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  • Stop playing with my food Those who know me, or who regularly read this column, know that food issues — including local foods, food security, manipulated (GMO) foods and chemical-free foods — are among my favored topics. Food issues affect our own health and safety, the economy of our local communities, as well as the planet’s welfare.

    February 12, 2014

  • Pragmatism lacking in politics There's a reason I try to remain apolitical: It's easier on my blood pressure. I'm not apathetic. I try to stay informed — to a level I can tolerate. That level just happens to be very low.

    February 5, 2014

  • There's no parenting like snow parenting Lately, I’ve been feeling rather — well — appalled. Seemingly well-adjusted, intelligent, kind-looking adults are pillorying their children for everyone to hear. In one hour I heard one mother say on the evening news, “If they cancel school again, I’m selling my children,” while a contributor to NPR equated another day home with the kids with both betrayal and despair.

    February 5, 2014

  • Reset resolutions when motivation wanes So how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Thriving? Wilting? Dead? The barriers have been huge for the beginning of 2014. The phrase “two-hour delay” has achieved the same status as four-letter words in our home.

    February 5, 2014

  • Watching for the winter gold The XXII Olympic games start this Friday in Sochi. I will be watching but not as avidly as some. As a person who isn’t overly fond of the cold, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I much prefer the summer games over winter. Still, there is something to be said about watching athletes risk life and limb for a medal.

    February 5, 2014

  • Some legislation flies under the radar If you’ve ever blown past a school bus with its bright red “stop” arm extended, convinced you wouldn’t get caught breaking the law because no police were around, you might think twice about trying it again. This week the Indiana House voted overwhelmingly to let schools put cameras on those stop arms. Police could use the video to slap hard-to-catch violators with fines up to $1,000. If Senate members like the bill as much as its authors think they will, the evidence-gathering cameras could be in place by July 1.

    February 5, 2014

  • Laws produce unintended consequences Chuck Brimbary is a no-excuses kind of guy. Five years ago, he inherited a world of problems when he took over as school superintendent in Peru, a city of 13,000 people in rural Miami County. The high school graduation rate was stuck below 69 percent. Absenteeism and drop-out rates were among the state’s highest. Test scores were scraping bottom. The district faced a state takeover.

    January 29, 2014

  • Hutcheson, Scott Community development recipe is complex A former colleague of mine was attending a faculty function when he struck up a conversation with another professor. My friend had spent his 35-year career doing research and outreach in economic and community development helping communities, big and small, grow their economy and improve the quality of life. The other professor was an aeronautical engineer.

    January 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Curt Emanuel Plants could sustain cold weather injury The first full week of January brought with it weather that central Indiana hadn’t experienced in nearly 20 years. Temperatures on Jan. 6 and 7 fell to around minus 15 degrees in both Lafayette and Indianapolis and were likely a few degrees colder in rural areas. Temperatures remained below zero for nearly a day and a half; 34 hours in Indianapolis and 35 hours in Lafayette. How did these temperatures affect horticultural plants?|The first full week of January brought with it weather that central Indiana hadn't experienced in nearly 20 years. Temperatures on Jan. 6 and 7 fell to around minus 15 degrees in both Lafayette and Indianapolis and were likely a few degrees colder i

    January 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • It’s time to have 'the talk' There’s never a good time. It’s always awkward. Nevertheless, we’re going to discuss it right here and now. Yes, right in the midst of one of the coldest winters on record, we are going to talk about global warming.

    January 29, 2014

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