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“Don’t discuss religion and politics in polite company!” The lesson was drilled into us because such discussion would cause arguments. Now it is not possible to avoid discussion of … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Gathering for dinner in 2015 at the governor’s retreat, Brown County State Park’s Aynes House, Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats came to some career … more
The United States Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic complicated … more
It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have. Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the political world has been girding for this … more

  Complacent, entitled establishment’s hair on fire, Part 1: “We must replace Thurgood Marshall with another African American justice.” “Agreed. Meet Clarence … more
INDIANAPOLIS — An edgy America has been warned by its president that the coming election will be “rigged” and “fraudulent.” U.S. intelligence and congressional sources … more
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22. Since 2012, the fourth Tuesday of September has been celebrated as a holiday to alert voters to get ready for the upcoming November election. From its … more
Sept. 17 is Constitution Day by act of Congress, which passed a law in the hope schools would take the time to teach about the history and the philosophy of that venerable document. I fear the day … more
I have wholeheartedly embraced the Kindle experience. It’s been years since I read an actual bound-between-two covers, ink-on-paper book. I like everything about e-reading, not the least of … more

An immigrant engineer from India told me: “You need to understand. Education is the universal passport.” He arrived in New York as part of the post-1965 brain drain with a good education … more
MICHIGAN CITY — I was with a veteran Democratic operative on a wintry night in 1998 when the story of President Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern broke on network news, … more
If there is one thing America has learned as we travel through our pandemic year of 2020, it’s that our schools are more essential for our nation’s and our personal well being than we … more
I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. “I actually find real enjoyment in politics,” I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, … more
Hoosiers are, unfortunately, used to politicians who say one thing here and then become someone quite different out of town. They leave their three-piece suits in the condo when they visit home, … more

MICHIGAN CITY — If ever there was a professional resume to match a political moment, it could be that of Dr. Woody Myers. The Indiana Democratic gubernatorial nominee is a medical doctor who … more
After Women’s Suffrage efforts and the 19th Amendment was adopted granting women the right to vote, there have been many changes in American government, although some slow. In 1917, Montana had … more
Growing up, I had two things that shaped not only my childhood but much of my adult life as well: asthma and a protective mother. I almost wrote “overprotective,” because that’s … more
We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the United States was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to … more
INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a forecast that is predicting that up to 1.8 million Hoosiers will vote by mail via absentee ballot for the coming general election. This comes during a pandemic … more

  On Aug. 26 — the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment into the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters will have a … more
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