Make no mistake, it could happen here. The pro-Trump insurrection Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol was a warning shot across the bow of statehouses across the country, including the Capitol in Indianapolis.

Three Republican state senators have authored legislation that would limit the authority of local health officers, a bill introduced in response to actions taken during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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If it were not for the rise of Donald Trump in 2016, there wouldn’t be a Gov. Eric Holcomb. When that year began, Holcomb was running third in the Republican U.S. Senate primary field. His political fortunes began to improve when Gov. Mike Pence picked him to replace Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Any goals the leaders and residents of Vigo County and Terre Haute have for their community come with a big question. Can their goals for this city and county come true with a dwindling, aging population? That is what's been happening, and it's not projected to change much. Unless, that is, the community doubles down on tactics to attract new residents, and not just new businesses.

Last Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building reminded me of the revisionist Confederate designation of their loss of the Civil War as “The Lost Cause.” It was a way of romanticizing the rebellion and making heroes of themselves. It also meant the embers of that terrible war kept burning.

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The word “patriot” has become associated with far-right politics and the many militant groups therein. In light of the attack on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, we ought to reexamine what it means to be a patriot.

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It's been a difficult year financially for many Americans, and the second round of government stimulus checks during the pandemic will help pay for groceries, transportation, shelter, utilities or other necessities.

It’s no longer about Trump or Biden or whether you’re a Republican or Democrat. The events that transpired Wednesday in Washington, DC, are nothing short of devastatingly heartbreaking.

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When newly-elected Mike Pence showed up at the U.S. Capitol for his first joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2001, he watched Vice President Al Gore declare George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as the winning Electoral College ticket. He heard Gore, who lost a bitter election that was ultimately decided in the Bush v. Gore U.S. Supreme Court case, tell the assembly at its conclusion, “May God bless our new president and new vice president, and may God bless the United States of America.”

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“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.”

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