Local Opinion

Lee Hamilton: Whatever happened to the optimism of youth?

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One of the things I enjoyed most throughout my political career was the opportunity to meet with young people. Almost without exception, they were curious, thoughtful and eager to face the world’s problems. I especially liked their optimism, their hope for the future.

Ask Amy: Mom’s fibs about sister’s support causes trouble

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Dear Amy: Several years back, my sister was in a pretty bad place. She was in her early 30s, still living at home, and didn’t have viable career plans. She desperately wanted to get married and have children, and none of this was working out for her, as she had very little self-confidence.

Ask Amy: Sibling haunted by mysterious mourner

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Dear Amy: My father died 20 years ago after a long battle with alcoholism. At the time, he was separated from my mother and estranged from my younger brother.

Ask Amy: Father and daughter disconnect over disclosure

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Dear Amy: In 1964, I met my wife “Laura” and her infant baby “Beth.” (Laura had gotten pregnant with a married man.)

Editorial: Here’s to a local radio legend, Sam Simmermaker

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Words like “giant,” “legend” and “icon” sometimes tend to get overused, but by the same token, they seem hardly adequate to describe longtime radio broadcaster Sam Simmermaker’s standing in the local and Indiana sports scene.

Today’s editorial cartoon

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Today’s editorial cartoon.

Mark Franke: Well, I voted on Tuesday

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I had been brooding about this for some time now and, in a particularly dark moment, determined to never vote again.

Ask Amy: Mother of gay son not ready for the pride parade

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Dear Amy: My son “Jack” is 26 years old. Five years ago, he came out to me as gay. While this didn’t fully surprise me, it saddened me. I wanted Jack to have a traditional life. I wanted to have grandchildren.

Editorial: Villas closing demands action

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When occupants of nearly 100 low-income senior households at The Villas in Columbus recently learned they soon will lose their homes, some wondered — and still wonder — where they will go.

Michael Leppert: Awful primary campaign season gave Indiana what it deserves

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French philosopher and statesman Joseph de Maistre is credited with saying it first: “Every country has the government it deserves.” In America, we more often credit the sentiment to Thomas Jefferson, who specifically said, “The government you elect is the government you deserve.”