Opinion

HICKS: Cuts will come in wake of federal budget dealRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is clear that the agreement to raise the United States’ debt ceiling demands cuts to military budgets, to entitlements and to the vast cornucopia of discretionary spending.
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RUSTHOVEN: The pipedream of legalized marijuanaRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
In Indiana, as elsewhere, advocates of medical marijuana use—particularly those aflame with government’s power to “do good”—are blind to unintended consequences and the realities of human motivation and behavior.
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KIM: Managers with skin in game most likely to perform wellRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
It seems perfectly logical that you want to invest with a manager or fund where the manager has a significant amount invested alongside you.
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Mahern column was deserved praiseRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Big Bill Hudnut kind of defined a “mover and shaker” of Indianapolis. He led us across the bridge from Naptown to an Indianapolis we are all proud of.
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Myers is local jewelRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
We are fortunate to have Myers return to Indianapolis. He has vast experience in the delivery of health care and how it impacts our community.
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Another TIF testRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Every proposed development that approaches a municipality expects a TIF district and tax abatements. They point out that every other municipality they approach is willing to give this to them. If you refuse, they go elsewhere.
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Hit greedy Colts in the pocketbookRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Since this is ultimately about money, simple solutions exist and the simplest of all is to not buy Colts tickets—and if you want to cross over to radical you can boycott Colts commercial sponsor products.
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We're all hurt by diminished mediaRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
That’s the real tragedy of these Gannett layoffs, the stooping to infotainment and the dumbing down of not just a new generation of Woodwards and Bernsteins (if they even know who that is), and the slow death of the entire Fourth Estate.
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People in the news - Aug. 8, 2011

August 6, 2011
People listings are free.
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QUINN: Picking off neighboring business is shortsighted strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Patrick Quinn / Special to IBJ
Businesses are choosing Illinois for reasons that go far beyond our strategic incentive packages, which are just one tool in our arsenal.
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ROOB: Illinois businesses come for sanity, not incentivesRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Mitch Roob / Special to IBJ
Our recent billboard campaign—Illinnoyed—in and near Chicago was a little tongue-in-cheek, but it got our point across.
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BOEHM: New districts further polarize LegislatureRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
New maps are as severely gerrymandered as their predecessors, and adherence to some stated goals of neutral districting does not come close to achieving a fair plan.
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VAUGHN: Indianapolis should ban contractor contributionsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
For too long, candidates for county and city offices have taken for granted that a large percentage of their campaign war chests come from individuals and entities seeking to do business with local government.
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KETZENBERGER: There's nothing divine about a balanced budgetRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
The governor, legislative fiscal leaders and their fiscal staffs deserve a lot of credit, but their effort to put Indiana on sound fiscal footing is not miraculous. They did it the old-fashioned way—with a lot of hard work, tough decisions and a little luck.
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WOUDENBERG: Troubling reflections from the White caseRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Anita Y. Woudenberg / Special to IBJ
For the voter, Republican or otherwise, it suggests an irresolute moral character that makes at least this conservative think twice about why she’s involved in a party that apparently can’t be bothered to look after its own.
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HARRIS: Getting parents involved works better than punishmentRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
The notion that kids from challenging backgrounds are destined to fail could not be more wrong.
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MEREDITH: Parents are just one piece of intricate education puzzleRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Policymakers, schools and educators must be realistic in their expectations for parents with the challenges families face.
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CAMPBELL: What to do with Lafayette Square MallRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
Safe, traditional options won’t work here; we have to get aggressive.
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KINGSOLVER: Ballard is a mayor for the next generationRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Justin Kingsolver / Special to IBJ
As a young person jaded by countless politicians’ broken promises to “ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren,” it is refreshing to see a political leader actually enact policies and programs that deliver on those promises.
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SHELLA: Rename clunky IUPUI for Doc BowenRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
You could come up with a clumsier name for a college than Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, but it would be tough.
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EARLY: Don't underestimate our National GuardRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The Indiana Guard Ranger Company served intact in the Vietnam War and earned more medals in 1969 than any U.S. Army company in a one-year period.
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DINING: Carmel's new Detour dares diners to overdo it

August 6, 2011
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of reviews of new arts district eateries.
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BENNER: Weighing in on Kiel, Manning and the BrickyardRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other.
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EDITORIAL: Athletes could make charity last by giving instead of creatingRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
It shouldn’t be any surprise that professional athletes are flexing their philanthropic muscles with increasing frequency, leveraging their wealth and fame to start tax-exempt entities of their own.
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MORRIS: Super Bowl inspires collaboration

July 30, 2011
Greg Morris
In anticipation of what I’m sure will be an awesome event, I thought this would be a good time to talk about some unique collaboration that is taking place in the city leading up to the big game.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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