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Each daily briefing from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box starts with numbers.

As the coronavirus stops normal life, trapping more Americans in their homes, some have raised the specter of another health threat: loneliness. Before this crisis seized our anxieties, much discussion centered around the dangers of perceived social isolation and feeling cut off from others.

As Mary Ellen and I sit watching the televised news, we are constantly reminded that we are considered “elderly” and therefore at increased risk of the coronavirus.

Hoosiers are facing their greatest physical and economic threat since the Great Depression and on the most crucial aspect of this crisis – the availability of coronavirus testing that would allow health and policy executives to learn of the extent of the spread and contact trace those in a cluster – we are flying blind.

If Bernie Sanders were amassing a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate counts, I have little doubt that he would be saying to Joe Biden: "Democrats have spoken. Time to drop out and help the team."


My wife became ill. It was on a Friday, just after the first coronavirus case was discovered in Indiana. She took our dog outside. The night was cool, but not cold, yet she felt chilled.

This Week's Circulars

Betty (Bryant) (Sanders) Chatham went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2020. Betty was born November 30, 1938, to Mary Harris and Billy Bryant. Betty was survived by her brother Bill Bryant and Sister Judy Wilson (Dan); her children Richard Sanders Jr. (Kimberly), Michael Sanders (Maggie), a…

TERRE HAUTE [mdash] Pat Evans, 67, passed away Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at Providence Health St. Mary's. He was born in Terre Haute Dec, 29th, 1952, to Ned Ray Evans Sr. and Jeannine Inglert Evans. He graduated from Garfield High School and served in the United States Air Force. He moved to …

TERRE HAUTE [mdash] Earle Harvey passed peacefully in the care of Hospice at Waters at Greencastle on March 26, 2020. Earle was born on May 21,1939 in Chicago, Ill., to William Earl Harvey and Elizabeth Benson Harvey. He retired from the US Army after 20 years in the Chaplin's Corps. After h…