We know too well the cost of American health care keeps rising as far as the eye can see. In 1995 health care accounted for 13.4% of GDP; in 2018 it consumed 17.7%. It is projected to rise even more.

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The individual who holds the office has been called “the leader of the free world” and “the most powerful person in the world.” Every four years the United States undergoes the potential for a peaceful transfer of power within its political arena. Many nations experience the transition in a …

A single mom loses her job and misses rent payments. A dad gets ill and medical bills mount. A couple splits up. The car a young mom relies on to get to work breaks down. A family’s house burns to the ground.

At an over-ripened age, I’m finding it difficult adjusting to the challenges of living in the cyberage. At this stage in my life, I don’t want to spend my remaining days searching the internet for the meaning of my life. Although I have scads of social media opportunities at my disposal, inc…

With the recent clashes in the Middle East, many military analysts have been writing about the nature of asymmetrical conflicts. A conflict is said to be asymmetrical if it is between adversaries whose relative power differs significantly, or whose strategies are not the same. Typically one …

My wife Joanie and I are the children of the children of the Great Depression. Our parents and their parents grew up saving things, storing things, stacking up and packing away things, because they just might be needed or wanted, by somebody, someday…

The mission of Animal Protection Association (APA) is to rescue and find homes for the forgotten cats and kittens in our area — the ones who are homeless, abandoned and mistreated.

I grew up in an area surrounded by steel mills, foundries, coke plants, and shops that assembled railroad cars. On summer evenings the skies were often filled with red sparks when they were pouring molten metal. Once I got a glimpse of the rolling mill, where my father worked, and saw the gl…

As our new decade begins, the media, merchants and politicians are having a field day spinning our hopes for a brighter future in ways that are beneficial to themselves, often appealing to our innate biases and shallower aspects of our being. However, we can choose to use the new year and th…

The headline of the story on the Fox News website was startling. “Texas church shooting is latest of many attacks at U.S. houses of worship in recent years.” The shooting, a Sunday bookend to the Christmas holiday, unfolded at about 10 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ, just outside …

What will 2020 bring with impeachment looming, carbon expanding, and ice bergs floating toward New York City. Not only is part of our world on fire, the oceans are filling with plastic. Animals are facing extinction and humans are, too if we don’t insist that our leaders make an all-out effo…

Like most people from the Midwest, I never had any burning desire to visit New York City. To me it was just another famous, but potentially dangerous place that I had seen in movies and on television. It was where you could ice skate at Rockefeller Center, visit the Statute of Liberty, see c…

We are celebrating a New Year. I love this time of year, the reflecting, the excitement around starting a new year and the new things it will hold, and the acceptance you feel for each other is so welcome. This year is no different than others. Lots of flurried activity in the past few weeks…

Indiana teachers and their supporters kicked off the 2020 legislative session of the General Assembly Nov. 5 with chants, shouts, handmade signs and a unified voice. Some 15,000 people, many clad in red, surrounded the Statehouse like an algae bloom off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Indiana teachers and their supporters kicked off the 2020 legislative session of the General Assembly Nov. 5 with chants, shouts, handmade signs and a unified voice. Some 15,000 people, many clad in red, surrounded the Statehouse like an algae bloom off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Although he is best remembered for his “experiment in living” near Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau was, among other things, a teacher. Not long after resigning from Concord’s Center School, whose administrator had ordered him to use corporal punishment to keep his students under control, th…

The day after Christmas in 2017, a dear friend sent me a letter. She wrote, “Each day I’m reminded how lucky we are to have the good and beautiful memories — and that we can remember them.” Anne Caudill was 93 when she wrote the letter.

The day after Christmas in 2017, a dear friend sent me a letter. She wrote, “Each day I’m reminded how lucky we are to have the good and beautiful memories — and that we can remember them.” Anne Caudill was 93 when she wrote the letter.

