Fifty years ago this Friday I was preparing to make my stage debut as the town drunk in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" when the shots range out in Dallas and everything changed.
Phil Wieland's column Friday struck a nerve. More than one, in fact.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said comments attributed to her in Phil Wieland's column Friday were from a satirical news site, not from Bachmann.
Governments always needs more money, and legislators stay up nights thinking of ways to make us pay more even if it means we're paying for doing what's right.
This supposedly is the age of mass communication, but there are 10 billion channels and nothing on in some people's brains.
I guess I would fall under columnist Phil Wieland's category as one of the "Republican right wingnuts (who) attribute the nation's ills to too many gays and not enough guns."
For more than three years Tom Clark has waited for a call from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency telling him to bring his batch of bugs to the Gulf Coast to clean up the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
It's a wonder anyone runs for office anymore.
When a Purdue assistant prof compares the Asian carp invasion to Jurassic Park and says, "Frankly, they scare me," that tells me we either have a major problem on our hands or he's an ichthyophobic nerd.
The announcement that Valpo is close to inking a deal with a company that plans to invest more than $200 million to locate in the city has raised a lot of questions starting with "How do I get some of that?"
Has anyone else noticed a bumper crop of spiders in their yard this year?
Abe Lincoln, the inventor of the penny, allegedly said, "You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time." What he forgot to mention was the government probably can't please anyone at any time.
Apparently it's OK to breathe again in Northwest Indiana. But don't make a habit of it.
It's encouraging to know our state government will spend tax dollars to defend our freedom of religion, as long as it is the "right" religion. Did I say encouraging? I meant scary.
The almost three decades in Congress obviously are beginning to take a heavy mental toll on Pete Visclosky based on his comments this week.
I feel sorry for MSD of Boone Township Schools Superintendent George Letz.
The recent discovery of a mammoth in such good condition that its blood was still in a liquid state raises the question of whether a prehistoric creature will someday be found in such pristine condition it can actually be revived.
The United Nations says one solution to world hunger is: Eat more bugs.
Like our Indiana Legislature, I'm having a hard time adjusting to the 21st century. Unlike the Legislature, I was copacetic with the 20th century while they are reluctant to leave the 19th.
Editor's note: A version of this column ran three years ago this week. The reason for running it again is explained at the end.
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