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Progressives are all too willing to cut constitutional corners

George F. Will Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. E

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Letter to the Editor

Impeachers rely on false claims Dear Editor: Advocates of impeachment have been claiming that President Trump asked Ukraine to “dig up dirt” on Joe Biden. That is a false statement. Their thinking seems to be shaped by memories of the 2016 Clinto

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Walkway of lights efforts are worth the energy

A lot can be said about the wonder gleaming from children’s eyes when they see their first holiday light display.  Their joy can be infectious.  The best part about it is how the smiles never fade. As the children look back on their c

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The China trade truce

President Trump on Friday announced a trade deal with China that he called “tremendous” or “tremendously” positive 15 times. The details look far more modest to us, but this truce in the trade war beats the alternative of escalating tariffs

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Eight debate questions Joe Biden should've been required to answer

Marc A. Thissen When Joe Biden was asked during a recent news conference whether he had a conflict of interest leading Ukraine policy while his son was working for a Ukrainian oligarch, he said “I’m not going to respond to that” and told reporters

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Voting blind? Stay home

Leo Morris Municipal elections are coming up in Indiana, and it’s hard not to be cynical about them. In my city of Fort Wayne, participation in odd-year balloting has been plummeting. In 2003, just above 30 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. In 201

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Rethinking the unequal budget

This year, Grant County paychecks got smaller thanks to a county-wide income tax increase that took effect Jan. 1, 2019, but next year, many city and county workers’ paychecks are getting bigger. If things are approved as is, every non-union county worker wil

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Halloween is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It’s one of the most popular holidays, second only to Christmas. While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Hall

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What can economic development research do for your community?

Michael J. Hicks This weekend has me heading to a conference of economic research centers. As always, the big topic is new research, though given the current economic slowdown, there will be many a forecast. In a time when so much research is available on the inter

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Another bad apple

A town official’s inability to perform the duties of his office has racked up quite a bill in Swayzee. Lucking according to Indiana Code and the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA), former Swayzee Clerk Treasurer James Brian Hall owes the IRS and SBOA $55,

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The hug heard 'round the world

Gene Lyons Here’s one thing I know: when you hate somebody, really detest them, it eats you alive. So part of me understood perfectly why Brandt Jean asked permission to hug his brother’s killer, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, during the pen

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The spiraling president adds self-impeachment to his repertoire

George F. Will Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly

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Impeachment in secret

Democrats are moving fast toward what looks like an inevitable vote to impeach President Trump, so why aren’t they doing more to persuade Americans who don’t already agree with them? They won’t convince anyone else with their current method of irr

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End impeachment secrecy

Byron York There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret. One was last Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in eith

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College diversity tinkering: What a tangled web

George F. Will WASHINGTON — The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard’s “holistic review” admissions policies – which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the val

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