I’ll confess. Last week, I walked the line between growth and contentment. Alright. I’m for economic development. My vision of economic development involves non-economic improvements.

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I have wholeheartedly embraced the Kindle experience. It’s been years since I read an actual bound-between-two covers, ink-on-paper book.

For many readers data do not matter. Any number can be satisfactory or disturbing according to their beliefs. It’s like the protests on the streets. Some hear anguished cries for justice while others see mobs tearing the social fabric.

Hoosiers are, unfortunately, used to politicians who say one thing here and then become someone quite different out of town. They leave their three-piece suits in the condo when they visit home, donning jeans and plaid shirts while chatting with the common folk from the cabs of their shiny p…

The other day my wife Michelle informed me that we had an appointment at a bank’s main office, which is about a half hour’s drive. “What’s this all about?” I asked; “And why do I have to go?” I should explain that she handles all financial matters in our marriage. We’ve always had separate b…

The other day my wife Michelle informed me that we had an appointment at a bank’s main office, which is about a half hour’s drive. “What’s this all about?” I asked; “And why do I have to go?” I should explain that she handles all financial matters in our marriage. We’ve always had separate b…

As I’m sitting in a doctor’s waiting room in Memphis, Tennessee, a television set hanging from the ceiling plays a Fox News program whose host warns of “antifa” heading to a town near me.

I have been asked on numerous occasions, “Pastor, why don’t you give an altar call at the end of your message?” For some people, it’s very important that the preacher does so. I’ve had people not return to my church because I don’t.

Labor Day 2020 doesn’t have much for us everyday wage earners to celebrate. We’re struggling to pay bills and keep safe as COVID-19 runs its odious course. Our nation has bungled its response to the crisis, and we are paying the price.

There are plenty of stories, both real and imaginary, about animals acting strangely during particular times of the year or certain periods of their lives. These aberrant behaviors vary from species to species. Sea creatures are naturally affected by the tides and land animals by the change …

Radley Balko’s “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” is must reading for those interested in police reform. Balko is careful to say that his book is not anti-cop – but rather, anti-policy and anti-politician. When politicians pass policies that create stron…

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There is a delicious irony, a sickeningly sweet taste on the back of the tongue, to reading people argue on Facebook about political divisiveness.

Republicans and Democrats alike want fair elections in which we can all be confident that every vote will be counted. We can ensure the integrity of our democracy and simultaneously simplify voting by adopting a practice already used by many states: universally available drop-box voting.

Due to the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19, a record number of Americans are expected to vote absentee in the Nov. 3 election, rather than in-person. Knowing this, President Donald Trump has weaponized the pandemic to obstruct mail services and suppress the vote.

Recent events have highlighted calls for policing reform nationwide, from both conservatives and liberals. At first glance, this sounds like a rare moment of bipartisan agreement. Unfortunately it is not. Both sides approach the concept of policing differently and share very little in terms …

The biggest challenge presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris face is to focus on the current election and not past and future presidential races. The same holds for Democratic and independent voters and Republican voters who will vote for this ticket.

This column has featured many fictional characters during the past three decades. They have been the writer’s device to ease the burden of reading economic information and unpopular ideas.

I am sick and tired of all the negativity, the vitriol, the hatred, the divisiveness, the assault on everything I believe in.

An item in last week’s newspaper was about our president’s wish to de-regulate the flow rate of showerheads. He evidently thinks that it’s too meager. The regulation was put in when conservationists became concerned about a potential water shortage in the country and, in an effort to foresta…

An item in last week’s newspaper was about our president’s wish to de-regulate the flow rate of showerheads. He evidently thinks that it’s too meager. The regulation was put in when conservationists became concerned about a potential water shortage in the country and, in an effort to foresta…

Christians are called to be different from the world. That’s what it means to be holy. We’re to act differently because we are different. Followers of Jesus have been changed by the transforming grace of God. He has forgiven us, filled us with His Spirit, united us to Christ, and granted us …

Christians are called to be different from the world. That’s what it means to be holy. We’re to act differently because we are different. Followers of Jesus have been changed by the transforming grace of God. He has forgiven us, filled us with His Spirit, united us to Christ, and granted us …

The Democrats began their quadrennial convention Monday night buoyed by polls that show the Biden-Harris ticket with a significant lead over President Donald Trump. But some of the polls also point up a key problem: Voters are less for former Vice President Joe Biden than they are against Trump.

Parents frustrated with how their children’s public schools have responded to the COVID-19 crisis – whether they opted for in-person instruction, remote learning, or a blend of both – may see charter schools, with their mostly free tuition and flexibility in reopening, as an attractive alternative.

Flora Fetid, our friendly former neighbor, was visiting, sitting eight feet away, as currently fashionable. “Fred and I,” she said, “are going to rent out our house when we go to Morocco. We’ll be gone about a year and it makes sense.”

This morning I heard a story on the radio about “Doctors’ orchestras.” It seems that many medical doctors are also serious musicians, and some have joined together to form orchestras — not for pay, but because they love music and have a talent. Since the pandemic, they have no time to get to…

How would you explain our two “major,” political parties today?

On April 9, a worker at Maid-Rite Specialty Foods meatpacking plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, filed a complaint with OSHA, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The worker listed a number of COVID-19-related safety issues, and went on to say:

In 2014, China announced it would set up a system to judge its citizens: on their trustworthiness, their public and social media behavior, the wisdom of their purchasing habits, how often they play video games, their interactions with law enforcement and government officials, whether they cl…

The two biggest events of 2020 have exposed a frightening fact: A passing grade in civics class wasn’t a prerequisite for many of our political leaders to get elected to public office. Their embarrassing ignorance about the roles of state and local governments versus the federal government w…

I suspect that I’m not the only man who hasn’t put on a collar shirt or a pair of dress slacks for months. The thought hit me Friday after I had showered and was getting out yet another pair of shorts and a clean tee shirt. Directly in front of me were a dozen or more pairs of pants and just…

Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods.

As Congress debates how to address the economic calamity we are facing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put people to work addressing the climate crisis – and we should start by hiring laid-off oil and gas workers to help lead the way.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…