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WASHINGTON — Did Mike Pence save the republic and American democracy? What we didn’t realize last June when the House Jan. 6 Committee began its hearings was that it was the … more
“Do you mind if we have leftovers?” When my wife poses that question, I always answer, “No, that’s fine,” because (a) I genuinely enjoy leftovers, (b) I don’t … more
What is a nation? How we answer the question ripples all the way to our borders, north, south, west, east and influences immigration and border policy. If what binds a nation together is the idea … more
Came across this amusing story the other day: “According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,” the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter “is home to around $700 … more

Every week acts of violence explode in our cities and neighborhoods. Newspapers and TV news display images of police responding to shootings, stabbings, and other acts of mayhem in homes, schools and … more
INDIANAPOLIS — In gauging the dynamic of Trump/Pence 3.0, look no further than star-struck U.S. Rep. Jim Banks. “Donald Trump remains a very popular figure in the Republican Party in … more
If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny … and increasingly, … more
Last week, the League of Women Voter’s column celebrated Crawfordsville for its new park, and this week, we can tootle our trumpets for another fabulous feature of Montgomery County. For a … more
  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana remains, essentially, a one-party state after Tuesday’s mid-term election. Republicans are poised to increase their state Senate and House super … more

With the election behind us, let’s take a cleansing community breath and celebrate Crawfordsville parks, especially the swanky update slated for Francis Wooden Park. After an anonymous donor … more
This week half the country will be upset by the midterm election results and half will be elated. Regardless, politics is causing every one of us more stress than it ought to, but, believe it or … more
Deep divides separate Americans from one another. One main concern this November is the political division in the body politic that expands every day. Unfortunately, that is not the extent of … more
Those who have tried to define conservatism’s affinity for tradition have searched everywhere from the seminal writings of Edmund Burke (the future is built upon the past) to the musings of … more
INDIANAPOLIS — What do you get when you cross an elephant with RINO? It’s an ancient joke with a contemporary twist, with the answer rhyming with “Hell if I know!” But that … more

Let me begin with a nod to a network television show worth a watch. Abbot Elementary. In this seasons first episode, a young teacher sits in his classroom staring forlornly at his notepad. His … more
A new poll provides an eye-opening glimpse into the values and motivations of the modern Republican Party, and the cultural and political forces that will drive the party faithful to the polls on … more
Should we give up on “downtown” as a concept whose time has come and gone, admit that trying to keep it on life support is a futile effort? I don’t know the answer to that … more
FREETOWN, Ind. – This much is clear less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election: Republican secretary of state nominee Diego Morales is getting historic bad press. You’d have to go … more
Early voting is open in Indiana. Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the election day crunch, to stop into the courthouse and cast your ballot? It’s part of a solid voting plan. Before you go, … more

A man asked lightheartedly just before a wedding ceremony: “Preacher, do you tie a strong knot?” The immediate response, “That all depends upon what kind of rope I am given.” … more
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