Opinion

SKARBECK: Short-term sizzle can't beat consistencyRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
To achieve outsized returns, whether in mutual funds or individual stocks, investors must avoid the hype and reliance on past outperformance.
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HICKS: A modest proposal: The SUN tax of 2010Restricted Content

July 10, 2010
Mike Hicks
The problem is that the tanning tax fails every single criterion of effective tax policy. It is narrow, easily avoided, suffers high administrative costs, and distorts consumer and producer behavior.
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EDITORIAL: New gun, booze laws make no sense

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Businesses no longer can prohibit their employees from bringing firearms to work, and everyone buying alcohol must show ID. Say what?
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MORRIS: First Amendment protects five freedoms

July 3, 2010
Greg Morris
The First Amendment is the cornerstone of democracy and truly guarantees freedom for all.
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MARCUS: Let's focus on keeping retirees in Indiana

July 3, 2010
Morton Marcus
It is counterproductive to have Hoosier children stay in Indiana as young adults. Let them come back when they have something to offer.
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HENDERSON: On civility and donning the brain bucket

July 3, 2010
Tom Henderson
Some of the things I was warned as a young man that I should never get into arguments over were—in no particular order—religion, politics, which hand in a card game wins, and whether there should be a motorcycle-helmet law.
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ALTOM: Is Pac-Man robbing your workers of productivity?

July 3, 2010
Tim Altom
When Google users stumbled on a surprise gift from the giant search company, it was inevitable that in business offices everywhere, the long-forgotten sounds of Pac-Man would come to life again.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The King without kitsch and other Brown County pleasures

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
It didn’t occur to me on the drive down Interstate 65 for a Brown County getaway that I’d be returning with praise for an Elvis impersonator.
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BENNER: Blown calls aren't a tradition worth preservingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Bill Benner
When glaring, outcome—or history-altering—gaffes can be almost immediately rectified, why wouldn't anyone want to get it right?
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SURF THIS: Two sites meet demands of meeting planners

July 3, 2010
Jim Cota
E-mail is a great communication tool. But sometimes, it simply falls flat on its face. TimeBridge and Tungle help users get down to business.
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HICKS: Town squares reflect forefathers' optimismRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Mike Hicks
In my line of work, I travel to many small towns. One eccentricity I indulge in on these trips is to drive around town squares.
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Arts groups support each other

July 3, 2010
We are writing to give our wholehearted endorsement to [columnist] Greg Morris’ appeal for generous support for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (“Confessions of a symphony newbie,” June 21).
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City Market should build on immigrant roots

July 3, 2010
I would like to suggest that the 124-year-old landmark serve as an anchor for a broader vision of the near-east side.
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Avoiding fraud easier than recovery

July 3, 2010
We want to emphasize ways that investors can avoid fraudulent schemes, as the opportunity for restitution rarely compensates investors for their losses.
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World Cup nations were confused

July 3, 2010
Bill Benner' sopinion lost all credibility for me in the end, though, because he obviously didn’t do his homework.
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Utility user fees to be diverted

July 3, 2010
A [wrong] is being perpetrated on the citizens of Indianapolis by our city-county councilors, Mayor Greg Ballard and the board of Citizens Energy, by negotiating a “sale” of the water company to Citizens.
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DINING: Clubhouse serves mixed messages

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
Southside newcomer serves a memorable burger.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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EDITORIAL: Circle Centre worth watching

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City government brought Circle Centre into this world. It makes sense, then, that city government is involved in positioning it for the future.
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MAURER: Exercise your creative muscleRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Creativity, like muscle tone, must be exercised if one is to increase it. We need to seize opportunities to think creatively. Challenging riddles like the one above interrupt the normal routine and rev up our brains.
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MARCUS: Fed programs get credit for improvements

June 26, 2010
Morton Marcus
The federal government pumped $6.3 billion into the Indiana economy through higher unemployment compensation and increased Social Security and Medicare payments.
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SLAUGHTER: Do you let the telephone control you?

June 26, 2010
Robby Slaughter
The telephone has incredible value. It’s also among the most effective ways to destroy productivity.
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HICKS: Roots of recession found in homes, stocksRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Mike Hicks
When the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research meets later this year or next, I believe they’ll say the recession hit bottom in June or July of 2009. Recessions end when the economy bottoms out.
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SKARBECK: Even investment stars have losing periodsRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Most investors have heard the cautionary statement “past performance is not indicative of future results.” This oft-repeated caveat reveals its truth time and again in the investment industry.
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Indiana municipal bonds are faring well

June 26, 2010
The “Investing” column of June 14, “Municipal bond defaults might be next crisis,” raises some valid points, but portrays municipal bonds in such a manner that is too general.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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