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I am now totally convinced that alleged inequities in contemporary life are the direct result of education or the lack thereof. All one has to do is look at what’s going on in Washington to see the artificial solutions that are being proposed based on what really amounts to disparities in th…

Let me be clear from the beginning. I have made a lot of mistakes during my life. I have made mistakes that I don’t even know about to this day. Even the ones I do know about, I cannot remember very clearly.

If you ask me where I ate lunch yesterday, I may not be able to remember. On the other hand, if you ask me what my Little League baseball coach told me in 1980, I can tell you word-for-word.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

An aide to General Kenneth Walker used these words to describe his actions while taking part in missions to observe his crews:

Greetings to you from a distance this week. My family and I are enjoying the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We are staying high On Top of Old Smokey. Remember the song that was popular back in the ‘50s?

A few years ago I wrote about a family that lived here and moved away but still remembers with great affection their years in Decatur County.

Using only your sense of touch/feel, how would you know when one season ends and another begins? Perhaps you feel a change in temperature? Colder in the mornings than normal but still warm during the day? Maybe you feel a cold rain and wind? Add another sense such as sight (a little ambiguou…

The U.S. House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack has issued some subpoenas. Investigations of any significance usually include subpoenas. Whether it is a local prosecutor looking into a stolen bicycle, or a U.S. Attorney prosecuting a years-long investigation of organized crime, the subp…

A Facebook friend recently shared a post suggesting that mainstream Republicans had become “racists, Nazis, child molesters and blackout drunk, gang-raping prep school boys.”

Before I began this article, I did a fair amount of research on two central questions: The “will to win” and the impact of sports across America and, low and behold, I found several that were right on point. The first is entitled “Power of Football: How the sport impacts communities across t…

Major Kenneth Walker joined the Air War Plans Division in January 1941, bringing him to Washington, D.C.. He was an assistant chief of staff to Brigadier General Carl Spaatz. Walker was promoted to lieutenant colonel in July 1941.

To recite the lyrics of the immensely talented Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn;

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

I think my thermometer sprung a leak. I couldn’t believe the temperature when I went outside this morning. This is definitely jacket weather. We were warned that it would be cooler, but I was hoping it would be more gradual than it was. I like cooler days, but I don’t like it to come on so s…

In case you aren’t already excited about next year’s bicentennial, I hope Greg Shine’s experience will get you in the mood.

I admittedly had not paid any attention to last month’s series of stories in the Wall Street Journal about Facebook. These investigative pieces were inspired by an inside source at the company. She was anonymous at the time. The stories have since been adapted into a six-part podcast series.…

America was built by a group of people who disagreed about many things but still found enough common ground to write our Constitution and forge a stable republic. The battle for ratification had its elevated oratory, to be sure, but the new nation began in an environment marked by enthusiast…

Here’s the remarkable opening sentence of one of the many stories about the Hoosier GOP’s “disputed” and “contentious” redistricting plan:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Bewley’s Bakery, formerly of Westport, made people happy over many years. I can’t wait for this promise from Gert Kuntz to be fulfilled: “Just wanted to let you know I made a batch of butterfly cookie dough and put it in the freezer. When I come to Greensburg want to bring you some when I ba…

A modest request to news organizations: Please stop referring to the federal “debt ceiling.” It is a grotesquely inappropriate term.

In 2012, when President Barack Obama won a second term, Trump called the election a “total sham” and insisted the United States was “not a democracy.”

For those of you who think the “Biden Tax Bill” isn’t going to affect you very much, you might have, as my late great-aunt Nell used to say, another think coming! More than $3 trillion in new spending on Congressional pet projects, most of which discourage work and encourage dependency, has …

I have never considered myself to be boring. I may be boring to other people, but not to myself.

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

It’s been fascinating to read the copy of the memories of the Bewley’s Bakery, written by Anna (Bewley) Shireman, given to me by David Anderson.

So, the unqualified Arizona election auditors former President Donald Trump and his amen chorus pinned their hopes on came up with a surprising result.

I am back. It has been quite awhile since I was able to do this, but I think I can get it all together long enough to do it. I want to thank Eileen for taking care of this while I was away.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and it’s a great time to learn more about fire safety and taking steps to save lives. Fire Prevention Week, which kicks off on Oct. 4, highlights the different sounds fire and carbon monoxide alarms make. As a retired firefighter, I want to share some import…

One of the silliest disagreements in the Congress of the United States is over voter identification laws. In a very small nutshell, Democrats want to make it easier for people to vote without any sort of identification while Republicans want people to have a photo identification card or phot…

With such a tumultuous summer, I’m glad we are now beginning the fall season. There for a while, I didn’t think it was going to come. But, contrary to my negativity, it has arrived, and I’m delighted.

There is an ancient story that bears repeating here. The story is from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.

It is time to get your reservations in for our annual fall Achievement Night. it is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Church in the large gathering room with registration at 5:30. p.m. and the meal at 6 p.m. The theme this year is Harvest Blessings. The cost for the evening i…

Soon after I moved to Decatur County in December 1958 I learned that there was a bakery in Westport, “just down the road,” that was the best that could be found anywhere.

(Every 10 years, following the federal census, states are required to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries. In the coming weeks, members of the Indiana General Assembly will meet to decide new maps setting the precedent for the next decade of elections. What follows is an…

I’m a little worried. I think I’m starting to understand Gov. Holcomb.

RUSHVILLE – Sometime ago – I honestly don’t recall exactly how long, maybe a couple of years, maybe not – I wrote a column about all the hand-wringing over the changing climate debate.

Just identifying the giants taunting you isn’t enough. You need a battle plan that will allow you to boldly claim victory over them. This is a plan that you’ll need to follow every day (sometimes for months or years) until you see God move in your situation.

The immortal words of John Paul Jones sum up the mission of sailors in the United States Navy: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

We always welcome new members to the Extension Homemakers. If interested just call the Extension Office for more details. Our mission statement is to strengthen families through continuing education, leadership development and volunteer community service. There are several clubs throughout t…

Former resident Phil Goddard is writing much of this column today. Phil, son of Judge John and Alice Goddard, is a direct descendant of Thomas Hendrick’s wife who came to Decatur County from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Phil is a former Marion County Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Prosecutor, and…

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