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Do these folks file tax returns?Restricted Content

May 28, 2011
Morton Marcus [in his May 23 column] may have omitted some things in analyzing the statement about “half the people” not paying taxes.
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Families First helps beat addictionRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
In response to the prescription drug article [in the May 16 Focus section], with the increase in prescription-drug abuse throughout the state, there are two important things to understand:
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Swipe-fee reforms will ensure prosperityRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Merchants in the Hoosier state have experienced an inordinately swift and severe rise in swipe fees, a charge that card-issuing banks levy against retailers every time a customer uses a debit card to make a purchase.
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EDITORIAL: Smart growth likely result of Zionsville battle

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Zionsville’s family feud over commercial real estate development has stirred passions among people who seem to agree, at least outwardly, on one point: The town’s growth should be managed to preserve its quality of life.
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MARCUS: Lies told about people paying income tax

May 21, 2011
Morton Marcus
“Liars!” I want to shout. People who lie deliberately and those who lie innocently afflict our nation with falsehoods.
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DECKERS: What are customers tweeting about you?

May 21, 2011
Erik Deckers / Special to IBJ
Where were you when you first heard about Osama Bin Laden? Did you hear about it on Twitter and Facebook? On TV? Or did you see it on the front page of the morning paper, 10 hours after the rest of the world?
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ALTOM: Time digging into Excel 'goodies' will pay off

May 21, 2011
Tim Altom
To me, when it comes to business power, it’s hard to find more of it in one relatively cheap package than Excel.
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HETRICK: Please, dear sales clerk, play the age card for me

May 21, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Under the new law, only those who “reasonably appear to be less than 40 years old” will be required to show ID when buying alcohol. But those may prove to be fighting words.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2011 Field Guide to 500 Festival celebrity spotting

May 21, 2011
Lou Harry
Even if most of them aren’t showing off any talent beyond waving from a car on the parade route, there’s no denying that celebrities visiting Indy for the 500 add a kick to the month of May. Of course, one person’s celebrity is another’s “Who’s that?”
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HICKS: Slow recovery doesn’t favor interventionRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Mike Hicks
Most disagreement over economic policy is not based on theory; rather it is based on the discordant views about the ability of government to quickly and efficiently spend a stimulus or target a tax cut.
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DINING: Sauce is boss at new north-sider Tiger Lily

May 21, 2011
Lou Harry
With food more than a notch above your standard strip-center Asian eatery, Tiger Lily has quickly built a reputation for comfortable—if a bit loud—family dining.
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Indy 500 needs a dose of speed

May 21, 2011
The fastest Indy 500 was run 21 years ago. Look at the pole sitters’ times, and note how far back you’d have to go (decades) to have a pole sitter’s time not make today’s field!
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KRULL: Mourdock looms dwarfish alongside LugarRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Richard Lugar stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Robert Taft and Ted Kennedy.
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RUSTHOVEN: Mourdock's irrational criticism of LugarRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
If you’ve actually served in uniform—as Lugar has—giving those willing to fight and die for our country a path to citizenship isn’t what you call “amnesty” or “rewarding illegal immigrants.”
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SWAYZE: Lugar has strayed; it's time to replace himRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
I never dreamed I’d compare Lugar with moderate Democrats, but his record speaks for itself.
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LUGAR: The real thing is rooted in religion and flowers as libertyRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Dick Lugar / Special to IBJ
True conservatism embraces core economic and cultural beliefs that center on individual liberty—the freedom to believe, say and do what your conscience dictates, without reprisal from any government or group.
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MOURDOCK: Return conservatism to its constitutional roots of equalityRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Richard Mourdock / Special to IBJ
Conservatism: Activities in defense of the U.S. Constitution so that the federal government is limited in power, individual liberty is enhanced, and American prosperity is assured.
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MYERS: Our long conversation about race isn't overRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
“Minority” is rapidly evolving to “majority,” and that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.
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BANTZ: What works in education and what doesn'tRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Charles R. Bantz / Special to IBJ
We must develop a standard assessment instrument for kindergarten readiness and close the gaps in cognitive development that inhibit school performance.
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FERGUSON: Take redistricting away from the politiciansRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Safe districts essentially decide elections and take the power out of the hands of voters today and for the next 10 years.
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HOWEY: Bosma oversees calm, compelling changeRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
A younger Bosma during an earlier stint as speaker might have responded with acid rhetoric and ultimatums.
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STYRING: This sergeant at arms would bust chopsRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
[The sergeant at arms] might request the assistance of a police officer in making the arrest, but he would be the official arresting officer, acting in the name of the House.
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MAHERN: Democrats go nuclear to defend townshipRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
It must be understood that Democrats even implying that other Democrats are racist is much worse than Republicans calling one another socialist.
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MUTZ: Small communities aren't destined to decayRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
Although many planners and economists say some communities are a lost cause, local determination and leadership can make a difference.
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FARGO: Transparency's value for economic growthRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
It is difficult to sell the benefits of democracy to your citizens or the stability of your government to foreign investors if too much information is kept hidden.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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