Opinion

EDITORIAL: Don't put reins on horse industry

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The current draft of the state budget calls for redirecting most of the money that has gone to horse racing to the general fund instead. The industry would receive $27 million in the next fiscal year, down from $60 million this year.
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MORRIS: Don't have a job? Work anyway

February 26, 2011
Greg Morris
If recent graduates can’t find a job, they should do something while they continue to search. Take any kind of job you can get. Volunteer at church or at a not-for-profit organization. Take a wait-staff job. Take a part-time job. Do something.
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MARCUS: Debt and taxes are not the devil's doing

February 26, 2011
Morton Marcus
This national debt business is being overplayed. Critics characterize the debt as a giant burden, our most important national issue. Borrowing for the future, however, makes good sense when the debt contributes to economic growth.
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SLAUGHTER: When bosses behave like bullies

February 26, 2011
Robby Slaughter
Many supervisors seem to have the same demeaning, demoralizing attitudes we encountered as children at recess. What do you do when your boss is a bully?
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FEIGENBAUM: Freshmen legislators' green is showing

February 26, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
The “new kids in the bloc” failed to heed their elders, and got a bit greedy too quickly, goading Democrats into the only recourse open to them.
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ALTOM: Are iPods in the workplace music to an employer's ears?

February 26, 2011
Tim Altom
It’s rare to visit a workplace nowadays without seeing at least a few employees with tiny little earbuds trailing thread-sized wires down to a music player the size of an infant’s thumb.
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HICKS: Uncertainty always leads to oil-price fluctuationsRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Mike Hicks
Being a commodity, changes to oil prices are frequent and instantaneous. Changes to supply or demand of petroleum in the Middle East affect the price at the pump in the Midwest within hours.
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DINING: At base of new hotel tower, a taste of Italy

February 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Last in our month-long series of reviews of new restaurants downtown. This week: Osteria Pronto at the JW Marriott.
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HETRICK: Offing the wizard in the wonderful Land of Oz

February 26, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Foreigners and unions and gays, oh my!
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LOU'S VIEWS: Making history at arts venues

February 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Three leading Indiana institutions—the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg, and the IRT—look at volatile moments in American history.
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BENNER: Bill Lynch leaves sidelines, comes full circleRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bill Benner
There's a high road out there, and former IU football Coach Bill Lynch is traveling it.
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ACCETTURO: Each city has critical interest in the success of the otherRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Unlike some elected officials in Carmel, I do not believe our city is an island. No one should want to stop progress in either community.
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BRAINARD: Carmel and Indianapolis draw strength from each otherRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Carmel should continue working together to recognize and respond to the unique needs of each city and support each other in the formulation of public policy that will maintain strong balance sheets, low taxes and high quality of life.
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SPIGELMAN: Cities should share joy of continued growth, developmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Without adequate funds, [Carmel] has been forced to subsidize the [Center for the Performing Arts] with taxpayer money. This is unsustainable, and we therefore need the assistance of the citizens of Indianapolis to help patronize this center by attending many of the scheduled performances now and in the years ahead.
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MAHERN: The unhitching of grades and knowledgeRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
When a child comes home with a grade, is it too much to expect that it reflect how much he or she has learned?
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WAGNER: Here's to liquor laws that makes senseRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
What bothers me most about Indiana’s alcohol laws is the lack of rational thinking behind them.”
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LADWIG: It's time to talk about the clocks—againRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
Most troubling, though, considering the depressed economy, is Gaski’s discrediting of the state chamber, which claimed that the time change would serve the ‘convenience of commerce.'
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FARGO: Solve transparency problems with oversightRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
Transparency walks hand in hand with accountability. It is hard to trust what you cannot see.
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HOWEY: Retool government into classes of countiesRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Brian A. Howey / Special to IBJ
Counties with one or two major cities could have their townships within the urban areas terminated. Townships serving rural areas would continue, but their numbers could be greatly consolidated.
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KRULL: Pence, Delph turn Constitution on its headRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
The states’ rights argument that Pence and Delph advance is the one Lincoln waged war to defeat.
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MUTZ: Getting economic development rightRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
John Mutz / Special to IBJ
As an IEDC board member and former lieutenant governor responsible for economic development in the 1980s, I believe IEDC is one of the most successful economic development agencies in the nation.
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BONIFIELD: Balanced appeal will resuscitate DemocratsRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Jake Bonifield / Special to IBJ
Democrats need to forge a coherent pact with their constituents, detailing how they will reform education without undermining educators; shepherd sensible, pro-taxpayer policies through the General Assembly without becoming distracted by fringe issues; and provide private citizens and municipalities with the tools and revenue they need to evolve Indiana into an economic leader.
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OSILI: Invest in social services and infrastructureRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
The high costs of social service needs must never lead to initial under-investment or inconsistent long-term maintenance of a community’s infrastructure.
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EDITORIAL: Legislators need to create jobs, not kill them

February 19, 2011
Sadly, a legislative body supposedly focused on job creation continues to willfully disregard the advice of the very business community that is expected to create those jobs.
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SHOBERT: Indiana continues to mind the store

February 19, 2011
Benjamin A. Shobert
Indiana’s current fiscal position points a way forward, illuminating what the next decade of good government, and good partnership between municipalities and businesses, should look like—not only at a regional level, but for the nation as a whole as well.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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