Economic growth, not recession, is the norm. For every one quarter the U.S. has spent in recession since the end of World War II, we’ve spent eight quarters growing. Of the 75 quarters in this century, just 10 have been recessionary. I’m counting our current quarter as growth, which may prove a bit optimistic.

Everyone has their 9/11 remembrances, and that is fine. Understand just how rapidly it is receding into the unremembered past: The number of Americans with no real memory of it approaches one-third, and the number of Americans with no adult memory of it creeps toward half.

Time for Congress to act on proposals to curb gun violence

Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week after a long summer recess. Members immediately were confronted by the simmering issue of gun violence, brought to a boil again during their break by horrible mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, have economic costs. They also reveal much about market economies, government planning and response. As I pen this column, Hurricane Dorian is winding its way through the Atlantic. I cannot yet speak to its impact, but I can outline the costs that it, along with other natural disasters, may impose.

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Obituaries

Jessie Mae (Lee) Bennett, 95, received her wings on September 12, 2019. The daughter of Robert Lee and Annie Pearl (Conway) Ford, Jessie was born January 8, 1924 in Birmingham, Alabama. A devoted Christian, she was a member of Gilt Edge Baptist Church in Jeffersonville. She was a sweetheart …

Janice Housel Shields, 70, passed away at her home in Sellersburg, Indiana. She was born on December 16, 1948 to the late Kermit and Beatrice Housel (Barksdale). Janice worked as a cosmetologist for many years. In recent years she worked as a Slot Machine Attendant at Horse Shoe Southern Ind…

William Dale Robertson, 72, of Georgetown, Indiana, entered into his eternal life on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. William attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Albany and was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He attended Our Lady of Providence High School and graduated f…

William Dale Robertson, 72, of Georgetown, Indiana, entered into his eternal life on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. William attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Albany and was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He attended Our Lady of Providence High School and graduated f…

Betty Jo Hansford, 84, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Northside Christian Church. Betty was a native of Harlan, KY. She is survived by her sons Donald R. Hansford of Clarksville, IN., William R. Hansford Jr. of Jeffersonville, IN., Robert W. Hansfor…

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