One feature of the past two or three decades is what economists call the polarization of labor markets. This is a fancy way of saying that we are seeing growth in high- and low-wage jobs, but a decline in middle-wage work. By any definition, the U.S. still has a large middle class, but three decades is a long time to be in decline, and there is no evidence that this trend is about to turn around.
On Monday, April 5, Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, visited our fair city by meeting exclusively with a handful of white, male business owners for an exchange of ideas.
The first nun the Bolsheviks threw into the abandoned mineshaft was best known as the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the sister of the Russian Empress Alexandra.
There is no doubt that President Biden inherited a bureaucratic and humanitarian nightmare at the U.S.-Mexico border. And there is little doubt that how his young administration handles this crisis — and it is a crisis, even if White House image managers balk at calling it so — will help def…
The Food and Drug Administration just gave the green light to abortion pills by mail. They are using the coronavirus pandemic as cover, even as people are getting vaccinated and things are opening up. It's disingenuous and it is cruel.
Thursday, May 6 is the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). The community of Wabash will be gathering at two different times and two different locations to pray for our nation: 12:10 p.m. at the Wabash County Courthouse and 6:30 p.m. at the Wabash City Park pavilion.
Catholic leaders often whisper about "Christmas and Easter Catholics": people whose names are found on parish membership rolls, but who are rarely seen in the pews -- except during crowded Christmas and Easter rites.
More students are interning than ever before, and more employers are recognizing that internships help develop their talent pipelines. Logically, if employers want to hire and students want to be hired, then aren’t students who complete internships more likely to land a job than those who don’t?
Small communities food distribution is the next step for us in addressing rural poverty and food insecurity. We are organizing plans for food distributions in communities with populations less than 2,500. There are a huge number of communities throughout all eight counties we serve that are very light on local resources to significantly assist families struggling in many areas. We can’t address many of the needs, but with some local assistance from a church or volunteer organization, we can impact the food insecurity level if but for a brief amount of time.
We are now a year past the darkest days of the COVID recession. As the economy slowly begins to recover, we should recognize that Indiana has still lost six years of job creation. Total employment in Indiana is back at April 2015 levels, and there are only 1,500 more people working than we had back in the summer of 2000. This should be pretty sobering news. Still, as we ponder the pace and shape of the recovery, it is encouraging to consider what good might have come from this disaster.
Goliath beats David isn’t half as good a story, but it is the usual way of the world. So last week’s news that Amazon has fended off an attempt by workers to form its first ever US trade union is unsurprising, if sad. What intrigues is the volume and variety of support that the struggle won across the US and the world, from faith leaders to the NFL players association to Republican ever-hopefuls such as Marco Rubio. In that intensity of interest lies the real surprise: the change in popular politics towards both big business and workers.
There is a bit of an unexpected tussle going on right now in the statehouse. You see, the Republican supermajority did not expect to have any problem pulling more money away from public education and giving it to private education entities. It turns out that people are pushing back, and the more they learn about the ongoing scheme to give public money to private schools, the less they like it.
Indiana, and the country as a whole, have never adequately funded the behavioral health infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more obvious. Decisions about funding an adequate behavioral health infrastructure must be made now and the Senate Appropriations Committee's re…
During my tenure as president of one of the nonprofit boards I served on, there was a dispute between board members and the executive director over something the director proposed to do.
In one of several recent examples of the Republican Party’s insanity on guns, Tennessee abolished permit requirements to carry concealed handguns — and did it with the stated purpose of advancing the GOP governor’s “public safety agenda.”
"Do you want to be a boy?" Keira Bell says that's a question her mother asked her when she was 14. She had been a tomboy in her youth, from a broken home. When she hit puberty, she suffered, as many a girl does, with the changes and the monthly physical pain. And when the question of her gender was raised more than once, she thought it might be her ticket out of misery.
While working on the 1985 book "Habits of the Heart," the late sociologist Robert N. Bellah met "Sheila," who described her faith in words that researchers have quoted ever since.
It now seems the Indiana Legislature is determined to pass Senate Bill 5, which is a direct response to actions taken by local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We write this column to educate Hoosiers on the many dangers of SB 5 with a plea to Gov. Eric Holcomb that he veto the bill.
The tone of the 2021 budget session of the Indiana General Assembly has been quite different from the last budget session in 2019 when K-12 public education leaders stood with legislative leaders to announce a state budget that devoted $763 million in new funding for K-12 public education.
In contrast to many countries, the United States, with its prevalence of schools and opportunities for all people, and due to its diversity and openness, boasts a broad spectrum of educated, intelligent and successful citizens in all disciplines who represent our entire population. This tend…
Standard deductions for federal and state income taxes need to be increased substantially as well as its cost of living, inflation increase. Why do lower- and middle-income taxpayers pay more in Indiana state taxes than USA federal taxes?
Faced with a burgeoning crisis at the southern border, President Joe Biden has pledged to increase economic assistance to countries in Central America’s Northern Triangle. He’s right to do so. But money alone won’t be enough.
I'm writing this on Good Friday. I just spent a few minutes in prayer outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in lower Manhattan. A hazardous medical waste truck, familiar to some of us who regularly pray outside the clinic, was just getting loaded. Eleven boxes stacked up, just a little shorter than me. They perform abortions at Planned Parenthood, so you can imagine at least some of what was in those boxes.
Wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants compete to slaughter the most, the heaviest, or even the smallest animal in the name of cash and prizes.
First, Republicans in Georgia clamped down on voting access in the state to suppress Black and brown voters. Then they defiled the First Amendment.
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Heartworms kill a great number of dogs. The American Heartworm Society reports that more than a million dogs currently have heartworm disease. What a way to start an Easter devotional.
"Do people know they can come to me for help when they are in need?" It's a question New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan poses in a new pastoral letter, "Fostering a Culture of Life as a People of Hope." He suggests we all ask it and think seriously about the possible answers.
Palm Sunday is when the church celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On the day he entered Jerusalem, many people were traveling on the road to Jerusalem. They were coming to celebrate the Passover. On this crowded road came Jesus riding a donkey.
Not all signs of returning to a pre-pandemic normal are good: On Monday, a man was charged with fatally shooting 10 people, including a police officer, in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, only a week after another attacker killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, near Atlanta.
After a media firestorm ignited by a Vatican condemnation of same-sex unions -- because God "cannot bless sin" -- Catholic progressives immediately looked for hope in the words of bishops, President Joe Biden and even Pope Francis.
In the coming months, the U.S. economy will appear as if it is returning to normal. That won't really be the case, but the conversation about the economy will shift from stabilizing and relief to long-term growth. Midwesterners, particularly Hoosiers ought to be very nervous about the next decade. The last economic recovery left the region and our state in relatively worse condition than the Great Recession. There is every reason to believe the next recovery will again leave much of the Midwest farther behind the nation as a whole.
"Imagine feeling so alienated from your body that you would consider taking cross-sex hormones and removing your genitals. That's the tragic situation that many people with gender dysphoria experience. They aren't faking it, and they didn't actively choose it."