Opinion

IPS was winner in state budgetRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
IBJ is completely off base to suggest that the new state budget was “balanced on the backs of poor children.” As has been true of every state budget for the last two decades, students in Indianapolis Public Schools and other urban districts are actually the biggest winners in this budget.
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Area cities have curb appealRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
I agree with [Morton Marcus’ June 15 column] on urban entryways. I just wanted to point out that two of our small towns in Indianapolis have done a good job of making entryways into their community attractive.

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Stopping nukes should be priorityRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Uniting the Arab world toward accepting Israel is very important, but stopping Iran from developing nuclear capability must be top priority for all our world.
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Brebeuf makes green stridesRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
In 2007, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was named the first Green Flag School in Indiana as part of a national environmental awards program that creates safer and healthier school environments through investigation, education, innovation and action.
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Stimulus plan must work now ... or it never willRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Mike Hicks
The postmortem and dissection of the federal economic stimulus plan have begun in earnest. The president has added to his woes by saying the stimulus will take years, not months, to work, and his chief economist managed to squeak out the headline or two that the worst is ahead of us.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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HETRICK: It's hip to be simple, so let's take advantageRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A gentleman from Fort Wayne died last month. The cancer caught up to him just a few days before his 80th birthday. Like many of us native Hoosiers, this fellow was born of working folks. His dad was a traveling hardware salesman, his mom a homemaker.
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INVESTING: High-frequency trading comes under scrutinyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
A developing case of technology theft has shed light on the proprietary systems Goldman Sachs and other investment firms use to make millions of dollars. A 39-year-old former employee at Goldman has been accused of stealing computer code used in the company’s high-frequency trading system.
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HICKS: Muncie's status quo is high taxes, poor service

July 13, 2009
Mike Hicks
Property-tax caps, as well as a dwindling population and commercial base, have left Muncie in the uncomfortable situation of cutting budgets. Since the bulk of costs are related to fire and police salaries, few options are available. The city has turned to the short length of rope the Legislature offered amid the debate on property tax caps—the Local Option Income Tax.
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DINING: (Piz)'Za made for the middle of the night

July 13, 2009
Lou Harry
If you’re in Broad Ripple and hungry for pizza, you’ve got lots of options. But what do you do if it’s the middle of the night on a Thursday and you and your entourage have the munchies? Well, for that very specific demographic group of pizza eaters, there’s now ’Za, which is open until 4 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
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EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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MAURER: Perhaps nuclear weapons in Iran finally will unite the Middle EastRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Mickey Maurer
President Obama was in Egypt last month to see the Sphinx, the Pyramids and other relics of a bygone age but, more important, to set the tone for a new age—according to Obama, “a new beginning” in relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
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MARCUS: If not taxes, how about user fees?Restricted Content

July 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
“Most people hate to pay taxes,” Gregory Goad said. “They don’t appreciate the services taxes support, they don’t understand why taxes are necessary, or they don’t like to help people in need.”
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WILLIAMS: IPS needs leadership overhaulRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Brian Williams
The challenges facing Indianapolis Public Schools are daunting. The socioeconomic level of its students and their families, fiscal constraints, and a necessary heightened focus on security issues are just a few, but all contribute to high dropout rates, low academic achievement, achievement gaps between middle-class and low-income children and declining enrollment.
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Bowling centers limit smoking voluntarilyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
In 2006 the Indianapolis member centers of the Central Indiana Bowling Centers Association Inc. went smoke-free voluntarily everywhere in their centers, except the bar.
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Health reform stories should include private-practice docs

July 13, 2009
I read with interest IBJ’s [June 29 story] focusing on health care reform. I was not surprised by the exclusion of opinions from “real” private-practice physicians.
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Liberal journalism strikes again

July 13, 2009
What a disappointing [July 6 column by Chris Katterjohn]. You, like your other liberal, left-wing journalist pals, just cannot stand it when anyone disagrees with your point of view.
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Why don't Bush bashers disgust you?Restricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bashing the president is a time-honored tradition in the United States going all the way back to George Washington himself and honed to a fine point by the Jefferson/Adams exchanges.
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Indy Racing League must go international to surviveRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Like it or not, the Indy Racing League is becoming an international series, with American drivers like Patrick, Andretti and Rahal and internationally known drivers such as Castroneves, Kanaan, Mutoh and Meira.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Here's the best from International Film Fest

July 13, 2009
Lou Harry
This year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival gets rolling later this usual, with a bump to summer precipitated in part by the moving on of its founder to the Nashville Film Festival and in part by the move of most of the fest (minus parties) to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We’ve spent the last few weeks reviewing most of the features in competition.
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SURF THIS: Let's just back up ... with a Drobo

July 6, 2009
Jim Cota
Hard drives fail—almost all of them, at one point or another. Back-ups are a little clunky to set up and keep up with, so most people I know ignore it. I finally decided I couldn’t avoid it any longer.
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EDITORIAL: Leadership void stymied special legislative sessionRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The legislative session that concluded June 30 with passage of a two-year budget left a bad taste in our mouths. For starters, legislators lacked the courage to tackle local government reform—even though cash-strapped units of government desperately need the millions of dollars in savings they would generate. In short, they put political cronyism ahead of the interests of the state.
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KATTERJOHN: Tut-tut, looks like parochialismRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
When prominent Egyptologist Zahi Hawass shared stories at a recent event about his personal meeting with President Obama, my pride was momentarily dashed by the behavior of the people sitting at the next table. When Hawass noted how impressed he was with our new president, these people became incredulous. They started snickering like schoolchildren.
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MARCUS: Budget made by rudderless LegislatureRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Morton Marcus
If we are lucky, by the time you read these words the Indiana General Assembly will have passed a new budget. Democrats use tarot cards and Republicans chicken innards to determine how much to spend. There are alternatives.
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VIEWPOINT: Discuss CEO pay in the openRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
John Guy
While transparency is a stated goal of many corporations, deliberations regarding distribution of shareholder property to executives are not subject to light of day or to review. Instead, decision-making is camouflaged by thousands of words that appear substantial but disclose little.
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