Opinion

Support for Irsay has its limitationsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Anyone who has a problem with drug or alcohol addiction has my empathy and support—right up until they endanger my life or the lives of others by choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle [March 24 Morris column].
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Ed Martin competition feared by other dealersRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
I was interested to see the [March 17] article concerning the Toyota dealerships’ “turf altercations” shall we call them.
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EDITORIAL: Legislative session created foothold for transitRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Years of foot-dragging by Indiana legislators has put the Indianapolis region way behind its peers in developing an effective mass transit system. And the transit funding bill that lawmakers finally approved this year contains some maddening conditions. But make no mistake, passage of the bill is a major milestone in a long, difficult fight.
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MORRIS: Jim Irsay deserves our supportRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Greg Morris
I don’t know Jim Irsay personally, but I feel like I know him. I’d like to know him better. I’ve been thinking a lot about Jim and his situation the last few days. I keep wondering if there’s something I can do to help, and for now this column is my best effort in that regard.
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KENNEDY: My very own litmus test for lawmakersRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I’ve been casting about for a shortcut, a vote on an issue that will give me an insight into individual lawmakers. Is he/she irresponsible? Despicable? Crazy?
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LOPRESTI: Milan miracle at 60

March 22, 2014
Plump Milan anniversary watch videoTwo Indiana hoops legends recreate March magic exactly 60 years after the game that inspired "Hoosiers." Watch 77-year-old Bobby Plump sink that final shot—twice.
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MURTLOW: Business rallied for kids at StatehouseRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Ann Murtlow
Education. Work-force development. Quality child care. The war on poverty. Crime. Economics. These are all familiar words and phrases used readily by policymakers, business leaders and child advocates. But rarely have the concepts been more tightly intertwined into good state policy than they were during this session of the General Assembly.
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Hicks: Inflation could precede real economic recoveryRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Mike Hicks
The new Keynesian model suggests that a government stimulus might work to temporarily boost consumption or investment just like the old Keynesian model does. But the new model requires businesses and households to adjust their buying because of fears of expected inflation.
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Skarbeck: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac roil big investment firmsRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
In 2012, Fannie and Freddie started making money as the housing market rebounded and losses in their mortgage portfolios reversed. By the end of this month, the firms will have returned $203 billion to taxpayers. In the meantime, several hedge funds began acquiring both the preferred shares and common stocks of Fannie and Freddie.
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DINING: Yats replacement, Liberty Street, has what it takes

March 22, 2014
Lou Harry
With proper care, "the restaurant where Mass Ave Yats used to be" should have its own positive reputation.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dramatically different plays

March 22, 2014
The IRT's "Other Dessert Cities" and Acting Up's "A Streetcar Named Desire" demonstrate how casting choices influence a play's impact.
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EDITORIAL: Swing toward sustainabilityRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Genetically modified crops are not a panacea.
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RUSTHOVEN: Donnelly wisely bucks his presidentRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
On March 5, Joe Donnelly joined six other Senate Democrats and all Republicans, including Dan Coats, in rejecting President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Hoosier senators did the right thing.
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GUY: Don’t run education like a businessRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
John Guy / Special to IBJ
Disagreements about education reform result from conflicting models: the business model and the social model. Governors such as Daniels and Pence, reflecting their backgrounds and support structures, tend toward the business model. Superintendent Ritz, with almost 35 years as a teacher/communications coordinator in elementary schools, is more aligned with the social model.
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MAURER: Turning Hoosiers into leadersRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Tobias Center's Hoosier Fellows experiential leadership program offers unmatched opportunities.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget concerns push big ideas into next yearRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Amazing how deadlines—particularly pushing them forward—can ensure compromise in the General Assembly’s conference committee process.
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LOPRESTI: Wichita State can join perfect Hoosiers, not beat themRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Championship team members, now grandfathers, don't mind welcoming new unbeatens to their club.
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DINING: Rockstone rolls into Fishers

March 15, 2014
Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub is yet another new northside pizza place. Is it worth a visit?
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Hicks: Local government should track job growth, tooRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mike Hicks
Before we get down to evaluating economic development incentives, we ought to understand just what it means to “create a job” and how we can honestly evaluate tax incentive policies.
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Kim: Investors must play to win to reach long-term goalsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mickey Kim
Whether an athletic contest or the “game” of investing, many factors determining whether we win or lose are beyond our control. However, we can control how we approach the game and respond as events unfold, which can be just as important.
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SHELLA: Alternatives to Statehouse press corps fall shortRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
An old friend was in the Statehouse the other day for the first time in a long time. He’s a guy who worked in the media, then in state government, and now in public relations. He knows his way around the building.
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Think twice before deregulating utilitiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
For decades, our state has enjoyed low, stable electricity prices due in large measure to using Indiana’s abundant natural resource—coal. However, federal environmental mandates have eroded that advantage as our electric utilities have had to make expensive investments to comply with stricter rules.
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BOHANON: Hooray for Indiana’s do-nothing Legislature!Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
I have always thought legislators should be obliged to take the equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. Most of the major and minor evils of history have been a byproduct of overambitious political leaders intent on “doing something.”
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ODLE: Liberty, freedom should be legislative prioritiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
It’s hard to ignore the amount of energy we have put on a constitutional amendment to define marriage.
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FRANCISCO: The answer to the question is yes, to both extremes

March 15, 2014
Karen Francisco / Special to IBJ
“The editorial was typical of The Journal Gazette’s ultra-liberal, atheistic, secular, humanistic rhetoric,” a letter-writer complains. “You need to quit channeling Fox News,” writes another.
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