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As I have gotten older, the love I had for snow during the winter as a youngster in southern Minnesota has kind of disappeared. Weather reports I’ve seen from up there have listed temperatures about 10 or 15 degrees below what we’ve been having, which isn’t too bad.

Last week marked the anniversary of an unprecedented attack on democracy in the United States. Jan. 6 of last year is the day a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop certification of the people’s vote for the highest office in the land.

The call came at the wrong moment. A woman who wouldn’t give me her name dialed my office. She wanted to take me to task for criticizing Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. I’d written saying that Rokita’s nonsensical statements that the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t really a problem were, well, nonsense.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot deserves credit for standing up to the Chicago Teachers Union. But the fact that so many Chicago teachers were willing to abandon their students in the first place is disgraceful. The next time they walk off the job in violation of the law, she shouldn't negotiate with them — she should fire them.


Back in 1976, I read a short newspaper story citing French demographer and scholar Emmanuel Todd, who forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his essay, “The Final Fall,” Todd deduced that the USSR suffered from stagnation, low birth rate and high infant mortality, rising suicides, alc…

Sixty years ago today, I was finishing up my course work of my ninth semester at what was then Anderson College. Holding down a part-time job during most of my college years, I couldn’t complete graduation requirements in four calendar years, so an extra semester was needed. Fortunately, tha…

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Sometime soon, members of a select committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will release findings related to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, in the U.S. Capitol. For the sake of our democracy, leaders of both parties should pay attention to what they have to say.

A highly polarizing election and disagreements on COVID-19 policies have caused major rifts not only between political parties, but also within Indiana’s Republican leadership, which doesn’t bode well for the year ahead.

Today, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and many people throughout the world celebrate the season as a time of peace, love, healing and putting differences aside.

Editor’s note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran …

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