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Every day in these hard times, grocery workers and delivery drivers, healthcare aides and cleaning staff, childcare workers and fast food cooks, go to work for $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. It’s been $7.25 since July 24, 2009. That’s 11 years without an increase – the longest peri…

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A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now controversial facial coverings.

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The pandemic prompted Indiana Republicans and Democrats to opt for virtual conventions, and the resurgence of the virus this past month that forced Gov. Eric Holcomb to delay the final Stage 5 reopening confirmed the wisdom of those choices. But the online format obscured what would have bee…

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As governor of Indiana, one of my top priorities is ensuring Hoosiers have the tools and training to succeed in high-wage, high-demand careers, no matter where you start out in life. Earning a credential or learning new career skills opens doors and propels you on your pathway to personal pr…

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Everyone, from Gov. Eric Holcomb to parents, teachers, students and employers, yearns to reopen schools and universities within the next three to four weeks. But parents are consumers, and most want schools to reopen when it is safe to do so.

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Forty-one years ago, as the U.S. reeled from oil shocks and long lines of cars just to get gas, the conservative tabloid New York Post editorialized: “Independence Day, 1979 the American paradox is bleakly apparent. As a nation, we appear to have become steadily more dependent on forces seem…

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Hoosier Democrats will scheduled to convene virtually at the end of this week to officially nominate Dr. Woody Myers for governor, Linda Lawson for lieutenant governor, and either state Sen. Karen Tallian or former Evansville mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel for attorney general.

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Symbols give meaning to our lives. The American flag, a military parade, the Statue of Liberty. These carry special meaning for us as a nation. As a religious person, I recognize the important symbolism of the cross, the Bible and a church building.

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Just minutes after President Trump chided American governors for not “dominating” violent protesters in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and just days after he used a 1960s era catchphrase (“When the looting starts, the shooting starts”), Gov. Eric Holcomb addres…

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Primary voting will be completed on Tuesday in the congressional seats that opened up with the retirements of Democrat U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks. They are leaving Indiana’s two urban districts that mirror each other. The Cook Partisan Index lists Visclosk…

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Our community has always shown a spirit of togetherness and support for one another. It’s visible in messages to our health care workers outside hospitals, in neighborhood food drives and meal donations, and in observing local stay-at-home orders. Many have made a conscious effort to shop an…

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One of the most arduous jobs in America these days is being a governor of one of 50 states. The Trump administration has essentially kicked the response to the coronavirus pandemic to the states, and so Gov. Eric Holcomb and his 49 cohorts have had to make unprecedented decisions that have i…

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I, along with all of you, have been on the most unexpected and challenging journey of my lifetime. Professionally and personally, COVID-19 has shifted the course of our lives in ways we wouldn’t have imagined. After November’s election, I had an extensive list of goals on how to improve the …

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In the hours after the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended the law license of Attorney General Curtis Hill for groping four women at a legislative party, there was speculation as to how Gov. Eric Holcomb would respond.

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When I pray, it usually goes something like this: “Dear Lord, give me the strength and courage to overcome the adversity I now face.” Today, I will pray for something very specific: A coronavirus vaccine ... the sooner the better.

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Each day, we are witness to tragic scenes playing out in hospitals and long-term care communities as the coronavirus spreads across our state. We will never get used to seeing families conversing through nursing home windows with relatives who can no longer receive visitors, final farewells …

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TRAFALGAR — I moved to a new condo in the early stages of this pandemic, and as I restored my personal library, I found a coverless paperback edition of Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock.”

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In times of crisis, people look to their leaders for guidance and reassurance. As the COVID-19 pandemic has been stealthy and mysterious while inflicting a heavy toll on Indiana (12,438 documented positive cases and 661 deaths at this writing), we’ve watched President Trump and Gov. Eric Hol…

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In Goshen and across the country, we are witnessing extraordinary acts of compassion and generosity during this difficult time. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to our Medical Staff, our Colleagues, our community and business partners. The best of human nature is rising to meet the challe…

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President Trump, Vice President Pence and Gov. Holcomb face the most daunting policy dilemma so far this century, which is how and when do they reopen the economy?

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The economic carnage of this pandemic is without historic parallel. Just this week ArcelorMittal idled another blast furnace in East Chicago, Hoosier Park Racino at Anderson and the Tropicana Casino in Evansville furloughed a combined thousand employees, as did the Indianapolis Symphony Orch…

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The second week in October 2019, I wrote of my frustration with the use of social media and internet to spread misleading information about the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus and the treatment of the mosquitoes that spread the virus. Science and common sense, it seemed, had given aw…

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For more than two centuries, Hoosiers have participated in democracy by going to their local polling place to vote. In normal times they chat with their neighbors as they wait in line.

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