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Carrying a heavy burden during this pandemic are parents of young children. The No. 1 weight on their shoulders is child care — the lack thereof.

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It’s an issue that has long engaged my attention: Where do we draw the line between autonomy and subjugation, between when we should be left alone and when we must be made to conform for the common good?

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Everyone will have a favorite piece of legislation to root for or against this session of the Indiana General Assembly, so there is a chance some of the lesser bills will escape attention.

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Cartoonists again have represented the new year of 2022 as a baby in diapers. More appropriately, 2022 peeks in cautiously, wearing a mask, standing in a circle with a 12-foot diameter, and a certificate of vaccination in hand.

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Indiana Republican lawmakers are considering several issues related to public schools for debate during their next legislative session, begins the story in Newsweek, “including potentially adding the choice to be identified on the ballot with a particular political party when running for a s…

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As a result of Indiana’s “Use of Excess Reserves” law (IC 4-10-22), Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Dec. 15 that an estimated 4.3 million taxpayers will receive a $125 tax refund in 2022.

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Those masters of Happy News, the Indiana General Assembly, are preparing to cut taxes as state tax revenues run higher than their forecasts and ahead of collections last year. Two powerful reasons for Legislative Largess, if you are an unreasoning robot.

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It is economic forecasting season, so universities and consulting groups are offering their projections for 2022. I did so this week, continuing work from Ball State University that started a half-century ago. Over the last 50 years, a dozen or so Ball State economists have authored economic…

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In September of 2020, my company launched the Asher Marketing Podcast, which strives to help marketers tell their story and discuss the challenges in today’s fast-paced environment. Now, more than 50 episodes later, the podcast has an established (albeit small) audience and good momentum as …

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Thanksgiving is upon us again, bringing to mind the pilgrim story. That is a fine tale of religious refugees, which is probably the most enduring and evocative American experience. But rightly understood, the American Thanksgiving comes to us from Abraham Lincoln. It was made by his proclama…

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Normally, I wait until mid-December. This year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this weekly homily, I went early for my annual visit with Elvin Elfenhausen at the North Pole. As we downed rounds of Santa Sauce from our tankards in the Polar Pub, we talked about forecasting.

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Recently, I searched for a business that moved from one site to another. I drove into the complex of buildings to which I knew they moved, but their name was not to be found on any entrance sign. Hence, I called the firm’s office where a recording assured me my call was appreciated and a ret…

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It started with compassion. The dream was to create a home-like environment to provide compassionate care to patients and support to families as they faced the end of life. In 2001, the community came together with Visiting Nurse to construct Hospice Home on Homestead Road, the only free-sta…

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I bow to no one in my disdain for Gov. Eric Holcomb. After all, it is my duty as a political columnist to be a government watchdog, and as the state’s chief executive, the governor should be prepared to take his share of criticism.

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Last month, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation made public all 17 regional proposals for the state’s READI Grant program. Since the program was announced, I’ve been dreading this date primarily because I was confident the program would fall short of even modest expectations. The pr…