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.
When it comes to the nationwide orgy of undemocratic voter-suppression efforts undertaken this year by Republican legislatures, Indiana has been one of the lucky ones. So far.
Those who know best are in agreement about the 2020 general election. It was free, secure and safe. The results were fair and accurate. There was no significant voter fraud. Anywhere.
Last summer, during the height of racial justice protests across the Hoosier state and elsewhere in the nation, Gov. Eric Holcomb addressed the concerns of those marching in the streets.
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.
When the gavel signaled the start of the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly, lawmakers began considering the merits of many healthcare-related bills.
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.
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.
Raising the cigarette tax in Indiana could provide added incentive for smokers to quit while generating a much-needed boost for funding of public health initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
Politicians seldom are known for public mea culpas. Saving face in the political arena too often takes precedence over making an about face when the right thing to do is at odds with spent capital.
It’s been difficult to find sustained joy during this bleak year, so it’s OK to feel a twinge of relief this week as the coronavirus vaccine begins to slowly make its way through our beleaguered society.
Hats off to the All IN 4 Democracy Coalition for refusing to surrender in its efforts to give citizens a meaningful voice in Indiana’s once-a-decade redistricting process.
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.”
As detailed in a special report recently by CNHI News Indiana, the state's oversight of nursing homes was lax in the months and years before the pandemic hit.
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.
News that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus shook America and the world in the wee hours of Friday morning.
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