Letters to the Editor

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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ISO editorial unfoundedRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
I am surprised to find the IBJ [April 22 editorial] calling something bad business without having done any real research to find out if the action it scorns is really bad business.
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Indiana University-Kokomo in good handsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
“Charges flew after IU-Kokomo chancellor’s sudden exit” [April 22] contradicts the reality of our experience.
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Ridership won’t cover cost of mass transitRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Responding to the [April 15] millennial view Jordan Updike has of transit, I appreciate his passion for mass transit, and I would echo that passion in the negative.
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Transit should support itselfRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Who wouldn’t want a transit system that saved them $8,000 while someone else paid the bills [Updike Viewpoint, April 15]?
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Foreign aid is importantRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
In light of the sequestration, it is crucial that the government realizes the importance of foreign aid spending and its impact on the economy.
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Sidewalks before transitRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
I recently returned home to the Indianapolis area. Growing up in Carmel, the only bus I rode was the school bus. My travels with the military exposed me to mass transit: the subway in New York City, trains in Europe and the Middle East, and the bus and light rail system in Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
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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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