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On Nov. 4, as we waited for the results of 2020’s national election, a friend and professor Rob Saler posted “The work is the work” on his social media. Just when the work felt like … more
It was just one year ago that the first confirmed case of coronavirus was diagnosed in the United States. Over the course of that year, more than 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. … more
There will come a day of reckoning. No matter how often that is said about the reckless abandon with which Washington keeps adding to the national debt, officials keep printing and borrowing so … more
INDIANAPOLIS — If it were not for the rise of Donald Trump in 2016, there wouldn’t be a Gov. Eric Holcomb. When that year began, Holcomb was running third in the Republican U.S. Senate … more

If the months since the November elections have shown us anything, it’s that the US is more deeply divided than we’ve experienced in a very long time. This has been building at least … more
In 1959 an act of governance dropped the number of school districts in Indiana 966 to 402 by consolidating schools and creating districts that served more than 1,000 students. The consolidation of … more
Without grace, our public discourse will continue to suffer. “Grace,” according to, has more than one meaning, but all of them are powerful. Grace is “a … more
  January 6, 2021 scars our memories as a Day of Shame. Images of a mob roaming through our Capitol building breaking things and threatening Vice President Mike Pence and Congress in session … more
I participated in a PBS TV show last week — three General Assembly watchers and a host doing our annual legislative preview session — and it was a little unsettling. Because of the … more

INDIANAPOLIS — When newly-elected Mike Pence showed up at the U.S. Capitol for his first joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2001, he watched Vice President Al Gore declare George W. Bush and … more
Wednesday was a sad day for America. We watched the mob violence and lawlessness in Washington with a tear in our eye. We saw images of the Capitol stormed by hundreds of yahoos who fought with … more
“‘Tis a gift to be simple. ‘Tis a gift to be free.” During the Great Depression some parents and grandparents learned from this early-American song and from proverbs. Then … more
When we say shop local, we are saying what kind of community we want to live in. We believe in local flavor. We value the innovation and leadership that our entrepreneurs bring to our county. In … more
I apologize, but this is the time of year when I must do my annual beating-a-dead-horse ritual of imploring the Indiana General Assembly to go to every-other-year sessions. The so-called … more

Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may … more
INDIANAPOLIS -— On Tuesday, the whole world will be watching Vice President Mike Pence. He will find himself in the most conspicuous set of circumstances that any Hoosiers ever has. As … more
This could also be titled, “How to Vote for Local Judges,” because many people report being baffled when it comes to that part of the ballot. Taking our civic act of voting means we … more
Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.” No, not hardly, and that claim is easily dismissed with … more
INDIANAPOLIS — President Trump is scheduled to leave office at noon, Jan. 20. He has had an extraordinary impact on the United States and Indiana and will leave behind a deeply divided … more

Now that we are well into the month of December, my three teenage daughters have provided me with their extensive Christmas lists – both electronic and hard copies – in triplicate. Full … more
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