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Eye On The Pie

Ideology battle continues over public, private control

Who should be in charge? Governments or private entities? If government, should it be the feds, states, or locals? What level of government, if any, should control transportation, education, health care, libraries, and almost anything else you can imagine?

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

How do you want to pay for our roads?

It’s coming, not tomorrow, but soon. You and I will be asked by our federal and state representatives how the nation and Indiana should pay for the roads we drive.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Moving, again, sends shocks through the system

I did not expect it. Although as I look back, I now see I could have seen it coming. Like a hurricane, its path could be forecast although its timing and intensity were surprises.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am

Eye on the pie

This column is not intended to confuse you, but to share the difficulty of making flat statements about a complicated matter. Be patient and maybe together we can make sense out of what appears to be chaos.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

If you must drink, it's cheaper to do it at home

The latest monthly Consumer Price Index offers a guide to life in the year ahead. Of course, as they say on Wall Street, past performance is not a guarantee of future conditions. Use caution in adjusting your life to the materials that follow.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am

IU parking lottery could raise lots of cash

Recently the Indianapolis Business Journal carried a front page story reporting a revolution in university life: “Indiana University is considering leasing its parking assets in Bloomington and Indianapolis.” This would be following the lead of The Ohio State University.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am

MORTON MARCUS: Eye on the pie

“Fred,” I said as my neighbor and I sat outdoors enjoying the unfamiliar cool temperatures, “Why have you never run for mayor?”

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: Yes, Indiana is doing comparatively well

Last week the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce released the latest state quarterly personal income data for the first quarter of this year. The timing could not have been better.

July 08, 2012 12:00 am

Labor taking it on the chin

Today unions are being peeled so they become smaller. They are being sliced and diced in an attempt to get rid of them. But they are not being used to good advantage.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am

Hoosier income growth negative, lags the nation

The latest data on the Indiana economy were released last week by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. If any news outlets carried the story, I missed it.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am

Eye on the Pie

News flash: Toad Hop (Vigo County) recorded in 2010 Census as having 108 residents. Onward (Cass County) progresses with 23 percent increase in population. Economy (Wayne County) stumbles, loses 6 percent in numbers.

September 11, 2011 12:00 am

Economic multipliers are what you make them

The Amateur Numeric Society for Economic Evaluation -- ANSEE -- met recently at a Hoosier casino. Arthur Average sipped his non-carbonated, non-caffeinated, non-caloric drink before suggesting, "The multiplier is in the range of 7 to 9."

July 10, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: High schools for economic development

From time–to–time, I am asked: "What is the best investment for Indiana's economic development"? The answer: Invest in our high school–age young men and women.

May 15, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: What is it worth? TV has the answer

"The Price is Right" is far different from "Deal or No Deal." The latter is a game of chance - find the beauty holding the briefcase with $1 million. "Price" requires you know the "usual and customary" charge for an item - a variant on the song, "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?"

April 17, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: No statistics on death by pothole

Nothing stirs the imagination like a near-death experience. Last Saturday I am driving north out of Columbus on Interstate 65. I am obediently in the right-hand lane at 70 miles per hour. On my left is an SUV passing me slowly. Suddenly a blue car is passing to the left of the SUV. There is …

April 10, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: The recovery is over, or not

"I don't believe you," Lina Lassie said as we stood at the grocery checkout.

April 03, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: Honor remains a valued legacy

My friend's father died last week in Michigan. I never met the the man but I believe he had some fine characteristics that are part of his legacy.

March 27, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: An opposing opinion need not demand respect

Last week more than 200 people assembled in Hobart to hear a panel of vigorous speakers explore the various dimensions of ethics in government.

March 20, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: The nightmare in my neighborhood

As I relaxed in my recliner, I pondered the surprise of February: the discovery of the most privileged elite in the United States, i.e. state and local government employees. Governors of Indiana and Wisconsin bravely revealed the evil perpetrated by this enormous cell of fiscal terrorists.

March 06, 2011 12:00 am

EYE ON THE PIE: Debt and taxes are not the devil's doing

This national debt business is being overplayed. Critics characterize the debt as a giant burden, our most important national issue. Borrowing for the future, however, makes good sense when the debt contributes to economic growth.

February 27, 2011 12:00 am
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