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In the spirit of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” radio segments. Let’s call this the bestseller that never was, adapted from author J. Mark Powell’s version of … more
We could use a good snowstorm right about now. I love a good dusting of snow. I love how it disrupts our routines and throws everything out of whack. I lived in Washington, D.C., for nearly … more
I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too. “OK boomer,” … more
INDIANAPOLIS — To use a well-worn-political phrase, is timing is everything. That may have prompted the latest change of the Republican guard at the Indiana Statehouse this past week where we … more

In years to come, when we look back and ask ourselves questions like: What was the catalyst? What created the environment that businesses, industries and people in general wanted to be a part of? … more
“Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest.” It is a given that American Christians will gather in churches … more
The Legend of the Legendary League program Nov. 25, presented by Nick Hedrick and Shelbi Hoover, addressed the struggle for women to gain support in the national suffrage movement of the right to … more
To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were … more
When I was in high school, we all knew who the smart kids were. They were the ones who had the most answers, solved problems the quickest, scored the highest on tests. I suspect nothing’s … more

INDIANAPOLIS — The spook’s eyes at the Londonskaya Hotel bar burned holes in me. Every time I glanced in his direction they were trained on me. I had entered Odessa, Ukraine as part of … more
Regardless what some may say, I believe small town America offers many advantages. I also believe the same can be said for rural America. I’m a true believer bigger is not always … more
Montgomery County residents were among the hundreds gathered for a noon redistricting rally held Nov. 19 on the east entrance steps of the Indiana State Capital in Indianapolis on Legislative … more
My goal in this column is to explain why the commissioner’s office believes a community outreach program is critical to success. Communication is defined in part as; the imparting or exchanging … more
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it is appropriate to highlight Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the great leaders in the American women’s rights movement and … more

My daddy he made whiskey, my granddaddy he did, too. We ain’t paid no whiskey tax since 1792. — From “Copper Kettle,” a song by Frank Beddoe, 1946 In one of the first big … more
INDIANAPOLIS — I’m tired of what’s his face, you know, the guy with the orange hair who lives in a White House in Washington sucking the oxygen out of everything. They’re … more
Thanksgiving is a time for thanks — thanks for the blessings we have received and are hopefully grateful for. It’s my belief genuine thanks includes many daily occurrences often taken for … more
Climate change is increasingly recognized as a threat to our environment, our economy and human well-being. Many wonder what this daunting subject means for the world around them, and what we, as … more
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
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