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HETRICK: My Washington day in the war for health reformRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
I awoke long before the alarm sounded Tuesday. It’s not every day one testifies before Congress, so I was eager and anxious.
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HETRICK: Will healthy workplace hopes go up in smoke?Restricted Content

October 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
I can predict as well as any seer what witnesses will say as the City-County Council considers a workplace smoking ban.
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HETRICK: No, Mabel, government is not a four-letter wordRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
It's easy to express populist outrage against Washington. But is the rage misplaced?
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HETRICK: To teach your children well, put away the parachutesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Asking our kids to take responsibility sometimes has unexpected consequences.
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HETRICK: Will we distinguish the faux news from the real?Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
There was a time, of course, when journalists had the time, space, resources and respect to sort things out for us.

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HETRICK: A health insurance beneficiary pleads for reformRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
As a hearing-impaired, migraine-suffering, diabetic cancer survivor who's also the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I've experienced more than my fair share of American health care.
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HETRICK: Visiting Alaska, and sticking final pin in the mapRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
In my parent's basement hangs a map of the United States stuck with multicolored push pins showing where they've lived and visited. Until a few weeks ago, there were pins in every state but one.
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HETRICK: It's hip to be simple, so let's take advantageRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A gentleman from Fort Wayne died last month. The cancer caught up to him just a few days before his 80th birthday. Like many of us native Hoosiers, this fellow was born of working folks. His dad was a traveling hardware salesman, his mom a homemaker.
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HETRICK: Keep the civil in our disobedience and our discourseRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
If you believe passionately in some cause, if you're certain grave injustice has occurred or will continue, if you know your way is correct and all others are wrong, how far will you go to make your point? What will you sacrifice to get attention?
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Birth, death and living in betweenRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Bruce Hetrick

The problem is, we don't get to choose our exits—the natural ones, at least—and we don't get to choose the timing.

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Whole-hog health scare: A deadly double standardRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because secondhand smoke is a longer-term health threat—rather than something quick like the flu or food poisoning—too much of society, including the media, overlooks its danger with nary a second glance.
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Redefining community in virtual and political realityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, I made a presentation about social media to several hundred people at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon. We talked about Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, LinkedIn, blogging and more. I didn't answer the "how-to" question. I answered the "whether-to" question. With some important cautions, my answer was "yes."
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Hopeful news about the nukes aimed at your headRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have now dared to raise that tired and trivial matter of nuclear disarmament, you must focus on mundane matters of mass destruction.
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Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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In times of trouble, encountering a chance to let it beRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
I went to church Sunday night. It wasn't a religious experience â?? wasn't supposed to be, anyway.
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All of us Belongers, building castles in the sandRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
On vacation in the British West Indies, we see the decline from just a year ago at this same beautiful spotâ??fewer families at play, fewer retirees strolling arm and arm, fewer young couples slathering one another with sunscreen.
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Workplace smoking policies move backwardRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
The bill in question seems like a long shot. It would abdicate government's responsibility for protecting citizens' health and safety, and place it in the hands of individual business owners.
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Thumbing a ride on America's 'Revolutionary Road'Restricted Content

January 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
On my bookshelf, there's an old copy of Richard Yates' "Revolutionary Road." The cover illustration shows a pristine countryside with puffy white clouds on an azure sky.
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On inauguration eve, the bar is set at a record lowRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A chaotic cancer cell symbolizes perfectly the nation and world Barack Obama will inherit Jan. 20: American automakers on the brink of collapse. Their vaunted Japanese competitors curtailing production. Factory orders suffering the biggest setback in eight years. Skyrocketing unemployment.
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Something to think about as a new year dawnsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
I think about the economic crisis, the housing crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the automotive crisis, the Middle East crisis, the education crisis, the college affordability crisis and all the other crises — real, imagined and manufactured — and I wonder whether they'll drive us to the precipice, or even the apocalypse, and whether we'll change at the last minute, and, should we survive, whether we'll remember what we want to forget or forget what we want to remember.
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Hetrick column appreciated for its thought-provoking candorRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
I find your writing to be thought-provoking, and I especially liked your [Nov. 24] piece.
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In a recession-ridden holiday, shop and give locallyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
When it comes to holiday shopping and charitable giving, act locally.
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Be open to change, as difficult as it may beRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
The movie, "The Visitor," is a good reminder to be open to change because it can instill hope for the future.
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Change begins with everyone, not just ObamaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Sen. Barack Obama's election and call for change and hope, as well as Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election after dramatic changes, shows that Americans can become successful again.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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