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This country's soul needed Wednesday. All of the formality, pomp and lofty words. The sight of presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, the former first ladies, outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, members of Congress and the Supreme Court, the January sunshine, the Washington Mall stretching into the distance, and the U.S. Capitol in the background.

I find it interesting that the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should happen so close to the celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday. Unfortunately, as most know, he was assassinated before he reached 40 years of age.

Biden-Harris take reins in hard times

Later today, Joe Biden will take the oath of office and become the 46th president of the United States. A few minutes later, Kamala Harris will be sworn in as vice president, the first woman to hold that post.

Make no mistake, it could happen here. The pro-Trump insurrection Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol was a warning shot across the bow of statehouses across the country, including the Capitol in Indianapolis.

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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If it were not for the rise of Donald Trump in 2016, there wouldn’t be a Gov. Eric Holcomb. When that year began, Holcomb was running third in the Republican U.S. Senate primary field. His political fortunes began to improve when Gov. Mike Pence picked him to replace Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Any goals the leaders and residents of Vigo County and Terre Haute have for their community come with a big question. Can their goals for this city and county come true with a dwindling, aging population? That is what's been happening, and it's not projected to change much. Unless, that is, the community doubles down on tactics to attract new residents, and not just new businesses.

Last Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building reminded me of the revisionist Confederate designation of their loss of the Civil War as “The Lost Cause.” It was a way of romanticizing the rebellion and making heroes of themselves. It also meant the embers of that terrible war kept burning.

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