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Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods.

Our book, “Welfare for the Rich,” is designed to inform Americans – especially taxpayers who are footing most of the bill – about the massive movement of money from millions of middle- and lower-income Americans to much wealthier people and corporations that do not need and should not be ent…

As Congress debates how to address the economic calamity we are facing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put people to work addressing the climate crisis – and we should start by hiring laid-off oil and gas workers to help lead the way.

Supermarket cashiers, stockers, butchers and bakers all play a vital but long undervalued role in our food chain. During the pandemic, they have been on the front lines risking – and too often losing – their lives to make sure that our families and communities stay fed.

With apologies to Rod Serling, Consider, if you will, Rod and Rhonda, two ordinary Hoosiers doing what they customarily do each weekday in the Economic Zone.

It wasn’t all that long ago when the right-wing conspiracy theorists were insisting that Barack Obama was plotting to enact martial law, commandeer farm land and food supplies and lock up his political enemies in concentration camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the coronavirus “the Trump virus,” explaining that the president has caused deaths with his initial, ho-hum reaction to it. The verbal assault should be no surprise. After all, she said Republicans “were trying to get away with murder” on a police reform…

Texas has had the highest number of deaths among prison inmates of the 50 states. At 94 deaths and with nearly a quarter of the populations infected with the coronavirus, the prison system must reconsider how it ensures the health and well-being of its inmates.

Our youngest son was born late in our marriage; then he married late. Consequently, we have a grandson, Maxwell, who is not quite 3 years old. (Fear not; I’m not fond of cute grandchildren stories, and I don’t intend to burden my readers with any.) Grandparents are known for tolerating behav…

The Shelbyville News posted on Facebook asking readers if they had questions for the younger generation. Haley Pritchett, a 19-year-old intern, answers them below.

How do you feel about wearing a mask in public to prevent spread of COVID-19?

Lisa Murkowski told her fellow senators that President Trump’s conduct in the Ukrainian affair that led to his impeachment was far from perfect. “The president’s behavior was shameful and wrong,” said the Alaska Republican. “His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this gr…