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MAURER: Sage advice from the late Bill CookRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Mickey Maurer
We had been friends for less than a decade, but in a sense those were some of his best years—years of philanthropy, of passionate restoration.
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MORRIS: A 'no new programs' effort to help kids

May 7, 2011
Greg Morris
The Central Indiana Talent Alliance is on the front lines of improving education—without creating new educational programs.
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MAURER: Legislators finish hatchet job

April 29, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Appreciate the cruel irony. We elected this Legislature and gave them that ax handle to be fiscally responsible, but each of the following actions has the opposite effect on the budget.
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MORRIS: It's time to show the Pacers some love

April 23, 2011
Greg Morris
The Pacers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. And they did it with a good group of players who are decent human beings and who represent themselves and the city well.
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MORRIS: Firefighters fill convention center

April 9, 2011
Greg Morris
I recently had the opportunity to walk through the exhibit space at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference at the newly expanded Indiana Convention Center. It gave me a great firsthand look at why we invested $275 million expanding the convention center.
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MAURER: An opportunity to help the homeless

April 2, 2011
Mickey Maurer
There is much work to be done. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, an umbrella homeless advocacy organization, estimates that 4,500 to 7,500 individuals in Marion County experienced homelessness in 2010.
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ANDREWS: Exploring China ... and my family's roots

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
My trip to China this month took me to the Shanghai street where my great uncle worked nearly a century ago, when he was only beginning to quench his appetite for knowledge about this vast and mysterious nation.
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MAURER: The Indiana we've always wanted

March 19, 2011
Mickey Maurer
My fellow Tea Party Republicans, I have an idea. Let’s enact legislation requiring immigrants and homosexuals to wear purple hats. What difference does it make if we precipitate an economic disaster?
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MORRIS: Online posts still the wild, wild West

March 12, 2011
Greg Morris
The Internet is a wonderful and amazing thing. But navigating it is like operating in the Wild West. There is little conformity and there are few rules.
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MAURER: Conner Prairie's allure keeps growing

March 5, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Conner Prairie, an outdoor immersion history museum, offers modern-day time travelers an opportunity to experience long-ago life on the prairie at the Conner residence in what is now Fishers.
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KENNEDY: Who moved Wisconsin's cheese?

March 5, 2011
I can’t help thinking how ironic it is that Wisconsin—home of the “cheeseheads”—is the most prominent example of what happens when political leadership stubbornly refuses to deal with an economic landscape that has changed.
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MORRIS: Don't have a job? Work anyway

February 26, 2011
Greg Morris
If recent graduates can’t find a job, they should do something while they continue to search. Take any kind of job you can get. Volunteer at church or at a not-for-profit organization. Take a wait-staff job. Take a part-time job. Do something.
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MAURER: By George, a presidential puzzleRestricted Content

February 18, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Celebrate Presidents Day by working a crossword puzzle from Mickey Maurer.
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MORRIS: Tough love for public education

February 12, 2011
Greg Morris
Indiana students as a group have been underperforming and schools as a group have been failing.
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MAURER: Workforce Inc. recycles peopleRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Now that football season is over, I suggest we turn our attention to a real hero: Gregg Keesling, CEO of Workforce Inc., an organization that populates practically its entire work force with ex-offenders.
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MORRIS: Palladium spotlights a Carmel all can be proud of

January 29, 2011
Greg Morris
As the debut of the Palladium in Carmel has taken center stage, I have been reflecting on the amazing ascent of what used to be a sleepy town.
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MAURER: This is a broker's tale worth readingRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Mickey Maurer
“Twelve years after I popped out, I learned to sell. During the next three, I began to write. Fifty years later, I discovered how to kill.” Thus begins the journal of investment adviser Jack Chap, protagonist in John Guy’s novel “Middle Man, a Broker’s Tale.”
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MORRIS: Mentor a child ... you'll be glad you did

January 15, 2011
Greg Morris
Research shows mentors can play a powerful role in a young person’s life. A mentoring relationship helps reduce the potential for bad behavior and gives a boost to academic achievement.
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MAURER: Looking back at events in 2010

January 8, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year’s columns. I’m 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: New year should bring a new mind-set

January 1, 2011
Greg Morris
The holiday down time has also enabled me to pull myself out of the day-to-day controlled chaos and actually take time to strategize, analyze and plan.
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MAURER: Who's running? It's a puzzling question

December 25, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Indiana politics can be puzzling. Enjoy this Pictocross© on the topic.
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MORRIS: These taxing times test my patience

December 18, 2010
Greg Morris
If I really thought a tax increase would dig us out of the debt mess, I would be willing to contribute more.
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MAURER: A final lesson for entrepreneursRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Mickey Maurer
To create a disciplined investment philosophy, I evolved from my experience “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School.” Over the course of 10 columns, I have featured each of these essential principles. This is the final installment.
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MORRIS: Political dialogue returning to IBJ

December 4, 2010
Greg Morris
Forefront, which debuts this month, is designed to be another public square where various voices will debate the issues of our day.
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MAURER: Giving back is not always easyRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Mickey Maurer
I evolved from my experience, “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship that You Didn’t Learn in School”—at least I didn’t learn them in school. Over the course of 10 columns, I am featuring each of these essential principles. This is the ninth installment.
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