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When I was 16, as is true of most 16-year-olds, I thought I had a lot figured out. I had deciphered the unwritten codes that governed popularity, authority, and family and had a good grasp of countless other dynamics. Of course, much of that was built on assumptions and many of those would g…

“We’re not going to fix it,” was how Rep. Tim Burchett answered when asked about a potential role for congress in addressing the relentless school shootings plaguing America. The Republican, three-term U.S. House member from Tennessee gave the comment only a few hours after last Monday’s dea…

We live in the information age and that is supposed to be a good thing. I concede the point, partially. There is a definite benefit in being able to search Wikipedia rather than pull down an outdated Funk & Wagnalls from the shelf whenever I have a quick question I need answered.

The Goldilocks dilemma is rampant in Indiana. Ask Hoosiers about the place where they live. Let them talk, let them get beyond the “loyal” response, “It’s a great place to raise kids.” What you’ll hear is, “This place isn’t as good as it used to be.”

All hope the governing bodies of our community make decisions that benefit our citizens. Unfortunately, the Howard County Board of Zoning Appeals does not qualify. That board (BZA) of five members in the past two months has approved solar farm projects for eastern Howard County that will tak…

This is a special time of year for Christians throughout the world. This Sunday is Palm Sunday, when most Christians typically celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, followed by Good Friday when Christians believe Jesus died to atone for our sins. That’s followed by Resurrect…

For many of us, this is a solemn time of year. Many Tribune readers have been pondering Good Friday and will spend time in worship tomorrow (or today) commemorating the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

JOBSON’S COVE, Bermuda — The waves break, one after another, over my head and shoulders as I stroke and kick my way toward a distant outcropping of rocks on the shore.

Assassinated President John F. Kennedy famously said life is unfair in remarks on the inequities of who goes to war and who doesn’t during a 1962 reference to the emerging Vietnam conflict.

Generation Z is not the first cohort to face recessions, burdensome debt and a tough time finding a good job. Every generation has gone through this and some much more. The Greatest Generation entered the workforce still bearing the anguish of World War II.

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In the middle of his most recent offering, the Indiana Policy Review book reviewer Mark Franke asked one of the most important questions of the modern political era. In fact, if our polity is to survive its current state of fractured fragility, it might be the question:

I must hang around with the wrong people. Every time I think I have made up my mind on an issue, someone challenges that conclusion. Even worse is when the challenge is to my premises.

Every year, change is made at all levels of government to protect and improve the lives of people across the country. However, for the one in 10 Americans living with rare disease, these policies overlook some of the biggest obstacles in their lives. Based on this statistic, approximately 67…

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank are markers of broader problems in the banking sector more generally. To be able to understand what is happening and how it may develop in the months ahead requires some institutional background on banks and some history on bank failures.

I don’t want to write this column. I’d prefer to find a good set of data about Indiana cities and counties, to put our state in a national context. But today, the Indiana General Assembly is the greatest threat to the future of our state.

My imaginary pals Emil and Elmer were coming by for coffee. I could smell the coffee brewing when I noticed the two of them arrive in one car.

I recently read in one of my newsfeeds that an 85-year-old man was fumbling through his drawers (which is a funny image, right there) and found a one-dollar parking ticket fine that he had gotten almost 70 years ago and forgot to pay.

It is time to announce the winner of the prestigious and soon-to-be coveted Reno Prize, which, starting this year, will be awarded to honor the most creative theft from citizens by their government.

I have often addressed rapid changes in our society; whether for better or worse, there are scads of them. Today I would like to highlight two.

Returning from our vacation in the Virgin Islands last month, I sent my digital camera through the scanner at the airport. Then I forgot to retrieve it from the tray after it rolled out on the conveyor.

The competition for trust and credibility in the press are far from new. This struggle dates back to at least the late 1800’s when the “yellow journalism” battle between moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst dominated the New York media market. Both were fighting for circulation…

Elizabeth Warren has issued serial apologies for saying, when asked whether Joe Biden should keep Kamala Harris as his running mate, "I really want to defer to what makes Biden comfortable on his team." She went on to say, "I like Kamala," which is what we call "damning with faint praise."

In the decade prior to the COVID pandemic, work from home rose steadily to 5.6% of all workers. Most of this growth was likely attributable to technology that made remote work possible, but work at home pre-dated the personal computer and internet. In 1980, a modest 2.2% of workers worked at home.

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