Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert

Michael Leppert is an author, educator and a communication consultant in Indianapolis. He writes about government, politics and culture at


2023: Eight predictions that could, should or will happen in a wild year

By: - January 3, 2023

Every new year brings with it new hope, new goals and new fears. Resolutions and predictions fly like birds and then fall like snow, and by the time February arrives, the new year isn’t new anymore. As a result, all of that nonsense from the month prior is treated like a trip to Vegas: what […]


Questioning traditions can help us enjoy something new

By: - December 28, 2022

To me, holidays are merely exercises in tradition, or traditions. Sometime in my forties, I began to question all of them, reliving the “why” phase of my childhood for some unknown, yet admittedly irritating reason. Why do we eat turkey on Christmas? Why is everything closed?  And it isn’t just the holidays. When did we […]


‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation is a lesson that shouldn’t be taught

By: - December 21, 2022

If I could go back a few decades and change what was a part of the public education offered to me, I exclusively regret what my schools did not teach me. I can’t recall a single thing they taught that I wish I hadn’t learned. Try it yourself. Really try to think about an actual […]


In “Happy-Go-Lucky,” David Sedaris made me miss my dad

By: - December 14, 2022

A few weeks back, I saw Jon Wertheim interview David Sedaris on 60 Minutes. I have plenty of friends who are big fans of the humorist, but honestly, before I saw the interview I never gave him much thought. But after the interview aired on October 30, Sedaris just struck me as someone I would […]


Rokita meanly uses his public office as a private, personal plaything

By: - December 7, 2022

The battle initiated by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita against Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indiana reproductive healthcare provider, disgracefully marches onward. Our embattled AG is wrong about this endeavor, in every possible way, but it is important not to lose track of who he is hurting, and why.  A 10-year-old girl was raped, became pregnant […]

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Indiana’s horrific public health standing is a choice it’s willing to make

By: - November 30, 2022

In the opening scene to the classic film, “Animal House,” two young freshmen walk by the statue of Emil Faber, the founder of the fictitious Faber College. The quote on the statue’s plaque was simple: “Knowledge is good.”  Generally, we can all agree with that profound statement, can’t we? If so, it is “good” to […]


My plate this Thanksgiving will be half full

By: - November 23, 2022

We all know people who always see a glass as half empty. It is tough to be around them and their unrelenting pessimism. Then there is the other bunch, those bright, sunshiny, “half full” types, who always see the best in everything. They can be equally exhausting with their irritating enthusiasm.  I spend time in […]


Rep. Jim Banks — and his character — will be judged by the company he keeps

By: - November 16, 2022

For more than a year, I have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the inevitable dilemma that Third District U.S. Rep. Jim Banks was facing. These are important days for the future of individual political careers in Washington, though it is much harder to see how the outcomes of any of these battles in […]


Indiana voters shamefully and prominently elect Morales

By: - November 10, 2022

As I write, votes are still being counted in many places across America. That vital process, which has defined who we are since the dawn of the republic, had a big night Tuesday. So did voters. In most places, that is. Just not in Indiana. It would be easy to interpret that opening as just […]


Documentary “Behind the Bullet” tells uncommon stories about killing

By: - November 2, 2022

“It’s a hell of a thing, killing a man,” is my favorite quote from my all-time favorite western. “Unforgiven” is the Oscar-winning, 1992 Clint Eastwood movie about William Munny, a has-been killer who learns of a $1000 bounty in Big Whiskey, Wyoming that brings him out of retirement.  Killing is a hard thing to do, […]


A long weekend in Washington is good for the soul

By: - October 26, 2022

Over the years, I have had the good luck of being able to visit our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. many times. I once regularly had pressing work-related reasons to go. Those reasons might be so-called big-deal visits to “The Hill” or crucial meetings with some powerful federal agency. Maybe it was some random conference […]


How do voters figure out what candidates really mean?

By: - October 19, 2022

I wonder every election if voters fully understand what candidates are really saying to them during campaigns. Some years, I’m sure voters get it. Lately, it seems to be getting tougher. A couple of issues this year are making things particularly difficult: inflation and abortion.  When talking about the economy, time is money, so, let […]