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The buzz phrase du jour in Washington is “perjury trap.” The airwaves were bursting with the light of verbal warning flares, shot off by our President's lawyers, advisors and supportive talking heads.

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At the end of their year, corporations create an annual report for their shareholders. They mail it to those shareholders or present it at a meeting of those shareholders. The information helps investors decide on whether they want to increase or decrease their holdings in that corporation.

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As if we needed yet another example of just how dysfunctional our government is, enter the DACA/immigration gridlock tied to the threat of shutting down the government — again.

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Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improveme…

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It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays. This is the time of year for optimism and the goodwill that radiates throughout Christmas. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.

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Do you remember the song “Wildfire?” I loved that song, released in 1975. A horse “busted down its stall, in a blizzard he was lost.”

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Maintaining student loan deductions the right move

  • By BRUCE McFEE - For The News-Dispatch
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There are many elements of our tax code that Congress is poised to correct by passing comprehensive tax reform. Maybe the biggest improvement would be fixing a tax system that favors larger corporations who move U.S. jobs overseas, but penalizes manufacturers which primarily base their opera…

  • By LARK HAPKE - For The News-Dispatch
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On a sunny, almost balmy, Saturday last February, my nieces and nephews carried the casket of their grandfather to his final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery next to their grandma.

  • By KRIS PATE - For The News-Dispatch
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Stories have their own special ability to build shared meaning, values, and direction for our families. Often we don't realize how these stories influence our behavior and shape the future; but stories about our national, cultural, or family history have shaped much of how we’ve come to view…

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Long-term funding for Puerto Rico needs debate

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Have you seen the forward being circulated via email listing some of Yogi Berra’s quotes? I don’t know about you, but through the years, I have been among those that not only found his malaprops to be funny, but quite often I gleaned ironic truths within them.

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I’m in the final edit of my new book, a compilation of my first 300 columns. It demanded that I once again proof them all. They are in chronological order beginning almost a decade ago (this is my 464th column). Once the shock of how long my column has been running wore off, I came to severa…

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If you asked many people — particularly those from other areas of the state — where Indiana’s worst environmental problems exist, they’d probably say it would be in Northwest Indiana. But they just might be dead wrong. The data suggest that Northwest Indiana’s reputation for air and water po…

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Race is a difficult topic to discuss in our country. It always has been and I do not see that changing any time soon. I hesitated to place a toe into the swirling waters of the complex issue of race relations in the U.S.; to gauge the temperature of the issue, but two things happened over la…

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So, President Trump went to the United Nations. He delivered his first speech before the General Assembly and met with various Heads of State, garnering the predictable reactions from the media. What really caught my attention was the minor commentary on our current Ambassador to the U.N., N…

  • By JO ANN ENGQUIST - For The News-Dispatch
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At the 1990 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., the League took the then rare step of adopting a gun control position. Debate on the Convention floor persuaded members to concur with the statement proposed by the LWV of Illinois, and to urge passage of federal legislation t…

  • By REV. LARK J. HAPKE - For The News-Dispatch
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Recently, someone suggested there was a monument in Greenwood Cemetery connected to the Civil War. So, I checked. There is not.

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The year was 1988. I was 7 years old, and my family was gathered around the TV set in our Metro Detroit home. It was around 8 p.m., a little late for me to be up, but my parents didn’t seem to care.

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Literature is one of my passions. While I spend quite a lot of time in my car, where I indulge in listening to modern crime novels, I do firmly believe that nothing can replace the comfort and contentment of snuggling up with a great book.

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