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Joshua Bougie was in Crawfordsville last week to help Montgomery County begin to prepare for Census 2020. Bougie, a native Hoosier, came from the Chicago regional office of Census 2020 to give a … more
Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into … more
Back in the dark ages when mandatory seat belt use was relatively new in Indiana, I had a colleague who liked to say that she never nagged people about buckling up when they were riding with her. In … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Last Sept. 19 in my publication Howey Politics Indiana, I wrote the cover story “Double Dog Impeachment Dare.” It came just as the whistleblower had surfaced, … more

The 228th anniversary of the signing of the “Bill of Rights” is celebrated this December. Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights of … more
Now that December is here, we all know what that means — ready or not Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready? We’ve talked a lot over the years about the true meaning of … more
Most of my Christmases have become hopelessly blurred together, but Christmas 1969 holds a special place in my heart. In fact, back in 1998 my very first yuletide column took a whimsically … more
In the spirit of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” radio segments. Let’s call this the bestseller that never was, adapted from author J. Mark Powell’s version of … more
We could use a good snowstorm right about now. I love a good dusting of snow. I love how it disrupts our routines and throws everything out of whack. I lived in Washington, D.C., for nearly … more

I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too. “OK boomer,” … more
INDIANAPOLIS — To use a well-worn-political phrase, is timing is everything. That may have prompted the latest change of the Republican guard at the Indiana Statehouse this past week where we … more
In years to come, when we look back and ask ourselves questions like: What was the catalyst? What created the environment that businesses, industries and people in general wanted to be a part of? … more
“Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest.” It is a given that American Christians will gather in churches … more
The Legend of the Legendary League program Nov. 25, presented by Nick Hedrick and Shelbi Hoover, addressed the struggle for women to gain support in the national suffrage movement of the right to … more

To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were … more
When I was in high school, we all knew who the smart kids were. They were the ones who had the most answers, solved problems the quickest, scored the highest on tests. I suspect nothing’s … more
INDIANAPOLIS — The spook’s eyes at the Londonskaya Hotel bar burned holes in me. Every time I glanced in his direction they were trained on me. I had entered Odessa, Ukraine as part of … more
Regardless what some may say, I believe small town America offers many advantages. I also believe the same can be said for rural America. I’m a true believer bigger is not always … more
Montgomery County residents were among the hundreds gathered for a noon redistricting rally held Nov. 19 on the east entrance steps of the Indiana State Capital in Indianapolis on Legislative … more

My goal in this column is to explain why the commissioner’s office believes a community outreach program is critical to success. Communication is defined in part as; the imparting or exchanging … more
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