Commentary

Public Health: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

BY: - July 11, 2022

In American history, gains in life expectancy and quality of life can be attributed to investments in public health infrastructure. Diseases such as cholera and typhoid have been largely eliminated due to improvements in sanitation; immunizations have prevented death and disability from polio, whooping cough, measles, and five different cancers; and countless children have avoided […]

This year’s special session bucks historical trends

BY: - July 8, 2022

After more than 20 years covering the Indiana Statehouse, I have seen a thing or two. But the upcoming special session is a rarity – an emergency meeting on something other than the two-year state budget. Under Indiana’s original constitution from 1816-1851, there were no special sessions because all legislative business was expected to be […]

Wealth building and wealth stripping solutions

BY: - July 7, 2022

I’m officially old enough to now have an “I remember when …” story. Today’s lookback – hearkening memories of 1999: “I remember when gas was under $1 per gallon.”  Now, thanks to inflation, I’ll get to add “I remember when gas was above $5” to my story bank.  With enough time, these are just that: […]

The difference between ‘Greenlights’ and ‘red lines’ is simple

BY: - July 6, 2022

Matthew McConaughey’s 2020 memoir, “Greenlights,” was definitely alright. I recommend listening to McConaughey reading it on Audible–his version of the voices of his past made the autobiography wildly entertaining. The book’s title and theme refer to green lights as opportunities to seize. He says, “a green light is being kind to our future self.” In […]

Rare action on guns – in courts and Congress

BY: - July 5, 2022

While there is often a lot of talk about measures to reduce gun violence, and just as frequent push-back, it is rare to see as much action on gun issues as we’ve experienced in the last two weeks. On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision expanding the Second Amendment to guns carried […]

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 […]

A mother’s advice to Indiana legislators post-Roe

BY: - July 1, 2022

My daughter texted just hours after the landmark abortion precedent Roe v. Wade was struck down, asking about immediately getting a new IUD and expressing rage, sadness and frustration over what might come next. “This is something I won’t stop fighting about,” she said. “My body is mine. No one makes decisions on it for […]

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Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock

BY: - June 30, 2022

Schoolhouse Rock lied.  Well, to be fair, the popular 1970s education series that merged music and color animation with academic content simplified many concepts, particularly in their civics series.  While it may have made it easier for children to understand, the catchy jingles failed to convey the complex nuances of governmental powers. The lyrics of […]

Corruption doesn’t change ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

BY: - June 29, 2022

A friend told me to watch it, so I did. Hulu’s seven-episode series, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” is based on the non-fiction, true crime book by Jon Krakauer. It details a murder investigation of a woman and her baby intertwined in storytelling of the founding and evolution of the Mormon church. It shows how […]

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Indiana Capital Chronicle aims to help Hoosiers move state forward

BY: - June 28, 2022

Welcome to the Indiana Capital Chronicle – a new venture of nonprofit journalism aimed at filling in the gaps of state news coverage and ultimately being a watchdog for Hoosiers on their government. It’s not easy to launch a new publication from the ground up but I know Indiana needs it. When I first started […]

Roe v. Wade – a bigger fight than abortion

BY: - June 28, 2022

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and dismantled the constitutional protections for abortion that have existed for nearly 50 years, taking away our ability to control if and when to have a child. And some Indiana elected officials have already signaled their intent to pass an abortion ban, despite the fact that the […]