Many Hoosier homeowners and those who have bought a car have likely gone through the loan process. When it comes to financing, the longer the loan takes to pay back, the more interest is paid over time. When a debt is paid faster, less money goes toward interest and you keep more of your mon…

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As a retired nurse and member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, the health and well-being of our state is of my utmost concern.

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created, “A republic, if you can keep it!”

INDIANAPOLIS – Recently, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development put out a news release touting their “2020 campaign to tell real stories about Hoosiers.”

Indiana teachers and their supporters kicked off the 2020 legislative session of the General Assembly Nov. 5 with chants, shouts, handmade signs and a unified voice. Some 15,000 people, many clad in red, surrounded the Statehouse like an algae bloom off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

As my first year of serving Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year of getting results for the people of our great state. This year, I traveled to all 92 counties speaking to Hoosiers about the issues that are most important to them.

What are your goals for 2020? For adults, the most popular resolutions include exercise more, quit smoking, learn a new skill and manage money better.

Christmas is here and winter is in full swing. We have already seen significant snow and some Hoosiers may be struggling to keep their homes warm during the coldest days of the year. The lower temperatures mean an increase in heating and energy costs, and Indiana offers low-income households…

My fraternity brother at the University of Michigan was dying from diabetes, having already endured a series of minor amputations. But Art loved music and continued composing songs and singing them while playing a banjo. When the popular quartet, the Brothers Four, came to campus for a conce…

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s all well and good to say “all I want for Christmas is you.” But we all know that, truth be told, we want so much more.

I have an obsession, no doubt an unhealthy one since it controls me and not I it. I love to read ... all the time.

Many of our local jails are at or over capacity. In recent years, the criminal justice system has seen more repeat offenders, especially those struggling with addiction. To further explore this complex issue, I authored a law creating the Jail Overcrowding Task Force to learn more about the …

On the debate stage, we have heard Democrats running for president offer the wrong answer to America’s student debt crisis: discharge all student debt and offer free, taxpayer-funded college to all.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff insists the Ukraine scandal is far more serious than the “third-rate burglary” that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon more than 45 years ago.

It is easy to give thanks when things are going well. It is harder to do so when life has dealt us difficult, demanding and depressing situations. But just as a smooth sea never made a good sailor, the most genuine expressions of thankfulness are created in the crucible of adversity.

It is rare to encounter someone who does not have a strong opinion or feel some angst about current affairs in Washington, D.C. Regardless of party or feelings toward President Trump, the pitch of public debate is elevated. The federal government affects our lives in numerous ways, its econo…

During the holiday season, we may find many settings where both food and conversation are plentiful. Gathering for meals and interactions with family members, especially those with differing opinions, can be wonderful opportunities to teach our kids the value of connectedness.

Representative democracy is based on a simple premise. It’s that ordinary citizens can judge complex public policy and political issues – or at least grasp them well enough to decide who should be dealing with them.

As the Supreme Court recently heard arguments over a program that protects immigrants who entered this country illegally as children, the fate of almost 700,000 is in limbo.

In recent months, my office has received concerns from administrators, teachers, parents and students about our state’s educational standards and testing requirements – most specifically, the Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN) and the accountability grades asso…

Larry DeBoer and Tamara Ogle of Purdue University presented a comprehensive webinar recently entitled “On Local Government: A Look at State and Local Taxes in Indiana.” It is worthwhile summarizing a few of their findings.

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Obituaries

Loretta A. "Pete" Kinker, age 90 of Batesville, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. Born February 17, 1929, in Decatur County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (nee Duvelius) and Harry Kinker. She was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Church Enochsburg Campus…

Jesse Scott Connelly, age 25 of Batesville, Indiana, passed away January 23, 2020. Jesse was the cherished son of Jeff and Christy Connelly, brother of Katherine and Alexandra Connelly and Grandson of Katherine Grice and Frank and Sue Connelly. Jesse had a special bond with his sisters, Kate…