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  • LEE HAMILTON: Why government fails, and what to do about it As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s pe

    August 8, 2014

  • OPN - KT080814 - boylan mug DAN BOYLAN: Be part of the solution Sometimes lost in the myriad of news stories lamenting the rise in college student debt is how good ole mom and dad can play a helpful role that has nothing to do with their income.Across the country, parents are stunned by the amount of debt student

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • RAY DAY: Could we live like we did? Before I get started on my walk back to the good old days, I want to say something to my brothers and sisters from Continental Steel.Last Saturday they held our 28-year reunion for those still with us, and due to illness I was not able to attend. The

    August 7, 2014

  • MARK HEINIG: Outstanding example of a bipartisan servant Former Congressman Lee Hamilton is an impressive man. He represented Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in the House of Representatives for 34 years, from 1965-1999. A congressman with that much seniority receives some very important committee assi

    August 7, 2014

  • BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ: Special education doesn't have to start at school Parents need not wait until the start of their child’s first school year to start receiving special education services.Under federal law, children as young as 3 years old are eligible for a special education assessment from their local public school

    August 7, 2014

  • Rob Burgess House of Burgess: Retail drones strike

    It was just before 8:30 p.m. July 22, and visitors were enjoying Seattle’s iconic Space Needle when it happened. Space Needle security called police … after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window,” wrote Jonah Spangenthal-Lee in a Seattle Police Department press release July 24. “Witnesses then saw the drone ... glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.”

    August 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • MARYANN KEATING: Reduced hours for all, or job layoffs for a few At dinner, the 4-year-old reported her nursery school classmate, Billy, had a bad day and acted mean. When asked what the teacher did, the 4-year-old replied wide-eyed, “She took away Billy’s job.” Most of us can empathize with Billy’s symbolic loss

    August 6, 2014

  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: Colleagues of indicted sheriff feel glare of distrust Last Tuesday didn’t go the way Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit thought it would. He was in Indianapolis in the morning, in his role as president of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, to listen to a speech by U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett about hi

    August 5, 2014

  • TOM LoBIANCO: State ethics cases find frustration in the hidden The three major ethics cases involving Indiana officials this year have one thread that ties them together: frustration from ethics watchdogs over a lack of disclosure and transparency. Inspector General David Thomas talked at length about both last

    August 5, 2014

  • BRIAN HOWEY: Young's Social Impact Bond Act a bipartisan effort

    We live in an era of eroding faith in government, while we face an array of intractable problems.U.S. Rep. Todd Young entered Congress as part of the 2010 tea party wave that was fueled by a distrust in a growing federal government. Yet the Bloomingt

    August 4, 2014

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