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It was an article of faith, through most of my life, that the United States was the world’s dominant power. We had the most powerful military, the biggest and most vibrant economy and the most … more
Karyn Douglas has long deserved the “Making Democracy Work” award, which the League of Women Voters bestowed upon her during the annual meeting on May 14. Douglas worked in the Montgomery … more
The chorus from a folk song came to mind as I looked out over our wooded property. Fortunately, our home is in town south of the Wabash campus. One white oak is over 250 years old. I sat looking out … more
INDIANAPOLIS — With the GOP nomination of U.S. Sen. Mike Braun for governor, we now settle in to watch the lame-duck Holcomb administration depart while the candidate begins to put the pieces … more

In mid-2016, a resident of West Main invited neighbors, friends and family for the first of what she called “front porch politics.” Conditions should have been ideal — comfortable … more
One of the things I enjoyed most, throughout my political career, was the opportunity to meet with young people. Almost without exception, they were curious, thoughtful and eager to face the … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is not a state where citizens can petition for an issue referendum to appear on the ballot. Voters in neighboring Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky voted to sustain abortion … more
This spring, stories from three different sources covered a topic of urgent interest to Hoosiers. In mid-March, NPR’s Morning Edition picked up a story from Perry County, Indiana, and WNIN … more
INDIANAPOLIS ­— If U.S. Sen. Mike Braun secures the Republican gubernatorial nomination next Tuesday and Noblesville pastor Micah Beckwith prevails in his unorthodox quest for the ticket at … more

April is an unofficial Earth month, not just the month that hosts Earth Day, so topics on the return of life after winter always feel appropriate. This week, we chat about our landscaping and … more
A phrase occasionally jumps off the page and grabs the mind and will not let go — even if the meaning is not clear. "Chaos is a ladder" seems such a phrase for our time. It is timely as we … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Almost 300 feet above the skyline in the center of our state stands Victory, a classic Greek-inspired sculpture envisioned to be the Hoosier version of Nike, the goddess of war. … more
We have lived with the existential threat of nuclear weapons for almost 80 years. To say we have become complacent would be an understatement. Knowing the devastation a nuclear war would produce, we … more
  On April 22 the world observed Earth Day, and plenty of organizations celebrated with tree plantings or education on other sustainable methods. Why not throw our League of Women Voters … more

INDIANAPOLIS — It used to be that any middle class Hoosier schmoe could run for Congress ... and actually win. Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Jim Jontz won races in bygone decades by … more
Our police are the thin blue line standing firm to prevent lawless and wrongheaded people from breaking down the walls of democratic civilization and destroying citizens and structures. Police work … more
The collapse last month of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is a vivid reminder of the crucial role that infrastructure plays in our 21st century economy. It’s also an opportunity to … more
Have you ever stared at the section of a ballot, for county and city elected officials, only to think, “I don’t know if I can vote for them. I don’t know anything about them!” … more
INDIANAPOLIS — The current six-person Republican field for governor is an anomaly. In the television age of Hoosier politics, the GOP usually sorts out the candidates, so there are only one or … more

“It’s easy to take for granted the ability to read,” said Anthony Tharp, assistant superintendent for North Montgomery Schools. Yet one of every five Hoosier kids struggles to read … more
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