John and Niki are friends of ours who sensed God calling them to adopt three siblings from an orphanage in Columbia. It’s a journey that began a couple of years ago when they were first connected with these kids, and finally completed in 2020, right in the middle of the quarantine and shutdown, when they were able to bring their newest family members home. We finally got to meet them and introduced them to all the fun of Crazy Pinz in Fort Wayne.

There are a lot of benefits of retirement, likely many more than I realize or appreciate, but one is enough free time to follow my local minor league baseball team. The Fort Wayne TinCaps are High A this year with a roster of players who hope to be only one or two steps away from the majors.

Anyone who doubted the value of examining the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, everyone who downplays the events of that day, must listen to the full testimony of the four police officers who testified at a House panel’s first hearing Tuesday. They were targets of a rabid mob incited by Donald Trump. They were in the crosshairs for trying to facilitate the peaceful transfer of power in the beating heart of American democracy.

Environmental groups like the Sunrise Movement and Greenpeace USA should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For those who aren't familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. In addition to animal welfare and public health benefits, this revolutionary protein will help prevent climate change.

Trust in facts is a cornerstone of American democracy. Disinformation and distrust of the media have been major contributors to our socially, politically and economically polarized society. If we are going to bridge divides and collectively address major issues affecting our nation and the world, we must be able to work from a foundation of facts. Consumers rely on news and social media information more than ever—and they need to be able to trust it.

It's been nearly seven months since a violent mob overran the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the day Congress was set to certify the results of the November presidential election. Members of the mob threatened to kill Vice President Mike Pence and, apparently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Five people died and more than 100 police officers were hurt, some beaten by the rioters.

Is the Supreme Court going to overrule Roe v. Wade? That's the question raised by a Mississippi abortion case soon to come before court.

There are many references to community in the Bible. In church we hear of community all the time, the pastor tells us we should be in a small group or some such thing. The pastor is correct. Jesus was in community with His disciples. The disciples stayed in community after Jesus was crucified.

As I sink deeper and deeper into my dotage, I try to husband what brain cells are still functional for what matters most. That means being discriminatory about what I allow inside my cranium. To start, I pay no attention to popular culture. I absolutely refuse to watch movies or I don’t listen to music if the original composer is still living. I haven’t seen a contemporary TV show in decades, at least not voluntarily.

I was sad to learn the United States Department of Agriculture is spending $500 million in the form of grants, loans and technical assistance to expand slaughterhouse capacity.

“It’s not the government’s money. It’s the people’s money.” So said George W. Bush 20 years ago, arguing to turn a federal surplus into a huge tax cut. There was wisdom to the insight, if not to how he wanted to rejigger who owed what to the government, which was far too skewed to aid the wealthiest among us.

I so want to be a good Hoosier, an upstanding citizen who will do the right thing. But Indiana officials are set to give me some money, and I’m terrified that I will squander it on frivolities and let my beloved state down.

Last July, the COVID crisis had crushed Indiana tax collections by more than a billion dollars, and budget officials were bracing for the worst. But a year later, revenues are surging enough to give Hoosiers an automatic income tax refund in 2022. What’s the story behind state and local finances, and why does it matter beyond the unexpected credit on next year’s tax return?

"Freedom of speech is the air that any thinker breathes; it's the fuel that ignites the fire of an intellectual's thoughts."

Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam is at 37 percent capacity, which is the lowest level since the 1930s. It provides water to about 40 million people in Nevada, Arizona and California, but a severe drought and diminished snowfall in the Rocky Mountains have significantly reduced the supply of water. Other lakes in the region are at historically low levels.

The Indiana Supreme Court is helping launch a full fledged assault on government transparency, and we need to push back and speak up in order to keep our democracy from falling into darkness.

I remember my first chicken harvest, as it was euphemistically called. It was 1999 and I was 12. In a video of the event, you can see me in my denim work jacket, gripping my neck in vicarious horror. There was a performative aspect to my reaction. But despite this, the slaughter was the first real instance of violence I had ever seen, so far as I can remember.

The vast majority of us don't worry whether we'll make it home for dinner let alone whether we'll make it home at all. That's not the case for thousands of Indiana law enforcement officers who work hard to protect all Hoosiers.

Thank you, Simone Biles, for pulling me out of the funk I’d talked myself into over sports.

The car guy in the White House would probably rather drive a classic Pontiac along El Malecon, Havana’s beautiful boulevard beside the sea, than to recalibrate a Cuba policy in the midst of crisis. This week’s historic demonstrations, however, have forced his hand. The president has to act.

