Intolerance undermining Indianapolis’ progress

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Good piece in IBJ by Mickey Maurer [Returning abortion to the back alleys, April 11].

Indiana is my adopted home. I moved here in 1980, in my early 20s when the image of Indiana was truly that of cornfields with a racetrack. I have watched with pride as community leaders have developed and executed on a vision that has turned the Indianapolis area into a world-class city. It’s a relatively safe place to raise a family and the cost of living is enviable. These qualities and Hoosier hospitality make Indiana an attractive place to build, buy, or move a business

As I have traveled, the tone regarding Indiana has gone from mildly amused (1980-1985), impressed (1986-2005), and, finally, respected (2006- 2015) Now, people just shake their heads and ask “WTF is going on there?” Startups with diverse employees and culture are in shock. Some talk of leaving, those considering making Indiana their home are having second thoughts.

Our state is in danger of becoming ostracized by business leaders, and a laughing stock in the eyes of decent people throughout the world. Placing personal agendas that endanger all the progress that we made ahead of what is in the best interest of the state is shameful behavior. Many of our leaders understand and embrace the need for diversity and tolerance of personal choices that may not match their own beliefs. Clearly, some do not.

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George M. Klein

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