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  • Doing the no pants dance There comes a time in a young man's life when he must throw off his child-like ways and face the cold hard realities of life - one of which is that your father is not always perfect. Now that my oldest son has graduated, it is time for him to fully u

    June 7, 2014

  • Ultimate sacrifice for the Greatest Generation Friday was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. For many of the "Greatest Generation" it will be the final significant anniversary of the landing at Normandy in which they participated. For 9,000 other Americans, June 6, 1944, was the final day of their y

    June 7, 2014

  • Gator hunting in the sewer Not all tales of strange or out of place animals occur in wild sites in some exotic location. Some of these stories are from urban locations in the United States. A classic example is the legendary "alligators in the sewers" in New York City. This ur

    June 3, 2014

  • Back in love with the 'selfie' I used to hate the "selfie." A selfie, for those not aware with the term, is a shortened form for a self-portrait. Although the style has been around for centuries, the phenomenon has really taken off in the past few years in the United States. I saw

    May 31, 2014

  • Adjusting to Obamacare Living here in the belly of conservative America I can't tell you how many times I have heard people speak out about the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, with both dislike and derision. Sometimes when they mention it I half ex

    May 24, 2014

  • It's a brave new world for NFL in 2014 For decades upon decades, the National Football League has had a reputation as a tough, hardcore brand of sport that often turns athletic young men into beaten down pieces of meat in short order. This game has breathed life into a country and in retu

    May 17, 2014

  • 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