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  • 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

  • WILLIAMS: Finally being myself I went to a wedding reception yesterday. It was the first dress-up event I’ve been to since I retired. It called for pantyhose and a bra and real shoes and fitted slacks instead of the stretchy kind. It was a beautiful occasion and I was so happy for

    July 10, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Students' battery of exams leaves little time for learning Across the country, the backlash grows against standardized tests, with parents, educators, state officials and students proclaiming they’ve had enough.• In May, Oklahoma legislators overturned the governor’s veto of a bill that allows exceptions for

    July 10, 2014

  • KITCHELL: Vanity plates indicative of humor, pride Any Hoosier who has wanted to walk into an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch and plunk down a little extra spendable income to reserve a specialty vanity license plate for the last year has had to deal with this reality: You can’t pay the state

    July 9, 2014

  • Religious witness& public policy Long before anyone had heard of the “religious right” there was a “religious left” using its resources, influence and prestige to lobby the public sector to promote so-called progressive public policies. And it continues to influence; I saw it in ful

    July 9, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Governor's profile on the rise Gov. Mike Pence submitted an application to expand the six-year-old Healthy Indiana Plan with Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.“The private health insurance experience provides an alternative to traditional Med

    July 9, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Alcohol law compliance improves in Indiana It is common these days to see store clerks and servers in establishments that sell liquor by the drink exercise extreme caution when it comes to who they serve.And that continues to be the trend in Indiana. In the first six months of this year, more

    July 8, 2014

  • VILLAGE IDIOT: Looking for a little lawn and order Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn. Bright and sunny, the birds were singing, the bees were busy. Yes, today was the perfect day to mow the lawn. As was every day for the last three weeks. If only my lawnmower weren’t down at Snuffy’s Small Engi

    July 8, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: A church response to same-sex marriage A church responseto same-sex marriageThe dignity of the human person, rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God, is a fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching. The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, includ

    July 8, 2014

  • MARCUS: Indiana’s small business friendliness It must be the season. Another ranking of the states crossed my desk this week. That’s the second in two weeks. This time it’s from the Kauffman Foundation, the Kansas City organization that promotes entrepreneur development, and its polling affiliat

    July 8, 2014

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