Bannon and the fall of ‘populism

Is President Trump a populist or a corporatist? Is he appealing to white supremacists as a form of political opportunism — or because, deep down,...

Will members of Indiana panel be under the influence?

Those looking forward to the commission tasked with straightening out Indiana’s archaic alcohol rules may see reason for concern. Namely, that legislators serving on the...

Political courage crimps Indiana meth production

We had been the Hoosier State. The Crossroads of America, heart of the corn belt and the center of the basketball universe. Three years...

Is the Party of Lincoln now the Party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred...

Will there ever be a breaking point?

We are past the time when mournful comments about President Trump’s disgraceful behavior are sufficient. It is no longer defensible for his lieutenants or...

Mothball the Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying...

End the denial about Trump

It should not have taken the death and injury of innocents to move our nation toward moral clarity. It should not have taken President...

A case study in school performance and enrollment

A few months ago, my local paper ran a story on a local school corporation that is struggling with enrollment and budgets. This is...

Trump babbles in the face of tragedy

One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle...

Provoking his own crisis

Donald Trump assured us during his campaign, “I know words. I have the best words.” But are “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded”...