Opinion

MAURER: Stay in the game, don't break rulesRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I’m always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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MARCUS: Indiana third-worst in pay growth

January 9, 2010
Morton Marcus
Our legislators are reconvening in Indianapolis to “do the people’s business.” What they do actually is send tremors though the fiscal foundations of our state. Households and businesses cannot figure out our tax structure or our spending priorities.
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MORTON: Colts' decision was all business

January 9, 2010
David B. Morton
The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to pull the plug on a potential undefeated season was made for one reason: “What must we do to win Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7?”
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Future Fund's start is not so slow

January 9, 2010
n response to your Dec. 21 article labeling the Indiana Future Fund as “off to slow start,” I believe some additional historical perspective is warranted.
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Here are some ways to help the CIB

January 9, 2010
Is there enough money coming in to keep the city's world-class sports facilities maintained, pay them off, put enough away for the inevitable refurbishing that they will need over time and also promote Indianapolis?
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Goals are different than a decade ago

January 9, 2010
Bruce Hetrick's [Dec. 28] “Could we start again?” article really made me remember the hope and excitement of the new millennium 10 years ago.
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Smoking should be part of health reform

January 9, 2010
As Congress debates health care reform, it’s easy to lose sight of what we agree on—and what we know works to prevent disease and lower costs. Helping people quit smoking and keeping young people from starting are proven ways to reduce the awful toll of cancer, heart attacks and other serious illnesses.
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FEIGENBAUM: Democrats start to embrace constitutional amendmentRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
What changed over the last year to make House Democrats so eager to allow Hoosier voters to amend the property-tax caps into the Indiana Constitution? The calendar.
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EDITORIAL: City should phase in new fees

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard is on the right track with his plan to ask the City-Council to raise fees on businesses in order to improve code enforcement. But the push-back he’s receiving from the business community is understandable.
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KATTERJOHN: Rise to the challenge in 2010Restricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Multiple challenges remain, no doubt. But I feel a whole lot better about our prospects than I did a year ago at this time.
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MARCUS: Don't learn economics from announcers

January 2, 2010
Morton Marcus
We don’t support the library or most government services with adequate taxes.
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RYAN: Recession could prompt tax reform

January 2, 2010
Earl Ryan
A new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that states have narrowed a collective budget gap by $145.9 billion in the fiscal year that began July 1, only to be faced with another $28.2 billion gap for the remainder of the fiscal year. And fiscal 2011 and 2012 are equally bleak.
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Yuletide show rocked

January 2, 2010
For the eighth consecutive year, we took our family (22 this year) to the Yuletide Celebration. The show was one of the best.
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Return of business name is gratifying

January 2, 2010
I am writing in response to the Dec. 14 On the Beat article (“Firm undergoes name change”). First, since leaving my former company, which had still been using the Sponsel name, I’m happy to have my name back solely for my use.
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FEIGENBAUM: Early committee hearings were mostly theaterRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
The December hearings by Indiana General Assembly committees focused on issues that legislative leaders designated as key session priorities, but the committee work was largely unremarkable, with predictable testimony derived from the usual suspects.
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ALTOM: How does 3G matter to your cell phone?Restricted Content

January 2, 2010
Tim Altom
3G is the third generation of cell technology and is designed to make it easier to send video and other bandwidth-hungry material.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Love Letters' requires reading between the lines

January 2, 2010
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre gives a rare, full staging of A.R. Gurney's epistolary play.
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HICKS: Bloomington's chain store debate a tough sellRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Mike Hicks
We have this little thing called an equal protection clause that prevents us singling out so clearly a chain store.
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COTA: Getting things done is more than just a resolution

January 2, 2010
Jim Cota
When the work seems to pile up, OmniFocus and Things can help productivity.
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Indianapolis business supports community

January 2, 2010
I loved [Benner’s Dec. 14] column [about Indiana Sports Corp.]. Thirty years is not a long history, but I’ll bet most folks in Indy don’t know about this.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A ballet blockbuster tops 2009's list of favorites

December 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Here are the 10 offerings that I most enthusiastically recommended to friends and readers in the past year.
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HETRICK: As a new decade dawns, could we start again?Restricted Content

December 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Ten years ago this week, a new century dawned. A lot has changed since.
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MARCUS: 'Tis the season for getting for giving

December 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Not-for-profits know we want something more than good deeds for our contributions.
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SLAUGHTER: Imagine a world without deadlines

December 26, 2009
Robby Slaughter
The reason we have deadlines is that they act as inflection points in the hierarchy of work. Each phase of work has a deadline: an opportunity for failure and rejection.
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Editorial on Durham was worth posting

December 26, 2009
Thanks for your [editorial] in [the Dec. 7] IBJ. I really appreciated the comparison [between businessmen Tim Durham and Jim Dodson] and plan to reference this article (now hanging in my office) as a reality check.
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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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