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  • A Sailboat on the Lake.jpg MIKE LUNSFORD: ‘Once more to the lake…’

    We are heading home today after spending a few days on Lake Michigan, and I am a bit sad for the leaving. We have made it a habit to come here every year, dragging weary bones and beach towels and enough breakfast food to last us a week. And, as expected, when I turn my back on the cool blueness of the lake for the last time this afternoon, I’ll know that another year has gone by, and there’s no getting it back.

    July 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • State of the Statehouse: Obama, Pence find common ground in Germany

    When it comes to public policy, President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are kilometers apart in their thinking, but both have found something “wunderbar” in the way Germans have engineered vocational education.

    July 15, 2013

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Donnelly looks to bring Hoosier ‘wisdom’ to Washington

    On a recent night, I was with two of my favorite family members in a hospitality suite at the sold-out Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., enjoying the Rolling Stones in their final concert of their 50 & Counting North American tour.

    July 8, 2013 1 Story

  • MIKE LUNSFORD: Mice really do play when the cat’s away

    I am rarely away from my place much in the summer. I like the quiet here and don’t yearn to be gone for very long at a time. To me, a vacation often means that I don’t have to start my car for days on end, or put on socks, for that matter. But this year has been different; my wife and I took a two-week driving trip through New England, the longest vacation we’ve ever had without our kids along for the ride. We had a great time, but when we got back, we were surprised to learn that all kinds of things had been going on in our absence.

    July 8, 2013

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Lawmakers want vote on gay marriage

    Chances are good that someone you know and love is gay.

    July 1, 2013

  • MIKE LUNSFORD: A New England journal begins …

    BAR HARBOR, MAINE — I am beginning this story before I can possibly know how it ends. The view from my window isthat of a green Maine countryside on a Thursday morning, so I felt compelled to get started, knowing a deadline looms. It is difficult work, not because I have so few ideas from which to draw, but because I have so many. …

    June 24, 2013

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: To legalize pot or not? That is the question

    I grew up in a city of potheads.

    June 24, 2013

  • MET061913 solstice.jpg MARK BENNETT: Forget the cellphone, enjoy the summer

    The third rail post from the left on the second-floor patio. By holding a cellphone at eye level, with your left hand, while standing perfectly still, without blinking, a faint one-bar signal was possible. Possible. Otherwise, there was no connection to the outside world at this retreat spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where my wife and I stayed earlier this month

    June 20, 2013 2 Photos

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Sentencing law could benefit juveniles

    Monica Foster is a longtime public defender who’s been pushing uphill in the legal system for a long time. So, when she says the General Assembly is making progress protecting the rights of the disenfranchised, it’s worth stopping to listen to her.

    June 17, 2013

  • tslunsford MIKE LUNSFORD: We’ve created a honey of a problem

    The Dutch clover is making its appearance in my yard this week. A cooler-than-usual spring has slowed its arrival by a few days, but it is here for now, bringing the honeybees and bumblebees with it.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • dirtyville_rhap…frontcover.jpg MARK BENNETT: Time for surf, sand and a good book

    I can read a book on the beach. Until I start sweating. Then it feels like exercise, minus the fitness perks. My brain shifts into neutral as the waves roll in, blissfully washing away footprints in the sand and my inclination to think. Better put, I enjoy starting a book on the beach, and finishing it later, elsewhere.

    June 6, 2013 2 Photos

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Requiring photo IDs for food-stamp users has already been tried

    Voters in Indiana are required to show their photo IDs before they can cast their ballots. Should food stamp recipients in Indiana have to do the same when they go to the grocery store?

    June 3, 2013

  • MIKE LUNSFORD: Remembering Mom a day after Mother’s Day

    I don’t think there has been a day in the last eight years that I haven’t thought of my mom. Being all grown up with wrinkles to call my own doesn’t make me miss my parents any less.

    May 13, 2013

  • billy hubbard running.jpg MARK BENNETT: After running for 28 hours straight, what’s another 5 miles?

    Some phrases can only be uttered by a few people, or none at all.

    May 9, 2013 2 Photos

  • MARK BENNETT: Glitches show limitations of high-stakes testing concept

    The dog ate my homework. That age-old excuse — based on a shockingly unforeseen complication — rarely works for a kid who didn’t finish yesterday’s math assignment. Yet, in a role reversal, Indiana school children, along with their teachers and administrators, are left to accept an explanation for a disruption best described as the mother of all ironies.

    May 2, 2013

  • dave brown.jpg MARK BENNETT: One step at a time to save lives

    Joan Brown.
    Remember that name.

    April 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • MARK BENNETT: Sometimes, the mere posing of questions is significant

    The era seems quaint now, almost like a fable. When people left their house doors unlocked. When the sight of a police officer in a school meant it was Career Day.

