Opinion

FEIGENBAUM: Will Democrats hold out until some warm April day?

March 12, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana House Democrats largely remain bunkered en masse in Urbana, Ill., save occasional individual appearances back at town hall events in their respective districts.
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ALTOM: Supermarkets simplify life for grocers, not customers

March 12, 2011
Tim Altom
I have a fetish for efficiency. It pains me to watch people doing things two, three or more times when they should be doing it only once.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Youth appeal at the Phoenix and Butler U. theaters

March 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Is theater dead? Three different productions from three different companies over the past few weeks point to some ways to counter—or at least hold off—the decline.
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HETRICK: Singing the oft-unpopular praises of minority rule

March 12, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
When it comes to individual liberties, we’re among the most fortunate citizens on Earth that our government guarantees that the majority will not always prevail.
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MERHOFF: Let's rethink what businesses want

March 12, 2011
Mo Merhoff
Today’s lifestyle preferences have trumped yesterday’s corporate loyalty, just as flatter organizational structures leading to greater employee interaction have replaced pyramid-shaped corporate structures.
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DINING: Salivating over Salvadoran cuisine on the westside

March 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of numeric restaurant reviews. This week: 3 in 1 Restaurant on the west side.
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BENNER: Who might be this year's Butler? Maybe ButlerRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Bill Benner
A year ago this week, the Butler men’s basketball team was preparing to play the University of Texas-El Paso in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Who knew what was about to unfold?
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Marcus is naive

March 12, 2011
Reading the [Feb. 28] column by Morton Marcus was akin to reading the Sunday morning comics.
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Krull column was out of line

March 12, 2011
[Columnist] John Krull, in an attempt [in the Feb. 28 Forefront] to slam U.S. Rep. Mike Pence [R-Indiana] and State Sen. Mike Delph [R-Carmel], used a very flawed premise.
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Forefront one-sided

March 12, 2011
I was disappointed and frankly astounded at the incredible lack of balance and clear anti-Republican, anti-conservative message delivered in the Feb. 28 Forefront.
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Indiana must limit immigration

March 12, 2011
It always amazes me that the obvious results of exporting jobs, importing workers and engaging in other forms of labor and environmental arbitrage are a mystery to newspaper editorialists and many of our so-called public leaders.
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State should go smoke-free

March 12, 2011
Less than a month ago, it seemed almost certain that Indiana would join the ranks of two dozen other states and the District of Columbia—including our neighbors Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin—in enacting a statewide, comprehensive smoke-free-air law.
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HOLCOMB: Americans should make Indiana's Story their own storyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Eric Holcomb / Special to IBJ
There is no more compelling story or record to inspect than My Man Mitch’s should the country hope to make a presidential change.
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PARKER: Primaries, spotty record undermine Daniels' chancesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
Ultimately, I suspect all this presidential talk is much ado about nothing, but Daniels isn’t tamping down the speculation because it doesn’t hurt to be talked about.
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HEIN: Sports more than a game in Green Bay, IndyRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Both cities consider sports to be a reflection of not only their spirit but also their character.
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RENN: Beyond brain drain to talent magnetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Indy is no longer a sleepy, backwater state capital. While it certainly has a way to go in some departments, it is at the point where it can compete at a much higher level than many think.
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CAMPBELL: The absurdity of our immigration politicsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
If proponents were serious about the issue, they would make it a crime to hire an illegal immigrant. Not a slap on the wrist, not a fine, not an audit, but a felony.
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VAUGHN: Time to end two-timing public employeesRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Shouldn’t the right of citizens to have government untainted by conflicts prevail over the perceived right of an individual to run for office and hold a public job at the same time?
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BOEHM: Put redistricting in hands of citizen groupRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Although there is no one right answer to the “best” map, a group of respected citizens charged with drawing fair maps will take that obligation seriously.
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KETZENBERGER: Referenda may divide school funding equityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
The recession and slow recovery have made it harder for schools to win approval for tax increases for both general spending and construction.
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HARRIS: The amount of quality classroom time is the real issueRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
David Harris / Special to IBJ
It’s not when to start and when to end that matters, it’s the amount of time kids spend actually learning that will keep us competing in the global economy.
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MEREDITH: Community leaders know what's best for their schoolsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
It seems clear that local control of school calendar issues should be based on what is best for the students in local settings and not about the bottom dollar of profit.
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SHELLA: Indiana has no shortage of stupid lawsRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
A law designed to make politics more transparent has given politicians a reason to hide their motives, their actions, and wink at the public in the meantime.
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EARLY: My fond memories of President ReaganRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
Soon-to-be President Reagan seemed to enjoy the fact that some of my uninvited pals from White River Yacht Club showed up on the river in two pontoon boats.
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TENBARGE: Please, cut Indiana University's budgetRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Of all the areas for potential cuts, higher education makes the most sense. Not only are there great opportunities for cuts, but our higher education institutions are well-prepared to handle them.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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