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Commentary Oh captain, my captain, where art thou? Someone once told me it’s easy to run an organization when times are good. It’s when times are tough that things get difficult. Well, we’re definitely there. Nowhere is it more evident than at the Indiana Statehouse, where the 2009 General Assembly spent four months hammering away […]

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How IBJ is surviving the recession

This economy has been tough on just about everybody.
No matter what your choice of media, you can’t escape the news about companies and entire industries challenged by the recession. But what about the folks doing all that reporting?

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Hall of Fame stories teach lessons

Judging acts of heroism for the American Red Cross Hall of Fame program is always an education and inspiration. It’s powerful stuff to read about professionals going above and beyond the call of duty and about ordinary citizens stepping outside their comfort zones on impulse to save a fellow human being. This year, it struck […]

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Commentary: White deserves praise and support

Chris Katterjohn has the week off. In his absence, this column, which appeared on Oct. 2, 2006, is being reprinted. It’s been a little more than a year since Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White took over the job of battling the flames at IPS. We should all be grateful he did. He is a special man. “It was like going into a burning house,” White told a group of business leaders at a recent breakfast. “I don’t know too…

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Commentary: Welcome to Wall Street, the sequel

Author Tom Wolfe wrote a bestseller in 1987 called, “The Bonfire of the Vanities.” The title of the book alluded to 15th century Italy, when religious fanatics staged public fires at which they burned items thought to encourage lives of sin, things like mirrors and cosmetics. Wolf’s “Bonfire” popularized the term “masters of the universe” to refer to shallow, highly compensated Wall Street types who made big bucks and lived lavish lifestyles, often at the expense of others. The novel…

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Commentary: Summer mega-events consume us

Just when I thought I could start getting to bed at a decent hour again after the 2008 Olympics were over, up pops the Democratic National Convention from Denver. I’m not a television watcher. About the only things I find worthwhile on the boob tube are sports, PBS, movies, and arts or cultural programs. The occasional exception might include a cooking show. Like many Americans, I found myself watching the Beijing games late into the night for most of two…

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Commentary Summer mega-events consume us Just when I thought I could start getting to bed at a decent hour again after the 2008 Olympics were over, up pops the Democratic National Convention from Denver. I’m not a television watcher. About the only things I find worthwhile on the boob tube are sports, PBS, movies, and arts or cultural programs. The occasional exception might include a cooking show. Like many Americans, I found myself watching the Beijing games late into the…

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Commentary: Indiana State Fair is on a roll

Riding a stretch of near-perfect weather, this year’s Indiana State Fair seems destined to break attendance records. I was there for a few hours one day, and I can see why it still is a big draw: The fair is alive with what’s great about Indiana tradition. And, relatively speaking, it’s a cheap form of entertainment. Eight bucks for admission seems more than reasonable in these days when a movie costs you nearly $10, especially when you realize your $8…

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Commentary: Indiana State Fair is on a roll

Riding a stretch of near-perfect weather, this year’s Indiana State Fair seems destined to break attendance records. I was there for a few hours one day, and I can see why it still is a big draw: The fair is alive with what’s great about Indiana tradition. And, relatively speaking, it’s a cheap form of entertainment. Eight bucks for admission seems more than reasonable in these days when a movie costs you nearly $10, especially when you realize your $8…

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Commentary: Please copy this column

(In deference to ’60s radical Abbie Hoffman and his 1971 cult paperback “Steal This Book,” I hereby relinquish our copyright to this column and give you permission to copy it. I’ll tell you what to do with it later.) Silly me, I thought Mitch Daniels had really shaken things up and done a great job in his first four years as governor. To hear his Democratic opponents in the upcoming election tell it, you’d think he had provided uninspired leadership…

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Commentary: This game gave me Fever

It’s time for more people around here to take note of the “other” professional basketball team in town: the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. And that means all the men out there who won’t give women’s basketball a fair shake, the men who think women can’t play the game. I know they’re out there because I was one of them. I stand before you this week humbly acknowledging the error of my ways. I have learned; the women can play! I had…

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Commentary: Two worlds, one language

Do you speak Chinese? I don’t, but I had a great conversation with two non-English-speaking Chinese artists and educators last week. I was moderating a roundtable discussion at the governor’s residence for Joyce Sommers and the Indianapolis Arts Center. The roundtable kicked off a two-month summer exhibit at the center called “Two Worlds, One Language through Art.” (You can read more about the exhibit on page 37.) It was my first time as a moderator in a situation requiring the…

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