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When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these had to do with simple manners. “Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth, napkin, fork or knife,” reads Rule 100. Good advice at any time.

For decades, the nation’s media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year’s murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

I went to the Castleton Mall a few months ago to buy something or other. As I entered the cavernous place, I saw hundreds of people of all descriptions – young, old, black, white, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, interracial couples, Muslim, and the seemingly full mix of people who make up this place called Indiana.

I went to the Castleton Mall a few months ago to buy something or other. As I entered the cavernous place, I saw hundreds of people of all descriptions - young, old, black, white, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, interracial couples, Muslim, and the seemingly full mix of people who make up this place called Indiana.

Ever since he was accused of gripping and groping almost every woman who came within his reach at a legislative wrap-up party two years ago, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has relied on three Ds for his defense.

In these turbulent times in world of public education, school administrators — especially the ones in charge of schools which have been stigmatized by the “failing” label— are under tremendous pressure to change the instructional practices in their buildings.

Before Sen. Bernie Sanders’ narrow New Hampshire primary victory Tuesday night over Pete Buttigieg, Notre Dame professor Robert Schmuhl questioned the viability of the two major political parties in his recently published book, “The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump.“

Many residents of Miami County have probably heard by now of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s current effort to purchase homes along U.S. 31. In fact, some of you reading this article, may have been directly contacted by INDOT, or been subject to the “leave behind postcard” with IN…

Last weekend, some friends called at the last minute to ask if they could drop by. Panic set it in. We had a lot of areas to straighten. We both learned this skill from our mothers (as I’m sure you did). Mom was always telling me to straighten my room. Straightening was simply rearranging th…

Time is marching faster than I can keep up with. I can hardly believe that I’m almost halfway through my pregnancy. I’m due in July. As of now, we don’t know whether they’ll be a boy or girl, but then what does it matter? Either way, we love him or her to pieces. It’s like I told my cousin t…

Evangelist Catherine L. Carson and I express our condolences to the family and friends of Brother Jeff Stout.

When you factor in where Pete Buttigieg was a year ago – poised as a potential Dennis Kucinich or Alan Keyes of presidential politics – and where he is today, poised as a top-tier candidate after what appears to be a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses (Buttigieg had a 26.2% to 26.1% lead over …

Indiana’s economic future will be primarily determined by the share of Hoosier adults who graduated from college. If that share remains low, our economy will languish, our incomes will continue to fall further behind the national average and our best-educated citizens will relocate elsewhere…

Are you a rooter? Do you root for your favorite teams? Have you searched for your roots? Have you rooted out any evil? We are all rooters in one way or another. Both Mary Ellen and I usually root for the underdog. That’s why she chose to marry me, despite all her other more acceptable suitor…

I have one message for y’all — the same message — no matter if your political leanings are left or right, if you are a died-in-the-wool Republican or a die-hard Democrat, if you are an Independent or couldn’t care less about politics, or if you are a nasty, ill-tempered human being.

Hi there, we are having a blessed, busy week. Daniel’s parents from the Amish community in Danville, Ohio, came for a visit last week and have now spent the weekend with us. What is more special than a visit from grandparents? Much to the children’s delight, Grandma came with books for each …

At some point during the year, we should take time to make sure everything we use daily is in tiptop shape. It’s good sense to make sure that you conduct a full service of things we use all the time.

John Cougar coined the phrase on his first platinum album, released in 1980, “Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did.” After this release, the young rocker slowly transformed from that early stage name back to his given name, and earned his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as John Mellenc…

Like many of you reading this column, I’m guilty of driving while talking on a cellphone or even worse, using other mobile applications. But like 74% of people surveyed, many of whom drive while using cellphones, I also think it should be illegal.

During a time in his life when Kobe Bryant was having some troubles, he created for himself an alter-ego: Black Mamba. So, when he was at home or in some social setting, he was Kobe. But when he was on a basketball court, he was Black Mamba.

So many of us are running low on time these days, and may not have extra time to spare every day to hit the gym. Anytime you are able to move your body and get your heart rate up, you are doing you body good. Let’s be real for a second, there are going to be days when you have two plus hours…

A teacher on her prep period had just come out of the copy room. As she returned to her classroom, she noticed three male students hanging around a locker. These students should be in class. She approached the group and asked to see their passes. Two of them showed her their passes, but one …

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