The reporter tossed a standard question at coach Monty Williams after the Phoenix Suns won the NBA Western Conference finals, asking how he managed to be a tough coach and a sympathetic mentor.

As I write, a Franciscan priest I know is in a courtroom in Ohio. Father Fidelis Moscinski was charged with criminal trespass for walking into an abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls.

We have kicked off a new initiative this week – Operation Full Pack. This initiative is focused on providing much-needed supplies, including food and non-food items, to military families, both active duty and veterans.

The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan signals the end of a war that involved close to 800,000 American service members. Defending against new threats will require the U.S. to replenish its all-volunteer force with fresh recruits — a task made harder by the dwindling number of Americans willing and able to serve.

On June 27, 1787, the Constitutional Convention was on the verge of collapsing and with it the future of America. They had been in session for over a month and things were not going well because of unresolved issues between the big states and the small states. Some delegates had left the convention in protest. Benjamin Franklin, age 81, rose to give a speech that was to change the course of the convention and the future of America.

Even amid a pandemic, which was spread by former President Trump politicizing wearing masks, and even under a massive cybersecurity attack by Russia, Trump continues to try to overturn the election.

Once again, the Internet comes through with another silly list that is fun to argue about precisely because it is pointless to do so.

Bravo to the Clark County School District for putting the focus where it belongs in the national discussion about critical race theory — on the need for young Americans to know the good, the bad and the in-between about our nation’s history when it comes to racial issues.

My farm, River View Farms, sells pigs to a processing facility that utilizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), which allows for pork processing facilities to operate at a faster rate. NSIS, initiated during the Clinton administration and evaluated at fi…

For all the missteps during its early days, the American coronavirus vaccination campaign is poised to go down as a triumph of science and public health. Seven months after the first shots were authorized for emergency use, 66 percent of adults — more than 100 million people — have received at least one dose. That’s not the 70 percent President Biden was aiming to reach by July 4, but it’s close, and it’s an impressive figure.

Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch should be household names. Fulton and Simms-Busch were the plaintiffs in a recent foster-care and religious-liberty case at the Supreme Court. It was a unanimous ruling, as you may have heard, and that is somewhat remarkable. Legal eagles who labor to defend religious liberty have qualms about the narrowness of the ruling, but I'm grateful for the message it sends.

Frederick Douglass addressed students and fellow abolitionists at Rochester's Corinthian Hall on July 5, 1852, where he stated, “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

With Independence Day nearing, Phantom Fireworks encourages its friends and customers to be considerate of their neighbors when using fireworks.

When we were testifying last month at a congressional hearing, one of us as a paid leave and gender equity expert and the other as the owner of a small and growing child care center business, we encountered a common and pernicious myth: that American moms could and should choose to stay home to raise their children. If they did, all these pesky problems with paid leave and child care wouldn’t even exist.

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew what they were getting into. As we celebrate Independence Day 245 years later with flags and fireworks, it's easy to forget that these patriots risked death to give a new nation life.

After more than a year of pain, grief and economic devastation, Wednesday marks a milestone in Washington’s road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the state’s restrictions intended to curb the virus are lifted.

"He has to get a life." I've cleaned up the actual quote for family newspapers. Disdain would be a kind word to describe the feelings people had for a protester who recently livestreamed his time outside a Manhattan Planned Parenthood clinic.

President Biden is working on reestablishing and nurturing our relationships with our allies in the world.

We have no idea — yet — if the “major error” discovered in the construction of the Champlain Towers South condominium contributed to the building’s partial collapse Thursday morning. We do know, however, that an engineer’s 2018 disclosure, this crumpled building and the deaths of its residents must be the catalyst for changes that ensure this never happens again.

Very little development has occurred in Wabash County over the past two decades. Between 2000 and 2019, fewer than 600 acres transitioned from agricultural or undeveloped to developed. That’s roughly 30 acres per year - the size of eight blocks in downtown Wabash. Compared to other counties in the region, this growth is small and represents just two-tenths of one percent of the total landmass of the county.

A high school senior who attends the same church as I do qualified for the state golf championship as an individual. This is a big deal for him and for all of us who know him. A big enough deal, apparently, that Huntertown, the small Hoosier town where he lives, put on an old-fashioned parade to see him off to Carmel for the tournament.

As expected, debate on a bill to protect voting rights was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday when the Democratic sponsors failed to garner 60 votes. But in reaching out to centrist Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Senate Democrats indicated that they were open to compromise.