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Policies hollow out middle class

Ever since 1776, the “common yeoman” – America’s middle class – has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a...

We are not ready for the influenza pandemic

By Ann McFeatters - Tribune News Service (TNS) WASHINGTON — It starts with body aches, chills, exhaustion, headache and fever. Then come congestion, sore throat and cough. It is miserable. It is the flu. In Ohio, where I...

A fruitful substitute for forbidden words

By Martin Schram - Tribune News Service (TNS) Washington’s corps of video-pundits celebrated 2017’s final daze by fixating on North Korea’s nukes, Republicans’ disarray and Democrats’...

Protection of children must be state priority

(Bloomington) Herald-Times - The Indiana Department of Child Services has been in the news lately, and not in a good way. Gov. Eric Holcomb used part of his State of the State speech Tuesday to acknowledge that fact, and to say...

Cursive still hanging on in Indiana legislature

Kokomo Tribune - For the older folks among us, a memo from state education officials in the spring of 2011 that cursive writing would no longer be a part of the required curriculum came as a bit of a shock. We remember making...

A dismaying audit of a GOP super-majority in Indiana Legislature

By CRAIG LADWIG Despite promises during Organization Day at the Indiana Legislature, those hoping for a smaller government from a GOP governor and supermajority are likely to be disappointed in the upcoming session. That is...

Offended sport and arts patrons, rise up!

By LEO MORRIS “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” That sentence has been stuck in my head for as long as I can remember. By making it the last line of his great Among School Children, William Butler Yeats was...

Charitable giving will rise in 2018

By MICHAEL HICKS The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many not-for-profit firms concerned about the laws impact on charitable giving. Part of their concern is based on a study released last May by the Lilly School of...

An opposing view to anti-gun stances

By GENE WORLEY - Connersville After three anti-gun articles, plus a political cartoon, having appeared in the News-Examiner in the past couple of weeks, I wish to offer an opposing view. The article Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017,...

Mandatory cursive? A better way for an Indiana senator's obsession

By DAVE BANGERT (Lafayette) Journal and Courier LAFAYETTE — The story about my personal cursive writing demons is a bit worn by now. Then again, so is state Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) annual effort to force...

Fewer people employed than before recession

By MARYANN O. KEATING For those between jobs, nothing puts a damper on Holiday cheer like Aunt Nellie’s inevitable question, “Now where did you say you were working?” Although the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1...

Water under the bridge, right?

By RICK ISAACS - Connersville In a recent conversation concerning the prospect of a new jail and a new debt, I brought up a few facts from the past. I was promptly told that was “Water under the bridge.” This...

On stopping crime, Obama failed and Trump succeeded

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) When he was in office, President Barack Obama spent a lot of time demeaning police, contending they were “systemically” racist, another way of saying, hey, watch out, black...

Opioids, redistricting should be top legislative priorities: Indiana has seen its overdose death rate more than quadruple since 1999

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly will begin today with plenty of important issues for state representatives and state senators to tackle before the session ends in March. Continuing...

Indiana Legislature always finds emergencies when in session

By LEO MORRIS No man’s life, liberty or property are safe when the Legislature is in session.” Contrary to accepted wisdom, Mark Twain didn’t say that, although it sounds like something he should have said. It...

Lawmakers behaving badly? Let's see the names.

Chicago Tribune Americans are being deluged with information about men accused of sexual harassment or assault. Since shocking revelations emerged about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, the Los Angeles Times notes,...

Far from disappearing, dossier investigation intensifies

By BYRON YORK House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the...

An unprecedented presidential year

NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE by David M. Shribman Has there ever been a presidential year quite like this one? An Inaugural Address that was at once a statement of triumph and a manifesto of change. A Supreme Court nomination fight that...

Time to get started on 2018

A LIBERTARIAN PERSPECTIVE, by Rex Bell Well, it’s 2018. I’m sure that doesn’t mean a lot to the younger folks out there, but to those of us who thought making it to the year 2000 was a big deal, it’s a big...

