My wife Michelle goes grocery shopping once a week to get the staples – milk, bread, eggs, etc. When she asks if I want anything, I always answer, “Yeah! Cookies.” It’s one of those silly rituals that marriages fall into – questions that needn’t be asked and answers that are already known, a…

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How bad was the job loss in the United States depends on your starting and ending points. If we take March 2020 as the last “normal” or pre-Covid month, with August as our latest data point, then national job losses just exceeded ten million.

If you were hoping that this was going to be the year of government action to lower prescription drug prices, I’m here to say that is not going to happen – even though the House of Representatives passed far-reaching legislation almost a year ago that would allow Medicare to begin negotiatin…

While the legislators are home telling their constituents just how wonderful they have been recently, the east entry to the Statehouse is closed for repairs. Thus I was surprised when I heard the rasp of a familiar voice coming from the back of the statue of Gov. Morton.

It’s been nearly 30 years since my wife and I took my mother to Europe. During my childhood, I had often heard her lamenting that she had never been. Then, in her later years, she became reconciled to the fact that she would never go. Mother was always a woman who spoke her mind, but when I …

Putting a vice president into the Oval Office is like putting a new Supreme Court justice on the bench. You might think you know what you’re getting, but people who are given such power have an alarming tendency to do whatever they want to.

Calm down! It’s been like this for a very long time and it won’t get better because you just discovered you don’t like it.

Calm down! It’s been like this for a very long time and it won’t get better because you just discovered you don’t like it.

In case you weren’t “aware” of breast cancer, October and a million pink tchotchkes are here to offer their services. But just in time for National “Look Like You Washed a Red Sock With Your Whites” Month, new research is shedding light on how we can actually tackle the No. 1 cancer killer o…

As we watched last week’s first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, we saw two clear paths before us: one of law and order, economic growth, and boundless patriotism, and another, laid out by the Leader of the Democratic Party. Joe Biden’s vision is defined by rioting …

Indicting famous people for past crimes has become a popular pastime in our present culture. The media and the general public have been charging well-known individuals with past crimes and misdemeanors, many of which were acceptable, even praiseworthy, acts when they were committed. The mood…

I’m thinking of doing something different in the gubernatorial election. Some will say I would be wasting my vote.

How much money flows across Indiana county lines each year? According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2018, the in-flow of earnings to Indiana counties from places both within and outside the state was $74 billion or 36 percent of the earnings received by Hoosier residents. Does …

Having spent Constitution Day on Sept. 17 talking about it to anyone who would listen, I realized that it (the Constitution) bears more reflection on my part. But first, a digression.

Last week my wife Michelle and I had our grandson, Maxwell, for several days while his father and mother were visiting friends in North Carolina. It’s been a while since we’ve had a little kid around, and Max, who is nearing his third birthday, made for quite a change in our daily routine. H…

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.

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…