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At the conclusion of a recent Allen County Commission meeting, the commission president became annoyed with a woman who refused to shut up when her allotted time expired under the public speaking … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Hail to the victors, the undefeated among us: Frank O’Bannon, Julia and André Carson, Dan Coats, Mitch Daniels, Robert Orr, Lee Hamilton, Todd Young, Bob … more
“People need to understand that all children need a place to grow up,” a landlord told Stacey Doty. He’d been urged to evict a particular tenant, but she had two little children. … more
“People need to understand that all children need a place to grow up,” a landlord told Stacey Doty. He’d been urged to evict a particular tenant, but she had two little children. … more

I did some really stupid things when I was young and dumb. Who didn’t? Some of them were embarrassing, and some of them made me feel downright ashamed. But I recognized my failings and tried … more
Remember Pete Seeger’s haunting anti-war song — “Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers, everyone. When will they ever learn?” Fifty years later, a different … more
BLOOMINGTON — An Economist/YouGov poll puts congressional approval at 19%, while 59% disapprove. Now why would that be? Perhaps it’s because there hasn’t been any meaningful … more
BLOOMINGTON — An Economist/YouGov poll puts congressional approval at 19%, while 59% disapprove. Now why would that be? Perhaps it’s because there hasn’t been any meaningful … more
I never parted with a $20 bill faster. It happened at one of my favorite diners. The Western omelet and Diet Coke I often get wasn’t the $11 it had been for as long as I remember. It was … more

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a … more
Who are you going to call if your road needs a sign or a bridge seems to need an inspection? Where can you find court forms asking for a settlement with your landlord? Where are child support … more
INDIANAPOLIS — I called it “Frankendistrict,” the old 4th Congressional District that existed between 2001 and 2011. “Frankendistrict” was drawn by Indiana House … more
“Age is just a mindset,” Dean and Connie Weir always said. They planned to age in place, as they’d helped Dean’s mom Ruth do. Having remodeled part of their home into a … more
(Somewhere outside of Wimberley, Tex.) — I’m sitting on the deck at the Roadrunner Ranch, my brother’s place in Hill Country, Texas. The good news is that real life still exists … more

MICHIGAN CITY — As we head into a weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, ponder this question: Did Osama bin Laden win? He was killed by U.S. … more
False prophets in sheep’s clothing are leading some of us into great danger. False prophets and teachers bear a heavy burden of responsibility for disastrous results of their ignorance or … more
What a surprise, locals might have thought when the Census Bureau confirmed in August that there is a shortage of housing units in Crawfordsville. Home buyers heard of people offering cash and … more
MICHIGAN CITY — The people don’t always get it right. From slavery, to the right of women and minorities to vote, from the way we’ve treated our mentally ill, to Jim Crow laws and … more
In August, Indiana’s legislature received the U.S. Census data, which green lighted the drawing of the district maps for the next decade. Maps will be drawn for national, state and county … more

I come from a family of fighting men. My cousin Adolph was a paratrooper who landed at Normandy on D-Day, and the parachute he used — stained with blood and dirt — was turned into my … more
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