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  • MARCUS: Private sector option for safer streets We were in Edinburgh at the Pixy Theater waiting to hear the Wright Brothers play. For reasons I cannot explain, I began to think of the growing concern about public safety in communities across the state. It was an incongruous series of thoughts in

    July 15, 2014

  • LYONS: Why President Obama makes the GOP panic If you pay too much attention to opinion polls, as most people do, doubtless you’ve heard that a plurality of voters has judged Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Thirty-three percent, to be precise, which as it conflates almost exa

    July 14, 2014

  • HAYDEN: Financial hardships mount for military families Days before the July Fourth holiday, Holly Petraeus stood on the steps of the imposing Indiana War Memorial, in front of a bank of cameras, and made a plea to military families: Don’t let pride stand in the way of asking for help.It was a striking me

    July 14, 2014

  • Learning the art of painting I’ve been doing some painting lately.No, not the kind of painting that you do on the walls of your house. To that I say, “I don’t paint.” Besides, you wouldn’t want me painting the walls of your house. I’m horrible at it. And I’m not much better at p

    July 13, 2014

  • Stu Engle ENGLE: Challenging courses should be treasured “Dr. Haave, we think you are asking for too much.” I rarely saw her smile. Occasionally, she would have her lips upturned just a little and sometimes her eyes seemed to glitter with joy. On this day back in 1979, Dr. Haave showed a huge smile and her

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • CEPEDA: How polarized? Not that much America is growing more polarized — or so we’ve read in what seems like a zillion headlines in the weeks since the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released “Political Polarization in the American Public.”This is the report that spurr

    July 13, 2014

  • HOWEY: Adopting Indiana? Or a ‘deadbeat parent’ This past week we’ve learned that the state of Indiana has essentially stiffed 1,400 families who have adopted special needs children. The subsidies they were promised to raise kids in the state’s foster child program have been denied, prompting one

    July 13, 2014

  • FREY: Creating an environment of love in which to learn

    For as long as I can remember, my daughter Bernadette wanted to be an elementary school teacher.And not just any elementary school teacher, a kindergarten teacher, because, as Bernadette has always said, “The little ones! I want to teach the little o

    July 11, 2014

  • WOLFSIE: Calling for an update According to a national research firm, most people over 75 do not own a cell phone. This is in contrast to the millennials who admit that the first thing they do in the morning and the last thing they do each night is check their mobile phone. It mus

    July 11, 2014

  • By Stephen M. King, Ph.D. KING: The polarization of ideas and of action Do the recent Supreme Court decisions in Citizens’ United and McCutcheon, both regarding campaign-finance reform, contribute to political polarization? Or do they enhance the opportunity for greater political speech and thus encourage greater civic e

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

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