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KETZENBERGER: Drafting Daniels for corporate IndianaRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
If his first run for governor is any indication, he’d make a heckuva presidential candidate. I hope he doesn’t.
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BOEHM: State employees hang in court balanceRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
If the Supreme Court agrees with the 1984 opinion, the effect would presumably be to bar state employees from serving in the Legislature, a holding of no small consequence.
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HARRIS: Education reform would elevate, not denigrate, teachersRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
What is especially troubling about this tactic is that it denies us a chance to debate these critical issues. The policies being proposed in Indiana to evaluate and reward teachers would benefit from a robust debate.
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MEREDITH: Bashing dedicated teachers is no way to reform educationRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Teachers simply cannot be made the scapegoats in the education reform debate. This merely distracts from the real issues at hand.
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RIVERA: Martindale-Brightwood revamp can set strong exampleRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Angel Rivera
A walk through the streets there showed a pattern of crumbling infrastructure, missing chunks of sidewalks, and boarded-up homes. When I asked a city official for the number of abandoned houses in this neighborhood, he answered, “between 300 and 450."
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SANDERS: Create a sense of community across broader IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Joanne Sanders / Special to IBJ
The dictionary defines “neighborhood” as “a district where people live.” That certainly defines Indianapolis …
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EDITORIAL: Democrats need to share ideas to stay relevant

April 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indiana House Democrats congratulated each other for stopping anti-union legislation as they returned from self-imposed exile in Illinois on March 28, but they had no one but themselves to blame for the hiatus.
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MAURER: An opportunity to help the homeless

April 2, 2011
Mickey Maurer
There is much work to be done. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, an umbrella homeless advocacy organization, estimates that 4,500 to 7,500 individuals in Marion County experienced homelessness in 2010.
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MARCUS: The recovery is over ... or maybe not

April 2, 2011
Morton Marcus
The recession in Indiana and the nation lasted only three quarters. But the Hoosier recovery took six quarters.
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KENNEDY: Death (penalty) and taxes aren't certainties after all

April 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Everyone, it seems, wants government to cost less—until someone suggests cuts to our particular sacred cows.
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FEIGENBAUM: Fallout from Democrats' walkout will affect fall elections

April 2, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Following five weeks in a chain hotel in Illinois, House Democrats marched back into the Statehouse—literally—on March 28, escorted by union leaders along Capitol Street and up the east steps in an event made for media. So who wins?
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BENNER: Butler players succeed at more than winning gamesRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Bill Benner
The best part of this Butler University run to another Final Four isn’t that the Bulldogs put themselves in position for a second straight year to win a national championship. It’s that they already have won one. Well, kinda, sorta.
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SKARBECK: Fed's monetary policies drag down bond returnsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Inflation is a sinister sort of tax that confiscates wealth. Bonds will lose value in an inflationary environment as interest rates rise.
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Health Foundation 'far above average'

April 2, 2011
As a grantee of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, I read [reporter Kathleen McLaughlin’s March 21] article with great interest.
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Drilling is energy key

April 2, 2011
The [March 28] energy article by [Bruce] Hetrick proposes a Hollywood piece of fiction as a modern-day parable of undeniable truth.
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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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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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