Author

Jim Merritt

Jim Merritt

Jim Merritt served in the Indiana Senate for 30 years. He also wrote “Passing the Torch; Preserving Indiana’s Heritage” (Guild Press)

Commentary

China is polluting the world; action needed

By: - October 9, 2023

China has become an alarming threat to US national security. Few issues encapsulate this more than our race for energy security and the technologies of tomorrow. This is a contest we will continue to lose to the China unless we embrace the proper tools to fight back. Many thanks to U.S. Sen. Todd Young for […]

Commentary
pickleball

Pickleball picking up steam in Indiana

By: - July 12, 2023

Did you know a member of Congress invented the sport of pickleball? In 1965, Congressman Joel Prichard, along with Barney McCallam and Bill Bell, created the addictive game in the state of Washington.  Pickleball is described as a sport played as either singles or doubles on a 44-foot by 20-foot court with a net measuring […]

Commentary

History or bust

By: - April 27, 2023

Recently the bust of the late Gov. Joe Kernan was unveiled in the Statehouse and that poignant moment sparked questions about how these memorials become reality.  To understand the process, it is important to know a few facts. Twenty-three busts rest in the various niches in the capitol building. The likenesses of President Benjamin Harrison, members […]

Commentary

A letter to the Indiana General Assembly Re: Cannabis

By: - January 19, 2023

The 2023 session of Indiana’s General Assembly has commenced, and I am certain you’re thinking about the biennial budget that features K-12 & higher education funding along with how you can make Indiana a healthier state. As you know, another issue that has gained prominence and support in the minds of many Hoosiers is the […]

Commentary

Debating partisan school board elections

By: - December 20, 2022

In the 2011 session of the General Assembly, the legislature passed (and I supported) HEA 1074 that effectively changed the state’s school board elections date from the May Primary to the November General Election. Indiana law also says that school board races are non-partisan.  After what transpired this past General Election in multiple counties, nonpartisanship […]

Commentary

Restoring the GOP’s legacy of the environment

By: - September 29, 2022

Across generations, Republicans can trace a strong legacy of leadership on the topic of the environment. Conservation – the protection of God’s green earth – goes back to the early leaders. And yet, for decades now, Democrats have co-opted environmental issues to advance their agenda, Republicans, in turn, have stepped away from the topic and […]

Commentary

Have you seen the Indiana Constitution lately?

By: - July 4, 2022

Today, we are justifiably bombarded with public discussion about freedom and constitutional rights. As we celebrate Independence Day, I thought I would write about our own Indiana state constitution.  Interestingly, Indiana has had two constitutions,  the initial document was affirmed in 1816.  Our current constitution was installed in 1851.   One of my favorite things to […]