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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.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office mailed postcards in 2014 to every Hoosier on the state’s active voter list. About 727,000 of those correspondence were returned as undeliverable.


Suffragettes overcame decades of obstructionism and violence to secure the right to vote for women a century ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.


Now more than ever, we all have a role to play in helping others — including children — stay as safe and healthy as possible, given the coronavirus pandemic that has descended upon us.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are like football coaches on the sideline screaming at concussed players to sprint back onto the field or else they’ll lose their spot on the team.

The image has been as frequent as flags flapping in the breeze on the Fourth of July: A car cruises down the roadway, its driver clearly clutching or staring at a cellphone, occasionally glancing around to make sure the vehicle remains on course.

Sunday marks the start of Sunshine Week 2020. This highlighting of open government was established in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors.

Though it didn’t seem like it at the time, the firestorm of controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 didn’t last. It eventually died down and the larger conversation moved to a new topic.

The Issue: Lawmakers have again refused to hand over control of the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Our View: Reform advocates will never give up their efforts to get voters involved in this important task.

Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to multiple interests, including art, air and space, U.S. history, native peoples history and culture, as well as the newest building focused on African American history and culture.

The Issue: Proposed law requiring workplace accommodations for pregnant women in more Hoosier businesses

Our View: 27 other states have such laws. Indiana should step up to do its part for the sake of maternal and infant health

The Issue: Indiana’s new agenda for higher education, “Reaching Higher in a State of Change.”

Our View: College-readiness should remain a primary focus of the Commission for Higher Education, because neither the Core 40 degree nor General Diploma are rigorous enough to prepare students for a post-secondary education.

The Issue: Banning cellphone use on Indiana roads and highways

Our View: With overwhelming passage in the House and backing from Gov. Eric Holcomb, cellphone ban while driving goes to the state Senate. It is a public safety measure that deserves passage

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