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  • MARK BENNETT: A lengthening climb

    The American economy is improving.
    Confidence has risen since the government shutdown by the polarized Congress last fall. Indicators in various sectors show promise.

    January 25, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: No objection to same-sex marriage

    I suppose if my place in life were different, I might care. But my place in life is not different, so I have no objection to same-sex couples getting married.

    January 24, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Chris Christie

    From what I have seen, and what I have read, I really like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. My admiration sprung up when he slapped down the fools of the Fox News Network during the last presidential election that took place during Hurricane Sandy. The question asked of him by one of the couch-sitting trio was, “When is Mitt Romney coming to New Jersey?”

    January 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • RONN MOTT: A-Rod

    Let me address the issue of right and wrong, drug use or no use, and the general hoo-rah surrounding baseball player Alex Rodriguez. I am about to tell you what was wrong and how A-Rod’s career not only hit a speed bump, but a chasm.

    January 22, 2014

  • LIZ CIANCONE: How can we stop the flow of unwanted postal mail?

    I eagerly await a sign-up for something similar to the do-not-call list. I want a “do-not-mail” list.

    January 20, 2014

  • KIEL MAJEWSKI: Honoring King’s sacrifice requires solitary actions

    Eighty-five years after his birth and 45 years after his death, the figure of Martin Luther King, Jr. is so towering that it is challenging to imagine him as a normal human being.

    January 19, 2014 2 Stories

  • MARK BENNETT: Young at heart

    Imagine an alternate ending to the old Life cereal commercial.

    January 18, 2014

  • THOMAS STEIGER: Political philosophies produce unpure ideologies

    Last month I wrote an essay on the increasing individualist culture in the U.S. and how it helps to explain why Americans are unconcerned about the growing economic inequality.

    January 18, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Robert Gates’ Duty

    Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, has written a book entitled, “Duty,” and it has caused a stir. Not so much what he says about Washington leadership, but because he is criticizing a sitting president who has about two and a half years to go in his elected term.

    January 16, 2014

  • MARK BENNETT: Tackling entrenched economic problems could brighten local forecast

    Without a DeLorean, there’s no going back to 1995.

    January 15, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Cabin Fever

    I ran across the term “cabin fever” in a book when I was a kid, and I saw it demonstrated in some old movies also when I was a youngster. I ran headlong into it this past couple of weeks when we were graced with the most amount of snow and cold temperatures this area has had in 40 years.

    January 15, 2014

  • TANOOS_BOWLIN.jpg MARK BENNETT: The Drunk: Making peace

    Terre Haute grew fond of Eugene Debs.
    The process took time.

    January 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Snowball 2

    January 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • MARK BENNETT: What is Indiana’s image in the eyes of the world?

    A bus pulled up to the curb near the riverfront in downtown Chicago. An unusual advertisement was painted on its side.

    January 8, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Snowball

    It looks as if we’re going to have a winter that looks more as if it were the 19th century rather than the 21st century. Gazing upon Collett Park, the city’s oldest park, it is a thing of silent beauty with the snow draped over everything.

    January 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • RONN MOTT: Oil could grease local wheels

    I was given an outside look the other day to the Pioneer Oil’s drilling for oil, about the end of Sycamore Street near ISU’s campus. It is properly fenced and walled so safety is, obviously, a big concern.

    January 3, 2014

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Indiana politics 2014

    I was going to leave a present under my Christmas tree for Gov. Mike Pence, but then I realized I only had cellophane paper for wrapping. You know, the kind you can see through. I know the Republican governor of our state does not like things out in the open. It’s better to put phony tags on things and try to fool the public.

    January 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Goodbye 2013

    Goodbye to 2013 … fare thee well, adios, good riddance. It was a year the rest of the civilized world laughed at us. It was a year that 60 or so right-wing, tea party congressmen hijacked our government and put us in a world of shame.

    December 31, 2013 1 Photo

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Once again we observe one small step in time

    My Best Friend and I like to get up early. Naturally, if we are to log the recommended eight hours of sleep, this necessitates an early-to-bed routine.

    December 30, 2013

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: Caring

    I was watching TV the other night and the star of NCIS, Mark Harmon, was making a pitch for us to give to a famous charity and it ended with “CBS cares.” I would guess that is true, for whatever it is worth.

    December 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Ronn Mott.jpg RONN MOTT: It’s about Christmas

    I have quite a few cousins. On the Mott side of the family, I only had two. But on the Martin side (my mother’s folks), I had 11 cousins. All were older than me. My brother, Gary, and I were the tail end of the cousin chain. So, it wasn’t surprising I received a phone call the other day from my cousin, John Ferguson.

    December 24, 2013 1 Photo

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Ready or not, big day has arrived

    It’s about this time every winter when greetings cease to be “Merry Christmas” with the added question, “Are you all ready for the big day?”

    December 23, 2013

  • THOMAS L. STEIGER: Individualist culture at root of income gap attitudes

    Why don’t Americans think that growing income inequality (as well as the growing gaping disparity in wealth) is a very big problem for us?

    December 21, 2013

  • RONN MOTT: Snow-clad Collett

    Like many of you, I woke up this morning to a world that mirrors the song, “It’s a Marshmallow World.” The world was not only white it was a whipped cream coconut cake, or taffeta wedding dress white. Early on, looking out on the Park, it said, “Look at me, don’t I look good in my white dress of snow?” And, I said, “Boy, do you ever!”

    December 19, 2013

  • RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round

    One day David Wire was there doing his job as Chief Meteorologist at WTHI-TV, then one day shortly after, he was gone.

    December 17, 2013

  • LIZ CIANCONE: Nothing like the silence of a winter snowfall

    I’m not a big fan of cold and snow, but …

    December 16, 2013

  • MET 121313 01WORKOUT.jpg Raising the bar

    Around coffeeshops, kitchen tables and office watercoolers, Hoosiers have cussed and discussed the federal health care law.

    December 14, 2013 3 Photos

  • RONN MOTT: Thanks to those who go ‘extra’ mile

    Many an old movie will show you a newsboy … he’s standing on a corner or in the middle of a block yelling, “Extra, extra, read all about it!”

    December 13, 2013

  • RONN MOTT: Christmas 2013

    Sitting on the front porch in my favorite chair, I began to count the buds and flowers on the Christmas cactus that is on the porch all year. The legend is it will bloom for Christmas and true to the legend this cactus has bloomed consistently around the Christmas season. I counted 40 buds and flowers and I stopped when I reached 40 with more left on the plant. I guess without hesitation that means Christmas is for sure about to arrive.

    December 12, 2013

  • RONN MOTT: Seeds from the same tree

    Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in India before the turn of the 20th Century, went to England to study law and decided to settle in South Africa, and he did for 20 years. His work in South Africa was involved in the right of his Indian neighbors to have equal access to civil rights. He also worked for the indigenous people as well. When the people of India became restive during the early days of World War I, Gandhi came home.

    December 10, 2013

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