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I’ve lost track of the times over the years I’ve heard a politician say, “This is the most important election of my lifetime.” In fact, I’ve said it myself. And … more
The 2020 elections provide remarkable opportunities for citizens to choose leaders at national, state and local levels. Montgomery County citizens will vote for President of the United States, … more
Phone calls, voicemails, texts, emails, social media — it may seem like you’re being endlessly bombarded with attempts to be scammed out of money and information. At best, these scam … more
A reader commenting on my column about nimrods from Podunk emailed that he appreciates a little context with his news, “a concept that seems to be an endangered species.” Numbers are … more

INDIANAPOLIS — In the April 7, 2011 edition of Howey Politics Indiana, I offered up this analysis of the coming reapportionment: “New Congressional and legislative maps are being forged … more
A friend of mine can’t for the life of him understand why some Americans are clamoring to replace capitalism with socialism. Born in Vietnam, he was a young boy when he and his family barely … more
Most people say they “like nature.” Forests, such as we find near here at Shades and Turkey Run, serve as our touchstones for getting closer to the natural world and “away from it … more
A friend distinguishes between “black lives matter” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM).” The concept in lower-case letters is a personal commitment. He hesitates to commit the … more
The words for today’s column have been hard to find. I guess that’s not surprising though. I have always struggled with goodbyes. They make me cry. On Aug. 6, 2010 my first Viewpoints … more

Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods. That was probably a bad way … more
INDIANAPOLIS — We are less than 100 days before the November election and on Thursday, President Trump suggested via Twitter that it be delayed. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not … more
Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative … more
I want to express my gratitude to the superintendents and school boards of all three of our county school systems, but especially to our Montgomery County Health Department. At the recommendation of … more
Early in my stint on the News-Sentinel’s editorial board, county officials came to lobby for the newspaper’s support of a proposed new tax. They knew we had a conservative editorial … more

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to … more
Census 2020 is exceedingly important for all in Montgomery County, Indiana as well as the rest of the nation. The United States Constitution calls for a census to be conducted in our country every 10 … more
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare, the national health insurance program for American seniors, into law. The bill-signing took place at the Truman Library in Independence, … more
A few years ago, a column based on interpretation of religious texts attacked results of scientific research. A rebuttal argued that the column lacked both good scientific information and reliable … more
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