You can tell me you’re just fine with the federal government collecting not only your telephone records — who you called, when, from where, and for how long — but also your e-mail, your social media postings and every transaction you conduct on the Internet.
Or, you can tell me you’re outraged at a Big Brother kind of surveillance of you and your fellow citizens’ personal lives.
July 9, 2013
In line with the trend of drawing farther and farther away from the ideals of the Founders, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted much of the Defense of Marriage Act last week, the consequences of which will be felt for years to come.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has contempt for a swath of his fellow citizens.
If you disagree with him about gay marriage, indeed, if you merely think the federal government should continue to define marriage the traditional way while the states define it however they want, then you are a bigot. Your views deserve no political representation.
There is a difference between blaming the victim and exhorting someone to use some common sense to avoid becoming a victim.
But it seems hardly anyone in our ultra-sensitive, ultra-politically correct world is able or willing to accept that difference.
At our state’s signature annual event — the Indianapolis 500 — where we present ourselves to a worldwide audience, the actor Jim Nabors sings the words that are so dear to many of us: “Back home again, in Indiana …”
The irony here is that Nabors is not only gay, but last January he and his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled to Seattle where they tied the knot. Here in Indiana, they would have few legal rights afforded traditionally married couples.
News reports from the past month reveal a chasm between Americans’ perception of their freedom and their actual freedom.
To those who thought the rule of law still protected them, the IRS targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny and Justice Department monitoring journalists’ phone records should have been enough to disabuse them of that notion.
June 21, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service hadn’t spoken four sentences about its targeting of conservative groups before it blamed “our line people in Cincinnati.”
Those were the words of Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner on May 10, when she acknowledged the misconduct in an answer to a question at an American Bar Association conference. In a session with reporters later that day, she famously admitted that she is not good at math. It turns out that she is not good at geography, either.
We’ve reached another of the year’s milestones — June, the month where mowing the lawn changes from a pleasant springtime chore into an onerous summer task.
June 20, 2013
I am concerned about the proposed Brownsburg North Annexation of 4,500 acres of land. I have attended public meetings related to this proposal and I, along with hundreds of others, are opposed to it. This proposal is going to have a huge impact on all involved.
Sometimes I’m so cutting edge I scare myself. So ahead of the curve. So next year.
I’ve read recently in major national magazines and metropolitan newspapers that young people are getting bored with Facebook — almost as bored as they are with e-mail. And I think to myself that maybe there is something to this AARP fantasy that “Sixty is the new thirty.”
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
A few months ago, a worker monitoring a hotline for the Polaris Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to combating human trafficking, received a text message from an 18-year-old woman in distress.
December 9, 2013
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