I noticed in a couple of recent news reports that Indiana has been made safe again for the bald eagle, which is a simple piece of good news worth celebrating in this era riven by an angry partisan divide and political revenge disguised as a plea for unity.

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Three thousand people had joined the church on the Day of Pentecost! Together they worshiped, fellowshipped, and prayed. Their outreach resulted in the healing of a crippled beggar, an act that surely pleased God. But it was also an act that landed Peter and John in jail! What a mess! What c…

‘This legacy is at risk” wrote Campbell MacDonald, principal clarinetist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and chair of the Philharmonic Players’ Association, last week in The Journal Gazette. That legacy of the 77-year-old orchestra is now endangered by Covid and the resulting dispute between …

We’re down to the final four in the NFL as Buffalo travels to Kansas City and Tampa Bay heads to Green Bay for an epic Hall-of-Fame QB showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Who will be the final two standing for Super Bowl LV Sunday, Feb. 7, and why?

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who headed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under President Donald Trump until 2019, was one of the first experts to call out the slow development of COVID-19 testing in the United States.

Thumbs up to Shenandoah High School senior Lance Holdren for signing a letter of intent to play men’s tennis for Anderson University starting in the 2021-22 season.

Six hundred thousand men and their families had been led by Moses across deserts, along rivers, and around mountains. All along the way, they defeated their enemies as they sought a new land, a new home, a place called Canaan. But they didn’t seem to be in a hurry.

The “normal” economy of 2019 is our launching pad for the post-pandemic world. We’ll be able to measure changes with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on wages for 725 occupations in each of the 50 states.

President Donald Trump leaves office in less than a week. What we need in those days, and beyond, is not more drama.

This year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes less than two weeks after a violent white mob, inspired by entrenched racism and dressed up in Christian symbolism, attacked American democracy, leaving five people dead.

How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions so far?

Thumbs up to the Shenandoah High School boys basketball team for winning its sixth straight Henry County Tournament championship and for climbing to No. 2 in the Class 2A poll.

For nearly an entire year now, our healthcare workers in Indiana have faced head-on the challenges of a relentless pandemic. And with the holiday season, we’re seeing another spike in cases that’s causing these essential workers to experience further exhaustion and burnout. Henry County, hom…

It’s been about a year since we first began to hear about a new virus that was invading us humans. Exhibiting a hubris that has plagued kings and potentates since ancient times, some world leaders denied the dire predictions of scientists who foretold the coming plague. But by the time the w…

This in response to Nate LaMar’s, “An open letter to vice-president Pence to heal our land,” published Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

The editorial Travis Weik wrote in the Wednesday, Jan. 13 edition of the Courier, entitled “Someone Help Me Understand” is what I feel is an unwarranted attack on me. Mr. Weik must have been busy and missed something because if he looked into things a bit, or even called and ask a few questi…

I can appreciate the way that Editor Travis Weik tries to pull back the curtain on local government. Reading the op-ed from the editor in Wednesday’s paper, “Someone help me understand,” confirmed my statements from the meeting referenced in the editorial: this conversation has spun out of c…

In just 21 days, Israel had inoculated 20 percent of its 9.3 million citizens and permanent residents and, even more significantly, 70 percent of its initial target group – medical personnel and people over 60 of age.

The Covid pandemic inflicted sustained pain and hardship on too many for too long. The effect on our economy, however, is mixed.

The most frequent question I am asked by people who know that I write a weekly column is “Where do you get your ideas?” One writer who was asked that question answered, “Ideas are easy; writing is hard.” That’s as good an answer as any. I get lots of ideas that I think might make an interest…

The other day a random pizza truck came through my neighborhood near Los Angeles midmorning, blaring specials from an amplified speaker: You could get a small pie for $5.99 or a large for $7.99 with toppings, including pineapple, which itself should be a crime.

Over the past few days the nation has seen Donald J. Trump at his feral worst – and his most dangerous. The man has never been fit for the office – his personality flaws alone should have disqualified him – and as his term nears its end, his petulant egoism and lack of self-control has now l…

I know I develop and share a lot of dessert recipes but trust me when I tell you that this is by far one of my favorites. Or, perhaps, my absolute favorite!

Indiana has been hard at work distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to our frontline health care workers, first responders, long-term care residents and long-term care workers.

The Trump administration is handing out another parting gift to polluters as it nears the exit door – and it is going to exit – by finalizing a long-gestating rule that would limit the scope of scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency can use in forming regulations.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a recurring problem for every American administration since 1979. Seeing how previous administrations’ policies failed, every new administration has wrestled with how to confront, contain, persuade or negotiate with a country that has remained constantly…

President-elect Joe Biden will soon assume responsibility for filling some of the most coveted jobs in government: foreign ambassadorships. President Donald Trump put political loyalists rather than trained diplomats into a record number of these positions. To restore professionalism to Amer…

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

Dark. Depressing. Frightening. These are just a few of the adjectives people are using to describe 2020 as it passes into a bad memory for all of us. Most, though, will follow with a more positive statement about what 2021 is expected to bring.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a recurring problem for every American administration since 1979. Seeing how previous administrations’ policies failed, every new administration has wrestled with how to confront, contain, persuade or negotiate with a country that has remained constantly…

Dark. Depressing. Frightening. These are just a few of the adjectives people are using to describe 2020 as it passes into a bad memory for all of us. Most, though, will follow with a more positive statement about what 2021 is expected to bring.

President-elect Joe Biden will soon assume responsibility for filling some of the most coveted jobs in government: foreign ambassadorships. President Donald Trump put political loyalists rather than trained diplomats into a record number of these positions. To restore professionalism to Amer…

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

There is a special place in my heart for journalists who write about economics. They accept the doubts as well as the dogmatism of economists. Take this passage from The Economist magazine (12/12/20) concerning the aftermath of the stimulus money put into the U.S. economy to counter the effe…

I apologize, but this is the time of year when I must do my annual beating-a-dead-horse ritual of imploring the Indiana General Assembly to go to every-other-year sessions.

After a hiatus of 17 years, the folks who enforce our federal laws have gone on an execution spree lately – 10 since July. I don’t know why, but I suspect it has something to do with the changes that are about to take place in the occupancy at the White House. The old saying is “There are no…

I am not going to resolve in 2021 to exercise more or lose weight. Sure, I need to do both those things and will work on them, but I won’t take the cheap way out and declare them to be my New Year resolutions. They are too easy to make and even easier to break.