Opinion

FARGO: Investigating a court record? Good luckRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
It might take a big chunk of the 21st century for the state to catch up to the 21st century.
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MAHERN: Look how far our society has progressedRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
In these 30-some pages of advertising, there are photographs of 30 different individuals. Not one is African-American.
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LADWIG: Bring the spirit of Lincoln back to IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Is that our position? Stand there confident that the inscrutable workings of a free market will restore our failing towns? Pretty much.
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VANE: Don't miss out on the calling of politicsRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Robert Vane / Special to IBJ
It is easy to focus on the scandals and the politicians who fall gracelessly from grace. But for every one of them, the ones we’d like to forget, there is a Richard Lugar or an Andy Jacobs whose service to this country we should never forget.
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SWAYZE: Fix the chaos Murphy Brown unleashedRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
It is time we start to look at these issues as a whole: Broken families are costing us dearly in both dollars and struggling lives.
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MORELAND: Congress let us down across the boardRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Doran Moreland / Special to IBJ
We are witnessing antics from neophyte legislators who prefer symbolism over responsible governance.
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Weak market could derail Allison's planned IPORestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission in March said it planned to raise $750 million through a public stock sale, but the economic outlook has darkened since then.
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EDITORIAL: Economy is weak, but this is no 2008Restricted Content

August 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
When the stock market plummeted on Aug. 8 and did so again two days later, many of us found ourselves having flashbacks to 2008, when every bleak day in the market seemed to be followed by another and then another.
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MORRIS: D.C. crowd making economic matters worseRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Greg Morris
I’m struggling with moving on from recent events, after losing about 15 percent of value in my equity investments in 11 business days. I’m angry. I’m really angry.
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KENNEDY: Google is making islands of all of usRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
What did I learn on my summer vacation? One thing that immediately struck me was how homogenized citizens from Western industrialized countries have become—how much we all look and dress alike.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The best games from GenCon

August 13, 2011
Lou Harry
For years, I’ve been telling Hoosiers that GenCon isn’t just for hard-core game geeks committed to multi-hour games of World of Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons. For every elf-costumed, sword-wielding aficionado, there’s also someone who just likes to play games socially with friends.
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KANNING: Improved productivity isn't good enoughRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Myron Kanning
The latest prolonged recession intensified the push for U.S. productivity gains.
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HICKS: Investors downgrade Standard & Poor's political ployRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Mike Hicks
There are many reasons to believe the second half of the year will bring a faster-growing economy.
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SKARBECK: Market volatility should be seen as an opportunityRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
To a long-term, value-oriented investor, volatility should be viewed as opportunity. The crazy prices that are occasionally offered up by a roller-coaster market in periods of uncertainty allow for the purchase of undervalued securities.
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BENNER: Daly's victory great, but Cuban adventure was betterRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Bill Benner
Twenty years ago, a hillbilly long shot from Arkansas pulled off one of the greatest upsets in golf history at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
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TV broadcasters push to get side channels into homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Digital technology ushered in over the last five years allows television stations to squeeze four signals into the broadcast spectrum a single analog signal occupied.
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ALTOM: Most phone hacking is a low-tech, fast-talking scamRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Tim Altom
Given the events of the past couple of months with News of the World and Rupert Murdock, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about phone hacking.
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DINING: When boy meets soy at Indiana State Fair

August 13, 2011
Lou Harry
It's the Year of Soybeans, which means different things to different vendors.
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Young's debt vote cost Hoosiers dearlyRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
In his [Aug. 8 op-ed], U.S. Rep. Todd Young spins his recent irresponsible actions in delaying the increase in the debt limit as “a meaningful and responsible first step on the path back to economic health.”
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STYLE: Taking care of that two-piece treasure

August 13, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Steve Arnold, owner of Classic Cleaners, explains proper suit maintenance.
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Hicks calculations wouldn't pan outRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
In his [July 30] commentary, Michael Hicks suggests that the $1.6 trillion of U.S. Treasury Securities held by the Federal Reserve be wiped out (since they are debts the U.S. owes itself) and thus eliminate 11 percent of our total national debt.
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Hetrick on target about need for jobsRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
What the country needs is job creation and not continuous discussion about the national debt.
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Pence would shred social safety netRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
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Don't overlook the rowing centerRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
While we at the Indianapolis Rowing Center applaud Bill Benner’s [July 23 column] call for attention to the crumbling infrastructure of our city’s amateur sports facilities, we’d like to add one bright spot—the rowing center.
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YOUNG: Why I voted for the debt reduction billRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Todd Young / Special to IBJ
The decision to support the debt limit package, the so-called Budget Control Act, was not an easy one, but one that should be regarded as a meaningful and responsible first step on the path back to economic health.
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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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