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Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

Last week the Indiana legislature voted to forward House Bill 1577 to Gov. Holcomb’s desk for signature into law. According to Indiana law, the governor has seven days after receipt to veto or sign the bill. If no action is taken, the bill will automatically become law on day eight, or this week.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Drug Free Vigo County Coalition is partnering with the United Way of the Wabash Valley, several police departments, like-minded organizations, and volunteer pharmacists.

Rather than continue their post-elementary education at such local high schools as Garfield, Schulte, State or Wiley, some students lived somewhere in or near Vigo County, attended classes as teenagers, and eventually graduated from Gerstmeyer Technical High School.

I have been following the Indiana General Assembly since I was an intern in 1977 and later served in the House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House. In all those years, never have I seen an assault on our state’s chief executive like what is occurring in the current legislative session.

For me, public education is a family tradition. My brother, my sister-in-law, two of my nephews, their wives, my aunt, my father-in-law: we all chose education because it was a calling for us.

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Last fall brought a huge surge of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. These occurred simultaneously and with similar severity almost nationwide, with little regard to the extent or enforcement of local mitigation policies.

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