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Crawfordsville is one of many small towns struggling with the housing crisis. Our League of Women Voters Economic Health team members keep asking, “What about housing?” because we have … more
Not everyone does Valentine’s Day well. A significant number of people are too unromantic, lazy, cheap or unimaginative to make the best of the occasion. Don’t despair if you fall … more
They were known by various names — the book women, the book ladies, the packsaddle librarians. From 1935 to 1943, they rode through the hills of Depression-era Appalachia, hundreds of miles … more
INDIANAPOLIS — I spent my first 10 years living in Michigan City, which is 35 nautical miles from Chicago. I was a Cold War kid. Our bogeyman was Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, who … more

Groundhog Day cannot come soon enough. It’s the thick of winter. Cabin fever is setting in. Incivility is worse than ever. A delightful, silly diversion is what we need about now, and … more
Nothing about the guest speaker suggested power or prestige. She was the quintessential teacher, comfortable and ready to engage in a crushed velvet smock, black leggings, and comfortable shoes. … more
When the coal started running low at the mine my father worked in, he considered several options. The one he decided on was to relocate from Kentucky to Fort Wayne, which had two major advantages. … more
Education from preschool to graduate school is rapidly changing. Some changes are common, like timing of semesters and days or consolidation. Some change education for students and teachers … more
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the demand for older models in the fashion and cosmetics industries is exploding. Sorry. Perhaps “exploding” is a trigger word. It … more

INDIANAPOLIS — In the coming days or weeks, Mitch Daniels will make a decision about whether to return to politics by running for the Senate seat Mike Braun is vacating to seek the open … more
Let’s play “what happens when?” What happens when a senior falls and no one there is strong enough to help her up? What happens after an adult overdoses in their driveway? What … more
Let’s play “what happens when?” What happens when a senior falls and no one there is strong enough to help her up? What happens after an adult overdoses in their driveway? What … more
I have always been proud to be a Hoosier, proclaiming it boldly even to coastal snobs who almost think of it as a confession of mental deficiency. I was not born in Indiana, but I was raised … more
Good and wise leaders must possess many skills. None are more important than the ability to lead a group or community through tension and conflict. Conflict currently seems always present or … more

INDIANAPOLIS -— When it comes to switching parties, the list is a long one and recently dominated by the Southland, which in the wake of the 1965 Great Society Voting Rights Act prompted an … more
As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and … more
The morning after straight-line winds pummeled Crawfordsville in May 2017, it looked like a tiny tornado had waltzed Main Street, crushing cars and bashing houses. Fat tree limbs rendered some blocks … more
How about a David Letterman-style top 10 list about Montgomery County’s year-long bicentennial efforts. It’s a humorous recap of the hard work of the bicentennial planning team and will … more
The 118th Congress convenes Jan. 3, and while it’s impossible to know in advance what it will or won’t accomplish, it’s a fair bet there will be drama. With the GOP taking control … more

I was born in the Year of the Pig, which I relate with a mixture of gratification and regret. My pride comes from the admirable qualities with which that accident of birth has endowed me. I have, … more
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