrounds

July 31, 2010
As a downtown resident of over 30 years I feel that it is a privilege to use the facilities that we as a city have created downtown. Black Expo has violated that privilege.
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Poverty doesn't explain shooting

July 31, 2010
This problem [at Black Expo] is nothing new; it has a long history of violence and disrespect for the community we all live in.
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Employees drive company success

July 24, 2010
Mickey Maurer’s [July 12] column on choosing the right people is so “right on.”
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Maurer's employee column was spot-on

July 24, 2010
Without a doubt, it is people that will either make or break you. Their success will absolutely determine yours.
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Fieldhouse could have life without Pacers

July 24, 2010
The IBJ and others keep repeating that, should the Pacers leave, the city would be stuck with paying $14 [million]-$18 million a year in fieldhouse operating costs. Are you all assuming the facility will sit vacant? Come on.
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Keep government hands off of Internet

July 24, 2010
Tim Altom, in his July 19 column, replays the tired populist argument in favor of Net Neutrality, while furthering the myth that government regulation magically makes things “fair.”
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Dallara will further Speedway renaissance

July 24, 2010
Bringing Dallara to Speedway is a big win, not only for the Indy Racing League but for the town of Speedway and the Speedway Redevelopment Commission.
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Bond swap story was valuable

July 17, 2010
I just wanted to say “well done” regarding your [July 5] article [on bond swaps]. The subject of your report has been a topic near and dear to my heart for about two years.
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Amos Brown has been boon to city

July 17, 2010
I thought your [July 5] article on Amos Brown was very well-done.
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It takes time to appreciate soccer

July 17, 2010
I decided to read [Bill Benner's June 28 column]—see, whenever there is soccer involved, my blood runs faster, my pulse gallops and my mind expands beyond reality.
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Right employees are critical

July 17, 2010
Good [column by Mickey Maurer in the July 12 issue]. I agree with you that the right people make all the difference in the world.
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Crisis advice was dead-on

July 17, 2010
I want to thank you for your crisis tips in [Bruce Hetrick’s June 28 column]. You not only provided thoughtful commentary, you helped me win an argument with the hubby.
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John Wooden essay was in poetry mag

July 17, 2010
I just came across [Bill Benner’s] touching June 14 article, and am excited to point out to you John Wooden’s article, “The Great Scorer,” in the July/August issue of Poetry magazine.
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World Cup offers sports at its best

July 10, 2010
Soccer is pure sport, in the best and most meaningful sense of the word.
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Arts groups support each other

July 3, 2010
We are writing to give our wholehearted endorsement to [columnist] Greg Morris’ appeal for generous support for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (“Confessions of a symphony newbie,” June 21).
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City Market should build on immigrant roots

July 3, 2010
I would like to suggest that the 124-year-old landmark serve as an anchor for a broader vision of the near-east side.
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Avoiding fraud easier than recovery

July 3, 2010
We want to emphasize ways that investors can avoid fraudulent schemes, as the opportunity for restitution rarely compensates investors for their losses.
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World Cup nations were confused

July 3, 2010
Bill Benner' sopinion lost all credibility for me in the end, though, because he obviously didn’t do his homework.
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Utility user fees to be diverted

July 3, 2010
A [wrong] is being perpetrated on the citizens of Indianapolis by our city-county councilors, Mayor Greg Ballard and the board of Citizens Energy, by negotiating a “sale” of the water company to Citizens.
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Indiana municipal bonds are faring well

June 26, 2010
The “Investing” column of June 14, “Municipal bond defaults might be next crisis,” raises some valid points, but portrays municipal bonds in such a manner that is too general.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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