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The Declaration of Independence

By: - July 4, 2023

In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the […]

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Librarians condemn conservative crackdown on books

By: - March 27, 2023

Indiana’s Senate Bill 12 is attempting to restrict communities’ access to relevant information resources by threatening to criminally charge librarians. The mission of the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) is to lead, educate, and advocate to advance library services for the benefit of all Indiana residents. As library professionals and leaders of ILF, it is our […]

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Distortion of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words enables more racial division within American society

By: - January 16, 2023

By Hajar Yazdiha, Assistant Professor of Sociology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is just the latest conservative lawmaker to misuse the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to judge a person on character and not race. In the protracted battle to elect Rep. Kevin […]

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Solar opinion undermines growing industry

By: - January 9, 2023

By Ben Inskeep, program director for Citizens Action Coalition, and Zach Schalk, Indiana program director for Solar United Neighbors Drive around Indiana and you’ll probably notice more and more homes and businesses powered by solar energy. This saves consumers money and creates a less expensive and more reliable grid for all Hoosiers. But a recent opinion issued […]

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Americans are taking more control over their work lives

By: - January 4, 2023

By Scott Sonenshein, Professor of Management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University One thing that’s become clear in the past few tumultuous – and for many, traumatic – years is that it’s easy to feel like there is no control in our lives. Control is a basic psychological need that helps people […]

A Gary plant would make jet fuel from trash and plastic

By: - December 14, 2022

By James Bruggers, Inside Climate News This article originally appeared on Inside Climate News, a nonprofit, independent news organization that covers climate, energy and the environment. It is republished with permission. Sign up for their newsletter here. GARY, Ind.—For Lori Latham and four other self-described “badass women,” the future of their hometown rests on a battle […]

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White teachers often talk about Black students in racially coded ways

By: - December 12, 2022

By Rowhea Elmesky, Associate Professor of Education, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis By Olivia Marcucci, Assistant Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University When a white Texas middle school teacher told his students in November 2022 that he was “ethnocentric” and thought his race was “superior,” he attempted to explain his position by arguing […]

Don’t Vote for Just One: Ranked Choice Voting Is Gaining Ground

By: - December 7, 2022

By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline Staff Writer Last month, voters in Nevada, Seattle and at least six other jurisdictions around the country approved measures to change how they elect their leaders. Instead of voting for just one candidate, they ranked a slate of candidates. Ranked choice voting has seen steady success in recent years. Nationwide, 62 […]

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Jobs are up! Wages are up! So why am I as an economist so gloomy?

By: - December 5, 2022

By Edouard Wemy, Assistant Professor of Economics, Clark University In any other time, the jobs news that came down on Dec. 2, 2022, would be reason for cheer. The U.S. added 263,000 nonfarm jobs in November, leaving the unemployment rate at a low 3.7%. Moreover, wages are up – with average hourly pay jumping 5.1% compared with […]

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Midterm election results reflect the hodgepodge of US voters

By: - November 28, 2022

By Robert B. Talisse, Vanderbilt University The results from the U.S. midterm elections came as a shock to many. The sitting president’s party typically suffers significant losses in House, Senate and gubernatorial races in the first midterm election of a president’s term. Several projections leading up to Election Day speculated that a “red wave” – at one point upgraded to a “red tsunami” – […]