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EDITORIAL: Daniels budget should be OK'dRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Overtures Gov. Mitch Daniels has extended to the General Assembly should be sufficient to end squabbling over the budget. Legislators ought to take the offer, pass a budget, and leave the Statehouse before they throw any more sand in the gears.
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MARCUS: We all helped kill the auto industryRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Morton Marcus
There are nearly no innocent parties to the conspiracy that brought the Big Three low, from greedy executives to combative labor unions to elderly uninformed stockholders.
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BYERS: Stimulus for health care benefits should be lifestyle changesRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Gayle L. Byers
The cost and severity of our state of health is not going to change until we do. No amount of cost-shifting or federal assistance will stem this problem.
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Will our kids know how to enjoy quiet?Restricted Content

June 8, 2009
The ability to enjoy silence, to be comfortable in it, to strip away all the noise and distractions is becoming somewhat of an art form.
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Let stadium users foot the billRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Let stadium users and sports teams pay for luxurious stadiums, not alcohol users.
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FEIGENBAUM: Let the state budget bickering begin againRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Lawmakers return to Indianapolis June 11 tanned, rested and presumably ready to agree upon a budget that, via gubernatorial assent or a veto override vote, will guide Indiana through fiscal 2010-2011.
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HICKS: Management's complicity with union doomed GMRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Mike Hicks
General Motors Corp.'s bankruptcy marked the second-largest commercial failure in modern history. It is an opportunity for deep reflection.
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ALTOM: Want tech product advice? Here's where to lookRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Tim Altom
Grabbers do little research before buying gadgetry. Investigators like to know in advance what they're getting. It's to the investigators I speak.
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HETRICK: Keep the civil in our disobedience and our discourseRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
If you believe passionately in some cause, if you're certain grave injustice has occurred or will continue, if you know your way is correct and all others are wrong, how far will you go to make your point? What will you sacrifice to get attention?
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BENNER: Will winning be enough for the Indiana Fever?Restricted Content

June 8, 2009
Bill Benner
The Indiana Fever still haven't taken hold of this market, despite making the playoffs each of the last four years and twice reaching the conference finals.
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SKARBECK: Are bailouts creating a 'moral hazard'?Restricted Content

June 1, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Will individuals and institutions take excessive risks in the future, operating on the belief that the government will step in to rescue them if they encounter problems?
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Transit can be economic engineRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
We applaud the efforts of those who are laying the groundwork for viable mass transit in the Indianapolis area.
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A bit of Lauth historyRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Regarding the May 25 story, ["Lauth granted reprieve,"] please note that Lauth Property Group is an offshoot of the original company founded by myself and Terry Eaton in 1976. It was then known as Ernst/Eaton Associates.
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MARCUS: Let's reassess reassessmentRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Morton Marcus
The process of assessment could be simplified and performed uniformly and inexpensively.
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Civility is admired in life and deathRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mickey Maurer
What would you want said in your obituary that would set you apart from your peers?
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HICKS: Administration demonized 'investors' in Chrysler dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mike Hicks
Almost one-third of Chrysler's investors are schoolteachers, college administrators, firefighters and police officers. These "vultures" of Wall Street finance have seen the value of their hard work severely hampered by the Chrysler bankrutcy plan.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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DINING: Quick-serve Roscoe's Tacos keeps quality intact

June 1, 2009
Lou Harry
I'll make the case that Roscoe's Tacos (642 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood) deserves a spot among those who rotate among the area's many Mexican restaurants. That's because this eatery's operators know what they want to do and do it well.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT's 'Interpreting William' needs rewriting

June 1, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, William Conner on stage at the IRT and another chorus of  "Tomorrow," courtesy of Beef & Boards.
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Remove barriers to lower costsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Todd Roberson
By preserving residency as a condition to distribute booze, our Legislature is protecting Indiana's existing liquor distributors, many of whom do business in neighboring states like Illinois and Michigan. This antiquated standard is anti-competitive and ultimately means higher prices and reduced selection for Indiana residents.
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Are new, low-cost laptops good for business?Restricted Content

May 25, 2009
Tim Altom
Today, there are some small "notebook" machines on the market that mock the high prices of their bigger siblings. These can be had for $200 to $400, and have enough features to make them real business tools if you're not too demanding.
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Holiday a reminder of the value of public serviceRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Mike Hicks
Many lament the loss of what might be called timeless values. I place these into two categories; both are exemplified and sustained by military service.
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Pay for diplomas is smart incentiveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Incentives have long been used as an effective tool in business to improve employee performance. But can a concept that helps companies motivate workers also work in public education?
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In tough times, remember the arts as a civic dutyRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Attend arts events, visit our cultural organizations, and support our sports teams. If you don't make regular donations to arts and cultural organizations, there has never been a better and more important time to give.
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DINING: Cobblestone Grill offers tasty lunch until 5

May 25, 2009
Lou Harry

One of the pleasures—and there are numerous ones—of Zionsville’s Cobblestone Grill (160 S. Main St., Zionsville, 873-4745) is that its lunch menu is offered beyond the traditional midday-meal hours.

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  1. So, Pence wants the federal government to ignore the 2008 law that allows children from these countries to argue for asylum in front of a judge. How did this guy become governor? And how is that we'll soon be subjected to repeatedly seeing him on TV being taken seriously as a presidential candidate? Am I in Bizzaro-U.S.A.?

  2. "And the most rigorous studies of one-year preschool programs have shown short-term benefits that fade out in a few years or no benefits at all." So we are going down a path that seems to have proven not to work very well. Right intention, wrong approach?

  3. Well for Dunkin Donuts it might say that even a highly popular outlet can't make a poorly sited location work. That little strip has seen near constant churn for years.

  4. Years ago, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies shifted their research investment away from Medical Institutions to focus more on private research centers, primarily because of medical institution inefficiencies in initiating clinical studies and their inability/commitment to enroll the needed number of patients in these studies. The protracted timelines of the medical institutions were prompting significant delays in the availability of new drug and medical device entities for patients and relatedly, higher R and D expenditures to the commercial industry because of these delays. While the above stated IU Health "ratio is about $2.50 in federal funding for every $1 in industry funding", the available funding is REVERSED as commercial R and D (primarily Phase I-IV clinical work)runs $2.50 to $1 for available federal funding ($76.8B to $30.9B in 2011). The above article significatly understated the available R and D funding from industry......see the Pharma and Medical Device industry websites. Clearly, if medical institutions like IU Health wish to attract more commercial studies, they will need to become more competitive with private clinical sites in their ability to be more efficient and in their commitment to meet study enrollment goals on time. Lastly, to the reference to the above Washington Post article headlined “As drug industry’s influence over research grows, so does the potential for bias", lacks some credibility as both FDA and Institutional Institutional Review Boards must approve the high proportion of these studies before studies are started. This means that both study safety and science must be approved by both entities.

  5. ChIeF and all the other critics – better is better no matter what. Get over it; they are doing better despite you ?

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