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HETRICK: If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

February 8, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
At the Statehouse, the crime in progress is voluntary bondage—not in the sexual sense, but what Dictionary.com calls “the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”
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HETRICK: You say you want a reputation? Don’t do it this way

January 25, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
We can now measure the dollar value of a good reputation. Unfortunately, Indiana is doing a lot to hurt its.
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HETRICK: After storm, plowing through a pseudo-libertarian snow job

January 11, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
"I am capable of deciding for myself what and where and when I can come and go," said a Facebook friend. But when does liberty get in the way of public safety?
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HETRICK: After 50 years of silence, a wish list for St. Nicholas

December 21, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
You might not remember me. Last time I wrote, I probably requested a Johnny Seven O.M.A., a “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” gun set or a Monkees album.
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HETRICK: You can’t achieve velocity with one foot on the brake

December 7, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
People want not only to visit downtown, but also to live there. But if we are not regarded for livability, how can Indianapolis thrive?
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HETRICK: Don’t just be thankful; this year thank and think of others

November 23, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
In a world overdosing on skepticism, cynicism, pessimism, and criticism...there are worse thigns than a month of thankful thinking.
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HETRICK: Will Hoosier honchos buy Chicken Little’s hokum?

November 9, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Will the sky fall if Indiana accepts marriage equality? Ask Henny penny and Ducky Lucky.
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HETRICK: A small-town ode to what seems like a carefree autumn

October 26, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
The leaves are falling fast in Pendleton. But the news is very different than what's reported in bigger cities.
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HETRICK: Eight easy-to-adopt employee communication lessons

October 12, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
My students have been studying employee communications. Naturally, they remember and report bad examples far more than good ones.
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HETRICK: There she is, Miss America, an ideal answer to racism

September 21, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
For a few ugly Americans emboldened by social media, it was an opportunity to judge Miss Davuluri. But not by the content of her character.
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HETRICK: If you want to save Syrians, produce a viral video

September 7, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Alas, there’s no viral video personalizing the problem. The call to act is coming from the top down.
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HETRICK: Here’s my answer to the governor’s fundraising letter

August 24, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
“With your support,” he said, “we can make Indiana an example for other states.” My B.S. detector blared.
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HETRICK: Throwing the book at civic illiteracy

August 10, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
If assigned comparison-and-contrast lessons between Zinn's history and other texts, students might enter college better able to question, discern, reason, shape opinions, defend those opinions and compromise.
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HETRICK: It's time to put money behind our crime-prevention push

July 20, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
New Haven should have everything going for it. Yet, in 2010, FBI data showed it to be the fourth most dangerous city in the United States
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HETRICK: Two friends of a different color walk into an Indiana bar

July 6, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
If Indiana puts a constitutional ban on gay marriage, it will be one of the only times the constitution is used to deny a right.
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HETRICK: Mundane matters of middle-class homebuyers

June 22, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
The twisting, turning, maddening tale of our broken oven doesn't quite measure up in the grand scheme of things.
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HETRICK: Some don’t get that rules are sometimes made to be followed

June 8, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
When the road ahead is closed, don't be surprised when you find it necessary to turn around.
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HETRICK: In Pendleton, living the good life on the edge of an edge city

May 25, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
If Carmel epitomizes edge city in central Indiana, then I’m now living on the edge of the edge.
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HETRICK: One-size higher-ed funding formulas do not fit all students

April 20, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Graduating college in four years isn't always the ideal scenario.
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HETRICK: Lamenting our slow-motion political sausage factory

April 6, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Local government reform, it seems, is meddling when legislators don’t like it and meritorious when they do.
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HETRICK: New kind of road rage over a transportation double standard

March 23, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
We the people keep demanding more of them without budgeting enough to build or maintain them.
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HETRICK: Ten tips to help those seeking jobs or internships

March 9, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Many would-be applicants start off with content that fails to set them apart or showcase the key benefits they bring to the table.
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HETRICK: On Armstrong, Pistorius and the risk of celebrity heroes

February 23, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
People such as John Cleland and Dr. Larry Einhorn are the real heroes.
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HETRICK: Groundhog Day experience helps put life in perspective

February 9, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
It was fitting that, on Feb. 2, I found myself back in the place I started.
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HETRICK: Common threads weave through Pence, Obama speeches

January 26, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Two pols. Two parties. Seemingly opposite points of view. Yet these polished communicators had plenty in common in what they said and how they said it to “we, the people.”
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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