GREENSBURG - As we drive into Greensburg on Highway 46, it is so nice to be welcomed by the painting on the corner of Main and N. East streets. It represents Greensburg and Decatur County very well, since we are a farming community. The artist did a great job. There are few more paintings in…

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GREENSBURG - Today, I have a remarkable story to share with you about a young author, a very young author, who has ties with Decatur County. You probably know his grandparents, Vince and Mary Witkemper Smith, or his parents David and Jennifer Smith. David graduated from Greensburg Community …

INDIANAPOLIS—Not long ago, the FBI confirmed that its 2018 investigation of then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a sham.

I recently read an opinion piece in the June 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal that vaguely reminds me of similar events from 40 years ago. The June 30 piece was about the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 of this year. If you’ve been paying attention to the …

I will be writing this column for a few weeks while Alice is recovering from a broken ankle and taking therapy. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

You may remember Dan Markham, who was sports writer and then editor of the Greensburg Daily News several years ago. He and I worked there at the same time. I do like to remind everyone that I recognized right away that he was an outstanding writer. I’m glad to report that he is still writing.

Adam Smith’s 1776 warning needs updating. He said: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” If you have an unromantic understanding of government, y…

Thank you, Simone Biles, for pulling me out of the funk I’d talked myself into over sports.

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and …

RUSHVILLE – Have you ever really wondered why the Biden administration stopped building the wall along our southern border? Is it because we’re such a warm and welcoming nation that we’re happy to admit drug dealers, convicted criminals, child molesters, and other unsavory individuals? Or ar…

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin.”

I wish you could have been with us a couple of weeks ago in New Point, Salt Creek Township, talking with George Metz Jr., Don Schilling and Dan Doles. We met in the Masonic Lodge. Loads of history in that building. Of the six lodges that were in Decatur County at one time in addition to the …

The video starts with a busload of people reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They are answering the call of their president, Donald J. Trump.

Have you ever wondered why the Biden administration is letting in more illegal immigrants and opposes voter identification? On the one hand, the Trump administration limited or shut down entirely the admission of illegal aliens by re-starting the construction of a wall all along our southern…

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew what they were getting into. As we celebrate the 4th of July 245 years later with flags and fireworks, it’s easy to forget that these patriots risked death to give a new nation life.

I hate to begin with my thoughts on the weather because just as sure as I do it changes before this comes out in print, so I enjoy every day as it comes.

GREENSBURG – A friend gave me a book one time titled “The Specialist” by Charles (Chic) Sale. It was new to me. It’s about a man who is a “champion privy builder.” Now I know that most of you have no idea what a privy is. Well, it’s an outside bathroom. I’m not sure if a family’s wealth or s…

One day last week, an 82-year-old woman named Wilma Ball was stabbed to death in her home at Lake James. According to a sheriff’s deputy, it was the first homicide in Steuben County since 2016.

INDIANAPOLIS—When he struck a deal with moderate Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate on the infrastructure plan, President Joe Biden had more than updating and maintaining roads and bridges in mind.

RUSHVILLE – One of the most difficult problems we currently face in this country is illegal and undocumented immigration of people from beyond our southern border entering the United States. Coming to this country hasn’t always been the problem it is today. To quote from History.com, “The Un…

I must confess that I’m not always aware of everything that is before me. I admit I miss a lot of things set before me. I don’t do this intentionally.

GREENSBURG – Summer is with us including all the weather we have had. First hot, then rain and storms and no electricity. It really makes us realize all that happens when we flip that switch and no electric. I guess that is part of summer weather!

After the City of Gary was hit with a cyber ransomware attack, it had to rebuild its servers. LaPorte County ended up paying cyber criminals $132,000 after it was hit with ransomware.

FORT WAYNE – When I was in my late 20s – at an age when I knew Utopia was just around the corner if only we could complete the task of perfecting the human race – I discovered Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

Fox News star Tucker Carlson calls it a cult. Will Cain, co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend, calls it “modern-day Jim Crow.”

Whether commuting to and from work or heading to the grocery store, roads play an important role in our daily lives. Sound infrastructure is also crucial for a strong, vibrant economy, and future growth and opportunities. After more than a decade of planning, the state will be investing near…

I’m reasonably sure that most people who follow politics are aware that one of the things the current administration says we need to spend more millions of dollars on is job training. The presumption is that there are no federal of state job training programs already in existence.

Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don’t know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.

“Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.” – Acts 9:8

I don’t know about you, but I am sure enjoying these cooler days with less humidity than we had last week. It makes for more pleasant time outside. I am enjoying seeing all the flowers that are blooming right now. And have you heard all the locusts singing in the trees? They are thick flying…

Hi there. I’m Buddy, Mom’s precious dog, writing Mom’s column today. I’m an Australian Sheperd just like Taussie who came before me and who I heard oh so much about when I first got here, sheesh!

There is something about German father-son relationships that confuse and astound those of different heritages. That relationship appears irretrievably broken to most. Think of the historical examples of King George II and his rebellious son Frederick (George III’s father). Or of Ludwig van …

In 2019, Indiana had 140,000 households headed by women without a spouse living with their children under age 18, according to the Census Bureau.

I’ve always been more or less interested in language and think of myself as reasonably familiar with English. My interest, upon reflection, has been focused on archaic language or, put another way, words that used to be popular but are no longer in use.

The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I’m caught up, I see another thing I need to do.

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.” – Luke 15:11-12, NIV

CARTHAGE – It is hard to believe that 2020 Carthage Queen Barb Proctor’s reign is coming to an end and a new Queen must be chosen!

I’m back. Thank you, Eileen, for filling in for me for a few weeks while my computer was in the shop. It’s amazing how much we depend on our electronics and how we miss them when we don’t have them. I think I read anything available, worked a lot of puzzles, sewed multiple items, all while I…

I’ve been looking forward to sharing my take on David Fry’s book. Now that the time is here, it just may be an overwhelming undertaking. It is difficult to attempt to explain why the book “Purpose in the Darkness” by David Fry has seldom left my mind since reading it.

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States, a holiday sandwiched between the patriotic holidays of Memorial Day and Independence Day. Unfortunately, almost no one honors it by flying flags or other appropriate decorations. It’s sad, really.

For the first time in history, the president of the United States promised Americans “free beer.”

I read an interesting quote from the New York Times the other day about what’s been called the 1619 Project.

One day this past week, I decided to stay home and catch up on a little bit of reading. It’s not often that I take a day and not go to the office and just pander around the house. Sometimes it’s necessary to do such a thing, and I don’t do it often enough.

“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

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