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DINING: Washington Street staple rises again under new name

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
Javier's Hacienda takes over the spot formerly occupied by El Sol. And, yes, the donkey is still there.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Actors Theatre creates a loverly ‘My Fair Lady’

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
A good production needs to treat these familiar characters as people instead of icons and the songs as spontaneous bursts of emotional truth, not as a greatest-hits package.
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RUSTHOVEN: No dispute about civil illiteracyRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
My friend and Taking Issues counterpart Sheila Kennedy and I disagree on many things. But Kennedy, who heads Indiana University’s Center for Civic Literacy, is dead right about the woeful ignorance among Americans about our history and governmental system.
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CONTERNO: Attack diabetes epidemic togetherRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Enrique Conterno / Special to IBJ
The numbers tell an urgent story: Diabetes is a global epidemic that strikes close to home.
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LOPRESTI: Gods of sport, our list of grievances knows no bounds

September 13, 2014
Someone has an Indianapolis voodoo doll with a pin stuck in it.
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MAURER: Roll up your sleeves for Indy Do DayRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Service event is as good for you and your customers as for the causes you will help.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show evokes many stories

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Annual "Quest for the West" exhibition stresses the familiar over the innovative. And that's just how collectors like it.
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DINING: Sandwich shop pleases with cheeses

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to a "Shark Tank" score, Tom + Chee is spreading. Thoughts on its first Indy location.
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HICKS: Focus on shrinking the federal governmentRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Mike Hicks
Small-government sentiment runs strong in Indiana, and we can be pleased with the resulting low taxes, thoughtful regulatory environment and greater personal freedom. Still, I think much of the small-government movement in Indiana targets the wrong problems.
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KIM: Worlds of sports, finance continue to collideRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Mickey Kim
Instead of assembling a pretend roster for your fantasy football league, how would you like to actually own a piece of Andrew Luck or your favorite player?
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Kennedy criticized wrong interest groupRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
Sheila Kennedy again shows her liberal bias in her [Sept. 8] commentary on civics. She complains about the lack of knowledge of “we the people” about our government and our electoral processes, but decides to tie it to political contributions.
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Think long term for Asherwood’s futureRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
IBJ’s [Sept. 8] report on the for-sale listing of the Simon family’s 106-acre estate, Asherwood, in Carmel presents a great opportunity for a new owner to reforest the 18-hole golf course.
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EDITORIAL: Digital billboards could fill coffersRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
The city should put another bargaining chip on the table: revenue.
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KENNEDY: In the country of the blindRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Two unrelated articles in the Aug. 31 New York Times brought me up short. The first was yet another analysis of (un)representative government in Ferguson, Mo.; the second addressed the growing power of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ political organization.
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HENDERSON: No, you can’t hide anymoreRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Tom Henderson
Customer retention and new sales can be trendy. If you’re Comcast/Xfinity, as an example, you’re reeling from the insane firestorm of social media castigation as regards to how you’ve trained, monitored and improved the quality of your customer service representatives.
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Lopresti: Time for the main course: NFL rivalries now in season

September 6, 2014
Sink your teeth into these anticipated Colts match-ups.
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Morris: Start with Art inspires againRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Greg Morris
Local arts organizations are doing something right, deserve your support.
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Hicks: Sluggish economy complicates forecastingRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Mike Hicks
When the economy is getting much better or much worse, the trend is obvious even if there are occasional mixed signals. When the economy changes little, almost every piece of new data can be confusing.
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Skarbeck: Risk measure stokes debate over merits of index funds

September 6, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
While the goal of many investors is to “beat the market,” it is a well-known fact that most investors (including professionals), underperform the market over the long run. Hence, the argument to buy index funds. Investors who invest in index funds accept the aggregate ups and downs (volatility) of the broad stock market.
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LOU'S VIEWS: New/old Lichtenstein sculpture dominates IMA front yard

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
No question about it, "Five Brushstrokes" is bold. It's also playful and welcoming.
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DINING: In the outpost of Zionsville, a trailblazing Cowboy gets cooking

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
While it might sound like a naughty "Blazing Saddles" villain, Salty Cowboy is actually a worthy addition to the town's dining lineup.
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Pence should stand tallRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Mickey Maurer’s [Aug. 18] comments on the children from Central America who are being made into a political football by people who lack compassion are spot on.
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Illegal means illegalRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
Having completed Mickey Maurer’s [Aug. 18] column, I have just one simple question for him: When did Webster’s change the definition of illegal?
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Pence owed apologyRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
In response to Gov. Mike Pence’s [Aug. 25] letter “Maurer distorted Pence position,” I agree with the governor on Mickey Maurer’s poor choice of words.
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Sticking it to commutersRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
I found [Sheila Kennedy’s Aug. 11 column] to be incredibly compelling. For years, I worked in Louisville, Ky., while living in Indiana, and for each of those years I was required to pay into a sinking fund (often referred to by commuters as a stinking fund).
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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