Jim and I met when we worked together as carhops at Bill’s Drive-In for 45¢ an hour plus tips. We were fourteen years old. Until now, he had attended St. Gabriel’s; I was a product of the public school. That year, we both went out for the high school track team. Jim, who was tall and lean, w…

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What if I said only deserving individuals – meaning people who meet some government standard of personal responsibility – could get a COVID-19 vaccine? Ridiculous, of course. Everyone is vulnerable to the coronavirus and equally worthy of protection.

When did it all start? Who can say? Not I. My earliest recollection was a sugary breakfast cereal for children advertising the radio broadcasts of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Up to that time, Gem razors and Shaefer beer, along with Abe Stark’s clothing store, were acceptable commercial elements in…

As COVID-19 tightened its deadly grip on our country this past year, Americans also suffered an increase in violent crime. One study documented a 30 percent rise in homicides, an unprecedented single-year jump. Los Angeles was not spared, logging more than 300 killings for the first time sin…

President Joe Biden’s recently announced infrastructure plan calls for the federal government to invest $40 billion in repairing America’s public housing stock, a move that could open a new chapter in the nation’s fraught relationship with public housing.

So, I’m reading about the cop who shot Daunte Wright in Minnesota on Sunday and the police chief who defended her deadly mistake, and I’m wondering if there has ever been a time in the history of law enforcement when an officer grabbed his Taser by accident when he meant to pull his gun.

State, county and city leaders faced a big test in the aftermath of the tragic killing of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old man shot by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter on Sunday.

Every now and then I will drive through neighborhoods to look at landscaping ideas and I always come across a beautiful flower garden or two. Ever wonder what you need to do to have one just like it? If you’d like a low-maintenance flower garden, your most important work will be done with pe…

Round two of COVID relief funds have been allocated and billions have been sent out already. Did you get $1,400 for each person in your household? Unless you had less than $80,000 in income ($160,000 for a couple), you didn’t see those checks.

We just recently passed the traditional deadline for state and federal taxes, and April 15 has come to be a dark day for many people, including those who have no faith or trust in our government. They see corruption, huge deficits and wasteful spending, and wonder why they have to pay for it…

While HB1381 was amended multiple times before eventually dying on the floor, there is a reason it still didn’t make it through the Senate. HB1381 was introduced to remove the local control over siting and building requirements of commercial scale wind and solar projects across Indiana. Whil…

‘Who the heck is Jack Hanna?” I asked the staff during a TV production meeting in the fall of 1979.

My Grandma Barbra celebrated her 80th birthday a few years ago and for her birthday I wanted to make her one of her favorite cakes from childhood. She had talked about a yellow cake with chocolate frosting that her mother, Lulu, used to make for her when she was a little girl. She said it wa…

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder is a journey through an America that most of us don’t know. It is the America of the “houseless” as the people sometimes refer to themselves. Not homeless because they have a home even if just happens to be their cars. For many of these nomads, this group of older…

It now seems the Indiana Legislature is determined to pass Senate Bill 5, which is a direct response to actions taken by local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We write this column to educate Hoosiers on the many dangers of SB 5 with a plea to Governor Holcomb that he veto the bill.

The Soul of a Woman by Isabelle Allende is this famous author’s views of the lives of women and feminism over the course of her lifetime. She was born into a family where the father left her mother with very little except three children to care for without resources. Allende’s life has, in p…

I have a long history of pies. My Great Grandma Viola Davis made pies for the old Kennard Restaurant. She was known for some of the best fruit pies in all of the county. She taught my Grandma Deloris Bolinger her pie making skills and then she passed them along to my Mom, Darla Doubman. On t…

I have been following the Indiana General Assembly since I was an intern in 1977 and later served in the House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House. In all those years, never have I seen an assault on our state’s chief executive like what is occurring in the current legislative session.

The new Georgia voting law, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp last month, has divided Georgians and other Americans along partisan lines, with Republicans hailing it as a victory for “election integrity” and Democrats condemning it as “voter suppression.” But the fight has expanded beyond the usual …

‘Godzilla vs Kong’ is a follow-up to “Godzilla” (2014), “Kong: Skull Island” (2017), and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019). Those films are respectively known as the one that kills off Bryan Cranston too early and cuts away from a monster fight that should have been the most exciting s…

In 2013, polls indicated that around 36 percent of Americans went to church every Sunday. By 2020, that figure had dropped to 24 percent. The people that never attend church (29 percent) now outnumber those who attend regularly (24 percent). Yet, the number of Americans who consider themselv…

I have a long history of pies. My Great Grandma Viola Davis made pies for the old Kennard Restaurant. She was known for some of the best fruit pies in all of the county. She taught my Grandma Deloris Bolinger her pie making skills and then she passed them along to my Mom, Darla Doubman. On t…

People always act surprised to see me. Not happy to see me – just surprised.

Herbs have been used throughout written history, and probably much longer. They were depicted on cave paintings in France, dated between 13,000 B.C. and 25,000 B.C. Herbs have been used for culinary, topical, and medicinal purposes. They are very versatile and will do well in pots and if ade…

Unless you work in the construction trades or civil engineering or perhaps in local government, you probably don’t give much thought to how clean water got to your kitchen faucet, what happens after you flush or the design of that nearby highway overpass under construction. Public infrastruc…

When the husband announced we were getting a sizable tax refund this year, I froze. It was one of those moments when you remember where you were and what you were wearing. (Middle of the kitchen, black workout pants, gray hoodie – same thing I’ve worn every day since the pandemic began.)

President Joe Biden said that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a “big mistake” last month when he eliminated mandated masks and ended capacity restrictions on businesses. Nevertheless, new COVID virus cases there have decreased 24 percent in the past two weeks.

A typical Thursday morning for me includes skipping the first exit off 74 coming east from my Indianapolis home and getting off at the second exit. This puts me strategically closer to the Starbucks and the Dunkin on SR-44.

Despite the economic uncertainty and challenges we’ve faced as a result of the pandemic, there are signs that our state’s economy continues to come back strong.

Speaking about his ambitious infrastructure plans in a press conference, President Joe Biden recently stated, “One in five miles of our highways and major roads are in poor condition,” “More than one third of our bridges” need repair, and “we rank 13th globally in infrastructure.” These stat…

Think of the great inventions, discoveries and developments in the history of mankind – the discovery of fire, the creation of the wheel, the printing press and penicillin.

Schools are designed to teach students, but ever since the pandemic hit, it’s been parents who have learned some hard lessons. They may welcome the fact that districts are finally beginning to open up, but many are also taking a more active role in their children’s education.

Do you know what reentry anxiety is? Mary Ellen read about this condition in the news and asked if I thought I might have it. She explained that many people are nervous about returning to normal behaviors after being quarantined for a year. How exactly does one behave in a post-pandemic world?

My Great-Grandma Flora Doubman made some of the best pies that anyone in Henry County had ever tasted. She taught her pie making secrets and skills to my Grandma Barbra and then my Grandma Barbra, taught them to me. I am still on my pie journey, I feel like I do not make them enough to reall…

As an American who has heard about thousands of shootings by now, I have never been asked about how I felt about any particular shooting — until a few days after the shootings at three massage businesses in Atlanta, dominated by women of Asian descent.