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Rarely does an exchange on social media measure up, but League Climate Team member John Smilie’s posts usually educate, prompt thoughtful discussion, and aim toward the common good. His recent … more
Worker burn out is common current experience. Teachers, nurses, doctors, people working in businesses and organizations feel burdened by stresses and pressures. A general malaise results. Many leave … more
When I was a newbie reporter at the Wabash Plain Dealer, I started hearing about a young woman named Brenda Webb, just a few years out of high school and beginning to make a name for herself as a … more
Tom Nichols, staff writer for The Atlantic, penned the piece we at the League should have thought of: “The Joy of Voting.” This leads to the question, have you noticed self-satisfaction … more

Go away, Thomas Benton. We don’t want your kind around here. Welcome, Alfred Kinsey. You are one of us. So it goes in the swamp of 21st century culture. Or perhaps we are just witnessing the … more
WEST LAFAYETTE – During the closing minutes of a podcast with The Bulwark’s Mona Charen last week, Mitch Daniels once again speculated on his tombstone epitaph: “He raised four … more
“No problem.” That is how I used to reply to people who thanked me for holding the door open for them or for offering some other small gesture. I don’t know where I got into … more
If you follow regional news, you may have read that nearly 11,000 Indianapolis households faced eviction when their property owners failed to pay $1.9 million in water bills. In a settlement that … more
After a year and a half of trying to balance full-time college with full-time work, I had had enough and quit Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. That made me eligible for the military draft, a … more

After a year and a half of trying to balance full-time college with full-time work, I had had enough and quit Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. That made me eligible for the military draft, a … more
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — On Sept. 15, about five weeks after the male-dominated Indiana General Assembly passed and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed some of the most sweeping abortion restrictions in the … more
Media attention to student debt became more intense when President Biden announced student debt forgiveness. The economic effects of student debt, the rising costs of higher education, fraud and … more
Two weeks ago, two young men walked down a side street here in Crawfordsville, eyes cast to the ground, sweeping gazes and picking up bits of trash. They wore lanyards and gloves and dropped bits of … more
  Two pictures of Indiana. The first picture, from the past. Sylvanus Freelove Bowser was born in 1854 just north of Fort Wayne and, except for a short stay in Kansas, lived in that … more

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Three weeks ago, the FBI recovered hundreds of pages of top secret documents from Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort, some from U.S. intelligence human sources. If you … more
Who deserves the right to go down into the Grand Canyon? Isn’t everyone entitled? We are providing a solution to a need. These were the pitches of developers to the council of the … more
Having an educated populace has always been seen as a necessary component of our constitutional republic. Citizens need more than the basic knowledge to earn a living; they also need to understand … more
“Oh, and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage No angel born in Hell Could break that Satan’s spell And as the flames climbed high into the … more
The Democrats in Washington are doing another one of their zillion-dollar smash-and-grabs. This time, it’s Joe Biden’s scheme to forgive $10,000 in student debt for about 43 million … more

This will be an unusual column, in the first person at parts and a bit longer, to reflect upon what traveling this year has taught this writer about our democracy. Until this past 12 months, I … more
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