Indiana's earnings deficit

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus Where was the latest U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) personal income report for Indiana? I didn’t see it in my newspaper. It didn’t even make a press release from the...

I can hear my echo

By DICK WOLFSIE I’m not tech savvy, so when I received the Echo my brother-in-law Tom sent me for Christmas, I was hesitant to open the box. This gadget works like the computer that Captain Kirk talked to on Star Trek. You...

Shared goals for our children in 2018

Tami Silverman - President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, quit smoking, learn a new skill and manage money better. But should kids also make...

'The Post' retells story of legendary First Amendment fight

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) WASHINGTON — The moment really belonged to the New York Times. But somehow, the Washington Post keeps receiving the honors for saving the nation’s free press and the...

What I got wrong in 2017

By Doyle McManus - Los Angeles Times (TNS) A year ago, as the Trump Era was dawning in Washington, I peered into the future and tried to predict what we should expect from our strange new president. “We should give Trump a...

The time has come for paid parental leave

(Terre Haute) Tribune-Star - Only 12 percent of private sector workers have access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That extremely low number makes Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to provide...

One year later Trump, Clinton both unpopular

By Andrew Malcolm - Special to McClatchy (TNS) Here’s a puzzling twist: The winner of the 2016 presidential election is losing badly in polls. And the loser of the 2016 election is losing even worse. The economy’s...

Add UFOs to your list of issues

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) The aliens are here, the aliens are here — illegal aliens from outer space. And what is President Donald Trump to do? Put out tweets referring to them as “little green...

Trump tweet storms still in the forecast

By The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS) Despite some decidedly mixed reviews, the Donald Trump Morning Show on Twitter has been picked up for a second season, at least apparently. Look out, though. The president may fall...

Give Trump credit for defying Putin

By Chicago Tribune (TNS) In the annals of President Donald Trump’s odd dealings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, give Trump credit for making a straightforward decision to defy Putin by supplying arms to Ukraine. The...

A big, beautiful quiz about Trump in 2017

By Ann McFeatters - Tribune News Service (TNS) The past year overflowed with Donald Trump. It was so intense we hope he’ll be more careful in what he says. This short quiz may help to recall why we don’t want another...

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More turbulence ahead

NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE by David M. Shribman - The year began with portentous questions: How will Donald J. Trump govern? How will the markets, which crave stability, react to a president who creates chaos? Can the Republicans,...

Merry Christmas in the age of Trump

By John M. Crisp - Tribune News Service (TNS) Merry Christmas! I say the term freely, as Donald Trump promised we would all be able to do, if he were elected. This was a welcome promise to Christians who had accepted the notion...

A good year for Trump, but is America OK?

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) It was momentous, an achievement beyond belief: The inevitable election of Hillary Clinton as president had been averted, leftism was down on its knees and the issue was whether...

Indiana Department of Child Services claims demand attention

South Bend Tribune One year ago, in announcing his reappointment of former juvenile court judge Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, then Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb noted that her...

We'll have less money to spend during the rest of the 2018 fiscal year

By LARRY DEBOER - Purdue agricultural economist On Monday, December 18, 2017, Indiana legislators, state officials, reporters, and policy geeks gathered in the Statehouse and online, for the annual reveal of the state revenue...

Paying for what we value

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus Let’s get down and dirty about the most important economic issue facing America and Indiana. It starts in toilets. You want the public or private toilets you use to be clean. It’s a...

Manufacturing in growth and transition

By MICHAEL HICKS In the decade since the beginning of the Great Recession industrial production (e.g. manufacturing, mining and electricity production) has been a political football of both the left and right. It’s time to...

Stupid things politicians said this year

By Ann McFeatters - Tribune News Service (TNS) It’s time to recall absurd, bizarre and downright stupid things said by politicians this past year. We’re ignoring Trumpisms because he said something ridiculous daily....

