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HETRICK: Let's do the write thing; cease the cursive meddling

January 12, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Must children learn to drive horses and buggies so they can understand their great-great-great-grandparents’ mode of transportation?
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HETRICK: In massacre's wake, a Christmas wish for divinity in each of us

December 22, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Time after time, we get ourselves in a lather; do nothing more than talk about the need to talk; then rinse and repeat when the next mass killing occurs.
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HETRICK: Sending all-seasons' greetings in a newfangled way

December 8, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
During the holiday season, I used to love going to the mailbox.
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HETRICK: From Indianapolis to Pendleton, what I did for love

November 24, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Why would I trade my coveted skyline view for the Friday-night lights of the Pendleton Heights High School Arabians? Why would I trade walk-everywhere convenience for drive-everywhere drudgery?
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HETRICK: Moving on and starting over in life, art and politics

November 10, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
From election night to the IRT stage, lessons abound.
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HETRICK: Spouting off about the all-too-common art of spin

October 20, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
How do we justify making things up?
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HETRICK: Regrets, I've had a few ... starting with Lugar's loss

October 6, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
In a state where political maneuvers and those making them are often maligned, Lugar has been a source of Hoosier pride.
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HETRICK: Take two aspirin and call me when the election's over

September 22, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to vote.
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HETRICK: Lapsed entrepreneur finds higher education a class act

September 8, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Early signs show that this teacher, this profession and—most important—these students are going to be just fine.
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HETRICK: America should encourage votes, not suppress them

August 25, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
In a place where voter participation pales in comparison to other nations, state after U.S. state seems hell-bent on voter suppression.
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HETRICK: Don't believe everything people say that American people say

August 11, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Politicians like to presume national unanimity...usually for their own ends.
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HETRICK: A funny thing happened on the way to the sorority

July 21, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
I spent last weekend in a hotel with 950 sorority women learning about sex. How’s that for an opening line? Are your fantasies afire? Curiosity aroused?
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HETRICK: Maybe it's time to think like 'Mad Men' and sell everything

July 7, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
The Rs and the Ds could fight over ad space in voter registration.
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HETRICK: How far would and should you go to forgive?

June 23, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Moral questions abound, from Poland to Penn State.
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HETRICK: Thomas Jefferson on education

June 9, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Jefferson's simple grave marker is notable for what it says and what it does not.
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HETRICK: Parental responsibility and the high cost of higher ed

May 26, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
I'm old-fashion on this one: It's parents who choose to bring children into the world.
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HETRICK: Thoughts on losing Lugar and his legacy of leadership

May 12, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Dick Lugar inspired good people and whetted their appetite for public service.
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HETRICK: Our daily diet of misinformation leads to bad decisions

April 21, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Some stories aren't reported on network news because they simply didn't happen.
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HETRICK: Mega Millions and taxes inspire daydream believers

April 7, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
In the midst of Mega Millions mania, statisticians were telling would-be bettors that the odds of winning the big jackpot were far lower than the odds of being struck by lighting.
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HETRICK: All the news that's fit to tweet, post and petition

March 24, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Ever the junkie for news, behind-the-scenes details, snarky comments and additional perspective—and increasingly unwilling to wait for an evening newscast or morning paper to get my fix—I often sit with my iPhone close at hand, checking feeds from Twitter and Facebook.
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HETRICK: How we can avoid a 'Handmaid's Tale' in the making

March 10, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
For the past few weeks, Washington has been buzzing about contraceptives. It’s to be expected from a dramatic comedy dripping with sex, religion, government and health insurance.
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HETRICK: Playing Pontius Pilate with the public's health

February 25, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Private clubs and private businesses are subject to all kinds of reasonable government measures. Why exclude smoking?
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HETRICK: Biggest Super Bowl perk was a dose of civic pride

February 11, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
As one commentator said, Indianapolis "crushed it."
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HETRICK: Here's a little ditty 'bout health insurance reform

January 21, 2012
Bruce Hetrick
Just before Christmas, I received a nasty-gram in the mail from a firm called ORS.
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HETRICK: O say, can you see, by democracy's dimming light?Restricted Content

January 7, 2012
Bruce Hetrick

Had we applied Sen. Vaneta Becker's rules to “America the Beautiful” in 1976, George Carlin and I would, presumably, have owed the piper.

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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