A state law passed this session of the Indiana General Assembly will require Indiana middle school students to complete a one-semester civics education course, which is an excellent way to get kids started on the right track to being active participants in our democracy.

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A juvenile justice bill that would expunge records, keep youth from being detained with adults, and consider the competency of young offenders passed out of the state Senate last week.

The Indiana House of Representatives is fraught with racial tension these days, sparked in part by uneasy debate over a school redistricting bill in South Bend that Black members saw as racist and discriminatory.

Some corporations have publicly stated that they are withdrawing financial support from Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, but this will not necessarily stop the cash flow to these candidates.

In the middle of 2020, with coronavirus raging and people’s minds on many things, a new Indiana law went into effect banning the use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle.

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Few would argue the importance of government units being prudent when spending taxpayer money. Their efforts to find less-expensive ways to accomplish the same task only works, though, when the integrity of the goal is maintained.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. In Indiana, the suicide rate — the latest data showing 16.3% — has been higher than the national average since 1999. Even more troubling, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults.

Many Americans are struggling financially, and the second round of government stimulus checks — part of a $900 billion COVID-relief and government spending bill signed in late December — will help pay for groceries, transportation, shelter, utilities or other necessities.

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Three Republican state senators have authored legislation that would limit the authority of local health officers, a bill introduced in response to actions taken during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday took up verbal arms against the United States of America — which he had sworn by oath to defend — and his tenure as commander in chief and leader of this nation should end because of it.

Indiana Sen. Mike Braun won his Senate seat in 2018 on the simple platform of supporting President Donald Trump at every turn. He has done that, so it should come as no surprise that he is publicly supporting the defeated president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Indiana utility companies are accelerating their shift away from coal to produce energy, a trend that could spell the end to nearly all coal-fired power plants within the next two decades.

Editor’s note: Virginia O’Hanlon, 8, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the response was printed as an editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The piece has become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial. It is reprinted here because it captures still the enduring spirit of Christmas.

As Eric Holcomb prepares to embark on his second term as Indiana’s governor, he should heed a passage from Jim Collins’ best-selling 2001 book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don’t.”

An election postscript typically tries to pull people together no matter their political leanings or for whom they voted. It also charges newly elected leaders with engaging in bipartisan decision-making.

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