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Like nearly every modern family, mine has spread out over several states. I guess I’m fortunate that most of them are still east of the Mississippi. The only exception is a granddaughter who took a job in California last year. However, my son, Alan, and our daughter-in-law, MaryAnn, live onl…

In late April, poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride transferred Maria Hernandez from her usual job to another department at its plant in Lufkin, Texas. Her sons say Hernandez’s bosses didn’t give her proper protective gear. And they didn’t warn the 63-year-old that she would be working in a hot…

Many people in the South, and a few people in other parts of the nation, argue that the Confederate flag represents Southern heritage and that flying it or displaying it is a matter of free speech.

State and local government leaders across America anxiously await the results of Congress’ debate over the next round of federal coronavirus relief. A $1 trillion bailout to close budget gaps brought on by the pandemic is on the line. But it’s not the only solution. Bipartisan reformers in t…

It wasn’t all that long ago when the right-wing conspiracy theorists were insisting that Barack Obama was plotting to enact martial law, commandeer farm land and food supplies and lock up his political enemies in concentration camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

With apologies to Rod Serling, consider, if you will, Rob and Rhonda, two ordinary Hoosiers doing what they customarily do each weekday in the Economic Zone.

I want to start by saying I will make an effort to avoid the clichés about how quickly time flew. Instead I just want to talk to you – writer to reader – about my experience the last 10 weeks.

In this time of national nervousness, with pandemic fears and civil unrest widening our already vast political divide, I am just one of the little people waiting for the change our leaders have promised.

Most people have probably seen the humorous television ad for Jimmy John’s fast food sandwich shops. It opens with an establishment shot of a senior citizens’ rest home. Cut to a crotchety-looking old guy on the phone, placing an order to be delivered. Even before he hangs up, the doorbell r…

What is your favorite summer vegetable and how do you like it cooked?

Thumbs up to New Castle Police Officer Nicholson for his quick response in handling a scam phone call. – James Bell, New Castle

I can’t have been the only person in the courtroom Thursday chuckling when a Henry County Planning Commissioner who had previously been accused of bias quoted the Indiana law forbidding bias on the planning commission.

It will soon be a year since the day my wife Michelle fell from a ladder while painting our bedroom ceiling. She broke several bones in one foot and received a long, deep cut in her other leg. She was in a wheelchair, then graduated to a walker and finally recovered enough to walk and drive.…

COVID-19’s seemingly inexorable march across the country has many Americans feeling helpless and hopeless. In surveys conducted by the Census Bureau from June 18-23, 48 percent of respondents reported they felt “down, depressed or hopeless.”

In a move that interested few and mattered less, Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced to Twitter on July 2 that enough was enough. He was leaving the platform for a place where he felt he could express himself full bore without the “liberal idiots with mob mentality that have taken …

It’s been a month since Henry County Republicans voted the last signature on the local wind turbine ordinance out of office.

Let’s go shopping. The most recent data (2018 from the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns) tell us that Indiana supported more businesses associated with autos than food. The count was 8,700 to 3,600. Restaurants are not included; no one I know says, “Let’s go shopping at Swill Burger.”

In Congress, both parties finally agree that the United States has fallen too far behind on providing high-speed internet and that action is necessary to connect millions of Americans.

Facebook may finally stop lending its enormously powerful microphone and amplifier to deceitful politicians and manipulative campaigns. And in doing so, it would also block truthful candidates who are just trying to correct the record, outline their policies or encourage people to get out and vote.

The Constitution forbids government from abridging freedom of speech and of the press. But we, the people, have no such prohibition, because free inquiry means it is the right, if not responsibility, of individuals to counter what they consider bad speech with what they consider good speech.

Facebook may finally stop lending its enormously powerful microphone and amplifier to deceitful politicians and manipulative campaigns. And in doing so, it would also block truthful candidates who are just trying to correct the record, outline their policies or encourage people to get out and vote.

The Constitution forbids government from abridging freedom of speech and of the press. But we, the people, have no such prohibition, because free inquiry means it is the right, if not responsibility, of individuals to counter what they consider bad speech with what they consider good speech.

At the height of the pandemic, many Americans are experiencing firsthand the flaws in the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance it guaranteed. They are also facing the possibility that even the protection it does afford may be stripped away.

How has COVID-19 affected your summer vacation plans?