    April 18, 2013

  • MET041013dowsing.jpg MIKE LUNSFORD: ‘Dowsers’ provide hope more than science

    My grandfather was a man of God. Many times I saw him, his right hand held high in the air at his Wednesday night “prayer meeting,” praising the Lord before weeping at the altar on his knees. And yet, he was a “dowser,” a “diviner,” a “witcher” who, as a favor, would grab a forked sassafras stick and find water for some poor unfortunate whose well had gone dry.

    April 15, 2013 2 Photos

  • tsBennett MARK BENNETT: New reality steers Nashville singer to Crossroads for Historical Society concert

    People pass through the Crossroads of America for lots of reasons.
    Business trips. College campus events. Federal prison sentences. Visits with relatives. Gas pitstops.
    Or maybe a career change and a twist of fate.
    Ty Brown makes his first stop in downtown Terre Haute as the headliner of a multi-band Sweet Sensations Country Jam concert May 4 in the Ohio Building — a fundraiser for the Vigo County Historical Society.

    April 11, 2013 3 Photos

  • Maureen Hayden.jpg HAYDEN: 9-year-old lobbyist weighs in on school safety

    Senate Bill 1 shot to the forefront last week, after it was amended by the House education committee with a provision that mandates every public school in Indiana would be required to have someone on staff armed with a loaded gun during school hours.

    April 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Maureen Hayden.jpg HAYDEN: Republican shift proving to be real

    When a federal judge struck down key provisions of the state’s immigration law last week, it seemed anticlimactic.

    April 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • tslunsford LUNSFORD: A different kind of resurrection story, no foolin’

    If you’ve had pets in your family long enough, it’s likely that you’ll see a miracle or two — a dog that couldn’t possibly have lived, but did; a cat that grew to 20 pounds after being born the runt of the litter; a goldfish that had been belly-up too many times to believe it could have survived another day.

    April 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • STATE OF THE STATEHOUSE: Americans of Hispanic heritage becoming active in Republican party

    When Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly decided earlier this year to put off a vote on locking the state’s same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution, it sent a signal that GOP leaders were evolving on the issue of marriage equality.

    March 25, 2013

  • MET 031313 HOCH MASSAGE.jpg MARK BENNETT: Terre Haute barber ‘sharpens up’ customers for 50 years

    People streamed through this section of downtown Terre Haute in those days.
    “You could hardly walk by here,” John Hochhalter said, pointing toward the sidewalk outside the window.
    The bustle has faded since the early 1960s. Hochhalter remains. He’s still barbering in the same shop he and late business partner Kenny Thomas opened a half-century ago this week.

    March 21, 2013 5 Photos

  • MIKE LUNSFORD: As of today, it’s unofficially spring

    Despite the calendar telling us not to rush things, I think it is all right to go ahead and say spring is here. The Ides of March has passed, Easter is coming soon, and I have already been out in my yard with a rake, getting my boots muddy. It looks like spring to me.

    March 18, 2013

  • Maureen Hayden.jpg Americans for Prosperity aim to browbeat GOP lawmakers

    If you're outside the Indianapolis TV market, you may not have seen yet the Americans for Prosperity ad that demonizes the House Republicans for resisting Republican Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut plan.

    March 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • Maureen Hayden.jpg MAUREEN HAYDEN: Pence may find himself in a mess if he gets what he wants

    Here’s a story to consider: A Republican governor with ties to the tea party and possible presidential ambitions decides he wants to slash the state’s income tax rate, but meets with massive resistance from legislative leaders from his own party.
    Sounds like the scenario playing out in the Indiana Statehouse, right?

    March 11, 2013 1 Photo

  • tsBennett MARK BENNETT: Reflections of grid success stir with Brent Anderson’s passing

    A few hundred miles away, and nearly 40 years gone by, a special game ball still occupies a fond place in Rudy Bohinc’s memories.

    March 5, 2013 3 Photos 1 Story

  • tslunsford MIKE LUNSFORD: If handwriting is a window to my soul, I’m glad this is typewritten…

    Somewhere in the mess I call my “archives,” I have most of my grade school report cards hidden away. I have kept them under wraps, because I want to be long gone when my children — or grandchildren — unearth them and discover that their self-righteous teacher of a dad was, in fact, a terrible student in his formative years.

    March 4, 2013 2 Photos

  • Maureen Hayden.jpg MAUREEN HAYDEN: Are legislators gambling with the future of gaming?

    Indiana lawmakers have been debating whether to give the state’s casinos more financial incentives to compete with the shiny new gambling palaces popping up in Ohio.

    March 4, 2013 1 Photo

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