Exporting jobs. When they got up to go to work in the morning, the people at the Thomson plant in Marion, Ind., didn’t know they’d be out of their jobs at 3 that afternoon. Thomson Consumer Electronics decided to move its color picture tube manufacturing to Mexico and Indiana is short 1,000 more jobs. A costly fire that followed the day of the layoffs remains a mystery.
Ceramics in the city. Dee Schaad, artist/professor at the University of Indianapolis, worked for five years to bring the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts annual convention to Indianapolis. The name wasn’t nearly as inspiring as the thing itself — a milestone cultural event for the city that involved virtually every visual arts venue in town.
The NCAA basketball money machine. With March Madness in full swing, now is the time to consider why the NCAA, which is headquartered here in Indianapolis, doesn’t share any of the millions the tourney generates with the players who make the games possible.
Saying “no” to sprawl. Greenwood residents won Round 1 Monday night as the planning commission voted against Wal-Mart’s plan for a supercenter along congested 135.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. He filed a petition with the EPA threatening to sue Indiana and 12 other states to force reduction of coal-fired power plant pollution, which causes asthma. Too bad Indiana can’t police its own dirty habits.
Driver IDs for immigrants. With no stemming the tide of illegal immigration in sight, Indiana is wise to move toward a plan for making immigrants legal — at least as drivers. This would improve the chance that drivers would receive training on the rules of the road here and pursue insurance coverage for their vehicles.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources. After seven years, four appeals, the DNR once again denied a permit to developer Centre Properties to build a retail development in the White River floodway at 96th and Allisonville. Thumbs up to water activists who lobbied DNR tirelessly to preserve river health.
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