Local Opinion

Editorial: Check out library’s teen section survey

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The Bartholomew County Public Library is one of our most cherished and valuable resources, open to all and deeply committed to enabling people of all ages to learn more and explore a boundless array of ideas and interests.

Editorial: MLK Day offers opportunity for reflection, service

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A mere 40 years have passed since the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the law of the land, and even fewer since all 50 states adopted an MLK holiday that will be observed tomorrow.

Michael Leppert: When a speaker stands for nothing, danger lurks

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Early in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” the title character meets his nemesis, Aaron Burr. The polished and savvy politician advises young Alexander to “talk less, smile more, don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” Republicans in the US House seem to be trying to follow the Burr plan, with the obvious exception of the “talk less” part.

John Krull: Mitch Daniels, wooed or wooing

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Mitch Daniels likes to be courted.

Lee Hamilton: Even in tumultuous times, Congress matters

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The 118th Congress convened Jan. 3, and with the GOP taking control of the House, a tightly divided Senate, and a presidential election less than two years away, sending political signals — as much to the party faithful as to Americans in general — will become a big part of the agenda on Capitol Hill.

Leo Morris: My guide to the legislature

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As another Indiana legislative session begins, there is an interesting dynamic at work.

Editorial: New prosecutor, sheriff make good first impressions

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Something highly unusual happened at the beginning of the year: Bartholomew County’s elected leadership in both the county sheriff’s and prosecutors offices changed.

Michael Hicks: Remote work state’s biggest opportunity, risk

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Indiana is in the beginning of labor market restructuring that offers a once in a century opportunity — and risk. Normally, government plays a modest role in these types of changes. But in the post-pandemic world, how well places do will largely be the result of how quickly and effectively state and local government adjusts. There is both good and bad news for Hoosier policymakers, but first some basic facts.

Brian Howey: Holcomb feeling stronger every day

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When my State Affairs Indiana colleague Kaitlin Lange asked Gov. Eric Holcomb what he was playing on his Spotify music list, he responded, “Feeling Stronger Every Day” by the legendary rock band Chicago.