Letters to the Editor

Tourism cuts add upRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Anthony Schoettle’s [July 29] article “Indiana tourism spending is fraction of nearby states’” shed light on an issue those of us in the tourism industry have been concerned with since the budget decreases began a few years ago.
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Hicks cited poor researchRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
In his Aug. 3 column, Mike Hicks made a wide-ranging attack on colleges of education as refuges of mediocrity, insularity and poor research.
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Cops before cricketRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Cricket fields, a league, tournament play and the economic benefits they might bring to Marion County could have all been enjoyed without spending $6 million from the city’s budget [DeGaris column, July 29]. In fact, not one tax dollar needed to have been spent.
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Zinn opens our eyes to another American point of viewRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Of course Rusthoven would write this biased piece [July 22]. He’s speaking on behalf of the GOP. How can Howard Zinn’s book be anti-American? If anything, it is American.
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Coal decision will rock Indiana energy pricesRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
The recent announcement of the president’s climate-change plan is a revealing look into the future of our nation and the crippling effect it will have on Indiana.
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Indiana falling behind on Affordable Care ActRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Reading Greg Morris’ [July 15] editorial made me sad for Indiana’s citizens.
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Blame Carson’s party for student debtRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
What perplexes me is, Andre Carson’s party had complete control of both houses of Congress when the initial student debt law was passed [July 8 Viewpoint].
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Waltz changed emphasis of transit debateRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Like Sen. Waltz, I will be serving on the legislative study committee dealing with the future of public transit for central Indiana. The committee has yet to meet and the senator had not shared his ideas with me, so I was interested in his thoughts [July 8]. He seems to have redefined our task.
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Admiration for ReiffRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
He is so deserving of being in the trainers' national Hall of Fame.
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Early education is keyRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
My wife has been an early childhood educator for over 35 years.
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Use sports model for schoolsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
So why not follow the sports franchise model to pull our schools out of their sorry state?
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Touching is believingRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Your article reminded me of a quote I’ve been saying for over 30 years.
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Boomers selling firmsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
The last three to four months particularly have been robust and hopefully will continue.
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Libman plan in action—at another placeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Sky Blue Window features fresh content daily, and has included stories from WFYI, a former Indianapolis Star editor, award-winning freelance writers and college journalists.
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Not-for-profits sold shortRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Restricting not-for-profits from the Fishers Interstate 69 corridor [June 10] ignores an organization’s impact on a community’s quality of life and focusing only on the bottom line.
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Maurer gets it right on marriage equalityRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
I’m amazed at how many don’t understand the difference between civil marriage—the one that government sanctions—and religious marriage, the one ordained by religious institutions [Maurer Commentary, May 27].
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New light on lightbulbsRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
I felt it necessary to fact-check Sheila Kennedy concerning her [June 3] column about conservative reaction to the environment.
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How to fix the Indy 500Restricted Content

June 8, 2013
The Indianapolis 500 is still the biggest, most spine-tingling deal of all sporting events. So, why the downturn in worldwide excitement? There are a number of reasons:
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Trends can misguideRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Who does [Mickey Maurer] admire more, a man of principle and conviction or a man who sways with political winds [May 27 Commentary]?
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Closing long-term parking lot is short-sighted decisionRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
I am sincerely baffled by the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s [May 6 online] decision to close long-term parking, the closest surface lot to the terminal, essentially forcing all surface parking to the more distant economy lot.
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Broad Ripple project will stimulate spendingRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Some business are worried that Canal Pointe will detract from their income [May 11]. Without a doubt, this specific area needs developing.
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Stick to oval racing roots

May 18, 2013
Thanks for Benner’s [May 6] column. There are far too many street/grand prix races already.
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Transit skeptic lists demands

May 18, 2013

You ask how to get non-believers on board [May 13 editorial].

1. Show me one mass transit system in the nation that is self-supporting, including upkeep and depreciation with excess inflow of cash.

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School choice segregates

May 18, 2013
Reflecting on the [May 13] article “Trying to Reclaim a Legacy,” please don’t forget another group of people who took a risk: the taxpayers.
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Defer to Urbanski on seating decisionRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
I strongly support Maestro Urbanski’s decision not to have people seated in the Stage Terrace behind the orchestra [April 22 editorial].
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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