A tax reform blessing for all

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) We’ve got it, something splendid, the first major tax reform in decades. This GOP congressional achievement will provide tax breaks to just about every Joe, Jane and business...

Opioids on Holcomb's mind as end of 2017 nears

(Bloomington) Herald-Times - When Gov. Eric Holcomb and his security detail left Nick’s English Hut after an interview with a journalist on March 30, they were met by a troubling scene. Police cars and ambulances were...

Christmas traditions are the best gifts we can give our children

By Cynthia M. Allen - Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) By CYNTHIA M. ALLEN Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) I loved Christmas as a child, which is probably an obvious statement. Not just for the usual reasons, but for my...

How can you be Christian without caring for the poor?

By James Martin - Los Angeles Times (TNS)  By JAMES MARTIN Los Angeles Times (TNS) The minuscule Galilean town in which Joseph and Mary spent their lives and raised their son Jesus was, quite literally, a joke. “Can...

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City wrote the following letter in 1897 and, at the suggestion of her father, sent it to the New York Sun newspaper, where former Civil War correspondent and editor Frank P....

A Christmas gift we must return

By Martin Schram - Tribune News Service (TNS) We cannot help but stare at this year’s national Christmas tree, its branches expertly laden with countless glistening baubles. We are mesmerized by the way its bright lights...

GOP tax bill needn't be popular to succeed

By Jonathan Bernstein - Bloomberg View (TNS) With the passage of the Republican tax bill, we’re now getting a debate over whether it will become more popular in time for the 2018 midterm elections. The answer? All that...

Complete my survey

By State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) The beginning of the 2018 legislative session is near. Between Jan. 3 and mid-March, my fellow senators and I will work to author legislation and vote on issues facing our communities and...

Merry Christmas to one and all

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Somehow, it’s there. It peaks through, it squeezes through, its real meaning still touching the hearts of many, conveying love, hope and charity. I am talking about Christmas and...

Are newspapers dying? No.

By TINA WEST - Publisher, Connersville News-Examiner As I have worked in other communities and I tell people that I am a newspaper publisher, the first question they ask me is “aren’t newspapers dying?” I...

The magic of Christmas

By JAMES F. BURNS The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms. I remember the shiny gloss of a purple-and-white J.C. Higgins bicycle at age 8. The next year was even better – a Lionel train whose sleek black...

Ringing the bell

THE ECHO, by Bob Hansen Of the thousands of people I’ve seen while ringing bells for the Salvation Army, three stand out in my recollections. Stationed by the exit door of a large store last Saturday, I had the opportunity...

Excess convenience is inconvenient

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus Without shame, I admit I am not a pioneer on the frontier of consumer technology. Evidence: last week I bought a watch to replace one bought 20 or more years ago. The old one kept great time, but...

What does net neutrality mean?

By DAVID KIRK - Brookville Net neutrality was repealed by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) on Dec. 14. What exactly does this mean for the average internet user? Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs (internet...

Senate needs to act on concealed carry

By U.S. Rep. Luke Messer The House of Representatives recently passed legislation to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners across state lines. This is a crucial win to defend Hoosiers’ 2nd Amendment rights, and...

Moore's loss in Alabama is a sign of hope for the GOP

By Cynthia M. Allen - Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) I have never before taken much interest in Alabama politics. But like millions of people across the nation with no ties to the “Heart of Dixie,” I anxiously awaited...

Emboldened by Alabama, can Democrats maintain momentum?

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) Now that at least a symbolic small part of the American electorate has restored some faith in its credibility, perhaps we can look forward to a more uplifting main event in the...

Civilians don't need AR-15s

Kokomo Tribune - In 1949, the Soviet Armed Forces put a new, deadly assault rifle into general use, the AK-47. The Mikhail Kalashnikov design was soon disseminated around the world as a cheap, effective, durable military and...

