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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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Hoosiers are facing their greatest physical and economic threat since the Great Depression and on the most crucial aspect of this crisis – the availability of coronavirus testing that would allow health and policy executives to learn of the extent of the spread and contact trace those in a c…

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Think about where the 2020 presidential race was a month ago: President Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial and his approval approached the 50 percent mark that had eluded him for most of his first term. His reelection chances were greatly enhanced. With Joe Biden’s apparent …

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Arguably, one of the biggest changes to the rural landscape and family life in the U.S. occurred when electricity was extended through the countryside. The first feasibility studies were conducted in 1923 in Minnesota, where they reached the conclusion that rural electrification was feasible…

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Arguably, one of the biggest changes to the rural landscape and family life in the U.S. occurred when electricity was extended through the countryside. The first feasibility studies were conducted in 1923 in Minnesota, where they reached the conclusion that rural electrification was feasible…

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Back in 1980, while working for the Elkhart Truth, I covered a rising star congressman named David Stockman, who represented a southern Michigan district.

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When the Indiana Democratic Party convened its 2012 convention in Fort Wayne, party leaders like gubernatorial nominee John Gregg warned of an “extreme” and “radical” Republican party. But tucked away at the Democratic Party’s AFL-CIO luncheon was the keynoter, Democratic socialist U.S. Sen.…

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The Indiana Supreme Court faces a “political” decision that will be known in the next three weeks: What to do about Attorney General Curtis Hill?

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Before Sen. Bernie Sanders’ narrow New Hampshire primary victory Tuesday night over Pete Buttigieg, Notre Dame professor Robert Schmuhl questioned the viability of the two major political parties in his recently published book, “The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump.“

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When you factor in where Pete Buttigieg was a year ago – poised as a potential Dennis Kucinich or Alan Keyes of presidential politics – and where he is today, poised as a top-tier candidate after what appears to be a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses (Buttigieg had a 26.2 percent to 26.1 perc…

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The next time you hear someone – likely a politician or spokesperson for a medical special interest group – argue that America’s health insurance arrangements are fine because they offer lots of choice for patients, don’t take them seriously.

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With closing arguments completed and Senate jurors in Q&A mode in President Trump’s impeachment trial, we find this a cleaved nation, with the We Ask America Poll in Indiana perfectly framing the situation: 47.4 percent of Hoosiers approve of the president, 47.7 percent disapprove. A Fox…

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President Trump doesn’t look to be in much danger of losing his office this winter. But if history teaches us anything from past 20th century impeachment efforts, his reelection is on thin ice next November and his Trumpublicans may face harrowing losses, particularly outside of Indiana.

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One of the ways to help bring in a little more income on a farm is to use the equipment you own to help others with tasks on their farms. Known as custom work, this is a good way to help pay for equipment or labor that might be underutilized.

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At a recent training, Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension’s forage specialist, warned Extension Educators from around Indiana that the 2019 spring harvested forage crops are lower than normal in quality and, without proper supplements, there could be serious consequences to animal health.

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A young friend of ours who worked for Hillary Clinton in 2016 waved a big caution flag recently about the fall elections. The same complacency that doomed Clinton is starting to afflict Democrats again, she warns. Too many party operatives are convinced that a “blue wave” will sweep the Demo…

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Question: What are things I can do to help improve the chances that a trip to the grocery store will go well when I have to take my kids?

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When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean - free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths.

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I know with the ongoing news about E. coli and romaine lettuce that you aren’t going to go out and buy romaine lettuce and make salads. I am not either – I’m just eating other dark green leafy veggies. There are so many other possibilities when it comes to greens for salads and that may be a…

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As parents, caring adults and community leaders, we must create the conditions for healthy kids to thrive. This means recognizing and addressing the dangers children face when they live in unhealthy environments, reducing health-harming behaviors like smoking and substance use by children an…

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Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president – cheer up; they are all temporary – was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by and for “Fox & Friends,” he said: He won…

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It’s funny how plants can bring out the best and the worst in people. Want to make your wife, mother or grandma happy? Give her a spring bouquet or a nice hanging basket out of the blue! However, let some dandelions grow in the yard, or weeds grow on the neighbor’s side of the fence, and you…

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Another spring, another catastrophic wildfire season in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed more than 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows and destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene …

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At the height of the excitement last week over the real possibility of transformation on the Korean peninsula, a colleague of mine – a man well-informed but inflamed with dislike for Donald Trump – murmured to me, almost in anguish:

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Most Hoosiers don’t yet realize it, but much of the state is in the midst of a quiet revolution. Many elected leaders now recognize that the economic development efforts of the past half century have failed to deliver prosperity to their cities and towns. Sadly, in far too many communities, …

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Salmonella is in the news and I have received phone calls and emails from some of you asking questions. It was also suggested that I use this subject for my column.

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