Last week I spent about an hour in the law office of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald, a Republican who wanted to talk about something “unbelievable.” It was HEA 1006, a sprawling police reform bill that passed and was signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb without a single dissenting vote.

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Our family did not look like the other families on the block. My mother’s parents lived on the lowest level of the home’s tri-level design. Our bedrooms were nestled on the top floor. Sandwiched between were the connecting areas of the kitchen, dining room and living room. Another generation…

Recently, a friend posted on Facebook a copy of a letter from a church to a woman in the congregation. The letter called out the woman’s lack of church attendance, also that it had come to the church’s attention that she was living a “sinful lifestyle” and needed to stop immediately.

Home is where we center. It is the place we go to when we need to be ourselves. When I get home the first thing I do is kick off my shoes. Then on a pretty day, I sit on my porch and just breathe the air in slowly. I feel safe and ready to unwind. But what if I did not have that home? What i…

Thanks to the vaccines and the new CDC guidelines, this week my wife Diane and I finally took the Florida trip that we had been planning since the beginning of the pandemic. We had to cancel this trip a couple of times and our accommodations had been switched around a good deal, but we are f…

Life is a gem, but it is also a gym where we often have to push through difficulties and reach out for support from others, as famed British musician Peter Frampton had to do nine years ago. He found himself with a constellation of unusual symptoms, including balance problems, weak legs and …

Only a few days after an extremely large brawl at the Miami International Airport made national news, another fight broke out in the terminal last week. Footage was captured on cell phones and at least one person ended up arrested. Shouts were heard and someone screamed, “I hope you get eate…

With the campaigns of 2020 barely behind us, it might seem too soon to think about the next round of elections, but it’s not. A handful of candidates and incumbents for everything from country sheriff to U.S. Congress already have announced plans to run in 2022, and you can be sure countless…

This past Thursday our nation celebrated the National Day of Prayer. Churches and organizations across the country symbolically joined hands and hearts, lifting their praises and petitions to the Father.

In 1972, the U.S. National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse issued a report, “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding,” that recommended moving away from the criminalization of personal marijuana use and replacing it with a policy to discourage its use. A half-century later marijuana p…

The thing I love about the internet: You start out searching for a topic like “prayer” and you end up watching a YouTube video of a pen-and-ink animated Bambi getting squashed by a giant pen-and-ink foot of Godzilla.

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. The earliest promoters of the holiday included Ann Jarvis, the recognized founder, who convince President Woodrow Wilson to make it an official holiday, and also Julia Ward Howe, who wanted it to be an annual anti-war demonstration, and Indiana college …

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

Opal Nein was a very stylish woman and a good friend over the years. In 1984 she called me and asked if I could hold for Duley Perrin. I didn’t know at the time but later learned was a developer behind such projects as Value City, Consolidated Sales, several apartment communities and much mo…

In a Scientific American article titled, “The American Obsession with Lawns,” Krystal D’Costa says, “It’s the time of year when the buzz of landscaping equipment begins to fill the air, and people begin to scrutinize their curb appeal.” Since we moved from the country back to a suburban neig…

On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Mr. Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, M…

In his poem, “Introduction to Poetry,” Billy Collins writes that he asks readers to hold his work “up to the light/like a color slide.” Instead, too often, “all they want to do/is tie the poem to a chair with a rope/and torture a confession out of it.”

There were three stores nearby our house that carried them. Just up the road was the Galyan’s Trading Company, a grocery store that also sold boats, camping equipment and guns. Next door to them, also owned by the Galyan clan, was a Rexall Drug Store. They kept theirs in Aisle 5. The other l…

We are now a year past the darkest days of the COVID recession. As the economy slowly begins to recover, we should recognize that Indiana has still lost six years of job creation. Total employment in Indiana is back at April 2015 levels, and there are only 1,500 more people working than we had back in the summer of 2000. This should be pretty sobering news. Still, as we ponder the pace and shape of the recovery, it is encouraging to consider what good might have come from this disaster.

Over the decades there have always been people who decry the loss of simpler times. Booth Tarkington’s novel, “The Magnificent Ambersons,” suggests that the advent of motor vehicles ruined everything. James Whitcomb Riley seems to have regretted the demise of small towns and rural lifestyles.

I am a retired obstetrician, a Democrat, a legislator and a Catholic. These roles may seem to conflict. My advocacies might make others uncomfortable, even angry. But I’m OK with being all of the above. Catholics emphasize the value of life. I argue for respect for human life of all ages, fr…

Beginning the monumental task of spring cleaning overwhelms many people. Experts make suggestions to start from “ceiling to floor” or move systematically from room to room to clean the house. In our cleaning time, we always began with “the drawer.”

An odd word, justice. What does it mean really? When is justice accomplished? What does it take to accomplish? What does it look like? What does it cost? Have we really ever known a just society? When do we know, who will tell us? Seven letters that require thousands of words to define one.

For many people naps have a rather questionable reputation. Often they are associated with babies, the elderly, and cats. For some they symbolize laziness, a lack of ambition, or attempts to evade responsibilities. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over one-third of adults fail to …

On March 16, the United States witnessed another mass shooting that was racially motivated. Eight Asian Americans were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas. Many Americans were left shocked at the race-based violence shown toward the Asian community on that day. However, many other…

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