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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. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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