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If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.

The immediate aftermath of what some political pundits view as puzzling election results in Kentucky on Tuesday is hardly time enough to analyze accurately what happened and why. But we can draw some broad conclusions.

It would be trite to say the 2019 municipal elections were status quo, not with 17 defeated incumbents. But there are solid trend lines: Democrats dominated in the big cities, coasting to wins in Indianapolis by Joe Hogsett and Fort Wayne by Tom Henry and picking up council seats in Evansvil…

Our imaginary friends, Emil and his wife Vy, came by to play some cards with Marylu and yours truly. We brought our coffee cups and a few snacks downstairs as we descended to the family room.

I attended my first college reunion last weekend. It was a charming event, attended by well over half of the living graduates of my class at a small military college in Virginia. The weekend was even more special because my oldest son is undergoing the rigors of freshman year at the same sch…

My wife and I dress in separate rooms when we are going out for the evening, then we meet downstairs and give each other the once-over. We used to get dressed together, but we realized as we got older that the anticipation of what the other one would be wearing was an inexpensive way to amus…

Thanksgiving has always been a highlight in our house. Growing up, we usually wound up hosting several families at our house. My brothers and I would always be delighted. Usually, we’d have an Amish meal of mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, salad, pie, and the likes.

Each Nov. 11, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served our country. Veterans Day is an opportunity to express our gratitude, and Indiana owes a great deal to its veterans, past and present. As of 2017, there were nearly 410,000 Hoosier veterans. Monday is about honoring…

Q: Our 7-year-old son recently stole two small model cars from a playmate while he was at the playmate’s house. Apparently, he wanted to trade one of his toys for the two cars, but the playmate refused, so he stole them. When we found them, he claimed his friend had given them to him. We abs…

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be workin…

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others. And learning how to pe…

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

You know the apprehension of waiting, the stress of not knowing how things will turn out?

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

Amid all the other kerfuffle last week, Congress held hearings on growing evidence of “monopsony” power in labor markets. For those lucky few who didn’t take a labor economics course, monopsony is simply the ability of a few large local employers to control local labor markets.

My proofreader, Heidi, left me a voicemail. A text transcription showed up below the notification. The message read: “Hi. I sent your proofed column back, but I haven’t heard from you. I wanted to make sure you received it. Love you!”

INDIANAPOLIS—There are already dozens of them, little pink or yellow note cards — each one a handwritten tale of pain, survival, anger or love. Sometimes, all four in a single sentence.

Arlington National Cemetery is a unique place. I have traveled to our nation’s capital many times and I still get excited every time I go. My wife spent a few months living there during a college internship way back in the ’90s, and her brother was stationed there as an officer in the Navy d…

“The portal,” it sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, the gateway to an alternative universe that lures, then traps the unwary in its nefarious web of illusion, where things are never what they seem.

Everyone needs to get educated about bedbugs, because they are taking over. One day, they may be a problem that you must face. Or perhaps you are among the 20 percent of Americans who have already faced the problem.

With Veterans Day coming up, it’s time to demand that the U.S. military truly create a welcoming environment for all who wish to serve in the defense of this country.

When 83-year old, Indiana resident Dolores recently stopped working, she found herself in need of food assistance and came to Food Finders.

Today I asked Julia what I should write about for the column, and she said, “About our trip to town with Montana!” So, join us as a family for our nine-mile trek to town in horse and wagon.

There have been three presidents with vivid Indiana ties. William Henry Harrison won the Battle of Tippecanoe and served as a territorial governor. Abraham Lincoln moved to Spencer County as a boy within days of Indiana’s statehood in 1816 and became a man on the prairie, as poet Carl Sandbu…

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