Dear Rep. Bucshon: Keep an open mind

Today, the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House representatives begins public hearings into allegations that President Donald Trump attempted to extort the vulnerable country of Ukraine by withholding badly needed military aid in exchange for personal political favors ahead of the 2020 election.

I attended my first college reunion last weekend. It was a charming event, attended by well over half of the living graduates of my class at a small military college in Virginia. The weekend was even more special because my oldest son is undergoing the rigors of freshman year at the same school. The occasion allowed me to share a couple of meals with him and other young men and women in his class. That led me to think about these young people, this reunion and Veterans Day.

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A steady flow of voters stood at machines, casting their ballots at the Indiana State University vote center Tuesday afternoon.By 3 o’clock, more than 300 people had voted at the campus polling site, one of 14 around the Terre Haute and Vigo County.

There’s an old saying we like — one parents and teachers should take to heart: “Give a dog a good name, and it’ll live up to it.”

Each Nov. 11, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served our country. Veterans Day is an opportunity to express our gratitude, and Indiana owes a great deal to its veterans, past and present. As of 2017, there were nearly 410,000 Hoosier veterans. Monday is about honoring all of them.

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others. And learning how to persuade, motivate and involve them — learning the skills of active citizenship, in other words — makes this a stronger, more resilient country.

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Sr. Ruth Breig, formerly Sr. Rose Michael, age 89 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the convent. Born Ruth Elaine on August 23, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio, the ninth of twelve girls, she is the daughter of Emma (Nee: Osterfeld) and John Breig. Reflectin…