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INDIANAPOLIS — As the Democratic presidential race wound down just as the pandemic was gearing up, there was no secret that Joe Biden had a lot of respect and affection for Pete … more
If you pay attention to global affairs, you know that increasing numbers of people believe US leadership in the world is coming to an end and the West more broadly is being eclipsed. I think these … more
Pop quiz on Indiana’s congressional districts, since they will be redrawn next year after US Census data comes out. 1. Do you know how many national districts we have in Indiana? 2. Do … more
Go ahead and get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve made up your mind, but, mark my words, you’ll be playing with fire. Just consider all the harm we have already caused from trying to … more

Sorry, COVID-19, but you’re not going to stop our Christmas cheer this year. You remind me of the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch, … more
INDIANAPOLIS — I am no barfly, but the contours of my social life have come inside dozens of Hoosier restaurants and taverns and social clubs. Whether it was midnight at Santino’s … more
In January of 2020, the City of Crawfordsville learned a great deal more about one of its most important assets, our urban forest. The term “urban forest” refers to the trees in a city … more
In Huntington, the powers that be are getting a little high-handed, so some residents are getting a little testy. It’s politics at its best and worst. Late last month, the City Council … more
Today marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago today that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of … more

INDIANAPOLIS — We are now enduring one of the biggest high casualty events in Indiana history. In the second month of the mysterious COVID-19 pandemic last April, a consensus developed among … more
When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent US politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes. The … more
In 2020, young people showed up for democracy. Every Hoosier county reported over 50% of those registered voted, a record not achieved since 1992. This year, the vote among 18-29 years old … more
  I’ve mentioned this in passing in a couple of columns, but I think it bears some elaboration: Hypocrisy is a very boring subject. It’s the cheapest sort of complaint to make … more
INDIANAPOLIS – Whether it was North Side Gym in Elkhart or the Southport Fieldhouse, or packing Evansville’s Ford Center with 11,000 supporters in September 2018, President Trump was at … more

“Don’t forget your ‘I voted’ sticker,” poll workers cajoled on Nov. 3. As I initialed ballots alongside retired minister Mark Ward-Bopp, he smiled affably and quipped, … more
Batman needed the Joker. Javert needed Jean Valjean. Patton needed Rommel. The media needs Donald Trump and vice versa. What will they do without each other? We can only speculate. CNN will … more
In the suburbs of Philadelphia, Montgomery County’s Board of Health issued an order by unanimous vote last week to shut down all in-person learning at school for two weeks. The reason for … more
Her name was Judy — no point in making up a protect-her-privacy name for her at this point. She was a year behind me in high school — a junior when I was a senior — so our paths … more
Every year right after an election, I’d find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. “What are the voters telling … more

INDIANAPOLIS — When new Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston walked out of the Indiana House of Representatives on March 11 with the COVID-19 pandemic just beginning to get a death grip on his … more
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