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  • Perception matters in school funding votes INDIANAPOLIS - Ball State University economist Michael Hicks had some unwelcome news when he met with leaders of the scenic Ohio River town of Madison last summer, after they asked his advice on growing their community. Despite a long list of assets,

    May 14, 2014

  • Invasive plants becoming more of a problem in the midwest My columns on the invasive animals and plants that have become problems all over the world have generated a lot of interest. It seems many of you find what it going on, good or bad, in the world of nature something you need to know about. I'm glad yo

    May 13, 2014

  • Don't forget the lessons Mom taught Back in the late 1980s, I had it in my head that I wanted to learn to skydive. At the time, the airport near Frankfort, Ind., offered one-day Saturday classes for adventurous, thrill-seekers like myself. I envisioned myself jumping out of an airplan

    May 10, 2014

  • Get out and vote Usually, a primary election does not draw the number of voters that a general election would. And in most years, we would be OK with that. Primaries in Indiana, which has a closed style of primary, typically draw out only the party faithful. But this

    May 3, 2014

  • Falling in, out of love with George Will I fell in love with George Will in the early 1980s when he was a regular panelist on ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley." Apparently I was not alone in my affection, for he has since become one of the most respected and widely read journalists in t

    May 3, 2014

  • 50 is just a number (a really big number) Shortly after this newspaper hits the streets, I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. As the very last of the baby boomers to reach this milestone, I doubt I will get much sympathy from my already much older peer group. I know at 50 I get two thing

    April 26, 2014

  • Learning from the examples of Jesus I was reminded again on Thursday night at our church's Maundy Thursday service about humility and obedience. As part of the traditional service, we not only take part in communion, but have a foot-washing service. On the evening before his death, Jes

    April 19, 2014

  • The past is prologue When I left Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, I watched a lot Barr-Reeve leave depressed and disappointed. The Vikings had lost a heartbreaking Class A final and I think a lot of people were wondering how and why. I'm not sure if either question n

    April 1, 2014

  • A Viking team to remember All roads lead to where you stand. And today, the Barr-Reeve basketball team will find themselves at center court of the Class A State Finals. Whether they win or lose is now irrelevant, as their legacy has already been written. This team will be rem

    March 29, 2014

  • Those hard working worms When the word "worm" comes up in conversations, there is often a wide range of ideas as to what people think about worms. Someone may think of a worm as a creepy, crawly thing that wiggles around in the earth, that young boys used to tease young gir

    March 25, 2014