Opinion

HEIN: Hoosier mayors drive U.S., China tiesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
Wayne Seybold is well-known as an Olympic ice skater. He is also earning a reputation as an innovative two-term mayor of his hometown of Marion. But few Hoosiers are aware of his role as global trade warrior.
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WINSTON: Focus on kitchen and boardroom tablesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Robin Winston / Special to IBJ
Many voters I talked with wanted to send a wakeup call to politicians of both parties that they should heed the words of Jim Carville to then-candidate Bill Clinton in 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
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SHELLA: Indiana Democrats can blame ObamaRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Democrats couldn’t get away from Barack Obama during the 2010 election cycle. The national mood fueled by frustration over high unemployment and the continued recession, along with opposition to health care reform, carried their opponents into office.
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EARLY: Either sing 'Kumbaya' or 'suck it up, cupcakes'Restricted Content

January 8, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The real gift in the 2010 election is that the Republican landslide was nationwide and resulted in Republican majorities in legislatures all over the country. Why was this so important? It’s map-drawing time.
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VAUGHN: Ethics reform is riddled with loopholesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
When the Indiana General Assembly reconvened earlier this month, legislators were greeted by a huge cadre of lobbyists all wanting the same thing: their attention and support for whatever issue the lobbyist is pushing.
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ROBERTS: 'Perfect storm' casts pall over Super BowlRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Gary R. Roberts / Special to IBJ
As a one-time NFL lawyer who has closely followed sports labor relations for 35 years, I am often asked about the chances of Indianapolis’ losing the 2012 Super Bowl.
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Leave fund alone

January 8, 2011
In reading the editorial, “Let’s consider tapping bank fund,” in the Jan. 3 issue, several corrections are appropriate.
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PDIF has served its purpose

January 8, 2011
The Public Deposit Insurance Fund, Indiana’s state-based backup to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has served its purpose for more than 70 years, and efforts by some Indiana lawmakers to raid this fund are misguided (“Daniels, bankers may spar,” Dec. 27).
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EDITORIAL: Consider tapping bank fund to ease budget woes

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As reported in a front-page story in last week’s IBJ, the $250 million public deposit insurance fund has not been tapped in nearly 20 years.
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MORRIS: New year should bring a new mind-set

January 1, 2011
Greg Morris
The holiday down time has also enabled me to pull myself out of the day-to-day controlled chaos and actually take time to strategize, analyze and plan.
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MARCUS: State moves forward, with long way to go

January 1, 2011
Morton Marcus
Congratulations to Gov. Mitch Daniels and his administration on their development and implementation of the Indiana Transparency Portal. It’s a grand start to detailed information about state and local government activities.
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GIGERICH: Here's what we need from 2011 session

January 1, 2011
Larry Gigerich
The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly will have a profound impact on the future of our state and our ability to retain our ranking as one of the top 10 states in which to do business.
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FEIGENBAUM: Session to test lawmakers' views on small government

January 1, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Many new House and Senate members won election in part on platforms of reducing government regulation and minimizing government in the lives of Hoosiers.
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ALTOM: Does Bing have a chance of catching Google?

January 1, 2011
Tim Altom
I can’t help it; every time I see the Microsoft search engine “Bing,” I hear Bing Crosby’s voice crooning in my head.
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HICKS: Why economic forecasting is inexact scienceRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Mike Hicks
Forecasts are primarily used as a tool to begin, not end, conversations about business and government matters.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Book takes kaleidoscopic look at Butler hysteria

January 1, 2011
Lou Harry
Thanks to Susan S. Neville's new book, "Butler's Big Dance," I have a better idea of what the campus hysteria was like.
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DINING: Jersey's Cafe satisfies a Jersey boy

January 1, 2011
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of looks at restaurants not far from the new Palladium in Carmel.
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Civility, anyone?

January 1, 2011
Respect for others and civil discourse has taken a back seat to name-calling.
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Most immigrants want to contribute

January 1, 2011
I wish to compliment Carol Faenzi on the excellent [Dec. 13] opinion article on immigration, for taking the time to express those sentiments.
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How will reform affect primary-care docs?

December 25, 2010
The dramatic shift from primary care to specialty interests within the American health care system begs a deeper question—What is the future of the primary-care doctor?
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Support Edwardsport

December 25, 2010
We are concerned that the ethics issues at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy are being used by opponents to derail plans for the Edwardsport IGCC Power Plant.
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EDITORIAL: Our wish list for next year

December 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
We don’t expect all our holiday wishes for the New Year to come true. We’re not that naïve. But in this season of hope, we’d like to offer these familiar refrains—and end with some proof that dreams do, sometimes, come true.
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MAURER: Who's running? It's a puzzling question

December 25, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Indiana politics can be puzzling. Enjoy this Pictocross© on the topic.
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MARCUS: Tax cuts are not efficient as a job stimulus

December 25, 2010
Morton Marcus
Many of the best minds in the nation are endorsing the latest stimulus package, which retains the Bush tax cuts and reduces workers’ Social Security contributions nearly one-third.
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FELDMANN: Fundraising trends to watch for in 2011

December 25, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
Well, it’s that time of year again: time to gaze into the crystal ball and predict what trends will dominate fundraising in the year ahead.
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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