Monday is the 25th anniversary of the first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So we have to ask: What would the nation’s best-known martyr for civil rights think of 2020 America?

Important issues tend to be difficult, with deeply entrenched opinions and interests. They also attract the attention of media, political leaders, citizens and especially lobbyists. Recently, while explaining the results of two very contentious studies, I was asked who paid for them. That is a fair question, of course, which is why we put the name of the sponsoring organization on the study itself. But it also leads to other questions about the nature of university research — how and why we do what we do.

Recently, the old joke that the orange construction barrel is Indiana’s state flower has been told with unprecedented frequency around the Hoosier State. The proliferation of orange and white that motorists encounter across all 92 counties in our state is a visual confirmation of a historic effort by INDOT and local transportation agencies to rebuild and modernize Indiana’s highways and local roads.

Hoosier senator would be wise to temper impeachment rhetoric

At a time when fiery rhetoric is the hallmark of a highly partisan political environment, U.S. Sen. Todd Young has often approached the most heated debates in muted tones.

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Bernie Sanders is rising, and conventional wisdom is that a Democratic nomination of the Vermont Democratic socialist will play right into President Trump’s reelection wheelhouse. But look back to the faint echoes of 2016 here in the Hoosier State, and polling this week from Morning Consult injects doubt into that conventional wisdom.

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It's a miracle that Terre Haute didn't become a ghost town after Prohibition hit a century ago today. Ingenuity, resilience and, frankly, a culture of unabashed illegalities gradually filled the economic void created when the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect seconds after midnight on Jan. 17, 1920. The law changed Terre Haute for decades.

My previous column warned that growing inequality between regions in the United States is the most pressing issue of our time. I promised this week to write about potential remedies. Before doing so, I want to remind readers that there are strong economic forces behind growing inequality.

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