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These flowering contagions might look nice for a few weeks a year, but I literally see no upside to intentionally planting a reeking, weak-limbed, invasive “pear” tree that produces no pears.

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If one focuses on the chilling effect, the incredible breadth, or the archaic cruelty that these bills represent, an important lesson might be missed: They are a product of fear. Assembly is still powerful. It still matters.

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Through the centuries, it has been a place of refuge for weary and haunted souls. Many a troubled spirit has trudged to its doors and left them, burden lessened, with a quicker, easier stride.

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We elect flawed and fallible human beings who must work with other flawed and fallible human beings to achieve the greatest good possible in this imperfect world. The sooner more of us acknowledge that, the happier we all will be.

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According to the results of a new, disturbing report by the Pew Research Center, 71 percent of Americans think their local media outlets are doing just fine financially, but only 14 percent report paying for local news during the past year. Does anyone else see the problem here?

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This isn't partisan to me. This is about transparency. If the report says what Trump and his supporters say, then so be it. I'm not afraid of the truth. The American people have paid millions of dollars for this investigation. We deserve to read the full report directly from Mueller himself. Anything less will be viewed as a whitewash.

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You can always search for people you've unfollowed on Facebook by name if you really want to find them for some specific reason. If you take the extra step of unfriending them, however, you're denying your future self that option.

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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 This outdated system will increasingly lead to a feeling of illegitimacy as the voice of the people is ever more frequently subverted.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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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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