Opinion

EDITORIAL: Nordstrom loss not death knell for downtownRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The news that Nordstrom Inc. will close its Circle Centre mall store July 31 is proof that the suburbs still rule where retail is concerned, but it shouldn’t signal a repeat of the gradual decline downtown suffered when merchants began leaving the city’s core in the 1950s.
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MAURER: Reflecting on what could have been for 'Our Man Mitch'Restricted Content

May 28, 2011
Mickey Maurer
The media gauntlet is one of the reasons we rarely have an opportunity to elect the most qualified of our public servants.
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MARCUS: Numbers say Indiana's economy isn't healthyRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Morton Marcus
Usually, when an unemployed person gets a job, the number of people unemployed goes down and the number employed goes up. That’s a healthy economy.
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HENDERSON: On power players and the future of kidsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Tom Henderson
We expect IPS to take its students to the very pillars of academic success after thoroughly hog-tying them. It’s difficult to find more breathless insanity than this.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urbanski impresses during weekend with symphony

May 28, 2011
Lou Harry
While his official tenure doesn’t begin until September, Krzysztof Urbanski’s unofficial coming-out party came May 20-21 when he led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the first time since being named music director.
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HICKS: Remembering those who fought, and whyRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Mike Hicks
Three times as many Hoosiers perished in the Civil War than the nation as a whole has lost to battle since Vietnam.
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SKARBECK: Debt-ceiling issue has no easy solutionsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The public must understand that the arguing in Washington over raising of the debt ceiling is just political posturing.
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BENNER: Good news locked out until NFL makes peaceRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Bill Benner
Columnist ruminates on this, that and the other.
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DINING: Inspired sushi with a side of glow sticks

May 28, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Fourth in our month-long series of reviews of newer ethnic eateries. This week, a trip to Sensu.
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BASILE: Navigating South America proves challenging

May 28, 2011
Frank Basile
Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are connected to South America by land and little else.
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IPS is improvingRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
There’s been much talk recently about the possibility of mayoral control of Indianapolis Public Schools. Missing in this debate are the voices of the students and families who actually live within and are served by the school district.
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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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