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The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between experimental nodes at UCLA and Stanford. And in some industries, it remains a great equalizer – giving upstart creators and service providers the sort…

You’ve probably had them come to your door or seen them standing outside near Walmart. These are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and they make their presence known in the community.

Newly announced reforms to the H-1B immigrant visa system have the potential to reduce the number of foreign workers allowed into the U.S., just as the Donald Trump administration intends. The problem is that goal makes no sense. If implemented, the changes will seriously harm many businesse…

Newly announced reforms to the H-1B immigrant visa system have the potential to reduce the number of foreign workers allowed into the U.S., just as the Donald Trump administration intends. The problem is that goal makes no sense. If implemented, the changes will seriously harm many businesse…

Pfizer officials announced on Oct. 16 that the pharmaceutical giant won’t be ready to apply for FDA approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until the third week of November.

If you were hoping that this was going to be the year of government action to lower prescription drug prices, I’m here to say that is not going to happen – even though the House of Representatives passed far-reaching legislation almost a year ago that would allow Medicare to begin negotiatin…

The socialistically inspired Sen. Bernie Sanders is still running for president, not the kind who gives an inaugural speech and sits in the Oval Office, but the kind who manipulates the person behind the desk, doing anything that works for the sake of poison policies.

For a moment’s respite from pandemic news that can seem unrelentingly bad, cast your mind into the future – say, to November 2021.

I keep pretty good track of changes in the Indiana Code, but I came across one recently that I had missed. As of last year, city police and firefighters no longer have to live inside their county or a bordering county. Now, they can live in a non-bordering county up to 50 miles from city limits.

Every morning, wildland firefighters gather around radios to listen to the weather forecast. This summer, I was part of the team that fought a fire near Big Sur. When I heard the staticky voice announce that temperatures would exceed 105 degrees, the forecast sounded like a death sentence.

The global coronavirus pandemic “has fueled a crisis for democracy across the world,” according to a bracing report, “Democracy under Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Struggle for Freedom,” from the nonpartisan watchdog Freedom House.

Our nation’s Founding Fathers instituted the national census as a count of all people, an enumeration that is the basis of federal funding, the distribution of political representation among the states and even private sector decisions, such as whether to open a store in a community.

Last week the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced, and, as happens nearly every year, when I read the winner’s name, I felt stupid. As a former English teacher, I suspect that I read as much as the average person, and I try to stay current with what’s going on in the world of literature…

Buried deep within an otherwise reasonable directive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19 testing at reopened schools is wording that is out of sync with both the dangers of the current pandemic and existing state rules about infectious disease at schools.

What are we to make of the confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett?

If you had to choose one food to live on for the rest of your life, what would it be? I provide this question as a public service for those in long-term relationships who are pretty much stuck at home and desperately need something to debate.

The novel, Jack by Marilynn Robinson, follows three other novels set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. Actually, Jack, who grew up in Gilead, the son of a Presbyterian minister, is no longer in his hometown. We meet Jack in St. Louis, living in a single room, making his way with an occa…

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has refused to prosecute more than half of the protest-related cases referred to his office by law enforcement officials in Portland, Oregon. That’s 543 cases that will never be tried.

If Republican senators steamroll Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court, she could become the crucial fifth vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare. That represents a serious threat to families of color.

It’s spooky season, and you know what that means – bundling up on the couch with your coziest socks and a hot cup of pumpkin spice or apple cider or chai tea (that’s an argument for another day) and rewatching your favorite Halloween movies.

Lots of big news in the world of candy. First, as you may have heard, due to COVID there will be no Peeps this Halloween. In fact, there may be no Halloween this Halloween.

The President of the United States – the leader of the free world, arguably the most powerful person on the planet – has contracted a dangerous virus, and I’m not sure how I should act.

Every Sunday, my sister Diana and I talk on the phone. She is retired from her job at the University of Kentucky and still lives near Lexington. We talk about sports (although she has a degree from I.U., she is now a fan of U.K. basketball), politics, news and, especially family. We never gr…

I’m a born and bred (mostly Jewish rye) New Yorker, but I’ve lived for 40 years in Indianapolis. I’ve eaten biscuits and gravy for breakfast, lunch and dinner (not all on the same day). I’ve had a pork tenderloin that is four times bigger than the bun, and I even wear shorts when it’s below …

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a distressing downturn has occurred – cancer screenings dramatically decreased across the country. Early detection of cancer can improve the chances of survival. By delaying screening, patients are also delaying treatment and putting their health at risk.

Indicting famous people for past crimes has become a popular pastime in our present culture. The media and the general public have been charging well-known individuals with past crimes and misdemeanors, many of which were acceptable, even praiseworthy, acts when they were committed. The mood…

I’m thinking of doing something different in the gubernatorial election. Some will say I would be wasting my vote.

Deploying disinformation as well as other asymmetric tactics, Russia attacked America’s 2016 election. “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary (Hillary) Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess (…

Having spent Constitution Day on Sept. 17 talking about it to anyone who would listen, I realized that it (the Constitution) bears more reflection on my part. But first, a digression.