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Sept. 17 is Constitution Day by act of Congress, which passed a law in the hope schools would take the time to teach about the history and the philosophy of that venerable document. I fear the day … more
I have wholeheartedly embraced the Kindle experience. It’s been years since I read an actual bound-between-two covers, ink-on-paper book. I like everything about e-reading, not the least of … more
An immigrant engineer from India told me: “You need to understand. Education is the universal passport.” He arrived in New York as part of the post-1965 brain drain with a good education … more
MICHIGAN CITY — I was with a veteran Democratic operative on a wintry night in 1998 when the story of President Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern broke on network news, … more

If there is one thing America has learned as we travel through our pandemic year of 2020, it’s that our schools are more essential for our nation’s and our personal well being than we … more
I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. “I actually find real enjoyment in politics,” I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, … more
Hoosiers are, unfortunately, used to politicians who say one thing here and then become someone quite different out of town. They leave their three-piece suits in the condo when they visit home, … more
MICHIGAN CITY — If ever there was a professional resume to match a political moment, it could be that of Dr. Woody Myers. The Indiana Democratic gubernatorial nominee is a medical doctor who … more
After Women’s Suffrage efforts and the 19th Amendment was adopted granting women the right to vote, there have been many changes in American government, although some slow. In 1917, Montana had … more

Growing up, I had two things that shaped not only my childhood but much of my adult life as well: asthma and a protective mother. I almost wrote “overprotective,” because that’s … more
We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the United States was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to … more
INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a forecast that is predicting that up to 1.8 million Hoosiers will vote by mail via absentee ballot for the coming general election. This comes during a pandemic … more
  On Aug. 26 — the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment into the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters will have a … more
I love my car. Not driving it. I am one of life’s designated passengers. Driving is somewhere between tedious and terrifying on the annoyance scale. It is impossible to stop fixating on the … more

INDIANAPOLIS — By any measure, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s mid-day address on Tuesday was extraordinary. Stating that Indiana stands at an “inflection point” and promising Hoosiers … more
A year as Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Madras in 1969-70 provided a fascinating introduction to Indian history and culture. Research about an Indian religious group and its … more
The League of Women Voters urges Indiana Senators Todd Christopher Young and Michael K. Braun to support Senate Bill 4363, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will modernize and … more
Joe Biden reminded the world what grace looks like. Robert Trump, President Trump’s younger brother, died Saturday. In response, Biden tweeted: “Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to … more
As commissioners, it is our duty to listen to the people, identify problems, build consensus and develop solutions. This means that as commissioners we must be problem solvers. We must see challenges … more

INDIANAPOLIS – There was one key moment during the 2016 vice presidential debate between Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Democrat U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. Pence was pressed on why he backed a ban on … more
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