Trump surprises world with the truth about Jerusalem

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and it absolutely, undeniably is and has been for 70 years. In fact, an American law has said as much since...

Trump hasn't changed much, and he hasn't learned much

By Doyle McManus - Los Angeles Times (TNS) By DOYLE McMANUS A pattern is emerging in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy: Time after time, he’s doing what he promised to do. Last week, Trump announced that the...

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The day Connecticut's heart broke

By The Hartford Courant - The Hartford Courant (TNS) Today they would be in sixth grade, getting ready for their school’s Ugly Sweater Day, maybe experiencing their first crush, joining the drama club, complaining about...

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Be a miracle worker

By HAROLD MATTHEWS Connersville w When was the last time you were an inspiration? How about a blessing? What about a certified miracle worker? I promise it only takes one unselfish act of kindness. We all have the potential, only...

Shedding light on CBD oil under Indiana law

By CURTIS HILL - Indiana Attorney General On Nov. 21, the Office of Attorney General released an official opinion affirming that CBD oil is illegal in Indiana. For those just joining the discussion, CBD oil is a marijuana-derived...

What happens if the 'individual mandate' goes away?

By KELLY HAWES Those involved in negotiations over the tax bill say the final version likely will include a repeal of the so-called “individual mandate.” What that might mean for the ultimate passage of the measure is...

A day to honor a Hoosier journalist

South Bend Tribune - Renowned Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle is receiving some well-deserved attention more than 70 years after his death. A resolution in the U.S. Senate would honor the war correspondent, columnist and Pulitzer...

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Targeting youth to reduce smoking rates

South Bend Tribune - A recent story on a proposal to raise Indiana’s legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21 is getting a cool reception by some legislative leaders. Regarding the proposal to raise the Hoosier...

Former top spy rethinks attacks on new president

By BYRON YORK “Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies,” wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took...

While bombs go off, national identity crisis burns on

By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER The phrase “self-radicalization” seems to be emerging as a regular part of the national discourse. Every vicious nobody who wants to blaze his name into eternity by planting a bomb somewhere to...

Santa moving from North Pole?

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus Elvin Elfenhousen, one of Santa’s long-term helpers, joined me recently for a cup of hot chocolate. “What brings you to Indiana?” I asked. “Normally we meet up at the North...

Graduation criteria leave questions unanswered

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin - Upsetting many school superintendents and other educators across the state, the State Board of Education has established new criteria to graduate from high school in Indiana. The board approved the...

A test of good municipal government

By LEO MORRIS What makes a city great? That was one of the main topics explored at a two-day seminar in Wabash I recently attended put on by the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review. Many things add to a...

What will it take to put sensible limits on guns?

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) If you ever had any doubt about the insensitivity of the U. S. Congress to the tragedy around it, it has been dispelled by the push to expand gun rights in the aftermath of two of...

Backlog on rape test kits fails sex assault victims

South Bend Tribune - Police and prosecutors must move quickly to correct a problem in tracking sexual assault kits that, in some cases, have remained untested for decades. The longer the issue remains unresolved, the more...

Logical follow-up to tax cut is to target wasteful spending

By DONALD LAMBRO We’ve heard a lot of frightening figures in the last week or so as the Senate approved a tax cut bill that is now in a conference with the House to iron out big differences between the two versions. The...

Strengthen connections this holiday season

By KATHY O'BRIAN CHRISTOFF The holiday season brings a long to-do list: decorate the house, bake the turkey, buy a gift for the next social event, send out cards, attend family gatherings and so on. Yet for all these attempts at...

Impeachment hysteria knows no end

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Impeach him, impeach him, impeach him. That’s the growl, no, the roar of the moment. It comes from every direction, though mainly of course, from the left. It is aimed at...

Research should guide compulsory school age

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin - Indiana’s public education leadership seems to be determined to assure that Hoosier kids are on the right path for success from an early age. Recent measures to address the concern include a...

