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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
Three points to ponder if for some reason you have put “diversity” on your list of things to agonize over today. 1. At our weekly bridge game, my friend the Navy veteran was kidding me … more
I haven’t weighed in on the whole “cancel culture” business for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it’s so stupid. First, they came for Aunt Jemima. Then Dr. … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Alex Azar, the former Eli Lilly executive and Health and Human Services secretary, played a crucial role in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine after President Trump … more

On Aug. 18, 1920, the ratification of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Not all women, though, because the history of voting rights is not equal to voting access. Nevertheless, it … more
Here we go again. COVID on the rise, more than 615,000 American deaths into the pandemic — with 14,000 of them Hoosiers — and Montgomery County’s schools are choosing to throw any … more
Today’s column offers a serious exploration of a way to solve the crime problem once and for all. So, if you’re reading this in your car, put the phone down so you don’t miss the … more
INDIANAPOLIS — One thing that stood out after the Capitol and D.C. Metro police testimony Tuesday before the fledgling House Jan. 6 Select Committee was how close this … more
Maybe it’s just a professional preoccupation, but I’ve always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I’ve never made a formal study of it, but have talked with … more

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future. Mostly, in part, because mine seems to be approaching quicker than I would like for it to. In exactly 31 days upon the date of writing this, … more
“Envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate” challenges the League of Women Voters. Envision democratic … more
The percentage of people in Montgomery County currently vaccinated for COVID-19 is lower than in many Indiana and American counties. The number of those recently infected here, primarily among those … more
Court-required public notices are valuable tools of our democracy because they provide due process to Americans who will be impacted by the government action and help make the judicial process more … more
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the Congressional Clown Car, a quick update: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a special committee to investigate the Jan. 6 — … more

INDIANAPOLIS — The catastrophic events prior to the Sept. 11 foreign terror attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the demise of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania occurred in a time of … more
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