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OPINION
October 18, 2017


We can't learn from the past by trying to erase it
In 1897, the Indiana General Assembly embarked upon one of the most embarrassing escapades in the state's history. A crackpot Hoos­ier physician, Edward J. Goodwin, thought he had solved the eternal mathematical problem of "squaring the circle," if only the state would a pass a bill that legally defined the value of pi as 3.2 instead of that pesky old 3.14xxxxxx into infinity.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Election reform about more than fraud
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: "Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without a strong bipartisan voice."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time to rethink Indiana's criminal code reform
From the
(Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel
When the state enacted massive criminal code reforms between 2013 and 2015, it had three goals: to reduce prison overcrowding, which was becoming a serious problem; to save money; and to have more low-level offenders handled with community corrections solutions like work release, probation and addiction treatment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The facts on constitutional carry
After two hearings on constitutional carry, I am amazed at the amount of misunderstanding and misrepresentation still being shown on this issue and want to set the record straight on several points.
Article 1 Section 32 of the Indiana Constitution specifically reads, "The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make Indiana part of the climate change solution
Pope Francis is recognized as a global leader on climate change. In his encyclical letter, "Laudato Si," he writes that "... every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings."
The pope reaffirms that "... all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another."
I think this is the essential change of heart that must take place if we are to slow climate change. This is what my Catholic faith and my life as a Sister of Providence calls me to do. I am called to value both the diversity and interconnectedness of the whole web of life.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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