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The joke circulating among my fourth grade peers fifty-some years ago sounded like this. “Does Canada have a Fourth of July?” After a short time of stuttering, the correct answer would be revealed. “Of course they do! Everyone has a fourth of July.”

With the political dialogue being dominated by national politics, I felt that it was best to try to shift gears, get local, and talk about an issue that is especially pressing at a local level.

In 2019, an Indianapolis physician colleague, Dr. David Blank, and I co-authored a column on gun control. David is a conservative Republican and I a fairly liberal Democrat. We are both gun owners and believe in the right to defend our homes and that the American public should not be disarme…

Gallup’s latest Global Emotions Report indicates that more people around the world felt angry in 2020-2021 than at any point since the research company started tracking emotions in 2005. The report claims that this is not solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic either, although, it was a major f…

This month, our thoughts have looked toward the Psalms for expressing our feelings and our hopes in times of distress. Our world cries out in crisis. Violence and persecution are rampant, pitting nation against nation and brother against brother. Environmental challenges circle the globe. Ec…

Years ago, I met a woman who sold action figures of Bible characters like Moses, David and Goliath, and Jesus. The Jesus doll, about twice the size of a G.I. Joe, had movable fingers and joints, and if you pressed a button on Jesus’ back he talked. The woman pressed the button and Jesus bega…

Two days before the Indiana Republican Convention gathered, we heard conservative retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig tell the U.S. House Jan. 6 Select Committee what would have happened if Vice President Mike Pence had done President Trump’s bidding in overturning the 2020 election. It …

Government transparency, especially at the local level where government has a more direct line to affect our day-to-day lives, is an integral cog in our democratic process. Why then are local initiatives to make our local governments more transparent facing resistance from local elected officials?

This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Clark Memorial Hospital. During my tenure as CEO, I have seen continued growth. This continual expansion is seen throughout the history of the hospital, which stretches back to the last century.

A few days ago, our daughter, who lives near Cincinnati, had to drive to Louisville for her job on a Sunday. She dropped off our 14-year-old granddaughter and 15-year-old grandson with my wife Diane and me for several hours, instead of leaving them home alone. It was unfortunate for her, but…

Now that Mitch Daniels has decided to step down as president of Purdue University, the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 6 Select Committee has made clear that there’s a retirement project waiting for him.

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