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The phrase “traditions of hope” combines two emphases often in conflict: past and future. Blame for the past and plans for the future create tensions and emotions dominating current … more
INDIANAPOLIS ­— Since the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin began his vicious genocidal assault on Ukraine two years ago, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and over 18,500 injured, … more
Big decisions have shaped the United States. We wouldn’t be who we are as a nation without the decisiveness shown by America’s founders and by our leaders in times of crisis. It’s … more
“It raises too many questions. I don’t write the questions. I write the answers,” says author Isabel Wilkerson in Ava Duvernay’s “Origin” — now out in … more

INDIANAPOLIS ­— When a politician makes the decision to accept a vice presidential or lieutenant governor invitation, it generally means taking on a subservient posture. All the time. … more
In 1998, children’s songwriter Tom Chapin wrote a lovely song, “My town is a salad bowl,” a lovely metaphor for the U.S., — arguably better than the weary “melting … more
INDIANAPOLIS ­— After her second trip to the U.S.-Mexican border in a year, U.S. Rep. Erin Houchin called the sieve of humanity trying to secure the American dream the easy and illegal way … more
Americans seem to be more interested in foreign policy than usual. Four in 10 U.S. adults named it as an important issue to address in 2024, according to a recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC … more
By the time a child is three, they will go through 5,000 to 6,000 diapers, a huge cost for low-income parents, about which Montgomery Health Department staff heard at a local event. Ever perceptive … more

KOKOMO — A year after U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly played an advocacy role with President Obama in preventing the collapse of General Motors and Chrysler, he ended up at a plant gate in the final … more
Our climate team’s leading voice, John Smilie, has been posting on social media about agrivoltaics, and if you’ve never heard the term, you can figure out its part science, part … more
The hero of a Tom Clancy novel remarked, ‘Conscience is the cost of morality, and morality is the cost of civilization.’ That profound and wise insight deserves contemplation. Cost is … more
Here’s one thing we can count on in the upcoming election year: American politicians will find ways to criticize China, even if they’re running for jobs that have little to do with U.S. … more
INDIANAPOLIS — According to the campaign of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump, the former commander-in-chief has divine providence. “And on June 14, 1946, God … more

Vote! It matters. It’s among the most patriotic acts we Americans can do. While the interference of national interest groups in our local legislation trouble us and throttle what matters most … more
Unity without uniformity is rare in nations, communities, churches, and families. Two reasons are obvious. First, the tendency of groups is to stress uniformity in pursuance of clear and distinct … more
“Breast is best,” midwives and OBGYNs began to say in the 1990s. Infant formula had for decades been touted as the way to nourish newborns, but new evidence supported nature’s tried … more
INDIANAPOLIS — This Democrat was considered an “accidental” president. His approval rating was an abysmal 36% just months before a crucial election. Polls indicated he had little … more
Happy New Year! This may be an election year with more high drama than most years. As various outlets report on polls, we will hear leads like, “It’s the top issue for Americans, one that … more

Latchkey kids. Slackers. Caffeine lovers. Grunge. That’s how a lot of people have referred to Generation X, the 46 million Americans, like myself, who were born between 1965 and 1980. We … more
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