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 …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes in January, it will be tasked with the essential duties of adopting a two-year state budget and redistricting legislative and congressional boundaries based on the 2020 decennial census. Recent news has buoyed optimism that the state has successfu…

Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.”

A Zoom call came through last week from the new kid, 2021. He was hurrying to get going with his Year.

I do not have an iPhone. I used to have one, but I traded it for a flip phone. It was not the instrument’s fault; it’s just that I never used it for anything other than a phone. Like a eunuch in a harem, the possibilities were wasted on me.

The Christmas gift many Americans are eager for this year arrived a few days early: a vaccine against COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is no such inoculation against political opportunism – which is exactly what those who criticize politicians for getting the vaccine are engaging in.

This is the final installment, for now, on Indiana townships. Today’s question is: Could Indiana organize existing township services differently to provide higher quality benefits for citizens and lower costs to taxpayers? Or should township governments be funded more generously with added e…

On a wall of the weight room in my gym at St. Joseph Medical Center downtown is a quote attributed to Mother Teresa that’s been sneaking up on me for the last few months. Many of you probably already know it:

‘It’s our Hometown”

One day last summer my wife and I drove to town to do some grocery shopping. We parked in the lot; I got out and headed for the store. I had walked fifty feet or so when I noticed that Michelle wasn’t with me. I looked back to see her talking with another woman. It didn’t look friendly, so I…

Now that the coronavirus has gone into its predicted second phase, nearly everyone is sitting around home, trying to think of something else to pass the time. We have caught up on our reading, played several silly computer games, binge watched the recommended streaming dramas and successfull…

Go ahead and get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve made up your mind, but, mark my words, you’ll be playing with fire.

I used to find English class one of the most boring of all the subjects I suffered through in elementary and high school. I wanted nothing to do with it, even more so than those hated math classes.

Nearly all can agree that it is time to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror. But we can’t close the books on what we must do to make the new year as healthy and prosperous as possible.

In Huntington, the powers that be are getting a little high-handed, so some residents are getting a little testy. It’s politics at its best and worst.

It’s been nearly 80 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, starting WWII. I was 6 years old. One wouldn’t think that a war far off in a foreign land would have much effect on a little kid, but these were formative years, and it changed everything.

Note to readers: This week’s column takes a break from the on-going saga of Hoosier townships, to bring you urgent news your local media might not cover.

How appropriate that the words best symbolizing the four years of Donald Trump and Trumpism came from a judge appointed by President Donald Trump. In yet another rejection of the lawsuits challenging the recent election filed by the president’s legal team, and others of his supporters, Judge…