Letters to the Editor

Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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Linking specialties is key to life sciencesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
The Indiana Innovation Alliance will bring together researchers from both IU and Purdue and keep much intellectual property innovation in Indiana.
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Mass transit crucial to region's successRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
To support quality of life initiatives and boost economic development, Indiana government and its citizens must develop quality mass transit systems.
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Low graduation rates bode poorly for stateRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
With high school graduation rates as low as they are in Indiana, I find it amazing that Indiana isn't at the very bottom of the statistical ladder described in Morton Marcus' March 16 column.
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Simons and Irsays have received enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Taxpayers are in no mood to hand over additional subsidies to our two for-profit sports teams.
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Let's finally pass no-smoking billRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Thanks for having the courage to take the flak from the smokers who think it is their right to kill us by allowing smoking in bars and casinos.
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Township officials offer valuable serviceRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Township officials provide many services for the community, molded by back-yard input, which enhances quality of life.
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529 Plans remain solid vehicleRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Plans offer a number of great investment options to save for children's college costs.
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Let's hear it for BirdRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
If there is any one individual who can turn around the Pacer organization and the NBA, remember, Bird is the word.
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Inspired by columnRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Thank you for sharing Dr. Mercy Obeime's story so that others may feel they too can overcome any obstacles and adversities.
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PERF confusionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
I am not at all sure that a merger of two public pension plans is not a good idea, possibly just not under current investment management auspices.
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These are leaders?Restricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether it's structuring local government to fit the 21st century, financing sports stadiums, achieving property tax reform or putting the state's unemployment fund on sound footing, our leaders consistently show their failure to lead.
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Unemployment taxes could break small bizRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Raising the taxes to 5 percent-6 percent for a company like mine would be devastating, even though I have few employees.
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Let's set record straight on benefitsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
The insurance industry and [Indiana] Chamber of Commerce are providing misleading and untruthful statements to employers and their insured members about assignment of benefits.
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Nursing home column was on targetRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
I want to commend [Tawn Parent's Feb. 16 column] about overseeing a loved one's care while in a nursing home or rehab facility.
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Property-tax bill would hurt seniorsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Retired people living on a fixed income have no way to raise extra money to pay for property taxes.
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Here's the solution to economic crisisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Replacing all sales taxes with an import tax/tariff is among several reforms that would solve the nation's economic crises.
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Let's promote Hoosier companiesRestricted Content

February 23, 2009

I write to strenuously object to the selective and inaccurate use of my quote in your [Feb. 16] editorial regarding Indiana residency requirements and the state's liquor industry.

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Simons don't need our financial helpRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The most important piece of leverage Mayor Ballard has in negotiating with the Pacers is being willing to let them go.
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Professional athletes are too selfishRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Professional athletes make millions of dollars, but are reluctant to help those who need them.
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Don't ask the ColtsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Colts are our "heroes," the bedrock of our community (at least for the few months per year that most of them spend here). Why should these esteemed athletes help the city?
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It's time for Colts, fans to pay upRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
I agree 100 percent that Colts' owner Jim Irsay should step up to the plate to help bail out the Capital Improvement Board debt and that Colts' ticket holders should be taxed.
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Approach Xscape with an open mindRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I'll go to the new Xscape arcade with a more open mind, thanks to Lou Harry's Jan. 26 piece about it.
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Katterjohn's optimism is upliftingRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I think it is so important to remind people that the one thing we have control of is our attitude. I think you conveyed that beautifully.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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