Hidden victims: The impact of opioid use on children and families

By TAMI SILVERMAN The news offers daily reminders of the complex challenges our communities, state and country face in the opioid crisis. Gov. Eric Holcomb made attacking the drug epidemic a pillar of his inaugural policy agenda....

'Homeless' Hoosier politicians lured by power

BY LEO MORRIS We apparently have a housing shortage in Indiana that is about to become a crisis. The representatives and senators we elect to serve our interests in Washington seem to be on the verge of homelessness. Consider the...

Del Rio not the way to go

By GENE WORLEY - Everton I wish to express my gratitude to Mr. David Kirk for the revelation that his choice to replace Senator Joe Donnelly is Mr. Martin Del Rio, a hardcore liberal/progressive. Mr. Kirk states that Senator...

How to transform poverty to affluence

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus “‘Tis the season to be jolly!” Sol Sunshine tells me. “Too often your weekly homily paints a dark picture of Indiana. Lighten up. Tell us the truth, but spin it on the...

What really happened with the GOP platform and Russia

By BYRON YORK It’s one of the enduring misconceptions of the Trump-Russia affair. During the 2016 Republican convention, the story goes, the Trump campaign weakened a critical passage in the GOP platform to go easy on...

Keeping my family together

By Luke Messer - United States Congressman The Herald-Bulletin last week published an editorial that perpetuated an attack frequently lobbed by my opponent, and I appreciate the chance to address it head on. I have always been...

Last-minute negotiations seek to secure tax bill passage

By DONALD LAMBRO WASHINGTON — Benjamin Franklin, who famously said that nothing in this world can be certain “except death and taxes,” would love the Republican tax cut bill that’s headed for a vote in the...

Fighting back against against the administrative state

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Goodbye liberty, goodbye democracy, goodbye limited government and hello administrative state. Here is a mishmash of countless federal agencies dictating how we live with little if any...

Let him in!

By PATRICK SULLIVAN - Connersville An infamous crime was committed back in 1919. I’m sure all of you 110-year-olds out there remember it well. The Chicago White Sox had a baseball team with talent that could rival the best...

What now with this North Korean mess?

By Andrew Malcolm - Special to McClatchy (TNS) Economic sanctions on misbehaving nations such as North Korea haven’t worked. So, perhaps more of them will. That’s pretty much where the Trump administration and its...

Is Messer a Hoosier or a Swamp Thing? You decide

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin -   An ugly campaign is brewing for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, where U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and businessman Mike Braun are loading up to sling some mud. At stake...

Real challenges on opioid addiction ahead

By MICHAEL HICKS Thanksgiving Day weekend is a time of family gatherings, shared memories, joyful reunions and hopeful talk about the future. However, in too many households, talk of addiction and lament over wrecked lives will...

Does Donnelly have our best interests at heart?

By DAVID M. KIRK - Brookville As most of you know, Joe Donnelly is our senior senator from Indiana, and will be trying to be the democratic nominee again for reelection in 2018. But does he really have the best interests of the...

County income disparities

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus “I can’t listen to more complaints about Trump.” says Hector Huevos. “There’s so much to be done locally and statewide, yet all we hear about is Trump and the...

House Husband

By DICK WOLFSIE We were watching TV one evening last week when my wife asked, “Don’t you think it’s about time we moved?” “Sure,” I said. “I’ll stretch out on the floor with a...

Well, Indiana messed this one up

By JON WEBB - Evansville Courier & Press “Our federal government continues to burden us with overreaching rules and directives that suggest that government knows what’s ‘best for us.’” Indiana...

Forget 'bad deals,' it's the GOP tax plan that'll make the trade deficit worse

By Doyle McManus - Los Angeles Times (TNS) There’s a time bomb inside President Trump’s economic policies, and almost every economist knows it. What they don’t know is when it will explode. Trump has spent...

