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Though the state over the past two years has poured resources into improving the Department of Child Services, there's still more work to be done to ensure the department is providing the best possible services for some of Indiana's most vulnerable children.

Where will the 2020s take us? It's difficult to say. But with a forward-looking commitment to good government, local officials can set the stage for prosperity and progress.

We’ve long been aware of the dangers of smoking — over 11,000 Hoosiers die each year — but vaping’s health consequences are becoming more apparent: four Indiana deaths from vaping have been among the 54 nationwide, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A renewed effort to assure that our dwindling forest lands are treated as a precious natural commodity deserves careful consideration in the legislative session that begins in earnest Jan. 7.


Indiana government leaders are not shy about touting economic successes. With a stable manufacturing base and 3.2% unemployment rate that's below the national 3.5% rate, there are good reasons for politicians to express satisfaction.

As elected officials prepare to embark on new terms, they should redouble their resolve to serve all of their constituents conscientiously and to conduct government business with transparency.

Editor’s note: Virginia O’Hanlon, 8, wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the response was printed as an editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The piece has become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial. It is reprinted here because it captures still the enduring spirit of Christmas.

Nestle’s plan to invest $200 million in Anderson is good news for the city, adding to the tax increment financing base, bringing in new jobs and adding to the positive momentum in our community.


The fight over whether to impeach President Donald Trump is nothing less than a battle of truth versus lies, of constitutional law against executive arrogance, of good government against bad politics.

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