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On Nov. 5, I will be voting yes for the two referendums for Zionsville Community Schools. The vote for me is a personal one because I attended an elementary school that was poorly funded and overcrowded. Most of my classes in grades K-6 had over 30 students and my classrooms consisted of con…

In the past a high school diploma was good enough for a job and a secure middle-class life. That is no longer the case. Ninety-nine percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession went to individuals with education and training beyond high school.

Jennifer McCormick will be Indiana’s last elected superintendent of public instruction — but that doesn’t mean her last election is behind her.

MICHIGAN CITY – In the wake of the new terror afflicting our schools, our Walmarts, our malls, our nightclubs, it appears we no longer have members of Congress and senators. In the House, we have cephalopods, elected every two years. In the Senate, squids, elected every six.

INDIANAPOLIS — It was a less than stellar day for my daughter in middle school.

INDIANAPOLIS — A few years ago, someone pulled a group of supposed community and thought leaders together to contribute to a blog.

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Senators take this oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental res…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right."

Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get their kids a decent education.

I recently regaled you with the legacies of the Senate lions, the late Birch Bayh and Richard Lugar. Their passing occurred just months after Indiana's newest senator, Republican Mike Braun, followed in their giant footsteps.

I’m reluctant to make political prognoses because I’m so bad at them. But I’m going to ignore my misgivings and go way out on a limb, not with a prediction but a bit of whimsical speculation.

While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to it. They have dev…

I originally used this title in a 2014 column on affirmative action. It’s based on a book written by Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter. It was published in 1992, during my last year as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University.

Joe Biden wants us to believe that all his touching speaks to how deeply he cares about other people.

I can show that over the course of his career, Nick Swisher, a journeyman player, was more-valuable to his teams than perennial All-Star and future Hall of Fame member Ichiro Suzuki was to his — that where it counts the most in baseball, Swisher was an undervalued asset and Suzuki grossly ov…

The university admissions scandal “Operation Varsity Blues” is interesting on many levels: rich people working the system; corruption and bribery in institutions of higher learning; elite, liberal universities sullied by scandal and greed. But as an economist, the episode brings other compar…

The release of Robert Mueller's finding that Donald Trump didn't collude with Russia should settle a question his critics — and, quietly, some of his allies — have asked repeatedly over the past two years: Why was he acting so guilty?

Crabgrass is one of the most prevalent weeds in Indiana lawns however it is also fairly simple to control. There are two main ways to prevent or control an infestation; cultural and chemical.

It’s a wonder that Democrats haven’t staked out a negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lately, my computer screen shows frequent ads for The Book of Mormon Musical, coming soon to Clowes Hall at Butler. While I love the book "The Book of Mormon," I don’t plan to buy a ticket. And frankly, I am disappointed that a musical aimed at demeaning any group’s beliefs has garnered such…

Ahhhhh Christmas. A time for peace, harmony, and brotherly love. So, why do our children keep fighting?

With all of the rain this fall many farmers have been harvesting in wetter field conditions than they would normally like. This has resulted in quite a few fields showing ruts. The instinct is to return to the field and fix these through aggressive tillage. This is not recommended. The ruts …

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Obituaries

Barbara Alice Russell, 97, of Zionsville, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis. Barbara was born on August 17, 1922 a daughter of the late Byron and Amelia (Wyland) Spees. She graduated from Zionsville High School in 1940, and went on to earn a degree as a R…

George C. Covington, beloved son of the late Herbert Covington and Eleanor Covington, passed away on Monday, Sept. 23rd, 2019 at the age of 82. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1937, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio as a child. He was the beloved husband of Judith, and father of Kimberely (Ferl…