Of the major American holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, New Year’s Day is the most secular and pragmatic of the three. Thanksgiving is typically more oriented toward the past, as we give thanks for blessings already bestowed. Christmas is concerned with the present, as it i…

Children are always watching and learning by observing our behaviors. As adults, we have the opportunity to unlearn many of our dysfunctional life lessons if we pay attention to the often carefree and joyous lives of especially young children, before they are indoctrinated by our current dom…

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SETUP: The doorbell rings and gift-laden family members shuffle in from the cold. All shed their coats and comment on how wonderful the holiday feast smells. Packages tied with bows of red and green are placed beneath the Christmas tree as children scurry about. Somewhere in the house, a cel…

Is there someone in your family who wraps presents better than everyone else? Growing up, the meticulous present wrapper in our family was my father. Dad loved the Christmas season. He enjoyed putting up lights outside on the house. He made the garage door look like a Christmas present with …

If I had a journalist that I looked to growing up, it would have been Paul Harvey. Harvey was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks until his death in 2009. His News and Comment broadcast aired mornings and mid-days and at noon on Saturdays. His listening audie…

The time to give is all the time, but Christmas is a designated time when we focus on giving. It goes back to when three wise men traveled far. Times have changed since then. In today’s world, we shop until dropping to stack gifts under a tree for our loved ones. We don’t travel far to those…

Donald Trump is the third U.S. President to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. Neither of the first two was convicted in the Senate, and I don’t for a moment believe Trump will be.

As children, we see Christmas as a magical time. It’s exciting and our dreams are full of visions of Santa Claus, reindeer and lots of toys. That magical feeling probably has a lot to do with the way children think. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget has described “the pre-operational stage” of …

What are your goals for 2020? For adults, the most popular resolutions include exercise more, quit smoking, learn a new skill, and manage money better. What about for kids? Should they also be making New Year’s resolutions? Studies show child goal-setting can build their resilience, confiden…

Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into change on the ground. I wasn’t analyzing the politics of it — I was focused on the types of …

Recently, my husband and I went out with the Schimpffs to celebrate our anniversary. We went to dinner and saw the movie Harriett, a film about Harriet Tubman. It was an amazing film and full of truths I did not have to live with, but truths that have shaped all of our lives in this country.

Years ago, in the days when school snow days were considered “acts of God” and arrived silently unburdened with the weight of “e-learning” and extended academic calendars, I spent those precious and rare winter breaks on the hill across the road from our house with few cares in the world, sledding.

When my mother answered the phone, she began crying. I had never seen her cry before, but knew something bad had happened. When she hung up the phone, she told us that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. I was 7 years old at the time and had heard my folks talk about wars before.

A film titled "Richard Jewell," directed by Clint Eastwood, is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States this week. It is a drama based on the true story of the security guard who found a suspicious backpack containing a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He likely…

It’s hard to believe that we are deep into the Advent season. For Christians these weeks before Christmas represent a time of expectant waiting for the celebration of the Nativity. As a child, this was always an excruciating period during which I painfully anticipated the arrival of Santa. I…

I’ve always found being criticized — ultimately — beneficial. You have to get beyond the initial sting, past the inclination to fire back an inflammatory retort, to a place where you can consider the merits of the unexpected critique.

It is a given that American Christians will gather in churches this Advent season to celebrate the miracle of Christmas. We will hear the familiar passage from Isaiah 9:6: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us,” words that foretold a messiah’s birth. We will sing “Silent Night…

Air travelers have recently inundated Twitter with photos of inconsiderate passengers who have removed their shoes during flights. Last July an American Airlines flight headed from Philadelphia to London made an emergency landing in Boston after an odor described as a "dirty sock smell” caus…

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Obituaries

Robert Earl "Bob" Prather, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Diversicare of Providence in New Albany, Indiana. He was born on January 15, 1931 in Sellersburg, Indiana to the late Morris and Grace Prather (Hargeshimer). Mr. Prather honorably served his country in the …

Juli M. Rumpel, 49, of New Albany, IN died January 13, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 25th at 11 AM at Ohio Falls United Methodist Church, 917 South Virginia Avenue, Clarksville, IN. There will be a light meal following the service. Juli was born August 17, 1970 in J…

Sherri L. Speechly, 72, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully January 20, 2020 at her home. She was born October 1, 1947 in Jeffersonville, IN and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 2005. Mrs. Speechly worked as a hair dresser for 40 years. She is survived by her husband of 45 …

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