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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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HETRICK: Closing a door, opening a window in the New YearRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
But has a liberal arts education instilled the ability to adapt well past mid-career?
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HETRICK: You gotta stay bright to be the light of the world

December 10, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
When you take center stage, expect your blemishes to show...and be discussed.
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HETRICK: Super Committee fails Constitutional test

November 26, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Are we providing for the common defense when parents have to supplement their sons’ and daughters’ military equipment?
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HETRICK: Thank God the election's over, but what now?

November 12, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Insight into the aftermath of campaign 2011.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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