Letters to the Editor

Nuclear becoming passé

January 18, 2014
The latest energy policy fad at the General Assembly [Merritt Viewpoint, Jan. 6] is small nuclear units (modular nuclear power). It was coal gasification until Duke Energy’s financial disaster at Edwardsport.
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Doctors will have helpRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
While I agree that the “chicken little” message of doctor shortages is misguided, as demonstrated [Dec. 16] in “Sorry, docs, but Obamacare will suffer from a shortage,” Indiana patients only benefit from physician assistants practicing at the top of their license.
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Support faith traditionsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Indiana, House Joint Resolution 6.
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End punitive business personal property tax

January 4, 2014
Gov. Pence is right when he says “The time has come to phase out the business personal property tax” to “spur new investment and growth.”
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Leaders: Be consistentRestricted Content

December 28, 2013
Let’s make the rules the same for all issues, not just the ones pushed by a small, vocal minority.
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Indiana thinks too smallRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
In “State reaches expansion deal with 7 companies,” we’re told of plans for one company to add 65 jobs by 2016 and another 62 jobs. Meanwhile both the national and Indiana unemployment rates hover around 8 percent, double what was once considered normal in the U.S.
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Hoosiers don't want marriage amendment

December 14, 2013
As the debate over House Joint Resolution 6 continues, I wonder if some of the major proponents of this discriminatory bill, such as Micah Clark, Eric Miller and Curt Smith, realize that they are being outnumbered.
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Local support made Eskenazi feat possibleRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
A little more than four years ago, our community came together like never before. Thanks to you, thanks to leaders from across our central Indiana, thanks to more than 400 Indiana companies and more than 10,000 workers, and thanks to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi and hundreds of generous donors, the new Sidney & Lois Hospital and Eskenazi Health is here for you.
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Pundits watch Indiana for wrong reasonsRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
It wasn’t long ago that the national media watched closely as Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the nation’s most comprehensive education reform package into law.
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Pence dismantling public educationRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
After the last election, nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to the state’s opinions on our state of education.
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Next up: teen violenceRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
IBJ’s [Nov. 25] editorial endorsing the proposed panhandling ordinance was definitely on point.
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Enough bashing of Coats, religionRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
The bashing of religion and the Republican Party’s continuing war on women is past being a weary read [Kennedy column, Nov. 18].
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Rusthoven can’t pick his own factsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
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Shale gas will support inexpensive electricity

November 30, 2013
As stated in the “Natural gas dilemma” article [Nov. 18], there is increased demand for natural gas in the electric energy market in Indiana and across the country. However, I take exception to the theme that this increased demand will drive volatility in the market and harm Hoosier electric and gas customers.
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Benner will be missedRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dang! I just read the [Nov. 11] IBJ, as I have done every Monday since forever (always reading Benner’s column first).
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Conserve water, tooRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
IBJ’s Nov. 2 editorial “Study water needs while there’s time” should have noted the value of conservation in meeting future needs. Available supply should be carefully stewarded and not “promiscuously pumped,” as one water expert recently put it.
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Apples and orangesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] attempts to make a correlation between the 5.5 million people of Denmark with the 313 million people of the United States. Then she mentions Denmark has high levels of homogeneity.
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Social safety nets haven’t helpedRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Sheila Suess Kennedy [Nov. 4] states that “There’s a fair amount of evidence that strong social safety nets correlate with healthier social indicators”—less gun violence, teen pregnancy, divorce, etc.
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More progress needed for primary care docsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Thank you for [Oct. 21 Morris column] on the shortage of primary care doctors from a patient’s perspective.
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Manage aging processRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Thank you for including the [Oct. 7] article on the Global AgeWatch Index and the need for societies to better prepare for the impact of an aging population.
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Cultural Trail is ‘premier bicycle facility’Restricted Content

October 26, 2013
I really enjoyed Kathleen McLaughlin’s “Bike City” article [Oct. 14], with one exception.
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Thanks for the budgetRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
For many years, including my time at Indiana Black Expo, I have worked to bring people together for the betterment of our city. I’m grateful that our City-County Council and mayor put aside partisan differences to pass a budget.
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MacAllister impressiveRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I am very impressed with Mr. MacAllister’s column in the Oct. 7 Forefront.
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Let market successes dictate energy sourcesRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
I was disheartened to see Zach Adamson’s [Sept. 30] Viewpoint that naively believes we can replace the Harding Street Indianapolis Power & Light Co. plant with renewable energy sources.
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Adamson op-ed hailedRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Zach Adamson for president [Sept. 30]!
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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