Two recipes to improve Indy

January 26, 2010
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In order to prosper in the long term, Indianapolis must master two things, contends long-time city father and Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. The city must nurture children well, and it must connect thoroughly with the rest of the world.

Morris, whose most recent job was as director of the United Nations World Food Program, says children who receive good educations, eat nutritious food and grow up in stimulating environments not only will thrive as adults but will also draw attention to the city as a good place to do business.

Youth organizations ranging from the YMCA to scouts to the Indiana Youth Institute must be top rate, he said. So do sports organizations and any other group that touch children’s lives.

“We all need to be consumed with the notion of ensuring the people who grow up in Indianapolis have the best opportunities of any city in the world,” he says. “Those places that focus on children having really a good base of opportunity and experiences and education and good health from the beginning—generally, everything else will take care of itself.”

Indianapolis’ future will also depend heavily on connecting with the world, Morris emphasized. Manufacturers in the region, indeed the state, draw their lifeblood from exports. And cities that thrive will attract investment and the best minds from wherever they can. That means making Indianapolis hospitable to internationals, whether they’re university students or workers showing interest in jobs or investors.

Morris won’t opine on how well Indianapolis cares for children or connects with the world, but you can. How is Indianapolis doing?

  • President?
    Isn't LB president of the Pacers? Or have they finally made a long overdue change?
  • Nurture children with equal access to fathers
    Clearly the best method of helping our children would be to allow their fathers equal time and equal support. We note that single mother children are at much greater risk when the father is excluded from the child's life. Additionally, equal treatment is the fair thing to do.

    Lets help our children with an item that cost nothing. Treat all parents equally in divorce, even poor fathers.


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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now