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Two maples along Dry Branch Drive scream, “Red in the morning” for anyone up and driving or walking nearby. Their blood red leaves cling to branches when autumn’s wind and rain have … more
JASPER, Ind. — About a week after U.S. Sen. Mike Braun picked up former president Donald Trump’s endorsement of his bid for Indiana’s Republican gubernatorial nomination, I asked … more
Fun fact for this week’s cheap hook. Charles Ingalls, “Pa” in Little House on the Prairie, was in real life, a justice of the peace. ln Pioneer Girl, the account upon which the … more
EVANSVILLE — Across the Hoosier prairies, hills and hollers, as the cornfields morphed into city limits and neighborhoods, something beautiful occurred Tuesday night. There were elections … more

As noted in the first LWVMC column of October, the petroleum industry knew in 1959 that oil and coal were radically altering the environment. The effect on the climate came clear in the mid-sixties … more
NOTRE DAME — Our world is on fire. Our leaders are warning of a coming cataclysm. Purdue University President Mung Chiang told the U.S. Global Leadership forum in Indianapolis that the … more
Though we speak of healthcare in the U.S. as a system, it’s less a system, per se, more a situation. We have mega-industries sewn into a patchwork by (sometimes the same) mega-insurance … more
Our daughter gave me a coffee mug used every morning. It has this bit of doggerel baked onto the side. Because of your lectures, I never change horses in the middle of a job worth doing, … more
INDIANAPOLIS — Last week all seven of Indiana’s congressional Republicans voted for an insurrectionist to become Speaker of the House and second in the presidential line of succession. On … more

Voting is the most patriotic act Americans can do. No other act of service differentiates U.S. citizens than when we vote because a vote reinforces our nation’s unique leadership as a democracy … more
INDIANAPOLIS — And so it goes. That’s how Kurt Vonnegut cryptically dealt with apocalyptic events of his life, like that night on Feb. 13, 1945, when the British Royal Air Force … more
Scores of churches in Crawfordsville are served by pastors. Some serve part-time; some full-time; some congregations have more than one pastor. Rarely is their good work recognized. Pastors serving … more
On Sept. 30, our local League of Women Voters of Montgomery County hosted presidents from other Leagues statewide, during which one president shared that some non-League people believe the League of … more
INDIANAPOLIS — The last two American presidential assassinations — coming about 60 years apart — set in motion different yields when it comes to trust in government. When bullets … more

A report from Northwestern University’s Medill School puts it bluntly: The loss of local journalism that we’re seeing in the United States is “a crisis for our democracy and our … more
“I’m a very tough person, but in this job, I cry a lot. Sometimes, though, it’s happy tears,” said Nickee Sillery, medical director for the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery … more
“The government you elect is the government you deserve.” — Thomas Jefferson Find someone who will speak positively about our government these days and you will have outdone … more
Fragments of worldviews scatter around individuals and institutions like pieces of puzzles. Pieces float around in individuals’ heads even as some try to piece them together like incomplete … more
PERU, Ind. ­— I grew up in a city that featured the Peru Amateur Circus. I played trumpet in the circus band, my younger sister was an aerialist. I knew the first human cannonball, W.W. … more

John Smilie remembers learning in the fourth grade that most of the world’s energy came from non-renewable sources and one day they’d run out. Yet as he grew up reading science and tech … more
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