Letters to the Editor

Take the federal moneyRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
There are good reasons to feel optimistic about the changes taking place as a result of health care reform. More people will have access to insurance through health insurance marketplaces, and many will be able to take advantage of tax credits to afford this new coverage.
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Don't subsidize Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
I seriously question the advisability of our state, city or county providing monetary support to sports organizations, and certainly Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Feb. 18].
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Hempstead needs a gripRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
I surely hope Sarah Hempstead [Feb. 25] was joking when she suggested we ask anybody about Indianapolis—inferring, I would guess, a blank stare.
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Put citizens firstRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Are there not any really decent people to run for Congress [Maurer column, Feb. 18]? Too many of these candidates have the ability to speak smoothly, show an engaging personality and make a good impression. The real essence of their character is not revealed until they are caught taking advantage of their slick-lip shenanigans.
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Morris column hit homeRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
I enjoyed Greg Morris’ [Feb. 25] column. However, I wish he had taken it one step further to explain the absurdity of these so called “sequestration” cuts as they relate to baseline budgeting.
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Marijuana possession shouldn't be a crimeRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
In response to Deborah Daniels’ [Feb. 4] column regarding legalization of marijuana, everyone can agree that we should protect children from harm—there is no debate there.
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Radio's real problemRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
As a former radio personality (NPR and later WHAS-AM 840 in Louisville and other stations) and broadcast operations manager and intern supervisor at the University of Louisville), I continue to shake my head at Emmis and boss Jeff Smulyan’s total swivet with cell phone operators for refusing to put radio tuners on their phones or switch them on if they exist.
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Buses, yes, but no railRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
I support fully the improvement of the bus system in the metro area [Morris column, Jan. 28]. It is a necessity and the responsibility of government to provide access to those who need this service efficiently and cost effectively.
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Don't expand vouchersRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
I say no to expansion of Indiana’s school voucher program, already the most liberal in the nation when it comes to taking public money and moving it to private—mostly religious—schools. I ask the Legislature, particularly the GOP super-majority, to do more for the “system of common schools” they promised to support when they swore to uphold Indiana’s Constitution.
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Cursive is antiquatedRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
In a political climate where jobs is the watchword of every campaign, I am confused and saddened by the state Senate Education Committee’s 7-4 vote endorsing a bill that would mandate the teaching of cursive writing in elementary school.
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Ben Davis university models possibilitiesRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Thank you for the comprehensive [Jan. 14] story on the accomplishments of the students of Ben Davis University High School.
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Rusthoven was bigotedRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Far from credible criticism of “the liberal media double standard,” I interpreted Peter Rusthoven’s [Jan. 21] opinion piece “Double Standards on Israel” as an exercise in the expression of bias and bigotry.
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Cut some freshman sportsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
I am in total agreement with Benner’s [Jan. 7] suggestion of making incoming college freshmen ineligible for varsity sports.
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Clark complicates gay marriage debateRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Why does Micah Clark [Jan. 7 Viewpoint] blow the subject up into one of these all-inclusive ideological tornados?
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Gun column hit markRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Thank you for Peter J. Rusthoven's column. What a well-written, well-thought-out editorial, with substantiating articles, to better support the fact that enacting gun laws doesn't disarm the criminals.
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Guns laws workRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
I thought it would be impossible to write about gun laws after the Newtown tragedy and not talk about the bulbous magazine clips that allow a sane or insane person to fire hundreds of rounds from an automatic weapon in seconds, but Peter Rusthoven [Jan. 7] managed to do the impossible.
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Respect emotions in gun debateRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Commentaries by Peter Rusthoven as well as others in Forefront [Jan. 7] do not treat two sides of fear.
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Another side of the income debateRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
I read [in the Dec. 31 IBJ], with great dismay, that a millionaire lawyer is not able to charge his clients as much as an attorney in another state.
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In favor of shrinking not-for-profit boardsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
As a frequent consultant to not-for-profit boards, I couldn’t agree more [Dec. 24 Libman Viewpoint].
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Benner was 'uplifting'Restricted Content

January 12, 2013
Thanks so very much for pointing out the many triumphs and great moments Indianapolis and Indiana had in 2012 [Dec. 31 Benner column].
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Change before it's brokenRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
The dying service clubs mentioned in John Guy’s [Dec. 31 column] “How to revive dying service clubs” could benefit from following the lead of Toastmasters International which, even though it was growing, evaluated where it was and how it could best serve its membership.
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Coal plant good for jobsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
I commend Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. for finding the perfect fit in a company for our state. The coal gasification plant planned to be built in Rockport will really help our state.
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Gasification plant is wise investmentRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. is recruiting the $2.8 billion Indiana Gasification LLC clean energy project. The plant represents hundreds of permanent, high-paying jobs in newer, cleaner advanced industrial technologies.
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Don't confuse marijuana with bath salts, spiceRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
In response to Sen. Tom Wyss’s [Dec. 10] letter about marijuana legalization, I am afraid the senator is erroneously conflating several issues. Marijuana is not related to bath salts or spice. There is also no connection between marijuana and meth. It is only their current illegal status that is similar.
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Citizens Energy should oppose Rockport projectRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Citizens Energy Group proclaims a vision to “… fulfill the promise of the Trust to serve our customers and communities with unparalleled excellence and integrity” and a mission to “… maintain the lowest possible rates with sound financial management.” Yet still they remain neutral on Leucadia National Corp.’s Rockport coal gasification plant.
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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

  4. Sure, I'll admit that it bugs me to see that the IBJ.COM censors it's blog posts almost as much as the D of I does when someone points out the falsehoods and fabrications. _____But I think it bothers me almost as much that Captain/Defender/Disciple get his yanked too. You see, those of us with a sense of integrity, humanity, compassion, and a need for fact based opinion WANT to see all of his screeds posted. It makes our point so much better than we can do it ourselves.

  5. We're conflating two very different topics. Voter fraud is a myth and excessive gun violence is all too real. I just hope rational gunowners decide to stop being shouted down by the, well, let's call them "less rational" ones.

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