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MARK BENNETT: Novembers to remember
The events surrounding the Indiana Statehouse in the past few weeks shouldn’t be surprising.
Some proposed laws got the public’s attention, such as those that would prevent communities from restricting the presence or use of guns in public settings, or prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment.
MARK BENNETT: Imaginary lines: Borders that define, divide us depicted in artist's series
Invisible lines shape, alter and end lives.
Borders define people, even though the dirt, rocks and trees look the same on both sides.
MARK BENNETT: Community effort needed to reverse trend in under-18 population
Vigo County needs an exodus czar.
Not the biblical Exodus. Instead, this exodus (lower-case e) refers to the departure of young people from this community, as revealed in the newly released 2010 Census figures.
MARK BENNETT: Lawmakers should question smoking-law exemptions, including those for nursing homes
The amendments inside House Bill 1018 pretty much say it all about Indiana’s relationship with smoking.
MARK BENNETT: Future of small post offices remains uncertain
Prairieton has never had a stoplight.
The highway, Indiana 63, curves uninterrupted through the little, unincorporated town of 250 residents a few miles south of “the city,” Terre Haute. Even without a stoplight, though, Prairieton probably looked busy to some motorists who didn’t blink while passing through back in the 1960s. The place had an elementary school, a church, a barber shop, general store, hardware store, gas and service station, volunteer fire department, a ballpark with Little League and Babe Ruth League teams, a fairgrounds and summertime town fair, and, of course, a post office.
MARK BENNETT: Battle of Wills
"Serenity now” is hardly the mantra inside the halls of Congress.
MARK BENNETT: Built on Civility
In the depths of the recession, Americans faced the temptation to lose respect for others’ livelihoods.
MARK BENNETT: Social politics
The next mayor of Terre Haute could be your friend.
Even if the two of you have never met.
MARK BENNETT: Gains outlast pains on long journey to graduation day
Numbers could flood my brain today, but they won’t. True, new statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau tell us that 54,365,177 Americans hold a four-year college degree, or 27.5 percent of the nation’s adult population.
Mark Bennett: Story of Jeannie Ji’s journey puts human face on link between Korea, America
Americans read, watch and hear news reports of the tension on a peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea.
MARK BENNETT: Apple peels The Beatles’ legacies down to the music
It looked so minimal. Thirteen albums. Two-hundred and 13 songs. Classic album artwork and photos. Lyrics that became part of the culture.
Mark Bennett: Hosting 2012 presidential debate would benefit Indiana and the country
Indiana became a player in the presidential selection process in the 2008 campaign.
MARK BENNETT: New York City Marathon winner and Olympic silver medalist in town for Cross Country Championships
Often, he runs alone, in a physical sense. Few training partners could keep up with Meb Keflezighi. In fact, only a few living humans are capable of matching him stride for stride. But this 5-foot, 5-inch-tall guy with the funny sounding name (pronounced ka-FLEZ-ghee) didn’t become America’s best distance runner without help.
Mark Bennett: If cash-strapped schools need additional funding, they have to ask voters through a referendum to go beyond tax cap
Rough crowd, as Rodney Dangerfield would say.
Mark Bennett: One age group defied the GOP landslide election on Tuesday
Change is coming, eventually.
A sign of that inevitability emerged in Tuesday’s election results. However, this hint of things to come clashes with the images of Republicans celebrating an overwhelming return to power in the U.S. House of Representatives, just four years after losing control of that chamber of Congress. Hidden within exit-poll statistics, the sign is subtle, yet significant.
Mark Bennett: Will ‘enthusiastic discontent’ give rise to a new political party in America?
Autumn overwhelms our senses. Golden, falling leaves. Cool air. Bonfires (prior to the open-burn ban, of course). Cornstalks rustling in the breeze.
And a tirade by the Rent Is Too Damn High Party guy.
MARK BENNETT: Pulitzer Prize winning columnist to speak at ISU
Slogans are compact enough to find a spot in the minds of busy people. Detailed and unjaded explanations often require extra space and time.
Mark Bennett: The ‘dynamic’ life of Roger Cheeks has opened doors and left its mark
Roger Cheeks returned to his hometown this month to inspire others, using his singing voice and Gospel tunes in a concert on the Indiana State University campus.
MARK BENNETT: Words to live by: Ethical will defines what you stand for
Many parents assume their beliefs and values, life lessons and hopes for the future are obvious to their children.
MARK BENNETT: Hard-working and well-meaning, Hoosiers can lose track of ‘common sense,’ too
Indiana is good.
You can live, work and raise a family here in relative peace, because most other folks want to do those things, too.
MARK BENNETT: As ‘The Walk’ grows into a Homecoming ritual, ISU works to make the best of the situation
Making the best of a situation.
People who master that elusive skill probably live longer, chew fewer Rolaids and sleep more peacefully.
MARK BENNETT: Time to recall the strength exhibited by people of this nation in the face of tragedy
The difference between Sept. 12, 2001, and Sept. 12, 2010, amounts to more than a flip of two digits.
It’s worth remembering how America responded to the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.
MARK BENNETT: Bookmobiles still filling a void in era of budget cutting and branch closings
The spin of a rotary phone would seem like an eternity, these days.
MARK BENNETT: Report shows Terre Haute MSA saw 1.2 percent increase in personal incomes in 2009 … but the numbers may be misleading
Somewhere, someone thinks the grass is greener around Terre Haute. And the paychecks are, too.
MARK BENNETT: Americans staying on the job longer than previous generations
There’s only one Brett Favre in the NFL. But in the American workplace, there are lots of Brett Favres.
Mark Bennett: Recession may be creating ‘baby boom’ effect in terms of people pursuing higher education
America seems to be reacquainting itself with the lost message that college is good. More education leads to more options, more pay and more job security — usually.
Many universities and colleges anticipate record enrollments when fall classes start later this month. Surges typically occur during recessions, and heaven knows the latest was the Mother of All Recessions. In the fall of 2008, an all-time high of 39.6 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in a two- or four-year college. The growth, particularly at the community college level, appears to have expanded even more, though updated figures aren’t yet complete.
MARK BENNETT: First jobs are extraordinarily valuable
They’re usually easy to spot. Wide eyes. A nervous smile. A manager peering over their shoulders.
MARK BENNETT: 30 years ago, the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympic Summer Games denied ISU gymnast Kurt Thomas a chance at history
If anybody could’ve beaten the Soviets, it was Kurt Thomas. But his best opportunity — on the grandest stage in sports, 30 years ago last week — was denied by politics.
MARK BENETT: Documentary to shine a light on Terre Haute from all angles
When an outside spotlight shines on Terre Haute, the results sometimes aren’t sweet.
Mark Bennett: ‘Don’t ever forget, there’s no place like America’
The view of Earth through the window of a spacecraft had to be profound for the Apollo astronauts.
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