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Be a miracle worker

By HAROLD MATTHEWS Connersville w When was the last time you were an inspiration? How about a blessing? What about a certified miracle worker? I promise it only takes one unselfish act of kindness. We all have the potential, only...

Shedding light on CBD oil under Indiana law

By CURTIS HILL - Indiana Attorney General On Nov. 21, the Office of Attorney General released an official opinion affirming that CBD oil is illegal in Indiana. For those just joining the discussion, CBD oil is a marijuana-derived...

What happens if the 'individual mandate' goes away?

By KELLY HAWES Those involved in negotiations over the tax bill say the final version likely will include a repeal of the so-called “individual mandate.” What that might mean for the ultimate passage of the measure is...

A day to honor a Hoosier journalist

South Bend Tribune - Renowned Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle is receiving some well-deserved attention more than 70 years after his death. A resolution in the U.S. Senate would honor the war correspondent, columnist and Pulitzer...

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Targeting youth to reduce smoking rates

South Bend Tribune - A recent story on a proposal to raise Indiana’s legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21 is getting a cool reception by some legislative leaders. Regarding the proposal to raise the Hoosier...

Former top spy rethinks attacks on new president

By BYRON YORK “Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies,” wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took...

While bombs go off, national identity crisis burns on

By GEORGIE ANNE GEYER The phrase “self-radicalization” seems to be emerging as a regular part of the national discourse. Every vicious nobody who wants to blaze his name into eternity by planting a bomb somewhere to...

Santa moving from North Pole?

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus Elvin Elfenhousen, one of Santa’s long-term helpers, joined me recently for a cup of hot chocolate. “What brings you to Indiana?” I asked. “Normally we meet up at the North...

Graduation criteria leave questions unanswered

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin - Upsetting many school superintendents and other educators across the state, the State Board of Education has established new criteria to graduate from high school in Indiana. The board approved the...

A test of good municipal government

By LEO MORRIS What makes a city great? That was one of the main topics explored at a two-day seminar in Wabash I recently attended put on by the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review. Many things add to a...

What will it take to put sensible limits on guns?

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) If you ever had any doubt about the insensitivity of the U. S. Congress to the tragedy around it, it has been dispelled by the push to expand gun rights in the aftermath of two of...

Backlog on rape test kits fails sex assault victims

South Bend Tribune - Police and prosecutors must move quickly to correct a problem in tracking sexual assault kits that, in some cases, have remained untested for decades. The longer the issue remains unresolved, the more...

Logical follow-up to tax cut is to target wasteful spending

By DONALD LAMBRO We’ve heard a lot of frightening figures in the last week or so as the Senate approved a tax cut bill that is now in a conference with the House to iron out big differences between the two versions. The...

Strengthen connections this holiday season

By KATHY O'BRIAN CHRISTOFF The holiday season brings a long to-do list: decorate the house, bake the turkey, buy a gift for the next social event, send out cards, attend family gatherings and so on. Yet for all these attempts at...

Impeachment hysteria knows no end

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Impeach him, impeach him, impeach him. That’s the growl, no, the roar of the moment. It comes from every direction, though mainly of course, from the left. It is aimed at...

Research should guide compulsory school age

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin - Indiana’s public education leadership seems to be determined to assure that Hoosier kids are on the right path for success from an early age. Recent measures to address the concern include a...

Hidden victims: The impact of opioid use on children and families

By TAMI SILVERMAN The news offers daily reminders of the complex challenges our communities, state and country face in the opioid crisis. Gov. Eric Holcomb made attacking the drug epidemic a pillar of his inaugural policy agenda....

'Homeless' Hoosier politicians lured by power

BY LEO MORRIS We apparently have a housing shortage in Indiana that is about to become a crisis. The representatives and senators we elect to serve our interests in Washington seem to be on the verge of homelessness. Consider the...

Del Rio not the way to go

By GENE WORLEY - Everton I wish to express my gratitude to Mr. David Kirk for the revelation that his choice to replace Senator Joe Donnelly is Mr. Martin Del Rio, a hardcore liberal/progressive. Mr. Kirk states that Senator...

How to transform poverty to affluence

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus “‘Tis the season to be jolly!” Sol Sunshine tells me. “Too often your weekly homily paints a dark picture of Indiana. Lighten up. Tell us the truth, but spin it on the...

What really happened with the GOP platform and Russia

By BYRON YORK It’s one of the enduring misconceptions of the Trump-Russia affair. During the 2016 Republican convention, the story goes, the Trump campaign weakened a critical passage in the GOP platform to go easy on...

Keeping my family together

By Luke Messer - United States Congressman The Herald-Bulletin last week published an editorial that perpetuated an attack frequently lobbed by my opponent, and I appreciate the chance to address it head on. I have always been...

Last-minute negotiations seek to secure tax bill passage

By DONALD LAMBRO WASHINGTON — Benjamin Franklin, who famously said that nothing in this world can be certain “except death and taxes,” would love the Republican tax cut bill that’s headed for a vote in the...

Fighting back against against the administrative state

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Goodbye liberty, goodbye democracy, goodbye limited government and hello administrative state. Here is a mishmash of countless federal agencies dictating how we live with little if any...

Let him in!

By PATRICK SULLIVAN - Connersville An infamous crime was committed back in 1919. I’m sure all of you 110-year-olds out there remember it well. The Chicago White Sox had a baseball team with talent that could rival the best...

What now with this North Korean mess?

By Andrew Malcolm - Special to McClatchy (TNS) Economic sanctions on misbehaving nations such as North Korea haven’t worked. So, perhaps more of them will. That’s pretty much where the Trump administration and its...

