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In the spring of 2018, crowds gathered around the Montgomery County courthouse in downtown Crawfordsville to see a 22-year effort come to fruition. On May 17, an enormous crane lifted the 86-foot, … more
If a group of parents request that certain material be removed from the classroom, that is not censorship or “book banning,” Is that a provocative statement? I don’t think it should … more
Despite the many blessings of living in America, why aren’t more Americans happy? According to World Population Review, the 2021 World Happiness Report ranks America as the 19th happiest out … more
It’s not until you leave the United States that you realize how angry Americans are. Earlier this month my wife the travel agent and I took a cruise in the Mediterranean from Athens to … more

INDIANAPOLIS — As a prelude to Donald Trump’s presidency, his adviser Steve Bannon said in 2016, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring … more
Our Montgomery County Administrator Tom Klein is quick to remind citizens that the new Montgomery County Government Center (currently under construction) is not simply a “courthouse … more
Here’s the remarkable opening sentence of one of the many stories about the Hoosier GOP’s “disputed” and “contentious” redistricting plan: “Two … more
INDIANAPOLIS — This column is dedicated to the hundreds of Hoosiers who attended redistricting hearings across the state as well as the House and Senate chambers. I’ll leave you with this … more
The “Power of Positive Thinking” sold five million copies and was translated into 40 languages half a century ago. Even though I have not read the book, the title is appropriated for this … more

Eviction is humiliating, frightening and stigma-bearing. Sometimes, it’s a slow process of utilities shut off by authorities, belongings shoveled onto the street for all to see, hastily renting … more
One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to … more
At the conclusion of a recent Allen County Commission meeting, the commission president became annoyed with a woman who refused to shut up when her allotted time expired under the public speaking … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Hail to the victors, the undefeated among us: Frank O’Bannon, Julia and André Carson, Dan Coats, Mitch Daniels, Robert Orr, Lee Hamilton, Todd Young, Bob … more
“People need to understand that all children need a place to grow up,” a landlord told Stacey Doty. He’d been urged to evict a particular tenant, but she had two little children. … more

“People need to understand that all children need a place to grow up,” a landlord told Stacey Doty. He’d been urged to evict a particular tenant, but she had two little children. … more
I did some really stupid things when I was young and dumb. Who didn’t? Some of them were embarrassing, and some of them made me feel downright ashamed. But I recognized my failings and tried … more
Remember Pete Seeger’s haunting anti-war song — “Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers, everyone. When will they ever learn?” Fifty years later, a different … more
BLOOMINGTON — An Economist/YouGov poll puts congressional approval at 19%, while 59% disapprove. Now why would that be? Perhaps it’s because there hasn’t been any meaningful … more
BLOOMINGTON — An Economist/YouGov poll puts congressional approval at 19%, while 59% disapprove. Now why would that be? Perhaps it’s because there hasn’t been any meaningful … more

I never parted with a $20 bill faster. It happened at one of my favorite diners. The Western omelet and Diet Coke I often get wasn’t the $11 it had been for as long as I remember. It was … more
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