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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON -- "White power!" shouted the elderly man, raising his fist as he drove his golf cart past a group of demonstrators advocating racial justice.  President Trump offered an amen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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“To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.” – From the nine principles set out in Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel…

Thursday, June 18, 2020
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The email message had one statement and one question, “So you won’t be having a high school graduation this year. How do you feel about that?” In the spring courses I taught online, there were 16 high school students taking them as credits in escrow. I aimed the email at just that one focus …

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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Watching Boss Trump’s authoritarian street theater in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., I had three related thoughts: first, that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

Friday, May 15, 2020
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The 15-judge Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States has circulated to all federal judges “for review and comment” a draft opinion that, although seemingly evenhanded, is disturbing and perhaps cynical. To reasonable readers, the draft seems tailored to …

Friday, March 27, 2020
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As a retired physician I have been following the developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with interest. I think there will continue to be great disruptions to our economy for the short term. We are all becoming familiar with the obvious disruptions to our “old normal” routi…

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Give Joe Biden some credit. On Jan. 27, he published an op-ed in USA Today recognizing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a big problem. But he devoted nearly the entire piece to bashing President Trump – who was then fighting off impeachment from Biden’s old Democratic colleagues on…

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Some years ago, life as I knew it was put on a sudden and dramatic hiatus in the form of an inattentive driver who attempted to cross U.S. 30 near Plymouth in the path of our car.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Many Democrats, along with some in the press and a few Republicans, have expressed outrage at President Trump’s commutation of political operative Roger Stone’s jail sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering. GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, the only senator ever to vote to remove a presiden…

Thursday, January 30, 2020
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For six months, some of President Trump’s most implacable foes have invested great hope in two Republicans – former Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld – who are challenging the president for the GOP nomination. Could they do some damage to Trump’s re-election prospects?

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Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God. Every person has a purpose on this Earth. Do we believe this?

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The Democrats who impeached President Trump knew they did not have a prayer of removing him from office. But they also knew impeachment might have another effect – to weaken the president and reduce his chances of winning reelection in November.

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When conservative ringmaster Matt Schlapp officially didn’t invite Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to his annual ultra-right confab – the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – eye-rolling was suddenly trending.

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It is election season, so we face several more months of claims about the U.S. economy. Predictably, the economy is neither as good as the incumbents profess it to be, nor bad as those running to unseat them assert. The real truth is somewhere in between. Of course, each side will be armed w…

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Now that our favorite ex-mayor is dropping out of the running, the question can finally be asked:

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The world economy has been decelerating since 2018, and without stimulus we would probably be in a modest global downturn. That is changing for the worse. The arrival of Covid-19 is already exacting a toll on the weakened manufacturing sector. Even if the disease were to vanish tomorrow, the…

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Sorry, Hoosier tourists – you’ve just been given one more reason to cross a state line in search of that perfect day trip.

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The unfolding response to the Covid-19 disease is helpful in clarifying both the limits to government and the wisdom of our federal system. What most of us are now learning is that our most useful governments are local. The farther away government gets from us, the less useful it becomes in …

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Old men tend to reminisce when times get hard. Lately I’ve been remembering some of the hard times God has brought me through. There are lessons there, reminders of fears that turned out to be imposters, inklings of hope emerging where it was least expected.

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This is the third column I’ve written this week. The first two were overcome by fast-changing events. So, I will surrender to the deadline and pen a few words about how to think about COVID-19 over the longer term. This should help us formulate and accept the challenges of the coming months.

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No individual human life is possessed of infinite value. At least, none of us actually behave as if it does. No matter how fully each of us wish to live, we inevitably take risks. We ride in automobiles, eat food prepared by unknown hands, trust in medicines and home appliances tested by sci…

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It is worth noting, in the thick of our great national quarantine, that we have gone in a heartbeat from an ordinary civil society to a step short of martial law.

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Finally, I understand why Thoreau was such a contented man in his little cabin at Walden Pond. He had made himself safe from the deadly scourge of a virus attack.

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‘What are you afraid of?” Pope Francis asked this question during his March 27 prayer service, just two Fridays before the strangest Good Friday of most contemporary Western Christians’ lives.

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The nation’s monthly jobs report published earlier this week was jarring. I write before its publication, but expect the unemployment rate to more than double. Monthly job losses are sure to crush the previous record of September 1945. Despite this, it is worth noting that September 1945 was…

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One silver lining to our COVID-19 response is a forced re-evaluation of the value of our economic development dollars and the organizations they support. This is especially relevant for groups who receive public dollars because of the deep budget squeeze we will face for the two coming years…

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The newspaper that employed me for more than 30 years has ceased publication. It feels like a death in the family, and I’ve been trying to imagine the obituary:

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The “Anvil Chorus” is the English name for the Coro di Zingari (Italian for “Gypsy chorus”) from act 2, scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 opera “Il Trovatore.” It depicts Spanish Gypsies striking their anvils at dawn and singing the praises of hard work, good wine and Gypsy women.

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Jeff Sessions is in a surreal place. He spent 20 years as a senator from Alabama, followed by 21 months as U.S. Attorney General, and now he is in a tightly competitive race to win back his old Senate seat. He was the first important national figure in government to endorse candidate Donald …

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My sister is hot on the trail of history, eagerly searching for a missing piece of our father’s life.

Monday, January 20, 2020
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Important issues tend to be difficult, with deeply entrenched opinions and interests. They also attract the attention of media, political leaders, citizens and especially lobbyists. Recently, while explaining the results of two very contentious studies, I was asked who paid for them. That is…

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Republicans have such a strong grip on Indiana – holding the governor’s office and super majorities in both legislative chambers – that it is difficult to see beyond the fact. It sometimes feels as though it must have always been so and always will be so.

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It is my right to say whatever I wish to you. I’m privileged to have this forum in which to do it. Get the difference?

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Since the end of the Great Recession, more than a quarter of economic growth in Indiana has been swallowed by ballooning healthcare cost growth. Our healthcare spending is a clear national outlier, ranking only behind Alaska. Since the end of the Great Recession, increased healthcare costs a…

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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…

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A few years after my 1983 move to Fort Wayne, I was sitting in a restaurant on the south side of town when the dishes on all the tables rattled, as if the floor had suddenly shifted beneath us. The next day, I read that a 5-point-something earthquake had hit the seismic zone between Indiana …