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February 26, 2017 3:31 PM

Media Needs To Wise Up

The recent flare-up between the White House Press Office and reporters covering the president is more than just a conflict between the media and the Trump Administration.  It is an opportunity for the media to start covering the Trump White House in a smarter way.  However, I am not optimistic. Why did Press Secretary Sean Spicer exclude certain news organizations, seen by the White House as unfriendly to the president, from a “gaggle?” (a gaggle…

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February 19, 2017 5:21 PM

In dark days, 2 candles

The last time I saw Michael Gradison, I was helping him struggle up the steps of the City-County Building to join a demonstration on behalf of unionization for hotel workers making poverty wages. The last time I saw Joe Zelenka, I was trying and failing to lift him into bed in a nursing home room bedecked with memorabilia of his humanitarian work and his large, close family. Michael died Feb. 12 after fighting through pain…

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February 9, 2017 4:06 PM

Evolution of a Trump Conservative

January of last year I wrote a column to decry the oft-used liberal pejorative of “racist” towards anyone that disagrees with them. In that column, I also stated that I was not, and never would be a Trump supporter, but calling him a racist was unfair because it was untrue. Later that year, on November 8th, 2016 I proudly cast a vote for the Republican ticket of Donald Trump for President and Mike Pence for…

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February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

The Clouds Forming Over American Jobs

Donald Trump visited Indianapolis as president elect to announce some, but not all, of the jobs at the local Carrier plant would be preserved and not shipped to Mexico. If President Trump is concerned about American jobs in the longer term, he will heed the advice of an economist and form a blue-ribbon commission aimed at studying how America should react to a coming technological revolution. Ed Hess, professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden…

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January 19, 2017 10:57 PM

Trump is Right on the NEA

Just hours before inauguration day the incoming administration floated a cocktail of initiatives to rein in federal spending. Pulling the plug on the Department of Energy and shuttering a number of programs at State, perhaps the most interesting cuts are among the smallest. As reported, the proposal includes the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and takes an ax to National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). While not the first mention of this – Gov. Romney’s talk of…

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January 18, 2017 1:04 PM

Let Him Tweet

Donald Trump is a inexhaustible user of Twitter. Entire news cycles are dominated by the content and subject of his tweets. His tweets have the power to send global companies scrambling, elected officials running for cover, and advocates mobilizing. It’s been a long time since I took that social psychology class at Marian College, but I’m pretty sure Donald Trump enjoys the impact of his tweets on American psyche. Who doesn’t love starting the morning…

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January 17, 2017 8:17 AM

Elected, unaccepted

He was perhaps our greatest president, and certainly one of our most despised. Abraham Lincoln had no choice, morally speaking. Opposition to expanding slavery was received in vast areas of the nation as a frontal attack on the American way of life. His words meant war to his fellow citizens; organized, protracted and even to this day incomprehensibly devastating. No other president holds such a distinction. For scope and depth of disaffection, Lincoln has nothing…

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January 16, 2017 5:01 PM

A Few Thoughts About Donald Trump

Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office as President of the United States January 20th.  Here are just a few of my thoughts as that time draws near. Donald Trump’s favorability rating, based on polling by Gallup, is at 40%.  Of the last 4 incoming presidents Trump is the only one with a higher unfavorable score then favorable, according to CNN.  That means Trump walks into the White House without the support…

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January 8, 2017 11:30 AM

How Orange alters colors

“Better Red than dead,” the lefties were wont to say back in the Ban-the-Bomb days, when Donald Trump’s handlers were nannies. “Better Russkie than Democrat” is the contemporary version for fans of an unabashed pal of the Kremlin leadership who’s defied his nation’s own spy agencies in blowing off overwhelming evidence that our election process was violated to grease the defeat of a candidate the Russians don’t like. Trump has pretty much exhausted our capacity…

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December 18, 2016 2:10 PM

Hudnut: The height of loss

I’m not among the worshippers of Bill Hudnut, for reasons not worth going into at this sad and historic moment. I will say I mourn his passing, not only as a gallant man of bona fide faith but as a vestige of the Republicanism that used to speak to all Americans. True to Lincoln, the party of Ike and Javits and Brooke and Hudnut’s predecessor as Indy mayor, Dick Lugar, proposed to address racial inequality,…

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