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Columns

  • COLUMN: Once in Royal David’s city

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the city of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

  • COLUMN: Caleb Mills helped build the Indiana public school system

    By ANDREA NEAL
    Guest Columnist

    Andrea Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016.

    Indiana’s 1816 Constitution called for a statewide system of free public schools but it didn’t happen until the 1850s – after education reformers demanded it.

  • COLUMN: Close Christmas encounters of the family kind

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    A few Christmases back, my wife Leonna and I drove to Tennessee to visit her sister and family who live in a rural area near Clarksville. They reside on three acres in a charming two-story ranch house with their three young boys and older daughter.

    I was looking forward to the visit because I hadn’t been able to spend time with the younger children since they were born.

  • COLUMN: Why some people don’t vote

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Guest Columnist

    In May, Indiana voters decided 10 school referendums. Nine passed. This November, two referendums were decided.

    Both were defeated.

    Since November 2009, 66 percent of referendums in May have passed. Only 38 percent of referendums in November have passed.

    Let’s think up a story about voting and see if we can explain these results.

  • COLUMN: Christmas eats abound

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The holiday season isn’t just about eating, but meals seem to be an important part of year-end celebrations for many of us. They certainly are for me.

  • ‘Dumb and Dumber’ has not aged well in theater return

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

    “We should stop reviewing comed-ies.” That is the title of an article I wrote for my website over a year and a half ago, and I’ve stuck to it, aside from “This Is the End,” but I made an exception for that since it was an apocalyptic comedy.

    After watching “Dumb and Dumber To,” I felt compelled to break my own rule again. The exception this time: a comedy sequel to a beloved movie from my youth.

  • Lookout towers stand as sentinels to history

    By TEENA LIGMAN
    Guest Columnist

  • COLUMN: Become a holiday helper

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The upcoming holidays are a time when most of us go out of our way to give to others, whether it’s to children, parents, nieces and nephews or close friends.

    A lot of us also mark Christmas by giving to those who are less fortunate, especially children.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas have long been times when we’ve reached out to others. That was on display Thursday at Evangelical United Church of Christ and the meal volunteers there to serve.

  • COLUMN: Pence earns high marks in study

    By STEPHEN KING
    Guest Columnist

    The Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., libertarian policy think tank, recently released its “2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors.” The results are positive for Indiana.

  • COLUMN: Plan now for upcoming visit by St. Nicholas

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I was chided last year for not reminding readers about the approach of St. Nicholas Day until the day before his visit. Not so this year. St. Nicholas is coming Dec. 6, so there is well more than a week to make plans to take part in a great pre-Christmas tradition. Just don’t forget to put out your shoe the evening before the big day.