Monday is the 25th anniversary of the first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So we have to ask: What would the nation’s best-known martyr for civil rights think of 2020 America?

Important issues tend to be difficult, with deeply entrenched opinions and interests. They also attract the attention of media, political leaders, citizens and especially lobbyists. Recently, while explaining the results of two very contentious studies, I was asked who paid for them. That is a fair question, of course, which is why we put the name of the sponsoring organization on the study itself. But it also leads to other questions about the nature of university research — how and why we do what we do.

Recently, the old joke that the orange construction barrel is Indiana’s state flower has been told with unprecedented frequency around the Hoosier State. The proliferation of orange and white that motorists encounter across all 92 counties in our state is a visual confirmation of a historic effort by INDOT and local transportation agencies to rebuild and modernize Indiana’s highways and local roads.

Hoosier senator would be wise to temper impeachment rhetoric

At a time when fiery rhetoric is the hallmark of a highly partisan political environment, U.S. Sen. Todd Young has often approached the most heated debates in muted tones.

Though the state over the past two years has poured resources into improving the Department of Child Services, there's still more work to be done to ensure the department is providing the best possible services for some of Indiana's most vulnerable children.

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Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s reelection wheelhouse. But look back to the faint echoes of 2016 here in the Hoosier State, and polling this week from Morning Consult injects doubt into that conventional wisdom.

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It's a miracle that Terre Haute didn't become a ghost town after Prohibition hit a century ago today. Ingenuity, resilience and, frankly, a culture of unabashed illegalities gradually filled the economic void created when the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect seconds after midnight on Jan. 17, 1920. The law changed Terre Haute for decades.

My previous column warned that growing inequality between regions in the United States is the most pressing issue of our time. I promised this week to write about potential remedies. Before doing so, I want to remind readers that there are strong economic forces behind growing inequality.

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Obituaries

Kenneth Gerald Metz, age 79, of New Albany passed away on Friday January 20, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 7, 1940 in Perry County, Indiana to the late Goble and Naomi (Austin) Metz. Gerald retired from LG&E and Miller Pipeline Company. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Me…

William O. "Bill" Carpenter of New Albany, Indiana went home to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon. He was born in Vienna, West Virginia to the late Chester and Mary (McGaughy) Carpenter. He retired as a Service Representative for Bechtel Equipment in Louisville, KY. Bill was a veteran o…

Visitation - 1 p.m.to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Newcomer - New Albany. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Lisa A Noble, 59, of Scottsburg IN died January 15 2020 in Sellersburg IN. She was born June 28 1960 in Shelbyville IL to Kenneth Thompson & Roberta "Cookie" Robertson Thompson who preceded her in death, Lisa was a graduate of Scottsburg High School Class of 1978 & IUS Class of 1993 …

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