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ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana years shaped Abe Lincoln

Three states claim Abraham Lincoln as a favorite son, but only Indiana can take credit for his formative years. 

February 12, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: It can pay to be dumb on 'smart' growth

GUEST COMMENTARY: It can pay to be dumb on 'smart' growth

You might not have heard this good news about the Indiana economy: The state has avoided as a whole the mistakes that result in local housing bubbles. And this, among other reasons, is why Indiana remains a relatively good place to live.

October 29, 2013 12:48 pm
ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

ANDREA NEAL: Indiana's first congregation is thriving in Vincennes

Roman Catholics claim bragging rights to Indiana’s oldest church. Jesuit missionaries visited the French fort at Vincennes within months of its establishment in 1732. A resident priest, Sebastian Meurin, arrived in 1748. People have been worshiping at St. Francis Xavier Church ever since.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Common Core debate far from over

ANDREA NEAL: Common Core debate far from over

The nation’s eyes are on Indiana as it reconsiders the Common Core academic standards that are supposed to raise student achievement and standardize what children learn across the country.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Daniels is education reform governor

ANDREA NEAL: Daniels is education reform governor

Mitch Daniels used his first term to get Indiana’s fiscal house in order. His second term sealed his reputation as the education reform governor.

November 08, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Daniels helped state weather recession

ANDREA NEAL: Daniels helped state weather recession

In his first State of the State address in 2005, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced, “Our state’s public finances are in ruins.” Unaware of the coming recession, he made four promises to citizens: To work to strengthen the economy, make government leaner and more efficient, modernize infrastructur…

October 31, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Reading 20 minutes a day is reform that works

ANDREA NEAL: Reading 20 minutes a day is reform that works

Before lawmakers throw money at the thorny issue of early-childhood education they should consider an experiment in Richmond aimed at getting parents to read to their children daily.

October 18, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: The ethical case for right-to-work

GUEST COMMENTARY: The ethical case for right-to-work

Suppose a bare majority of the eateries in your town forces all the others into a dues-imposing “restaurant association” that fixes prices, hours and terms of service for all of them.

October 11, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: What Chicago's strike taught Indiana's teachers

GUEST COMMENTARY: What Chicago's strike taught Indiana's teachers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel settled a labor contract with the Chicago teachers’ union after an eight-day strike. Teachers were happy to secure concessions limiting a school reform program they said would harm students and cost teachers jobs. Emanuel walked away with a teacher evaluation syste…

September 26, 2012 12:00 am
Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.

September 26, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Cut Indiana's sales tax to 6.5%

ANDREA NEAL: Cut Indiana's sales tax to 6.5%

At 3.4 percent, Indiana’s personal income tax is one of the nation’s lowest. A half dozen states, including Texas and Florida, don’t charge income tax at all; 41 states impose a rate higher than Indiana’s.

September 19, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Why women don't run for political office

ANDREA NEAL: Why women don't run for political office

One day after Ann Romney’s Republican National Convention speech, the Associated Press devoted an entire article to her “tasteful, conservative and appropriate wardrobe.” Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered an issue-packed endorsement of Mitt Romney, and Wall Street Journal …

September 05, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: A two-century tradition of negative attacks

ANDREA NEAL: A two-century tradition of negative attacks

Don’t blame Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for the ugly tone of the 2012 presidential race. Blame John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They started it.

August 30, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: DCS is turning around, slowly but surely

ANDREA NEAL: DCS is turning around, slowly but surely

Running the Indiana Department of Child Services is harder than being Marion County juvenile judge “by a factor of 18,” Jim Payne concedes.

August 16, 2012 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pence’s ‘good cop/bad cop’ strategy

BRIAN HOWEY: Pence’s ‘good cop/bad cop’ strategy

It had been nine years since Mike Pence had run and brawled for a congressional seat, twice unsuccessfully challenging U.S. Rep. Phil Sharp.

July 29, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Teach unions don't act in students' interest

GUEST COMMENTARY: Teach unions don't act in students' interest

Despite a stated interest in professionalism and student achievement, American teachers unions have been unable or unwilling to wean themselves from dependence on government privilege, much of it exclusive. And as a result, their existence and welfare as an organization take precedence over …

July 21, 2012 12:00 am
Hang La

Hang La

Hang La of Hanoi, Vietnam, is an intern at the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. She is a sophomore at DePauw University, majoring in political science

July 21, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Daniels giving next governor a fiscal head start

ANDREA NEAL: Daniels giving next governor a fiscal head start

Call it Mitch Daniels’ gift to the next governor. While 31 states are still struggling to close budget shortfalls blamed on the recession, Indiana is touting the largest surplus in its history: $2.15 billion.

July 18, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: Tall trees and American exceptionalism

ANDREA NEAL: Tall trees and American exceptionalism

Visalia, Calif. — In Sequoia National Park in California, tall trees beckon one million visitors a year. The tourists come from all over the world to see something exceptional: the largest living things on Earth.

July 04, 2012 12:00 am
ANDREA NEAL: ISTA is still crying wolf over education reforms

ANDREA NEAL: ISTA is still crying wolf over education reforms

In Chicago, teachers are poised to go on strike over a pay metric they think is unfair, longer school days they’d rather not work, and class sizes they consider unreasonable.

June 06, 2012 12:00 am
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