Opinion

EDITORIAL: Let's abandon immigration bill

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers should take notice when broad swaths of society increasingly register opposition to pending legislation, and the immigration reform bill before the General Assembly is one such example.
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ANDREWS: Exploring China ... and my family's roots

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
My trip to China this month took me to the Shanghai street where my great uncle worked nearly a century ago, when he was only beginning to quench his appetite for knowledge about this vast and mysterious nation.
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MARCUS: Training and education aren't same thing

March 26, 2011
Morton Marcus
Ignorant and bigoted people are encouraged to run for public office when they witness this dumbing-down of society.
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MADER: Design guidelines vital to city's success

March 26, 2011
No one likes to be told what to do. But, we’re told how fast we can drive, how many emergency exits we have to have in a building and, in some cases, even the color we can paint our houses.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work issue still alive and kicking

March 26, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Legislative observers wonder whether this session’s unique nature may convince Senate leaders to be a bit more flexible in ruling on germaneness.
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ALTOM: Business analysts pack more punch than they used to

March 26, 2011
Tim Altom
The numbers are astounding, even after all these years. A full quarter of all IT projects are canceled before they’re done.
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DINING: Three Pints a quart low on customer service

March 26, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Last in a month-long series of numeric restaurant reviews. This week: Three Pints Brewpub.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The closing of Borders ... read it and weep

March 26, 2011
Lou Harry
The coffee smell dissipates. The signs drop from 25%-50% off to 40%-60% off. Shelves of books migrate from soon-to-be-closed-off sections to empty shelf space elsewhere, causing category labels to lose their meaning. Customers linger, wondering if a novel unworthy of their $24 might be worthy of $12. This is how it ends for Indianapolis’ only downtown full-service bookshop.
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HETRICK: Energy gluttony means deadly game of chicken

March 26, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Japan’s crisis could enlightens us on ways to avoid mutually assured destruction.
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BENNER: March drama extends beyond basketball courtRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Bill Benner
The same fans who had (rightfully) lauded coach Matt Painter for guiding the Boilermakers to a surprisingly strong season suddenly were ripping Painter in the aftermath of the tournament loss to VCU.
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BALLARD: Atlanta impresses with redeveloped steel mill locationRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Greg Ballard / Special to IBJ
Atlanta turned the contaminated site of a former steel mill into an urban jewel called Atlantic Station.
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CARSON: Houston's mass transit system is helping solve problemsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Samuel Carson / Special to IBJ
Houston's comprehensive mass transit plan, which incorporates neighborhood economic development and community control of infrastructure, got its start 20 years ago amid cries that it couldn't happen.
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GIBSON: A bus system like Charlotte's would offer many benefitsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Ron Gibson / Special to IBJ
Charlotte, N.C., operates approximately 325 buses with 74 routes on a budget of $110 million while IndyGo has an annual budget of $55 million with only 150 buses and 29 routes.
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KENNEDY: Seattle is benefiting from comprehensive youth programRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
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RUSTHOVEN: Urbana is actually about school choiceRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
The Indiana State Teachers Association opposes vouchers with every fiber of its being. So does the Democratic legislative caucus, supported by ISTA (and ISTA dues money).
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MAHERN: What's the problem with school vouchers, really?Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Why not take the tax money we would have spent sending children to a failing system and give their parents the opportunity to send them to the private school of their choice? After all, that’s what we do when it comes to higher ed.
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MUTZ: Gale of opportunity blowing toward IPSRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
The New Orleans school system, which endured almost total devastation due to Hurricane Katrina, may give us a model to follow. When given an opportunity for a fresh start, the city developed a combination of public and charter schools.
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KENNEDY: About those intended and unintended consequences ...Restricted Content

March 26, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Even if one believes that same-sex marriages are a “problem,” enacting House Joint Resolution 6 will change nothing.
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SMITH: Ban counterfeits to preserve critically important institutionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Curt Smith / Special to IBJ
Across all time and all cultures, wise leaders and wise societies have recognized that marriage is good, and wise societies have protected and nurtured it.
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FARGO: Sure the schools are failing? Check it outRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Unfortunately, journalists still sometimes fall into the trap of accepting what “everybody knows” without doing enough questioning.
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KRULL: Beware the apparent mandate of a landslideRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
We tend to think that elections in which one party or the other racks up an overwhelming majority should calm the body politic.
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WAGNER: Beltway opportunity borne of Indiana rootsRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
I’d never have been halfway around the world climbing all over nuclear research reactors if I hadn’t taken a few risks in Indiana.
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MYERS: Don't overreach on collective bargainingRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
My company is a member of our local chamber of commerce, and I’m about as pro-business as anyone can be. But that does not require me to be anti-union.
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LADWIG: Republican 'change' disappoints in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Establishment Republicans are in danger of becoming as addicted to government aid as countless other individuals and interest groups.
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BONIFIELD: Young voters could decide the next electionRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
If they expect to win back the House and the governor’s mansion, Democrats need to invest in an infrastructure that will begin to engage young Hoosiers.
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