Saturday, January 20, 2018

Good riddance, 2016

Viewing 2016 in retrospect — doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it — the year resembles a china shop...

The real cost of protectionism

When the president speaks of closed factories scattered like “tombstones” across America, has he noticed the shuttered stores in shopping centers, and entire malls...

The legacy of the Pence governorship

In politics, first and last impressions are impactful ...

Contrasting our Statehouse to Capitol Hill

Years ago my late journalist colleague Harrison J. Ullmann of NUVO Newsweekly used to chide the Indiana General Assembly by frequently calling it “America’s...

Fox’s sex appeal problem

Bill O’Reilly’s downfall has led to plenty of schadenfreude in the media, but I’m not sure the right lessons will be learned out of...

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...

The coming $100 million U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race between Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Paul Helmke in 1998 ended up in the $4 million range. In 2010, Republican...

Today’s kids need a taste of parents’ 1970s summertime

Ah, summer is upon us. That means the media are publishing a spate of articles that offer tips to parents on how to make their...

The GOP’s Southern Gothic page-turner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the...

To afford small schools, merge small corporations

A number of recent studies examining the cost efficiency of Indiana’s school corporations report that corporations with fewer than roughly 2,000 students face very...