INDIANAPOLIS – Only in Indiana would the state’s governor make the climax of the most important speech he makes all year an ode to cow manure.

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Even as other states, including Michigan, our neighbor to the north, have legalized medical marijuana, Hoosiers had little reason to think Indiana would soon follow suit.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier State – the Amtrak rail line that provides service between Indianapolis and Chicago four days a week – may soon be history.

INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the Democrats have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives, everyone has advice for them.

Think of the faces routinely seen on the front lines of community litter cleanups, school sports banquets, candidate forums, church meetings, farmers markets, downtown festivals and food kitchens.

The 2019 legislative session recently began and lawmakers are working to address issues like the opioid epidemic, school safety and education funding. Your feedback helps guide my decisions when voting for potential new laws. Please consider completing my 2019 legislative survey at…

The rain is coming down in big, heavy drops on this last day of the year. As we drive up the exit ramp and off of the Ohio Toll Road, we are ready to leave the traffic behind.

Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol. A big part of dealing with a loved one's addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step.

Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California or coastal flooding in the Carolinas were new evidence of climate change. Rather, they shifted the national mindset. They made clima…

The winter season is here, bringing holiday celebrations, seasonal activities and frigid temperatures.

In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when the nation seemed to work.

The holiday season is a great time to give thanks, reflect on the blessings in our lives and give back to others. While spending time with family and enjoying holiday activities, please consider ways to help our neighbors, like donating time and food to local food pantries.

The Christmas holiday season is always an important landmark in the school year. In most school systems, it marks the halfway point in the year. The first semester is in the books. Teachers and students have, hopefully, built good relationships and know how to function and coexist with each …

We are in the midst of a raging war against rampant opioid overuse, addiction and overdose deaths. No segment of our society is immune to the resulting human devastation resulting from this epidemic. But there are other casualties in this war best described as collateral damage. These are th…

The transition students make after high school graduation is one of the most important they face in their lives. It is exciting, but it can also be challenging to know the best course. In Indiana, we are taking steps to ensure the academic part of this transition is more seamless for student…

What’s not to love about the holidays – school vacation, extra cookies and treats and, of course, presents?

INDIANAPOLIS – A lifetime ago, it seems, I talked with conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. about President George H. W. Bush’s political travails.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took an important common sense step Nov. 16 in releasing proposed new rules for adjudicating campus sexual-misconduct cases. However, to hear the liberals’ reactions, you’d think we were back in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

Do you remember about five years ago the story about the two beagles we were fostering for a deployed soldier? ("Couple fosters military pups," written by Debbie Blank, was published Aug. 13, 2013, and can be read at

When Hoosiers have more opportunities to vote, more Hoosiers vote. That’s the not so surprising takeaway from the 2018 election.

Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism. “By putting our own interests first,” he said, “with no regard for others, we erase the very thing…

In another step to cut back on teenage vaping, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week it will ban the sale of sweet electronic cigarette flavors at gas stations and convenience stores.

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Millions of veterans have served in America's wars, including World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Thousands of active and reserve troops currently serve in the war on terrorism, and many more have served during times of peace and in non-combat …

We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960’s as a result of overdoses and suicides. This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70 percent of…

Indiana’s children face many significant health issues, with our opioid crisis and an alarming increase in nicotine use being two of the most urgent. Our state needs all its children to be healthy and have the opportunity to become the strong workforce and leaders of tomorrow.

Grammarians appalled by President Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language in his tweets got a jolt even they didn’t expect.

The special prosecutor’s recent decision means that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill won’t face criminal charges regarding sexual misconduct allegations.

As people age, their chance of developing a health-related issue increases. For example, some older adults battle cancer, arthritis and weakening bones and joints. These are only a few health problems where people turn to pain management techniques like opioids for relief.

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