Opinion

JONES: Hoosiers still processing change with wary eye

March 15, 2014
Max Jones / Special to IBJ
A casual glimpse of recent developments in Indiana politics might suggest Hoosiers are in the throes of an identity crisis. As a traditional dead-red state, Indiana produced few surprises. Republicans, for the most part, rule the roost, even with the occasional presence of Democratic governors or slight majority of Dems in the state’s House of Representatives.
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SOUDER: Moral issues are dead in Indiana politics—for nowRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
This debate is not new. A famous president of Purdue University once said that whoever raised the abortion debate was the loser. Political debate over issues such as gay marriage, abortion, marijuana, prayer in schools, hiring rights of religious organizations, and posting of the Ten Commandments has long been a part of the American political process.
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TAFT: Indianapolis vacant housing at critical crossroadsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Neighborhood and local government leaders in Indianapolis increasingly face a dilemma: Let tax-foreclosed houses sit vacant or enable their acquisition by large, scattered-site rental investors.
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SPALDING: Take the transit money while the fed's hand is openRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Every time I see an IndyGo story, I brace myself for the good, the bad and the oh-so ugly.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Crime undermines Indy’s many advancementsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Ballard expanded on a familiar theme of making Indianapolis a more livable city, one that can build on its unique amenities to attract middle- and upper-income residents back into Marion County and even the old city limits.
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BOEHM: Airport is shortsighted location for justice centerRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Like almost everyone familiar with the Marion County courts, I applaud Mayor Ballard’s proposal to address the long-recognized need for a judicial center. The proposal would leave the civil courts in the City-County Building but consolidate the criminal courts and their associated agencies in one complex.
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PARR: Taxes, budget surpluses and dueling ideologiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Riley Parr / Special to IBJ
For some time now, there has been a concerted effort—primarily by Republicans—to tackle tax reform. Essentially, the plan is to lower rates for all Americans and close loopholes, doing so in a revenue-neutral manner.
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LANOSGA: Run government like a business? Which business?Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
Which is better: business or government? Before you answer, consider two cases.
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MASSON: New slogan destined for 'Wander Indiana' infamyRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that “Honest to Goodness Indiana” is the new slogan with which it will attempt to promote the state to tourists. IBJ reported that slogan was the product of a panel of 30 individuals within the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, government leaders, and representatives from both the public and private sectors as well as a development process including input from nearly 8,000 consumers.
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MADISON: Hoosiers, the American Dream, and 'jest a bein' rich'Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
Indiana was for a century and a half the heartland of the American Dream. Pioneers bought land cheaply, built log cabins, grew corn, and soon acquired iron stoves and store-bought clothing.
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KETZENBERGER: It isn't about the destination; it's about the questRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
When I was a kid with a tank full of cheap gas and nothing but time on my hands, I’d drive all over the countryside trying to get lost.
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GARRISON: Planned Parenthood's latest subsidized exploitRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
So I am preparing for the show one recent morning when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a story at Breitbart.com about a new PR campaign being launched by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The subject? Bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism for “active teens.”
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RASMUSSEN: Politics now minus-sum game where everyone losesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Scott Rasmussen / Special to IBJ
“A simple recipe for violence: promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement.” The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests. Sadly, his words from long ago eerily describe the politics of 21st-century America.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dance Kaleidoscope explores undiscovered country (& western)

March 15, 2014
Lou Harry
Even saddled with distracting costumes, DK shines in country show. Highlights include choreographer Cynthia Pratt's "If I Needed You."
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KENNEDY: We’re getting what we deserveRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Anyone who has ever written a book, mounted a PR campaign or started a new business has confronted a threshold question: Who’s your audience? Who will read your book, be persuaded by your campaign, or buy your widget?
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LEONARD: Rooting for a Pence-Sebelius agreementRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Douglas Leonard / Special to IBJ
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face—when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
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MORRIS: Government overreach at all-time highRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Greg Morris
You'll see the intrusions clearly in the kind of car you drive and how much you pay for power.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closesRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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LOPRESTI: Time to test your knowledge of Big Ten hoops coaches

March 8, 2014
Who's best equipped for one of the most unpredictable postseasons in years?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Two young companies brush up on Shakespeare

March 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Reviews of Eclectic Pond's "The Comedy of Errors" and IndyShakes/Wisdom Tooth's "The Winter's Tale."
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DINING: Graeter’s for beginners

March 8, 2014
Lou Harry
The Cincy ice cream icon comes to Indy. Here's what the uninitiated should know.
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Hicks: Choke Russian ambitions with a Fed strategy

March 8, 2014
Mike Hicks
The Soviet, er ... Russian, invasion of Ukraine offers a nice reminder of JFK’s old dictum that domestic policy can defeat us, but foreign policy can get us killed. As we pay higher gasoline prices, we ought to think about the world as it is and our options.
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Skarbeck: Tactics have proliferated to gain edge in tradingRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
Critics are divided on whether Regulation NMS has achieved its stated purpose, or whether it has produced unintended consequences.
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Downtown justice complex would spur city’s centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
The stated preferred location for the new criminal justice center, 6600 Kentucky Ave., is attractive on a first-cost basis because it is bare farm ground. However, looking at the benefits of this project long-term, this site would be a mistake.
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Rotten foundationRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Mike Hicks [Feb 3] identifies the decisions made by individuals that almost guarantee poverty—quitting high school, using drugs and having children out of wedlock.
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