As Madison County turns blue in regard to its rating on the state's COVID-19 dashboard, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Madison County’s health department, health care workers and residents who pulled together to get through this arduous journey.

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One thing the pandemic has made clear is that the Indiana General Assembly needs to take a serious look at the state’s long-term care system.

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Some corporations have publicly stated that they are withdrawing financial support from Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, but this will not necessarily stop the cash flow to these candidates.

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Ever the polar opposite of his grandstanding predecessor, President Joseph Biden has gone straight to work with the air of a quiet professional, having signed over a dozen executive orders just hours after being sworn into office.

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Supporters of House Bill 1498 have it all wrong. Motivated by the convenient idea of putting public notices on government websites, they want to deny Indiana residents the convenience of finding the notices — ranging from sheriff's tax sales to school reports to government budgets to information about public hearings — on an independent platform.

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Sickened by four years of poisonous politics, our country desperately needs healing that can be brought only by unity and a forward-looking posture. But more than that, we need truth and we need justice.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. In Indiana, the suicide rate — the latest data showing 16.3% — has been higher than the national average since 1999. Even more troubling, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults.

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Make no mistake, it could happen here. The pro-Trump insurrection Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol was a warning shot across the bow of statehouses across the country, including the Capitol in Indianapolis.

Madison County councilman Steve Sumner said he had no plans to resign amid allegations of child solicitation and possession of child pornography. For the good of the county, Mr. Sumner, please reconsider.

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