Democratic Attitudes: The 'Right to bear arms'

By RICHARD CARTWRIGHT - Franklin County Democratic Party Is there anyone (other than the NRA) who can defend the right of a person to buy assault weapons ... to assemble an arsenal of killing machines? What possible use could...

Trump's outrageous tweets are actually quite profitable

By Andrew Malcolm - Special to McClatchy (TNS) While much of our political discussions these days revolve around personality – and personal behavior – something less superficial is going on that will quietly play a...

Trump is making America work for himself

By Ann McFeatters - Tribune News Service (TNS) Those who keep saying the Trump administration has done nothing for you, Real America, are so wrong! Don’t like skipping work to take your child to the doctor? Republicans have...

Reform taxes, but watch the debt

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Don’t forget the debt, don’t hang up on free trade, but go ahead and pass tax reform, Congress. What’s most important is lowering the corporate income tax rate to...

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CBS spotlights positive local effort

By RICHARD HARRIS - Wichita, Kansas I was impressed by the CBS News report on school nutrition, nationwide, that held up your community as the epitome of generosity towards its children -- offering free breakfasts, lunches, even...

Dual credit courses

By STATE SEN. JEAN LEISING - Oldenburg To prepare our youth for higher education, Indiana law requires all high schools in our state to offer students at least two dual credit courses. The classes are taught by high school...

Ballot box should determine what happens to Moore, Franken

By Mark Davis - The Dallas Morning News (TNS) In this thickening season of accusations of sexual misbehavior descending on the corridors of politics and entertainment, the two dominant stories from the political world involve a...

Indiana's population decline is no mystery

By MICHAEL HICKS My job affords me the opportunity to speak often in different communities inside and outside of Indiana. As it turns out, population change always emerges as a prime topic in the question and answer period. But...

6 scenarios for GOP disaster in Roy Moore Senate race

By Byron York “Given the unusual circumstances and very unusual personality involved, it’s hard to see this working out well,” one laconic Republican lawmaker said recently of the Roy Moore situation. The...

Hold the mayo

By DICK WOLFSIE Mary Ellen and I recently exchanged a few words over mayonnaise. Sometimes condiments can be seen as an insult to the chef. Like ketchup, for example. When I pour Heinz over my wife’s beef bourguignon, we...

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Teaching our children to be grateful givers

By TAMI SILVERMAN It is the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. Yet amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to...

Thanksgiving thoughts

By JAMES F. BURNS Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: • For natural beautyCumberland Gap,...

A stranger's in the house ” to drop off your Amazon package

By The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Chicago Tribune (TNS) You’re waiting for an important package to be delivered. Or for the furnace repairman to arrive. Or the cable guy. Their companies can’t tell you exactly...

Uranium One was one bad deal

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) It’s here again. The Uranium One scandal is in our faces again as President Donald Trump and not a few other Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate it....

It's always been our duty to report the truth

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) WASHINGTON – Back in the ’70s I was attending an annual editors’ meeting when I was asked in a confidential session what I was working on. At the time I was a...

Let's reform redistricting in Indiana

Kokomo Tribune -   Of all the forces shaping our politics today, gerrymandering stands alone as the least discussed and most consequential one. Gerrymandering is defined by Merriam-Webster as: “To divide (a territorial...

How big a tax cut for Trump?

By The Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles Times (TNS) At President Donald Trump’s insistence, congressional Republicans are proposing something unprecedented: a special, lower tax bracket for partnerships, contractors and...

Journalists don't 'fake news'

An article by the executive of the Hoosier State Press Association crystallized some of what I want to share with readers about my profession. I’m disturbed by the purposeful efforts of powerful people to discredit...

The diminishing importance of etiquette

BUCKTOWN STOIC, by Chuck Avery After a couple years of teaching, I was called in by the administration and appointed chairman of the English department. Our previous chairman had retired the year before and I was elevated past...