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I had not planned on covering the same topic for two columns in a row, but here we are. Let’s call this one, “Retirement musings, Part 2.” That’s what happens when you have … more
INDIANAPOLIS — It would be trite to say the 2019 municipal elections were status quo, not with 17 defeated incumbents. But there are solid trend lines: Democrats dominated in the big cities, … more
On Sept. 26 of this year, former Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel accepted a new job as Montgomery County Administrator. The position is a new one and the goal of creating it was to have … more
“Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and THE FIGHT for the RIGHT TO VOTE” by Tina Cassidy was the first book in the Well-Read Citizen series being … more
One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or … more
WIMBERLEY, Texas, early morning, some day or other — This is my first vacation at my brother’s since I retired, and somehow I thought it would be different this time. Less relaxing, … more
The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Three years ago, Curtis Hill was a Republican rising star, capturing the nomination for attorney general in a spirited convention floor fight, then leading the ticket that … more
“What is happening to K-12 age students who are not in public school, both during their school years and when they enter the workforce?” This question has been driving research done by … more
The words weren’t aimed directly at me, but I was recently flummoxed by an unexpected undercurrent of animosity. In an online post, a military veteran refused to confine his anger to people … more
With Veterans Day coming up, it’s time to demand that the U.S. military truly create a welcoming environment for all who wish to serve in the defense of this country.Efforts have been made to … more
NASHVILLE, Ind. — There have been three presidents with vivid Indiana ties.  William Henry Harrison won the battle of Tippecanoe and served as a territorial governor. Abraham Lincoln moved to … more
November 2019 is an important election. Every four years our Indiana election calendar features local elections — city and towns. The League of Women Voters encourages all who live in a district … more
“I ask how and why this decision was reached,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in the Senate recently. He was calling for an investigation into President Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of … more
There is distressing news from Indiana University.In the Daily Student newspaper, the headline tells the sad story: “Forty years have passed since IU sported a mascot.” The university is one of … more
I’m on the fence about this, if you want the truth.You see, more school districts are banning childhood games that were staples when I was growing up in the 1970s.Some say dodgeball, kickball, … more
NEWPORT, R.I. — When it comes to America’s engagement in what is increasingly globalized marketplace and security, a number of Hoosier statesmen set the compass points for many of us over the … more
A Jeb Bush tweet this week got me thinking about some of the ways our nasty partisan politics has been hurting our kids.Paraphrasing Jeb, he asked, “How can parents teach their children that using … more
The U.S. Constitution mandates a count of the population every 10 years and, while every one of the 23 decennial censuses that has been conducted so far since 1790 has been a massive undertaking, the … more
Municipal elections are coming up in Indiana, and it’s hard not to be cynical about them.In my city of Fort Wayne, participation in odd-year balloting has been plummeting. In 2003, just above 30 … more
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