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MAURER: Deli delightRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Mickey Maurer
I am proud to relate that Pawel Fludzinski, Ph.D. recently published his first crossword puzzle in The New York Times. Pawel has worked at Eli Lilly and Co. for more than 28 years with the last 20 years being in executive level leadership positions. He has a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, but never mind that: He shares with me a love for construction of crossword puzzles.
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MORRIS: Finally, a new tax I can support

January 26, 2013
Greg Morris
I wrote a column recently complaining about all the new taxes bestowed on us this new calendar year. It was a lengthy list. So, I don't want to sound contradictory when I tell you now that I want central Indiana residents to support a modest tax increase in the future to expand mass transit.
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MAURER: New life for classic lines from big screenRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Guys love to quote “The Godfather.” It’s no wonder, with lines like “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” and “Leave the gun—take the cannolis.” These and other memorable movie quips are relevant today, just with new voices.
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MORRIS: To trim debt, hike taxes and cut ... ?

January 12, 2013
Greg Morris
As Brent Musburger said when he spotted Miss Alabama in the crowd at the BCS National Championship game— “Whoa!”
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MAURER: A look back at memorable topicsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I am always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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MORRIS: After many positives in 2012, let’s avoid 'cliff'

December 29, 2012
Greg Morris
Put another year in the history books. It’s time for reflection and a look ahead to the new year. I went back and looked at my column written this time last year—“From politics to hoops, my 2012 wish list”—and I would say the results were mostly positive, with one big exception.
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KENNEDY: In defense of capitalismRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Sheila Suess Kennedy
I am a capitalist. I believe in free markets, in what the economists describe as “transactions entered into freely between buyers and sellers both of whom have the necessary relevant information.” I also recognize that markets cannot function without “umpires” empowered to enforce rules of fair play and protect that level playing field to which we all pay lip service. The most significant challenge to genuine capitalism, I submit, lies in the ability of some competitors to bribe or otherwise influence the umpires.
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MAURER: My gift to you is a pair of puzzlesRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Now that the elections are over, please relax and enjoy this crossword puzzle and the political riddle it poses.
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MORRIS: Balancing quality and the bottom line

December 15, 2012
Greg Morris
My job takes me out of my office into the community on a regular basis. As I’m out talking with folks in the business community, a common theme surfaces almost without fail on a weekly basis.
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MAURER: Think outside the retirement boxRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Mickey Maurer
I realized that my original vision of the American Dream was a nightmare. I learned that there is more to business than the money earned.
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MORRIS: Setting an example we hope Washington will follow

December 1, 2012
Greg Morris
I’ve been knee deep in budget meetings, one after another, for what seems like an eternity now. It’s been only about a month, but it seems much longer. I’ve talked to many business colleagues who have been doing the same.
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MAURER: Endocyte receded, but it's still on trackRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Endocyte is an Indiana biopharmaceutical company that develops drugs and imaging diagnostics to identify and treat cancer.
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MORRIS: Tony Bennett took one for the teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Morris
I’m worried the defeat of Tony Bennett as superintendent of public instruction puts this state’s education reforms not at risk, but on a slower pace.
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Maurer on targetRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A note to heartily second your thoughts [Maurer column, Nov. 12] regarding Republican Party politics.
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MAURER: Moderate Republicans, lend me your earRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Now that the Tea Party has swapped the best public servant in the United States Senate and a sure Republican seat for newly elected Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, perhaps it’s time moderate Indiana Republicans stand up and reclaim the party.
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MORRIS: Your vote on Nov. 6 is importantRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Greg Morris
We all need to express our feelings about what’s going on in our local communities, our state and our country by casting votes for the candidates we believe can make the most positive impact on our lives.
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MAURER: My stint in public service was a thrillRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Mickey Maurer
I lived it. I loved it. I bragged about it—too much. Then I forgot about it. That is until Kelly Nicholl, vice president of marketing for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., asked me to provide a short summary of significant events from my time as president of the IEDC and secretary of commerce.
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MORRIS: Time for inspirational leadership

October 20, 2012
Greg Morris
Rarely do we hear someone speak who has the potential to change our life, and as a result, the lives of others. I had such an experience recently and I want to share it with you.
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MAURER: Mourdock makeover isn't flattering ... or believableRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock energized the right wing of the Republican Party this spring when he declared uncategorically that he rejects cooperation with his political opponents and that his brand of partisanship defines compromise as “Democrats coming our way.”
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MORRIS: Republicans face hard Senate choice

October 6, 2012
Greg Morris
One prime example of a candidate who promises more gridlock in Washington can be found right here in Indiana. Of course, you know I’m speaking of Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Mourdock.
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MAURER: Exercise your brain with problem solvingRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Challenging riddles like this interrupt the normal routine and rev up our brains. Seize opportunities to think creatively.
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Column fell shortRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Greg Morris’ [Sept. 24] commentary about President Obama falls short:
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MORRIS: Remember our founding principles

September 22, 2012
Greg Morris
I’ve avoided talking politics for several weeks now, but I just can’t avoid it any longer.
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MAURER: 'Scavengers' offers entertaining local loreRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Learn some Indianapolis lore and be entertained by Dick Cady’s book, “Scavengers: A True Story of Money, Madness & Murder.”
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MORRIS: Fox 59 is serious about local news

September 8, 2012
Greg Morris
The announcement was made back in May and IBJ reported on it again in last week’s paper. However, I want to highlight WXIN-TV Channel 59’s expanded news coverage in the 6 p.m. hour, Monday-Friday, which starts airing this week. It’s the latest expansion of news at Fox 59 and the move is significant.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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