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MARK BENNETT: Appeasing hard-liners in presidential race could erode Daniels’ budget-minded appeal
Some Hoosiers who voted Mitch Daniels into the Indiana governor’s seat in 2004 may not recognize Mitch Daniels, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, if he chooses to run.
MARK BENNETT: From Mother to Child
My mom remains a sweet, generous, energetic, faithful lady at 87 years old. Raising five children somehow didn’t break her bright spirit or my late father’s endless patience.
MARK BENNETT: Hoosier college grads may want to consider teaching jobs elsewhere
Commencement ceremonies at Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College are just six days away.
Mark Bennett: Consumers stuck when it comes to dealing with increasing gas prices
Most motorists pulling up to the gas pumps lately can relate to Frank Costanza.
As George Costanza’s volatile father on “Seinfeld,” Frank was told to say, “Serenity now,” whenever he felt his blood pressure rise. Instead, Frank screamed the phrase, defeating the purpose and illustrating his perpetual state of agitation.
MARK BENNETT: Vigo County struggles with persistent child poverty
The statistics are hard to accept, especially for a community proud of its progress.
The situation those numbers expose is difficult to change.
MARK BENNETT: Long live ... us
In never-say-die America, life expectancy is longer than ever, according to a report issued this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MARK BENNETT: Commission calls for academic success to be tied to NCAA Tournament participation
Follow the money.
That advice from Watergate informant “Deep Throat” led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to the truth that uncovered corruption in the nation’s public office. The concept applies to situations beyond the Oval Office, though.
MARK BENNETT: I'm giving up (your voice here) for Lent
Sometimes, comedy packs a subtle lesson.
On a “Saturday Night Live” episode in late 1979, veteran cast member Al Franken (now a U.S. senator) bid “good riddance” to the 1970s, also known as the “Me Decade.” Tongue in cheek, Franken predicted a cultural tsunami during the next 10 years.
MARK BENNETT: Bent, not broken? Voucher bill tests rules in Indiana Constitution, IHSAA bylaws
Rules bug people. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. A bill brewing in the Indiana House of Representatives profoundly tests two pretty clear rules.
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.
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