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Insurance industry protects consumersRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
I write in response to [Julia Vaughn’s Forefront column June 13] titled “State protects insurers better than consumers” and its mistaken view that insurance commissioner Stephen Robertson’s support of medical loss ratio reform does nothing to protect consumers.
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Another call to add a Dillard's downtownRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
I couldn’t agree with [Greg Morris commentary, June 6] more about bringing Dillard’s to Indianapolis.
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Turn failed IPS sites into charter schoolsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
No one obviously wants the government to raise our children, but it is clear to me that someone needs to step up and create real reform in the state’s largest school district.
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Lugar column sparks policy questionsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Sen. Lugar, although I think of myself as conservative, I disagree with you on some points [in your May 23 Forefront column].
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FERGUSON: Defunding sends states on dangerous pathRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Much more worrying to me is the fact that many of the poorest women (and men) in the state will be denied basic health services at least temporarily.
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KRULL: Left, right wings keep abortion battle ragingRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Both sides, of course, claim the public supports their position.
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SWAYZE: Behind the Planned Parenthood debateRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
This certainly isn’t about health care. Approximately 97 percent of abortions are done on healthy women with healthy babies.
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MORELAND: Let's do more to improve community healthRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Doran Moreland / Special to IBJ
With so much evidence showing we are losing control of our health, why can we not collectively grab hold of this issue? I believe one reason is that Indiana is not an easy place to be healthy.
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DRESSLAR: Behold the new politics of school reformRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
David Dresslar / Special to IBJ
Traditional adversarial relationships between school district and teachers’ union leadership are evolving toward more collaborative relationships.
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BENNETT: No reform is toughest; all are getting careful attentionRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Tony Bennett / Special to IBJ
From the very beginning, we knew there was no silver bullet to creating world-class schools.
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HOWEY: Mourdock's big GOP gamble is taking hitsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
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STYRING: How Pence can fight a Mediscare attackRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
“Don’t touch our Medicare” (and Social Security) will crush our kids and grandkids with horrendous taxes. To maintain otherwise is fantasy.
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WAGNER: The unappealing options for life after MitchRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
With a presidential bid off the table, those moderate Republicans who’ve loyally worked for Daniels over the years must now choose between life beyond politics or holding their noses on some issues just to stay in the game.
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LADWIG: Chambers of commerce have lost their wayRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
At best, many Indiana chambers see themselves as middlemen smoothing the government licensing and regulatory processes.
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MYERS: Keep fighting the winning battle against HIVRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Research is paying off; prevention is working better than before; fear and discrimination have lessened.
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MAHERN: A call to properly honor civic giant HudnutRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Save for a bust in the lobby of the City-County Building, you would never know he had ever been around.
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FARGO: Taking government transparency up a notchRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
The Internet has changed our expectations about the availability of information. We now expect information to be at our fingertips when we want it.
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EDITORIAL: A move to new digs isn't far-fetched for Angie's ListRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The idea of Angie’s List someday pulling up stakes just east of downtown and moving its 650 employees to Fishers, for example, is discouraging for anyone who recognizes the importance of a healthy city core, but the possibility should come as no surprise.
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MORRIS: Check out Conner Prairie's new $4 million gemRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Morris
When I knew I was going to the exhibit opening, I was pleased because I’d heard so much about it, but I wasn’t expecting to emerge enthusiastically recommending it to just about everyone I talk to. Yet, that’s what happened.
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MARCUS: Hold the celebration; reality is just aheadRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Morton Marcus
Frequently, Hoosiers ride as passengers in one of the front cars on the business roller coaster.
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GUY: I have no predictions about the futureRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
John Guy
Those who try to predict the future do not tell us their track records, but they do ask us to buy their books.
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ALTOM: Don't sweat the cancer risk of cell phonesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Tim Altom
The evidence strongly shows that, for the business user, cell phones are the least of our worries, unless we’re in the habit of answering them in dense traffic.
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HICKS: Absence of fathers has dire economic impactRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Mike Hicks
Poverty in America is overwhelmingly caused by two things: failing to graduate from high school and single parenting.
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SKARBECK: Latest investment tool to tame risk is no panaceaRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The idea behind tail-risk hedging is to provide protection to a portfolio against a disastrous event that would wreak havoc on the markets—a so-called “black swan” event made famous by Nassim Taleb’s book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.”
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STYLE: Local entrepreneur teaches upholstery staples

June 18, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Shelly Leer had planned to start ModHomeEc on a small scale, but has found it tough to keep it there. She’s had to double class sizes from three students to six since January and has started offering three-day, out-of-town workshops in Chicago.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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