As he began his 1979 pilgrimage through Poland, Pope John Paul II preached a soaring sermon that was fiercely Catholic, yet full of affection for his homeland.
I'm no fan of cancel culture, which seems to me to be shrill, suffocating and unforgiving. At the same time, Planned Parenthood in New York is distancing itself from its co-founder, Margaret Sanger, removing her name from one of their health centers in lower Manhattan. This is overdue -- and, frankly, unexpected. For as long as I can remember, protests about her pro-eugenics views were largely ignored.
President Trump has been challenging the integrity of mail-in ballots for months despite having frequently used them to cast his own votes — much as countless Americans have done largely without incident since the Civil War. Now it’s becoming clear how he hopes to close the chasm between this rhetoric and the reality of a system that works just fine: by undermining it himself.
The town of Andrews would like to thank the numerous people who have stepped forward while our community faced a major water contamination crisis. On June 19, the residents of Andrews were notified of a “Do Not Drink” order issued by Huntington County Homeland Security and Huntington County …
Postponing elections is what autocracies do. On Friday, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, announced a delay to September’s planned legislative council (LegCo) elections. Ms. Lam cited the coronavirus public health emergency as her justification. Yet the real reason is Hong Kong’s political emergency. Hong Kong’s elections have been postponed because even with its very limited democracy, Ms. Lam and the Chinese government are afraid the voters will choose a LegCo with greater sympathy for the protests.
With coronavirus sweeping the globe, now is the time for Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young to support federal funding for cultured meat research. For those who aren't familiar with the term, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. Besides the obvious benefits to nonhuman welfare, this emerging technology would help prevent pandemics.
Like thousands of my fellow physicians, I applaud Gov. Eric Holcomb’s mandate for Hoosiers to wear face masks in public to prevent another surge of COVID-19.
One of the hallmarks of Donald Trump’s presidency is his misuse of power to advance his political cause. He had peaceful protesters forcibly cleared from Lafayette Square so he could walk from the White House to a nearby church for a photo op. He claimed emergency powers to fund border wall construction that Congress refused to approve. And he leveraged the nation’s foreign policy muscle in a failed bid to pressure the president of Ukraine to discredit former Vice President Joe Biden.
With some reluctance I write about the decisions that grip some 30,000 school districts across the country. I am hesitant because I don’t wish to be prescriptive about the most contentious issue of in-person versus remote learning. In our republic, decisions of this nature are inherently local. As both a parent and keen observer of schools suggests they are trying to address issues as completely and thoughtfully as possible.
America’s colleges and universities are in the midst of reopening in what is sure to be a reckoning for many. My oldest already began her senior year, and my college sophomore heads back in early August. Both face strict rules on mask wearing and social distancing. They return to a combination of online and in-person instruction, with a schedule fraught with uncertainty.
President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy federal law-enforcement officers in cities gripped by protests has so far been a thoroughgoing failure. That isn’t stopping the administration from doubling down.
We have received questions about why there are three districts for commissioners and what they mean for voters. The answer is a bit complicated but ultimately for the voter, the districts do not matter when it comes to how you vote.
What is all this racism talk? I'm not a racist. I don't hate anybody. That is what I would have told myself a few years ago. Yes, I was aware that there was some discrimination going on in housing, loans, jobs. I am opposed to discrimination. There have been some changes made, right?
Adoption made the news in recent days because of a Republican congressman unveiling the surprise news that he has been raising an adopted son from Cuba. Though the reaction on the hyperpartisan internet has been shrill and unpleasant, perhaps this can nudge us toward a radical shift in our thinking -- one where adoption is more commonplace, because we are more welcoming.
The deployment of federal agents in Portland, Ore., over the objection of state and local officials, to shoot and gas protesters and to snatch people from the street to stuff them into unmarked vans is an unconscionable assault on democracy and a dangerous and needless ratcheting up of tension.
We all want to see Hoosier families emerge from this crisis on firmer ground than they started, with stable housing, good jobs and a financial cushion to fall back on. And as we endure it, we want to be sure no family goes hungry, becomes homeless, or suffers hardship because of COVID-19 and…
On June 17, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act with a 73-25 vote. This bipartisan legislation fully dedicates funds to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation's most successful conservation program, and funds repairs and maintenance projects for our public land management agencies.
A word of thanks to the people of Wabash who made it possible for me to attend Wabash High School, with the help of the late Mayor of Wabash J. Robert Mitten and the Wabash Rotary Club in 1962-1963.
Thank you to a Wabash community that continues to support youth experiences in times when events look different and make us a bit more creative in how we plan and carry out some traditions. Thanks to Wabash County’s generosity.
With pandemic numbers rocketing and the economy sinking, Congress finds itself in a familiar spot. It can spend a mountain of money to ease the pain or it can pull back, worried about rising debt and unpredictable results.
Earlier this year, a Catholic priest published a book entitled "Mercy: What Every Catholic Should Know," focusing on doctrine and discipleship issues that ordinarily would not cause controversy.
The lights went out early on May 29, just before a private Mass I was blessed to be able to participate in. The natural response now, when things seem to be getting worse, is "Well, of course" or "Why not?" I've seen that in reaction to a possible tornado in New York, a news story about locusts (yes, locusts), and another about apes escaping a facility with COVID-19 samples (!).
Grass-roots protests for racial justice, sweeping the country, show that when Americans are fired up, our country can make serious progress on big structural problems that have been mired in inaction.
After facing three weeks of withering criticism about new visa restrictions, the Trump Administration took the opportunity this week to further damage the U.S. economy. This time, the damage may be far more immediate and widespread, affecting hundreds of American cities, more than a million foreign college students and millions of U.S. workers.
To answer your first question: No, you’re not much more likely now than you were last week to see President Donald Trump’s tax returns before the election. Not unless he releases them, as other presidents and candidates have done, as his opponent has done and as he himself once promised to do.
The nation could well be entering an especially dangerous period in Donald Trump’s presidency. His poll numbers are embarrassingly low for an incumbent seeking reelection, even some of his loyal supporters question his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and the economy he had planned to ride into a second term has been battered by shuttered businesses and stay-at-home orders.
Reacting in part to protests hundreds of miles away, our Republican county chairman has asserted his “wokeness." He welcomed the resignation of a county councilman rebuked over a racial comment and nominating a black female lawyer as the replacement, and he pulled the name from an affirmative-action hat, a bipartisan one if that makes any sense.
We have one question about a Trump administration plan to force thousands of foreign college students to leave the country should their school go online because of COVID-19: Why?
Africa’s Masai warriors greet each other with the phrase “Kasserian Ingera,” which translates to “And how are the children?” This greeting underscores the importance of children’s well-being as a marker of success in their community. The traditional response translates to “All the children are well.”
In 1936, Bob Wian sold his car and used the $350 as a down payment on a 10-stool diner in Glendale, Calif., which he turned into a hamburger joint called Bob’s Pantry.
It is not hard to see the cruelty and incompetence in President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic: his repeated efforts to downplay the significance of COVID-19, his badgering of state leaders trying to act responsibly, his refusal to wear a mask in public, his touting of risky miracle cures and his reckless campaign rallies, to name a few.
It is time to write about foreign trade again, sadly. Over the past few weeks the Trump Administration has been locked in ongoing trade negotiations with China and announced the suspension of perhaps a half million visas for foreign workers. These two issues are tied closely, as I shall shortly explain.
Last week the Trump Administration announced the suspension of visas for seven different categories of specialized workers and their family members. Many might be tempted to shrug this off, thinking that such a restriction will help American workers find better jobs. That conclusion is mistaken.