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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. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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