Commentary

Privacy at heart of many state, federal laws

BY: - September 23, 2022

The underlying fight on abortion is about privacy, and specifically whether a woman can make private medical decisions that the government shouldn’t be part of. I am not a lawyer, but what I can say is that while the word “privacy” isn’t explicitly in the Constitution, state and federal lawmakers pass laws based on the […]

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Keeping criminals out of classrooms

BY: - September 22, 2022

The teacher shortage is devastating schools and families across the country According to Dr. David Bateman, a professor at Shippensburg University, “The talent pipeline has literally dried up. This is the new normal. We are expecting this drought for at least the next five years because the well has completely run dry. There are no […]

Focus on service in Secretary of State race

BY: - September 21, 2022

In the Secretary of State race, the commitment to service matters. I find myself teaching this simple lesson with more enthusiasm lately: elected positions in American government exist as opportunities to serve. “Yea, yea, old man, we know that” is often the expression I see on the faces of my students when I start. Occasionally, […]

Librarians left out of literacy initiative

BY: - September 20, 2022

As an educator, I was initially thrilled by the announcement that the state of Indiana and the Lilly Foundation are partnering to invest millions toward improving early literacy rates in our state. It is alarming to see a nearly 10% decrease in the number of third graders who have met reading benchmarks over the past […]

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School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

BY: - September 19, 2022

With the school year underway around the U.S., parents and caregivers are once again faced with the age-old struggle of wrangling groggy kids out of bed in the morning. For parents of preteens and teenagers, it can be particularly challenging. Sometimes this gets chalked up to laziness in teens. But the main reason why a […]

Can RFRA take down Indiana’s new abortion law?

BY: - September 16, 2022

It is the height of irony that the new GOP-backed abortion restrictions could be undone by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. RFRA caused massive controversy in 2015 because conservative groups and some Hoosiers wanted to use it to justify discrimination, specifically against gay and lesbian Hoosiers who they disagreed with based on religious beliefs. Think […]

Most Hoosier voters aren’t extreme. Why are our lawmakers?

BY: and - September 15, 2022

Voters in Madison, Delaware and Henry counties might reasonably suppose they sent their state senator to the Indiana Statehouse to represent them. But instead, Sen. Mike Gaskill, R-Pendleton, declared on the Senate floor this summer: “I’m up here today to represent Jesus.” Gaskill was explaining why he would vote to ban nearly all abortions in […]

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Royal coverage should help us learn how ‘royalty’ even exists

BY: - September 14, 2022

For many Americans, including me, the attraction to the exhausting news surrounding Great Britain’s royal family is dumbfounding. The mere existence of a “royal” family is so antithetical to my view of our culture, I usually open my participation in any conversation about the Windsor’s with an eye roll, not a bow.  Elizabeth II’s passing […]

Invest in outdoor recreation as part of legacy, governor urged

BY: - September 13, 2022

As Gov. Eric Holcomb decides his priorities and contemplates his legacy during his remaining years in office, we urge him to focus on outdoor recreation.  An in-depth report commissioned every five years by the Outdoor Industry Association, a trade group for outdoor gear companies, reported that outdoor recreation spending in the U.S. totaled $887 billion […]

It’s quality of life, not cost of living

BY: - September 12, 2022

Simple economic ideas aren’t really very hard to understand. So, I’m often puzzled to hear folks make the claim that Indiana’s low cost of living is an attractive feature. It is not. A low cost of living is actually evidence of chronic economic problems, and is maybe the last thing anyone should want to claim […]

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Is Young in trouble? Probably not, but one poll is making waves

BY: - September 9, 2022

Could U.S. Sen. Todd Young be in trouble in his re-election bid? If so, it would be one of the biggest political upsets Indiana has ever seen. Two major political prognosticators – Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball – have called the seat uncompetitive and labeled it either a solid or safe Republican win. […]

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Task Force looks to match housing supply with growth ambitions

BY: - September 8, 2022

Indiana’s housing supply isn’t keeping up with the demands of a state that works, or a state that’s growing. That’s the challenge that prompted the General Assembly to create an interim Housing Task Force ahead of next year’s budget session with a singular focus on residential development. The Housing Task Force brings together lawmakers and […]