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Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country on most any measure. It ranks among the states with the highest prevalence of lung and other cancers, obesity, diabetes, and most chronic diseases. Our state’s infant mortality rate is eighth highest, and our 13.5% maternal smoking rat…

I find it interesting that the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should happen so close to the celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday. Unfortunately, as most know, he was assassinated before he reached 40 years of age.

Budgeting is a pain. But what’s more painful is a bill you can’t easily pay, debt that costs a fortune or not having enough money to retire.

I called my friend yesterday. “Hi, Bob, it’s Dick. I have a weird question to ask you. Mary Ellen and I disagree on what most people do. When you are finished brushing your teeth, do you rinse and spit or just spit?”

The essential basis of an economy is trust. As the founding father of economics, Adam Smith noted an economy “... can seldom flourish in any state in which there is not a certain degree of confidence in the justice of government.” Our modern world subsists almost wholly on a high degree of t…

To covet means to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to have a wrongful desire concerning a person, place, or thing.

INDIANAPOLIS – 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. 

If 2020 taught us anything, it was to be thankful for the small things, because some days they are all you have. Now that 2021 has arrived, we can take that knowledge and apply it to every area of our lives.

Throughout my life I have seen the phrase "Success breeds success" used in the world of high finance and business. But as a classroom teacher, it is a foundation for motivation and inspiration for learning.

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.

Take the yard signs down. Put that magic red hat back in the closet. And for the love of America, get rid of the Trump flags. It no longer matters what those symbols may have once meant to you. It is more important what they mean to the rest of us now.

After having a week off, I'm ready to get in touch with you all again. Why not have a seat in my kitchen and join me as we chat over steaming hot chocolate? These days I keep thinking of life and jigsaw puzzles. You know how you keep straining your eyes, positive that there must be a missing…

When we got married and were planning our future, we decided one would be enough, although many of our friends had two. Two was never in our plans, but things happen. We ended up keeping the older one in the basement.

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…

Can it be, is it possible, that 2021 won’t be terrible? The state revenue forecast was released on Dec. 16 to provide a starting point for the Indiana General Assembly to craft a new state budget. Might the coming biennium be OK?

The three repulsive architects of Wednesday's heartbreaking spectacle - mobs desecrating the Republic's noblest building and preventing the completion of a constitutional process - must be named, and forevermore shunned. They are Donald Trump, and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store.

I noticed something spectacular the other day when walking by a mirror: the mask I like to wear makes my nose look smaller! OK, maybe it just gently diverts attention from one of the most obvious gifts inherited from my father. I’m not self-conscious about my schnoz, but it is sized big enou…

I have often shared with you my views on the need for a more informed conversation in the public square. To the point, a friend and I recently have completed a book called “The Trumptionary”. It’s not about President Trump, though. Instead, it is about what we believe to be a need for conver…

I’ve missed doing a number of things this past year. I used to love going to the movies with my wife, going out to dinner with my wife, and going food shopping WITHOUT my wife. She is meticulous about what she buys and spends more time squeezing a melon then I spend picking out a new car. Wh…

The holidays are an indulgent time, so I spoil myself here with a bit of political economy. By way of background, I think it is now obvious that significant changes to our economy have wreaked havoc with our political coalitions. While this itself isn’t necessarily a bad development, it is s…

Congratulations. You have survived 2020! Unfortunately, surviving a difficult year does not mean living “happily ever after.” As a matter of fact, we begin this year with COVID still raging around us – and the concern that the British version of this Chinese virus might migrate this way. Tra…

When wild animals are in their natural habitat, they can usually see, smell and/or hear us coming in spite of our best attempts to camouflage our presence. However, we can detect signs of their presence even if we can’t see them.

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