Opinion

HICKS: Trade unions strong when they work with biz

September 4, 2010
Mike Hicks
For labor unions to survive, they must follow the path of their more successful brethren in trade unions.
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Help our kids pursue degrees

September 4, 2010
Recent columns from Mickey Maurer (“Even CEOs need mentors,” Aug. 9) and Bruce Hetrick (“How to make the recession last forever,” Aug. 21) underscore important (and related) ideas, namely that everyone needs help and guidance to succeed, and that success in postsecondary education among our children is no longer an option.
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Don't blame UAW workers

September 4, 2010
It seems that all the pundits from Rush Limbaugh to the World Socialist Website have entered the fray concerning the fate of the Indianapolis stamping plant, while the real culprits escape scrutiny and feign innocence.
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Making a difference, one child at a time

September 4, 2010
ReadUp is a response to the startling truth that more than 30 percent of our community’s fourth-graders are two or more years behind in reading.
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EDITORIAL: State education chief's agenda gets good grades

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tony Bennett, the state’s superintendent of public instruction for nearly two years, deserves accolades for shoving education reform toward the top of Indiana’s agenda.
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MORRIS: When does this movie end?

August 28, 2010
Greg Morris
Lately, don’t you feel like yelling out the window on occasion, even just a little? You have to really look to find the good news today.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beyond the Fringe

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
Just going to Indy Fringe makes you a part of it. It’s difficult to be a passive observer during the 10-day event, which ends Sunday.
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DINING: Freshness a plus at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
The freshness in this freezer-free, microwave-free, fryer-free chain was evident in the sweetly delicious tomato sauce.
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MARCUS: Long-term plans require long-term promises

August 28, 2010
Morton Marcus
Economic development is a long-term proposition with uncertain benefits at a distant date. It is not just opening a plant or expanding an existing one.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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KHARBANDA: Indiana can lead in shaping energy policy

August 28, 2010
Jesse Kharbanda
The United States has shown little leadership in finding solutions to global climate change.
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ALTOM: Do I need a cell phone that's hardy or handy?

August 28, 2010
Tim Altom
It’s time to change my cell phone, and that’s causing me a big problem. I have conflicting needs, and like everybody else in the business world, I can’t seem to reconcile them.
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HICKS: Most majors pay off, but some a lot more than othersRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is clearly something important about the totality of what is learned in college, but, if you want to apply all those upper-level classes in your major, you'd better study hard or pick the right field.
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BENNER: Hoosier Hysteria now wears pads and cleatsRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Bill Benner
Although I am a full-blooded Hoosier with basketball as part of my DNA, football—and football season—has become the part of the sports calendar I look forward to most.
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No to meter hikes

August 28, 2010
[In response to the Aug. 16 editorial] Now has come the time that I will no longer be able to support downtown. I will miss it dearly!
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Museums can't change canal alone

August 28, 2010
As a longtime downtown resident and property owner, and frequent user of the Central Canal, I read with great interest the [Aug. 16] article “Missing the action: Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy canal."
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EDITORIAL: GM dispute deserves vote

August 21, 2010
It’s puzzling to us that leaders of the United Auto Workers Local 23 are against members even casting a vote on the proposed takeover of GM's Indianapolis metal-stamping plant by Illinois-based J.D. Norman Industries.
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MAURER: If it feels right, take the leapRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School”—at least I didn’t learn them in school. Over the course of 10 columns, I will feature each of these essential principles. This is the fourth installment.
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MARCUS: Metrics no substitute for management

August 21, 2010
Morton Marcus
Most companies select from a work force that has a mixed quality of education. Instead of using this diversity as an asset, management today tries to impose ‘behavioral metrics’ on its workers independent of their individual strengths.
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LOUGHREY: Hoosier leaders can fight global poverty

August 21, 2010
Joe Loughrey
Our world is quite different from the one President Truman and George Marshall faced in 1947. But the strategy for recovery and broad-based development should be built on a similar foundation of public- and private-sector collaboration.
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SKARBECK: Investors may miss mark by switching to bonds

August 21, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
It seems more likely that bond investors today are making the same mistake stock investors made back at the peak of the stock-market bubble.
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HICKS: Good reads on America's automobile industry

August 21, 2010
Mike Hicks
If you'd like to satiate your interest in the domestic automobile market, may I recommend three fine books?
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BENNER: Bird's trust goes unrewarded in new debacleRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Bill Benner
Face it, Larry; you messed up. You trusted a 19-year-old with a questionable past.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dancing to the classics

August 21, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre uses American lit as a launch pad; plus: books by local authors.
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HETRICK: How to make our recession last foreverRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Today’s and tomorrow’s jobs are increasingly dependent upon more and better education
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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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