It appears journalists are headed for a defining moment with President Donald Trump over the right of the press to ask him tough questions in a manner the president considers rude and hostile.

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This Veterans Day, as we pause to pay tribute to the men and women who bear the burden of having safeguarded our freedom, we must ensure that our gratitude is extended to all veterans, even those who struggle to cope right here at home.


Right now, with the elections almost upon us, the nation’s attention is understandably drawn to what happens in the voting booth. Yet as crucial as voting may be to making our representative democracy work, what happens outside the voting booth is just as crucial.

It’s so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news.

The land upon which Rea Park is located was deeded to the City of Terre Haute in 1922 by the United States Trust Company using a $100,000 bequest from William S. Rea. The deed requires the city to use the site to establish, beautify and forever maintain a public park and to name and forever …

Any deal that is premised upon a lie should immediately draw skepticism. In announcing a new trade deal with Mexico, President Trump perpetuated the lie that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been costly for the United States. In fact, it has been a boon for the U.S.

Making sense of Mike Pence. That was the task I faced over the past year in writing "Pence — The Path to Power," the first comprehensive biography of the Hoosier vice president.

Dear Council President Loudermilk:

I very much appreciate your determination in seeking to resolve the county jail situation. As you said in your closing remarks last week, this issue has been punted down field by far too many of your predecessors on the council.

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community,” he wrote. “Their place is under a despotism.”

Even though the banking industry is enjoying record profits, it is trying to convince lawmakers to take steps against its competition by adding new taxes to credit unions, which are consumer-owned cooperatives.

Could the tight labor market, where every Indiana county experienced a lower unemployment rate in 2017 compared to 2016, actually be driving up wages? New private-sector wage data indicate such might be happening.

While the highly publicized deaths of celebrities have shocked America recent weeks, rural areas are suffering the most. Each year, thousands of Americans in small towns take their own lives after suffering — often for years — without adequate access to mental health professionals.


You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning.

There aren’t many people who would argue that Congress is working well these days. It’s been 24 years since it passed a comprehensive budget without resorting to omnibus bills. It can’t pass health-care legislation. Its members talk about the desperate need for a new infrastructure bill, but can’t even get one drafted.

Much has been in the news lately about attempts by the Trump Administration and many of the Congressional Republicans to blow apart the Affordable Care Act through litigation and administrative action. Those measures are being taken because efforts to do so in Congress failed when Americans rose up to oppose them.

I have long been a supporter of the idea that all Americans should have the right to affordable health care. New surveys by the Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Foundation show I'm not alone. Ninety two percent of Americans agree with me.

"60 Minutes" recently aired a segment describing a “radical transformation” in higher education circles taking place where low-income students are being added to the enrollment mix at selective institutions such as Princeton which were once reserved only for the elite.

Politicians and commentators these days like to point to an array of threats to our constitutional system. There’s one, though, that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should: our national debt.

Vigo County Veterans Treatment Court invites you to join us in marking National Drug Court Month in May, and in celebrating local successes in our own treatment courts — including the first graduation from Vigo County Veterans Treatment Court.