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On the last day of 2021 I found an editorial in what’s becoming one of my favorite national newspapers, The Wall Street Journal. This particular piece was titled “The Conformity Crackup of 2021.” The upshot of the piece was that there’s an overwhelming amount if evidence to prove a point tha…

Focus is an essential part of getting something done. Sometimes my focus is more on yesterday than it is today. I waste a lot of time looking backward.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Well, I guess we are back to winter in Indiana. We just need to be careful driving in the winter as well as staying out too long when it is really cold.

I had a most interesting experience recently. I had a conversation with a Research Aerospace Engineer and Research Scientist for NASA. Dr. George Stephen Deiwert worked at the Ames Research Center in California from 1963 until he retired in 1995. It was great news that Dr. Deiwert has roots …

Everyone will have a favorite piece of legislation to root for or against this session of the Indiana General Assembly, so there is a chance some of the lesser bills will escape attention.

Back on December 13, 2021, the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page ran a piece about the true cost of the president’s Build Back Better plan.

If you had the opportunity to speak to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, she would probably tell you that one of my strengths is forgetting.

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

GREENSBURG – Happy New Year! What a beautiful morning. It is a welcome change from all those dark days and rain we had.

On New Year’s Day, I always think about Norman and June Schlemmer. For years, Norman and I argued about black-eyed-peas. We both had southern roots and, in the South, you must eat black-eyed-peas in order to have good luck during the coming year. I personally thought, and still do think, tha…

Indiana Republican lawmakers are considering several issues related to public schools for debate during their next legislative session, begins the story in Newsweek, “including potentially adding the choice to be identified on the ballot with a particular political party when running for a s…

The first week of a new year is upon us! We’re already into the 22nd year of a new century, which is almost impossible to believe. This week, as in the first weeks of years gone by, I’m going to reflect on where we’ve been and where we seem to be going.

As we approach the New Year, we often talk about making a resolution. Over the past 12 months, we may have found ourselves stumbling and letting down on the resolution(s) made for 2021. It certainly happens. Here are nine tips to help you develop some new “habits” that may also help you to s…

Unlike most people, I love my imperfections; those imperfections of mine do not cause me much trouble.

The Extension Homemakers would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. We hope everyone will take all health precautions to stay safe in the new year.

Mary Sue McGinn and David Schlemmer join Lou Alexander from last week to tell us their memories of Christmases past. Remember to tell your children and grandchildren what you remember about Christmas when you were a child.

The whole thing started with remarks by Fox News personality Jesse Watters at an event sponsored by Turning Point USA.

With a brand new year just a few days away, I’ve got a topic that the Big Ten Conference ought to look at closely. But before I bring it up, I have to admit that it will sound just a little like sour grapes, and maybe it is, but I don’t really care if it does or not.

With the start of the 2022 legislative session just around the corner, I’m grateful for another opportunity to serve our community. This year, we’ll look at issues ranging from supporting public safety to protecting individual liberties. As I continue preparing for session, I encourage Hoosi…

Here in Lockport, New York, as in much of the U.S., the rituals of Christmas are celebrated in very specific ways. We decorate our homes with lights and our lawns with illuminated Santas. Children write letters to the North Pole. And on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day people gather together …

Everybody has their own definition of what naughty is. So my great concern is why we allow this man called Santa Claus from the North Pole to determine who is naughty or nice?

Last Tuesday, I was a guest of Lynn Six Bewley at the Optimist Club of Greensburg for their Christmas evening.

I’m not an economist, so I can’t delve too deeply into the intricacies of inflation.

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! This coming Friday is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is this Saturday! Those two wonderful occasions also mean that the following week is the last one for the year 2021. A week from Saturday, Christmas Day, will be New Year’s Day and the begin…

Every year at this time I like to visit my memories of a small Ohio town where I lived in the early to mid-1960s. West Liberty is a small town of about 1,800 on U. S. Highway 68 between Urbana and Bellefontaine.

The New Jersey political style is simmering truculence between brawls. Chris Christie, the state’s former two-term Republican governor, indicates — by his words and, as important, his demeanor of surplus pugnacity — that he is spoiling for a fight.

Aren’t you tired of all those predictably boring ceremonial solemnization stories in the news? The 5th or 10th commemoration of this, the 25th or 50th anniversary of that.

Before beginning this week I must correct something I wrote from last week. It is not BoBo’s Soda Shop. It is BeBo’s Soda Shop. Adrienne Chambers saw the mistake and she should know since it was her dad, Beryl Gay, who had the shop. Thank you Adrienne.

Christmastime is here again and we are busy making plans, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, putting up the tree and finishing with the Christmas decorations.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is being attacked in Indiana. Specific reasons are rarely identified. Some folks suggest that EL is the sole domain of the family and that current SEL programming represents over-reach by the schools.

I just finished reading a book that contains profound significance and relevance to the times in which we’re living now. The book is titled “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times” and was written by David S. Reynolds. It was published just last year.

I sat in a doctor’s office as he explained the surgery required to repair the abdominal hernia that I had been diagnosed with.

Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Winter sure came on with a vengeance, but the forecasters say it is going to warm up again. I’ve had enough and am ready for spring. I guess you might call me a fair weather friend. I’m glad the snow didn’t make it here. I don’t have to have a white Christmas to have a merry one.

Judy Bayless, who helped Gladys Pike explain some of the St. Paul Museum treasures to us, showed me the table that was floated down the Ohio in 1831. It’s a simple wooden table, nothing fancy, but we sat there thinking about what it went through to get to St. Paul. While Judy and I were on o…

When Scott G. Stewart suggested Supreme Court precedents were keeping state legislatures from considering recent advancements in medicine, Justice Sonia Sotomayor balked.

Fort Wayne – Do me a favor. Pause for a moment today and consider what a miracle you are.

RUSHVILLE – One of the greatest things to happen in Rush County in nearly the last 50 years was announced last month.

As we approach the Christmas season, let us think about giving rather than receiving.

Have you visited the St. Paul museum? A friend asked if I’d been to the St. Paul museum. The answer was no because I didn’t even know there was a museum in St. Paul.

I’m sitting here still eating turkey three days after Thanksgiving and thinking: Leftovers are food nostalgia.

In recent weeks, I have had a marked increase in opportunities for discussions with readers of my weekly column. As one might imagine in American culture, these “opportunities” are usually initiated through some form of objection to the opinion about which I wrote. Lucky me! Columnists could…

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