It’s little wonder that today’s political discourse is polarized. The folks doing most of the arguing know so little about the past that they cannot justify their views with historical evidence or data. So they appeal to emotion, name calling, stereotypes and hyperbole.
In 1796, John James Dufour left his native Switzerland to seek a new life and opportunity in the United States. Less than a decade later, he opened the country’s first successful winemaking business – in southeastern Indiana.
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to lead an exploration of the Louisiana Territory in search of a Northwest Passage. Lewis invited William Clark to join him. It would become one of the most famous partnerships in history, and it started in Indiana.
A remark attributed to Thomas Jefferson in Charles Crist's letter to the editor Friday appears not to be a genuine quote, according to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. The Times regrets the error.
If not for George Rogers Clark, we Hoosiers might snack on scones with jam and clotted cream and speak with cockney accents.
INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller believes Indiana may play a key role in a national question of religion and government whose answer is certain to divide an already fractured country.
Somebody always wants to add asterisks to basic constitutional guarantees. I call it the Roger Maris Syndrome.
And we thought we owed Julia Child a word of thanks for bringing creme brulee and champagne to American palates.
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.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Abby Mitchell, left, and Timothy Henderson review their documentation Thursday as they test their trebuchet in preparation for the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19.
Isaiah Smith, and eighth-grader at Valparaiso's Thomas Jefferson Middle School, aligns along a tape rule his mousetrap-powered car Thursday as he tests and documents times and distances traveled by the vehicle in the school's gym. Smith and his teammates on the Science Olympiad team were pre…
Thomas Jefferson Middle School science teacher Rich Bender will make his 23rd consecutive trip with students to the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19. This year's competition will be in Orlando.
Ninth-graders Jacob Mills, left, and Ankur Dhoot work Thursday on their Rube Goldberg device for the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19. Thomas Jefferson Middle School has competed in the nationals 23 times since 1986.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School science teacher Rich Bender watches Thursday as student Isaiah Smith positions his mousetrap-powered car for a test in the school's gym. Smith is among the 16 students on the school's Science Olympiad team.
Nick Tonne, 11, a bishop in attire, watches the Jefferson Joust championship Thursday during Feudal Day in the auditorium at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Students and teachers wore feudal attire for citizens of all stations in life, from the king and queen down to the serfs. The school ha…
With power from classmates, students use chairs on wheels as their steeds and foam "lances" to battle for the Jefferson Jousting championship. Also during Feudal Day, the students visited with a falconer and a re-enactor wearing authentic armor.
Pennants bearing family coats of arms hang from the ceiling Thursday in the sixth-grade hallway at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Sixth-grader Nicole Bednar celebrates her jousting victory after emerging as champion for the Joan of Arc homeroom Thursday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Valparaiso. The school's annual Feudal Day marked the end of a monthlong study of the Middle Ages. The jousting champion was determ…
WEST LAFAYETTE | Thomas Jefferson Middle School of Valparaiso won the state championship Saturday in the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl at Purdue University.
Bring back the smoke-filled rooms, please. Without the smoke. Thoughtful deliberation by political insiders intent on winning the general election would produce far better candidates for president than the mass-media vetting process we use now.
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