Is Messer a Hoosier or a Swamp Thing? You decide

(Anderson) Herald Bulletin -   An ugly campaign is brewing for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, where U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and businessman Mike Braun are loading up to sling some mud. At stake...

Real challenges on opioid addiction ahead

By MICHAEL HICKS Thanksgiving Day weekend is a time of family gatherings, shared memories, joyful reunions and hopeful talk about the future. However, in too many households, talk of addiction and lament over wrecked lives will...

Does Donnelly have our best interests at heart?

By DAVID M. KIRK - Brookville As most of you know, Joe Donnelly is our senior senator from Indiana, and will be trying to be the democratic nominee again for reelection in 2018. But does he really have the best interests of the...

County income disparities

EYE ON THE PIE, by Morton Marcus “I can’t listen to more complaints about Trump.” says Hector Huevos. “There’s so much to be done locally and statewide, yet all we hear about is Trump and the...

House Husband

By DICK WOLFSIE We were watching TV one evening last week when my wife asked, “Don’t you think it’s about time we moved?” “Sure,” I said. “I’ll stretch out on the floor with a...

Well, Indiana messed this one up

By JON WEBB - Evansville Courier & Press “Our federal government continues to burden us with overreaching rules and directives that suggest that government knows what’s ‘best for us.’” Indiana...

Forget 'bad deals,' it's the GOP tax plan that'll make the trade deficit worse

By Doyle McManus - Los Angeles Times (TNS) There’s a time bomb inside President Trump’s economic policies, and almost every economist knows it. What they don’t know is when it will explode. Trump has spent...

Democratic Attitudes: The 'Right to bear arms'

By RICHARD CARTWRIGHT - Franklin County Democratic Party Is there anyone (other than the NRA) who can defend the right of a person to buy assault weapons ... to assemble an arsenal of killing machines? What possible use could...

Trump's outrageous tweets are actually quite profitable

By Andrew Malcolm - Special to McClatchy (TNS) While much of our political discussions these days revolve around personality – and personal behavior – something less superficial is going on that will quietly play a...

Trump is making America work for himself

By Ann McFeatters - Tribune News Service (TNS) Those who keep saying the Trump administration has done nothing for you, Real America, are so wrong! Don’t like skipping work to take your child to the doctor? Republicans have...

Reform taxes, but watch the debt

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) Don’t forget the debt, don’t hang up on free trade, but go ahead and pass tax reform, Congress. What’s most important is lowering the corporate income tax rate to...

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CBS spotlights positive local effort

By RICHARD HARRIS - Wichita, Kansas I was impressed by the CBS News report on school nutrition, nationwide, that held up your community as the epitome of generosity towards its children -- offering free breakfasts, lunches, even...

Dual credit courses

By STATE SEN. JEAN LEISING - Oldenburg To prepare our youth for higher education, Indiana law requires all high schools in our state to offer students at least two dual credit courses. The classes are taught by high school...

Ballot box should determine what happens to Moore, Franken

By Mark Davis - The Dallas Morning News (TNS) In this thickening season of accusations of sexual misbehavior descending on the corridors of politics and entertainment, the two dominant stories from the political world involve a...

Indiana's population decline is no mystery

By MICHAEL HICKS My job affords me the opportunity to speak often in different communities inside and outside of Indiana. As it turns out, population change always emerges as a prime topic in the question and answer period. But...

6 scenarios for GOP disaster in Roy Moore Senate race

By Byron York “Given the unusual circumstances and very unusual personality involved, it’s hard to see this working out well,” one laconic Republican lawmaker said recently of the Roy Moore situation. The...

Hold the mayo

By DICK WOLFSIE Mary Ellen and I recently exchanged a few words over mayonnaise. Sometimes condiments can be seen as an insult to the chef. Like ketchup, for example. When I pour Heinz over my wife’s beef bourguignon, we...

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Teaching our children to be grateful givers

By TAMI SILVERMAN It is the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. Yet amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to...

Thanksgiving thoughts

By JAMES F. BURNS Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: • For natural beautyCumberland Gap,...

A stranger's in the house ” to drop off your Amazon package

By The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Chicago Tribune (TNS) You’re waiting for an important package to be delivered. Or for the furnace repairman to arrive. Or the cable guy. Their companies can’t tell you exactly...

Uranium One was one bad deal

By Jay Ambrose - Tribune News Service (TNS) It’s here again. The Uranium One scandal is in our faces again as President Donald Trump and not a few other Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate it....

It's always been our duty to report the truth

By Dan K. Thomasson - Tribune News Service (TNS) WASHINGTON – Back in the ’70s I was attending an annual editors’ meeting when I was asked in a confidential session what I was working on. At the time I was a...

Let's reform redistricting in Indiana

Kokomo Tribune -   Of all the forces shaping our politics today, gerrymandering stands alone as the least discussed and most consequential one. Gerrymandering is defined by Merriam-Webster as: “To divide (a territorial...

How big a tax cut for Trump?

By The Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles Times (TNS) At President Donald Trump’s insistence, congressional Republicans are proposing something unprecedented: a special, lower tax bracket for partnerships, contractors and...

Journalists don't 'fake news'

An article by the executive of the Hoosier State Press Association crystallized some of what I want to share with readers about my profession. I’m disturbed by the purposeful efforts of powerful people to discredit...

The diminishing importance of etiquette

BUCKTOWN STOIC, by Chuck Avery After a couple years of teaching, I was called in by the administration and appointed chairman of the English department. Our previous chairman had retired the year before and I was elevated past...