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Brett, Mary Ellen and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in Peru (South America, not Indiana). We first flew to Miami (Florida, not Ohio) where we had a 13-hour layover, which is more like a sleepover, but without jammies and a blankie. What do you do for 13 hours at the Miami Internat…

It’s been said that Langston Hughes, known as the Poet Laureate of Harlem, was one of the first African Americans to earn a living solely as a writer.

During my time growing a company in the private sector, one of my guiding principles was to meet and hear feedback from as many customers as possible. Since being elected to serve Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate, I’ve adopted a similar business model by visiting all 92 counties in Indiana this y…

As crispy coolness fills the air with the return of the sweet tang of apples and fresh pumpkins, there is no doubt fall is here. This is a welcome change at our home. Shorter days are resulting in earlier bedtimes, steaming cozy lattes, and snuggling in fleece blankets. For the children, it’…

I was talking with a friend the other day about immigration. It’s one of the most divisive issues of our time, and we, too, found ourselves divided. “Our country is full,” he quoted President Trump, who said this back in April. Let’s improve the country with the people we already have, my fr…

“What do you do when your baby cries?” I asked the 20-something new mom who was already feeling overwhelmed and beginning to slip into post-partum depression. Her mother-in-law had suggested she talk to someone and recommended yours truly.

On July 27, 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made his infamous "Russia, if you're listening ..." appeal for dirt on Hillary Clinton. It commenced a two-year jigsaw puzzle type investigation that became President Trump's nightmare.

The growing options for outsourcing meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking can be called time-saving blessings or culture-destroying curses. In the end, they're probably a complicated mix of both.

When our children were young, we would make a trip to the Wonder Bread Thrift Store and purchase expired bread. We would then head to Highland Park to feed the ducks. It was a wonderful family experience.

Last week’s column on Indiana’s hospital monopolies generated 10 times the emails of any other column I’ve penned over the last decade. Hoosier taxpayers are interested in understanding who caused this problem and how we can fix it. I commend the thousands of readers who visited our website …

I created quite a stir during services last Sunday morning. Mary Ellen was embarrassed when she first heard it. The entire congregation was starting to look in my general direction. Noelle started elbowing her husband. She thought Dan was the instigator. Dan was almost 100% sure it wasn’t hi…

We should always be on a constant quest of seeking meaning and finding direction. We should always be looking to hear from the Lord.

This August, I set out on my Summer of Solutions tour, traveling Indiana and visiting more than 50 communities to speak with businesses and Hoosiers to discuss what’s most important to them, and to discuss solutions for the issues affecting Hoosiers every day, like health care, opioid addict…

“I have seen enough to know I have seen too much,” said the ballpark announcer in the championship game of the movie “A League of Their Own.” What is happening in the Trump administration right now is not a game, though. Or even a movie about a game. Still it is difficult to look away from w…

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Turn off the lights when they aren't needed? Check. Lower the thermostat a few degrees in winter? Maybe. Go full-time vegetarian? Probably not.

The patriot came back home to Indiana on Tuesday. This would be Dan Coats, who began the day of Nov. 8, 2016, planning to retire, bounce grandkids on his knees and go to a Cubs game whenever he wanted. By the end of that year, Dan Coats had been swept into Donald Trump’s vortex, destined to …

It’s early in the morning. My usual quiet moments in the morning have been disrupted as the children had a cold, just enough to disturb their sleep. Even though I’m in and out of bed every night, there’s something special about the extra time with kids needing their Mama.

Educational equity means that a person’s life circumstances or obstacles shouldn’t dictate their opportunity to succeed. With that ideal in mind, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education passed a resolution in 2013 to close the achievement gaps for Indiana’s learners by 2025.

Did you know Aug. 16 is Tell a Joke Day? If there ever was a secular holiday with me in mind, that’s it. I confess to being a joke junkie. I need to write an article about that soon. Today’s column, however, is about information, not humor. It is a “did you know?” column. Shall we begin?

Several weeks ago, a concerned citizen sent me a financial summary of Indiana’s not-for-profit hospitals. He asked that I look into the issue of excessive profits by these systems. I was skeptical that the issue would be relevant. Profits are critical to an economy; they serve as a guide to …

Have you ever been caught pandiculating in a public place? My wife gets annoyed when she catches me doing it anywhere. She thought once we were married, I’d quit. But we’ve been married a long time and I haven’t stopped.

Throughout this campaign process, I have been asked a lot of tough questions and have been given a lot of tough love on the changes citizens feel need to come to our city. Most recently, my neighbor asked with an aching heart, “How could another teenager lay dead on our city streets?”

In our fast-paced lives, as we try to schedule things and fit in people here and there, we’ll realize we’d missed many opportunities.

Because of the constant onslaught of the 24-hour news cycle, it is easy to miss stories about major policy changes concerning our national forests and wilderness areas throughout the United States. Recently the current administration ordered Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to open the wor…

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