Amazon announced last week that it would be raising its entry wage to $15 an hour and would lobby for a higher minimum wage at federal, state and municipal governments. Other companies have announced this in recent months, including Walmart, who bumped their starting wages to $10 an hour. Th…

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Over the last two decades, the obituary for America’s Main St. seemed to have been written and filed away, as we waited for that last gasp and final death rattle. As big box chains on the bypass grew and took over, most of America passively waited and watched for that final nail to be driven…

If you saw Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in ceremony, you know that we may need to fill her seat in about 4 1/2 minutes. Naturally, I hope she lives to be 300 — although parenthetically, it seems she already has.

Every day, I hear from hardworking Hoosiers who want better jobs, healthier communities and more opportunities for their children. I also hear from business owners who have open positions but can’t find people with the skills to fill them. I am convinced that perhaps my greatest charge as go…

Traditionally, King Solomon has been regarded as the primary author of three books of the Old Testament. Some interpreters say he wrote Song of Songs while he was a lusty, young man (a book that should carry a PG-13 rating). In mid-life, he collected his Proverbs, moving on to less sensual a…

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.

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Americans are hurting as their country descends into dysfunction, polarization and widespread anger. Democrats are feeling an extra dose of despair with the elevation of the intemperate and partisan Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON — Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame.

The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while many Democrats…

Governor Holcomb recently announced a new program allocating $100 million to promote broadband access in rural places. This is a bold and thoughtful policy experiment that will yield significant benefits. Nevertheless, it is important to understand what the problem with broadband really is, …

Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail.

From the auto assembly lines in Fort Wayne and Kokomo, to the RV belt in Elkhart and Goshen, to the rows of soybeans across the Hoosier state, there’s been much organizational angst over President Trump’s trade strategy and tariffs.

The Democrats’ current position on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is: We cannot have someone addicted to beer on our highest court! What if a foreign power were to ply him with this nectar in a can? Talk about taking control of our government! Suppose they throw in a c…

Preferring verbal felicity to practical wisdom, a character in a Benjamin Disraeli novel quipped, “A majority is always the best repartee.” Not really. Open societies that want to remain so should prefer persuasion to raw power, even the power of majorities. Which is why Republican Sen. Jeff…

As we continue examining Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school and college life, it has been easy to forget what this was originally all about.

Jim Fixx was the person most responsible for popularizing the fitness benefits of jogging. His bestselling “The Complete Book of Running,” published in 1977, got millions off their butts and couches and onto the streets. Thus, the nation was shocked when Fixx, age 52, died a few years later …

Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the 1985 murder …

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate.

If you’re looking for an example of bipartisanship in national politics — particularly after last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s 35-year-old sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — you could do a lot worse than Sens…

It is 3:54 a.m. on Sunday morning the 16th of September. Before going to bed on Saturday night, I got caught up on my reading of the local newspaper after a long work week of out-of-town meetings and a conference in Indianapolis. Reading the perspective page of Saturday’s paper there apparen…

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history.

The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the show.

I know tribalism. I have worked in Africa on and off since 2011. I have seen with my own eyes burned down villages and the suffering of their inhabitants as they coped with the loss of all they owned, all because one tribe hated the other. I have lived in a country almost completely destroye…

At Indiana Farm Bureau, we are dedicated to our mission of proactively advocating for agricultural and rural needs. Recently, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his infrastructure agenda for 2019 that very clearly addresses the infrastructure needs of farmers and their rural communities.

If Franz Kafka had written about confirmation hearings, he couldn't have come up with a better scenario than the one now unfolding in the U.S. Senate.

When John Keats said that autumn is the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness,” he did not anticipate this American autumn. It resembles the gorier Shakespearean plays in which swords are brandished, people are poisoned and stabbed, almost everyone behaves badly and those who do not are t…

As a proud parent of a private school student and a taxpayer, I feel the need to respond to an article entitled “School Voucher System Failing” which appeared in this paper on Aug. 18. The author took direct aim at the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, often referred to as the school vouch…

This is praising the Daviess Community Hospital and the level of care available there. My sister Amy E. Toler was admitted to DCH early Wednesday, Sept. 19. She is diabetic and had a boil on her leg that had become infected and had developed gangrene in it. Dr. Jack Rostas did the first surg…

At times Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh sounded rehearsed and overly cautious in their “exclusive” interview with Fox News-host Martha McCallum Monday night. Brett Kavanaugh repeated verbatim lines about defending his character and allowing the “process” to play out. He said he would not withdra…

Christine Blasey Ford deserves a hearing, although at the moment it’s not clear if she really wants one. What she doesn’t deserve is to be believed automatically just because she’s a woman making an accusation.

Forget about keeping up with the Ohioans, these days people in Indiana should worry about keeping up with the Tennesseans. If you work for a living in Indiana and feel like you keep falling further and further behind there is a reason. You are. At least that is the finding of the Indiana Ins…

As my friend Betty Ann unpacked her young family in my Deep South hometown, it didn’t take long for the neighbors to arrive with a strangulating dose of hospitality. Their silver hairdos teased to perfection, and smelling of powder and lilac, they arrived on Betty Ann’s front porch with peac…

Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It also produced…

In one of Brett Kavanaugh’s responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge he has denied “categorically and unequivocally,” he suggested that, perhaps, this was a case of mistaken identity.

Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (”Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (”Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th Congressional District, in wha…

After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school.

Long ago, when he was readying himself to run for president, John F. Kennedy authored a book, “Profiles in Courage.”

A recent column of mine offered advice to young college students. So, it only seems reasonable to offer similar economic advice to the 45 percent of high school grads who aren’t headed to college. To be honest, much of the practical advice will be the same, but for young folks who’ve decided…

If you envision a career in Congress, there are several aspects of the job you have to accept: You work 15- to 20-hour days and weekends, you have to raise big bucks, and, once upon a time, you had to meet with your constituents.

I was minding my own business reading about Bob Woodward, the GREATEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER IN THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC (as he will be the first to tell you), and came across this bit of genius from his book. According to The New York Times, Woodward is flabbergasted that former FBI Dir…

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