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Michael Brown, program director of the Jewish Federation of St Joseph's Valley in South Bend, responds to Dan Grossman's article, published in NUVO on Feb. 13, 2019.

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Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Indiana, died Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 91. He recognized the truth about the Electoral College long before the 2000 or 2016 presidential elections gave us popular-vote-losing Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, respectively. This outdated system will increasingly lead to a feeling of illegitimacy as the voice of the people is ever more frequently subverted.

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If you are poor and you want to be educated, the price is often decades of working extra hard to put lots of money in the pocket of someone else who doesn't have to work at all. You will wear the golden handcuffs, or you will stay poor.

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Google searches for “International Men's Day” peak on International Women's Day. This sort of whataboutism springs from the same well which inspires some to ask why there isn't a “White History Month” every February during Black History Month. As the adage goes, when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

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What space should poetry occupy in publications, and in public discourse? Dan Grossman raises that question and offers up a poem of his own, based on his experiences at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 

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Decade after decade, on issue after issue, Indiana drags its feet until most other states have taken the plunge. By the time time it's over, we're among the last states to finally get with the program.

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We need to work on disrupting the us-versus-them narrative the gun lobby likes to peddle. Keeping the pressure on legislators is working, but it's going to take a sustained effort to see real change.

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“You need to remember your past, because that's how you learn about your future, and know where you're going. That's why history and social studies are so important.”

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With news that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has become America’s 61st national park, Dan recalls the summer his much-younger self spent at the Dunes as an assistant park ranger.

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Guest columnist Christopher Anderson, co-leader of Citizens Climate Lobby Indianapolis, writes in support of the “Green New Deal.” 

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Listening to his newborn daughter take her first breaths, contributor Dan Canon wonders what can be said in a few hundred words about the short time they will have together.

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We celebrate many things in this world, many of them noisy and attention-grabbing. But we don’t do enough to pay tribute to quieter things like acts of kindness and the simple art of friendship.

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The Teal Album—like Weezer itself at this point—is one bad joke that's gone on too long. I can't think of one song off the Teal Album I wouldn't rather hear the original of instead. 

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Donald Trump has mobilized opponents like no other politician in American history. And a battle has emerged to determine what America should be and who belongs in it.

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The mentality behind these sort of requirements is, in a word, cruel. The message is loud and clear: If you do not contribute to society at a rate we determine is acceptable, you don't deserve to live.

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Tuesday night, President Donald Trump went on national television to propose a solution that won’t work for a problem that doesn’t exist.

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