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Michael Hicks: Tax debate should be about government service value, not price

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It seems likely the Indiana General Assembly will discuss major tax changes this year. This discussion is warranted for many reasons. First, this is a non-budget session, and these matters take time. So, beginning homework on our taxes is prudent, even if change takes several years. Second, we have some growing structural problems with our taxes that must be fixed. Third, we are enjoying a second year of budget windfall, with revenues coming in a half billion dollars ahead of expectations. And, finally, there are budget needs we have not adequately met over several budget cycles.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Harris approval rating plummets

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Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating has plummeted to 28%, according to a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: America’s conversion to electric cars ignores a major strategic vulnerability

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As the United States tries to wean itself from fossil fuels and rebuild its infrastructure to make electric car usage more feasible, policymakers need to ask whether the nation is prepared for a risky trade-off: tying Americans to dependence on yet another foreign source of energy. The electricity powering these vehicles is generated entirely at home, but electric cars are useless without batteries, and one nation completely dominates the battery market: China.

For better and worse, we’re all connected

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It’s a cliché to say that everything’s connected. But we live in a world where this is clearly true. Ideas, goods, services, workers, tourists, commerce, communications, drugs, crime, migrants, refugees, weapons, climate impacts and, of course, viruses all cross borders constantly.

Dear readers: A plea and a promise

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Last week, we launched a metered paywall on dailyjournal.net.

Dick Wolfsie: Feeding frenzy

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Now that COVID restrictions are waning a bit, people are feeling more comfortable about getting together for a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving — but with rising prices of food, more cooks may be chickening out, instead.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Booster shot, please?

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It was an exercise in frustration recently as an editorial writer tried to track down when guidance is coming for those who received Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shots months ago and are still waiting for the green light for a booster.

Tami Silverman: Teach kids benefit of kindness, gratitude

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After months of self-care, protection and distancing, and with Thanksgiving and the winter holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to remind our children of the benefits of connecting with others through acts of kindness and giving. Like so many skills we teach our children, compassion and kindness take practice. Through their committed practice, they also can bring our children great rewards, such as increased confidence, improved collaboration and social networking skills, and a greater sense of community.

Let iGen’ers rewrite the Constitution?

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Agovernment professor at Skidmore College, a liberal arts institution in upstate New York, recently wrote an op-ed that was carried in my local newspaper. My wife, who reads this newspaper faithfully, recommended the column to me since it was about one of my favorite subjects — the United States Constitution.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Feeding the pipeline toward higher education

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A compelling effort to encourage young people to continue their education beyond high school unfolded this week at Indiana State University.