Illinois a joking matter no longer

Over the past several years many folks in the Midwest have enjoyed a good chuckle at the expense of Illinois and its hapless public...

Trump is letting down his loyal voters

Attending five Donald Trump campaign rallies in Indiana last year was to witness a fledgling political figure connect with Hoosiers just as Barack Obama...

I alone can fix

It began as a rumble and has swelled to a chorus. Anonymous White House aides, outside well-wishers and Republican apparatchiks are all begging President...

A constitutionally impossible relationship

Succeeding in politics in a democratic nation is different from making a go of it in a business centered on one person -- or...

Municipal pools and parks matter

With schools in Indiana now releasing students for summer break, pools and parks across the state have become busy. Like many other Hoosiers, my...

Engineering without a license

Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in...

The role of the judiciary in America

In 1787, the 12 states adopted the Constitution of the United States of America.  In the Constitution, there are three branches of government.  By...

The diplomacy of narcissism

The problem with “America First” is that it describes an attitude, not a purpose. It substitutes selfishness for realism. It implies that nations can go...

Public broadcasting: Superfluous yet seemingly immortal

As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality...

A U.S. retreat from the world order

Several years ago I asked a farmer friend of mine in Decatur County if he was seeing the impacts of climate change. “More severe...