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“Age is just a mindset,” Dean and Connie Weir always said. They planned to age in place, as they’d helped Dean’s mom Ruth do. Having remodeled part of their home into a … more
(Somewhere outside of Wimberley, Tex.) — I’m sitting on the deck at the Roadrunner Ranch, my brother’s place in Hill Country, Texas. The good news is that real life still exists … more
MICHIGAN CITY — As we head into a weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, ponder this question: Did Osama bin Laden win? He was killed by U.S. … more
False prophets in sheep’s clothing are leading some of us into great danger. False prophets and teachers bear a heavy burden of responsibility for disastrous results of their ignorance or … more

What a surprise, locals might have thought when the Census Bureau confirmed in August that there is a shortage of housing units in Crawfordsville. Home buyers heard of people offering cash and … more
MICHIGAN CITY — The people don’t always get it right. From slavery, to the right of women and minorities to vote, from the way we’ve treated our mentally ill, to Jim Crow laws and … more
In August, Indiana’s legislature received the U.S. Census data, which green lighted the drawing of the district maps for the next decade. Maps will be drawn for national, state and county … more
I come from a family of fighting men. My cousin Adolph was a paratrooper who landed at Normandy on D-Day, and the parachute he used — stained with blood and dirt — was turned into my … more
On the one hand, the little kerfuffle at Fort Wayne’s Northrop High School is too trifling to make a big deal of. But on the other, it invites discussion because it is such a welcome sign of … more

Most Americans alive 20 years ago remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. They remember the airplane hijackings, the attacks, and the collapse of the Twin Towers. They remember the nearly 3,000 … more
INDIANAPOLIS — On paper, Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young looks to be in the catbird seat as he seeks a second term next year. He sits on a war chest approaching $5 million. He’s … more
For the 95 years between the 15th Amendment and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it seemed reasonable and right to many Americans to enact “poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic … more
On CBS-TV’s Sunday Morning this week, a former Army sergeant who left parts of both arms and legs in Afghanistan came on and tried to say something positive in the face of our ugly retreat from … more
NASHVILLE, Ind. -— I never met Marine Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, but anyone traveling on State Road 46 heading into this town crosses a bridge named in his honor. On Feb. 18, 2010, while on … more

Mandates, morals and laws are three distinct categories, each with its own context, foundation, scope and effectiveness. Mandates are much in the news because many officials and institutions issue … more
Great news: Google has turned us into armchair experts on everything. In just a few minutes, we can know better than experts who have committed their entire careers to complicated scientific … more
Historical markers. It’s easy to pass them by without stopping to read the words that unassumingly anchor our city to its story. On the corner of Wabash and Grant avenues, where the colonnade … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers showed up at nine hearings scheduled by General Assembly Republican majorities this past week on the once-in-a-decade topic of redistricting. The final … more
My Lab puppy, Thurber, makes me laugh out loud every day. The writing life requires you to sit still for long periods of time, but those days are long gone. As I write this column — … more

In 1968, Midwesterner Wendell Berry turned his thoughts to the problem that had ushered in the Civil Rights movement: “It is not, I think, a question of when and how the white people will … more
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