On the way to kindergarten, various accounts hold (with slightly varying details), Orville Wright passed a neighbor’s barn where he found an old, broken-down sewing machine. Fascinated, he spent the day taking apart the contraption. For the next month, rather than attend school, he and a fri…

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American health care is too expensive. Exhibit A is a new study of Americans’ medical debt published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That debt is twice as large as had previously been estimated – $140 billion in collections as of June 2020, compared to an earlier estimate…

Do you remember group projects in grade school? For some, it was an exciting chance to socialize with your friends and work as a team. For others, group projects were challenging but a good opportunity to practice your collaboration skills and prepare you for the group work of adult life.

Last Thursday, July 22 your Fayette County Area Planning Commission rejected all of the amendment recommendations made by City Council on the Confined Feeding Operations ( CFO) zoning ordinance.

The damage from the opioid crisis extends beyond the harms of addiction and overdose. Some doctors say it also hurts people with chronic pain by derailing research intended to help them.

The last two weeks witnessed widespread protests against the authoritarian Cuban regime, with thousands taking to the streets in Havana to express dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and – above all – the torpid economy.

President Joe Biden declared on Monday that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would cease by the end of this year. But he also made clear that U.S. forces – probably most of the 2,500 now in the country – would be rebranded to “train, to assist, to help and to deal with ISIS.”

A move in Congress to require young women to register for the draft as young men are required to do has riled conservatives like Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. The issue is, for the moment at least, a theoretical one. America hasn’t drafted anyone in half a century, relying entirely on a volunteer …

Fifty years ago next month, with inflation rising and growing trade deficits, President Richard Nixon suspended the conversion of the U.S. dollar into gold. This decision effectively ended the Bretton Woods system – the final attempt at an international gold standard – and ushered in a new e…

The U.S. economic recovery is being threatened by the COVID-19 delta variant. Increasing vaccination rates is the most important thing the U.S. can do to sustain the economy over the next few months. Beyond that, however, full recovery might require creating new vaccines against delta and ot…

One lifeguard stood guard over a Santa Cruz beach full of sunbathers and swimmers. With temps topping the 80s and the Pacific providing a cool, but not freezing, source of relief, the lifeguard had his hands full at once ensuring that basic beach etiquette was being followed and monitoring t…

This past week, I had the privilege of attending the Fayette County Commissioners meeting. I have done so in the past, but this time was different. Thanks to an agenda that includes an invitation for citizen comments, a lively, passionate conversation ensured between the Commissioners and se…

The News-Examiner asked: What was your favorite toy as a child? Did you have a favorite action figure, stuffed animal, etc?

RIP, Trade Promotion Authority. The law that allowed Congress to fast-track consideration of trade agreements expired on July 1. Trade agreements will now be subject to regular order in Congress, making it more difficult for the Biden administration to enter any new pacts.

Overdose rates are higher in areas where people live in poverty and even higher among people of color living in poverty. In the last decade in Maryland, the proportion of opioid-overdose deaths involving Black people has continually risen, while the proportion involving white people has decl…

The U.S. economy’s rapid recovery from the pandemic is granting workers a rare benefit: As employers rush to hire, prospective employees are gaining a bit of bargaining power. Yet this welcome modicum of leverage masks a deeper problem: All too often, companies break promises, steal wages an…

Connersville's downtown lost an icon this May. Doyle Amyx retired as barber in his mid 90's.

Whatever one may think of Donald Trump or the circumstances of last year’s election or even the bitterness of this nation’s partisan divide, it ought to be easy to condemn the events of Jan. 6 and to support a broad inquiry into what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. Sadly…

Politicians in both parties seem to believe that the U.S. faces looming catastrophes that require a radical rethinking of economic policy. They’re wrong.

In April, when the national drive to immunize everyone against COVID-19 was gaining steam, Johnson & Johnson had to delay the availability of its vaccine because of production glitches.

With the finding Thursday by an Annapolis jury that the Capital Gazette gunman was indeed criminally responsible for the brutal, calculated murders three years ago of five employees at the newspaper – friends and colleagues to those of us here at The Sun – the legal chapter of this horror st…

It’s a simple, utopian idea. If we give everyone a monthly check, we can eliminate poverty and do away with the inefficiencies of our cumbersome and flawed welfare state.

When was the last time you went to the Indiana Supreme Court’s website? When was the last time you just stumbled across a link on a government site and thought, “Oh! That’s about me!”

Throughout the country, schools (especially colleges and universities) are mandating that students receive COVID-19 vaccinations before they return for in-person learning. This is a terrible idea that will likely do more harm than good.

Last Tuesday night, July 6th, our City Council protected our city , other rural communities, and our water aquafer by rejecting the Area Planning Council new zoning ordinance regarding the future construction of a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Fayette County.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the weaknesses of the U.S. broadband infrastructure – a problem that hit schoolchildren especially hard. Millions of them had to struggle through online learning with little internet access, or none at all.

Reuniting to Leave a Legacy

The cost of caring for America’s nearly 6 million Alzheimer’s disease patients is already $600 billion a year, factoring in the cost of uncompensated caregiving. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug treatment that may or may not work but is set to cost $56,000 a year for…

We are living in a modern dystopia when, in the name of science, adults enjoy life unmasked while young children are masked; adults freely go to restaurants and gyms while children have attended school mainly by remote learning. The U.S. pandemic policies have firmly placed us in this position.

In 2019, Indiana had 140,000 households headed by women without a spouse, living with their children under age 18, according to the Census Bureau.

The Holy Land’s deadly conflicts are like the twisting and turning streets of Jerusalem’s Old City. They can lure a tourist into a cul-de-sac. So it is with the wars between Palestinians and Israelis. Knowing only the latest chapter of a convoluted story leads to an intellectual trap.

The Indianapolis Star now has itself a team dedicated to “racial equity,” which includes, thanks to a grant from a nonprofit called Report for America, a reporter who will be tasked with covering “inequity in social services, immigration, cultural institutions, the legal system, education an…

In 2019, Indiana had 140,000 households headed by women without a spouse, living with their children under age 18, according to the Census Bureau.

Even if we never learn whether COVID-19 escaped from a lab or jumped to humans from animals, the public is entitled to a closer look at what’s going on in virology labs.

Looking back at the 2020-21 school year for Fayette County schools

Many of us have opinions on things that we know little about. Opinions probably stem more frequently from ignorance than from knowledge, for investigation makes one realize that nearly every subject on which people form opinions is so complex that it requires further investigation before one…

For over a year, “A Quiet Place Part II” was just out of reach. The film was originally supposed to open on March 20, 2020. The weekend of March 13 turned out to be the last for new releases before the pandemic shut down theaters. The film was pushed back to May of that year, but of course t…

I recently divulged that we had a mouse problem at the Wolfsies’. The little vermin were somehow getting into the house. Not wanting to hurt the invaders, Mary Ellen opted to purchase several no-kill traps. We did catch a couple and released them. Here is how I envision a conversation in the…

I just received my 304th copy of the AARP Bulletin. This publication has arrived in my mailbox every month since I turned 50. I never read the Bulletin when I was in my 50s because I resented being seen as a senior in those days. Now I’m in my 70s and, quite frankly, I still don’t want anyon…

If you dream you have foot cramps and the pain wakes you up, but then it’s gone when you open your eyes, do you really have foot cramps?