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HETRICK: The irony of government foes wanting more governmentRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
We're all quick to say we want lower taxes, but we're slow to sacrifice services that affect us.
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BENNER: John Wooden would have been proud of these kidsRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bill Benner
There is little I can add to the deserved tributes ... except to place a couple of recent events in a Wooden-like perspective.
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SKARBECK: Municipal bond defaults might be next crisisRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
for decades, politicians have regularly boosted public pension benefits to score election gains, while neglecting the long-term costs to municipal budgets. Now the bills are coming due.
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HICKS: Derivatives don't deserve their scary reputationRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Mike Hicks
One major part of the legislation will target derivatives. This is an arena where the financial services industry does itself no good from a public relations sense.
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EDITORIAL: Lots of promising local firms in IPO pipeline

June 5, 2010
There’s a reason we’re thrilled to see the Indianapolis area is building a healthy pipeline of firms primed to go public: It bodes well for our economy.
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MORRIS: An introduction and invitation from the publisher

June 5, 2010
Greg Morris
I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the sixth publisher in IBJ’s history, succeeding Chris Katterjohn, who was publisher the past 20 years.
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MARCUS: How much do workers want to earn?

June 5, 2010
Morton Marcus
Regular readers know I’m a numbers guy. Give me a set of data and I can be happily occupied for hours. A simple visit to Hoosiers by the Numbers on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development website is a data junkie’s joy.
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SHOBERT: Could new model save manufacturing?

June 5, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
On my most recent trip to China, it was not without some heaviness of heart that I again found myself comparing the newness of the country’s infrastructure—and the teeming activity that seems to have enveloped this part of the world—with much of what I see, or do not, around Indiana and the United States.
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SURF THIS: Web Research 101 ... going beyond Wikipedia

June 5, 2010
Jim Cota
Wikipedia remains the de facto standard for research, having an archive containing more than 15 million articles. But if you need to go beyond the basic facts, there are a variety of places to turn.
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BENNER: The good, bad and ugly of this year's Indy 500Restricted Content

June 5, 2010
Bill Benner
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing was, once again, a spectacle. Now that it’s in the rearview mirror, an accounting is in order.
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DINING: Keeping customers happy an elemental test of eateries

June 5, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Our waiter forgot to ring in our order. Mistakes happen, but how such problems are fixed says a lot about a restaurant’s culture.
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ALTOM: Securing your Wi-Fi is worth your trouble

June 5, 2010
Tim Altom
If you’ve got a wireless (Wi-Fi) router, you could be in some serious hot water if it’s not properly secured.
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HICKS: State both good, bad in human-capital gameRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Mike Hicks
Suppose we lived in a perfectly flat world that is a vast, featureless plain of identical square counties.
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Give 2 hours a week to schoolchildren

June 5, 2010
Mickey Maurer’s article in the May 31 edition re: the need for support and mentoring of kids coming from disadvantaged backgrounds hit the nail on the head.
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Bardon was key to new legislation

June 5, 2010
I enjoyed your coverage [in the Mat 24 Banking and Finance Focus] of new Indiana legislation promoting traditional mortgages and increasing the protection afforded to deposits of state and local funds.
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EDITORIAL: Executive pay policies, not salaries, need reform

May 29, 2010
In the wake of a recession blamed largely on Wall Street, boards need to act. But reducing executive pay shouldn’t be their primary objective.
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MAURER: Early education leads to successRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Not only is early childhood education essential to supplement and often reverse the effects of a deficient home environment, but a rich preschool home environment is also an important indicator of high achievement.
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MARCUS: Health care bill opens doors to change

May 29, 2010
Morton Marcus
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a major step forward. It widens the door to health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, for employees of small businesses and others currently not covered.
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BASILE: Greenland has little dramatic history ... or greenery

May 29, 2010
Frank Basile
The highlight of the trip: the inspiring ice fields of Ilulissat.
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DINING: Dog days in Broad Ripple at Gourmet Frank's

May 29, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
I’m a grammar snob, which is one reason it took me so long to make the trek to Broad Ripple to try Gourmet Frank’s. There is no Frank, just an unnecessary apostrophe—which I call the Hoosier possessive—in the simple description of its star menu item: franks, as in hot dogs.
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BOULET: Has civility become a quaint and obsolete concept?

May 29, 2010
Larry S. Boulet
Americans are not as civil as they used to be. Daily, there are doses of uncivil behavior reported by the media. And bad behavior isn’t limited to highly visible people.
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SKARBECK: Why do Fannie, Freddie deserve a free pass?Restricted Content

May 29, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
One crisis that continues to simmer under the public radar is the endless taxpayer support needed to prop up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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HICKS: Memorial Day puts economics in perspectiveRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Mike Hicks
the things that determine our ultimate prosperity and happiness are not the vacillations of markets.
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Race has lost its magic

May 29, 2010
I hope [Bill Benner’s May 17 column is] right and that the new management at the Speedway finds ways to bring back the “luster” of the old 500s. But it just doesn’t appear that way.
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EDITORIAL: Business strength benefits city

May 22, 2010
The recession is dragging on, unemployment remains above 9 percent, and Lilly is chopping its way through 5,500 layoffs. Business bummers abound. But it’s not all bad news.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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