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In May, Governor Holcomb’s announced an early end to pandemic unemployment assistance. This decision was a rare policy mistake for an administration that had spent more than a year handling COVID with admirable attention to data and good judgement. The mistake was also unusual in that the pr…

Reunions are an interesting subject. Not all families are blessed with the same number of children or even the same character qualities. Nonetheless, all families are gifted with their own uniqueness.

The definition of a “fairy tale” (also called a fairy story) is a story told for children involving fantastic forces and beings, such as fairies, wizards and goblins. In these tales, we are typically told a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending.

When out of town friends visit, I brag about Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Not only do I brag about its beauty, I also brag about what it replaced. Taking an area that was a relentless flood headache and engineering a sports stadium (that stays dry) in its stead — that was ingenious!

As you probably heard, Indiana is looking for people. Not just any kind of people, but the right kind of people. Educated, skilled, mobile folks. We may not really know what they want, but maybe we could figure out how to find them.

If you had $100 and were forced to invest it, what types of investments would you consider? Celebrity space programs might be a market ready to explode, or maybe another GameStop will come along. But here’s a wacky thought: let’s pool several billion dollars together and park it in a reserve…

“Freedom of speech is the air that any thinker breathes; it’s the fuel that ignites the fire of an intellectual’s thoughts.” Raif Badawi dared to write such things in Saudi Arabia. And he exercised his own freedom of speech, asking questions about faith and challenging extremism in that coun…

Earlier this year, Indiana’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 414, which required universities to survey students about the climate for free speech on campus. Schools must then report these findings to the Commission on Higher Education. Normally I’d be reluctant to weigh in on such a law…

Picture this: a gas-powered vehicle pulling a diesel generator to charge an electric vehicle sitting on the side of the road. That’s like someone who claims they are vegan but secretly eats meat.

Daniel stepped into the house, cradling something. A second look revealed the surprise, a perfectly adorable fawn covered with white spots. By all evidence, the deer was no more than a week old. We gasped. Could that be a real baby deer?

Many technological advances in the world have stumped me over the past couple of decades. In each of the next few weeks, I will revisit some of the columns I wrote in the last 22 years where I shared my frustrations and will update you on how my techy skills have improved — or not.

It started with a text message containing the trailer of the new documentary, “Summer of Soul” ( … Or, “When the Revolution Could not be Televised”). A couple of days later, a group of friends streamed the entire movie on a projector screen in a neighborhood backyard. The final straw was whe…

What’s the biggest story we can anticipate from the 2020 Census when the final count is released? I’m betting it will be that Marion County alone had 23% of Indiana’s population change between 2010 and 2020. Add in Hamilton County and we’ll have 49% of the state’s 264,000 increase for the decade.

For more than a decade, a team of us at Ball State University argued that local economic and population growth was primarily caused by something called “quality of place.” This idea helped motivated the Stellar Communities program, the Regional Cities Initiative and now the READI grants. Thi…

With the first rumbling in the distance, there comes the anxious looks. As the wind picks up and the sunshine becomes night, the eyes widen. When the leaves turn up to meet the first raindrops, a small whimper can be heard. And, when the first flash of lightning and a loud crack fill the air, panic sets in.

So many things happen. Life is made up of events and happenings — there are happy times and rough times. The difficult moments that test your patience to the max leave you wondering how you could ever forget them in the world. Time elapses, those stark negatives and intense trials have a way…

We have seen plenty of good and bad news this summer. Summer activities are running full blast: Park Band concerts, the Haynes-Apperson festival, Howard County fireworks, Jackrabbits games — to name a few. But this summer has its share of bad news too. A condominium building collapses in Flo…

The older I get the less patience I have for politics. Humanity demands that we, as Americans, elect our leaders and do so after we listen, study and vote. I probably am too young to realize when the real breakdown in American politics began. Maybe during Temperance, or the movement to allow women the right to vote, or really honoring the promises allowing the black vote (albeit for men only) after the civil war, but break down it did. We often look at each other as Republicans or Democrats when in actuality we are citizens.

One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and a turning point for civilization.

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