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There hasn’t been anything like this since the New Deal — a policy position so popular, so appealing in every way, and so utterly untenable. It is targeted economic development or eco-devo, a collection of schemes that would make FDR blush.

Q: Your recent series on punishment was thought-provoking. I agree children should have consequences when they misbehave. Nonetheless, would you please clarify when punishment becomes excessive? What is the line between reasonable and too much? When I was young, I was spanked with a belt on …

Republicans have such a strong grip on Indiana – holding the Governor’s office and super majorities in both legislative chambers – that it is difficult to see beyond the fact. It sometimes feels as though it must have always been so and always will be so.

What sort of refresh button did you set for 2020? Based on my unscientific observations, two of the most common are trying a new approach to eating or making a commitment to exercise, although at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library we would love it if you also included a renewed dedicati…

I want to fill you in on the dearest person to me on earth, my husband Daniel Yoder. I got to know him 14 years ago and was immediately impressed with his easy-going personality and Godly character. To this day I’m still impressed and yes, I’m in love, in spite of so many changes since then.

Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s reelection wheelhouse. But look back to the faint echoes of 2016 here in the Hoosier State, and polling last week from Morning Consult …

Important issues tend to be difficult, with deeply entrenched opinions and interests. They also attract the attention of media, political leaders, citizens and especially lobbyists. Recently, while explaining the results of two very contentious studies, I was asked who paid for them. That is…

Have you ever thought about writing a love letter to God? Have you ever thought about telling God in your own special way that you love and adore God?

Recently, the old joke that the orange construction barrel is Indiana’s state flower has been told with unprecedented frequency around the Hoosier State. The proliferation of orange and white that motorists encounter across all 92 counties in our state is a visual confirmation of a historic …

Forget for a moment, if you can, what you think about the dangers of tobacco and the wisdom or folly of government trying to regulate its use. Consider, instead, how you think the laws dictating your conduct should be enacted.

Perhaps by the time you read this, the official U.S. Senate proceedings in the impeachment of President Donald Trump will have begun. Up until this week, the charges upon which the impeachment is based have been held by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

I’ve been writing a lot about the problems with high-stakes standardized testing. This week’s topic fits right in with it because it is a somewhat hidden, but critical, side effect of the problems associated with our current testing policies. I’m speaking of the teaching of the social studies.

Good morning from the Yoder’s quiet house. Silence is something I rarely get to hear these days. Too much of it would undoubtedly be boring, but in this season of life, that is not on my list of worries. The opposite is true. With a house full of little ones, it is a constant effort to keep …

“Hi, Emil, come in,” I beckoned as I welcomed my clone-like imaginary friend. “I brewed a pot of coffee with those amazing volcanic-soil beans from Tanzania,” I added.

My previous column warned that growing inequality between regions in the United States is the most pressing issue of our time. I promised this week to write about potential remedies. Before doing so, I want to remind readers that there are strong economic forces behind growing inequality.

Q: Our ten-year-old granddaughter lives with us. We have custody of her but her father, our son, is now asking us for visitation privileges. I probably don’t need to tell you that both he and his ex-wife were not up to parental responsibilities. He says he’s cleaned up his act and wants a re…

In Shakespeare’s tragic comedy Hamlet, Prince Hamlet shares spoke with Horatio, his trusted friend and confident, about the unseen.

My entire life, people have been saying, “Dick, you don’t know Jack.” Actually, I do. In fact, I know dozens of Jacks. So does my wife. And she has a crush on about six of them.

Our personal experiences deepen our connection to, and stewardship of, nature and the world around us. Just as we get to know a person better by spending time together as friends, we get to know more about nature as the total amount of time we spend in it accumulates.

This is the last (for a while, anyway) of three columns in which I take on the absurd notion that punishing children for bad behavior is bad parenting. (The previous are on my website at johnrosemond.com.) There is commonsense and there is nonsense and the absurd notion in question belongs s…

Nearly three weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic Party cohorts voted to impeach President Trump. But rather than fulfill their constitutional duty and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have decided to play more partisan games.

Democrat Amy McGrath, a 44-year-old retired Marine combat pilot, has officially filed her candidate papers to challenge Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November’s election.

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