Saturday, January 20, 2018

A New Year’s resolution to help fill backpacks with food for...

As my family finished Christmas lunch and gathered in the living room at our grandparents’ house to talk and spend more time together, the...

A most dreadful inaugural address

Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done...

Starbucks and our pursuit of snobbery

Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced — he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist — one of...

Vice President Pence should stand up for the press

Will the real Mike Pence please stand up? Is our vice president the one who, as Indiana governor, attempted to create a state-run news agency...

Trail, another trail, a tower, Trump, and a man I’ll miss

My personal periscope is up and it’s looking around. It’s found some things to look for in 2017. • The completion of the Interurban Trail....

Being encouraged, and encouraging

Encouragement can come from unexpected, perhaps the least likely, sources. Have spent the better part of the past week or more in a hospital room —...

Why the Russian collusion probes matter

In the eyes of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the emerging scandal of Russian collusion with the 2016 presidential campaign and the...

Honoring Aunt Nanny’s memory by serving others

I’ve been putting this column together in my head for the past few weeks but thought I had more time before I needed to...

Will Trump exhaust our democratic capacities?

Political leaders in democracies have a few core obligations. They are charged with solving today’s problems and preparing their nations for the future. They...

Laws that subvert the rule of law

When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule...