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Last week I covered early lawn activities to consider doing now. This week I’ll cover things we should avoid doing, should only do in certain circumstances, or should at least postpone.

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INDIANAPOLIS — If there was a silver lining after a horrible year of pandemic, it was that the Hoosier Hoops Holyland and its ancient cathedral (Hinkle Fieldhouse, among other venues) would become the Center of the Basketball Universe during March Madness.

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INDIANAPOLIS — During the television age of Indiana politics, the General Assembly had been a pipeline of future governors. Govs. Harold Handley, Matt Welsh, Edgar Whitcomb, Doc Bowen, Robert Orr and Frank O’Bannon had all spent time in the dual “Cave of Winds” on the Statehouse third floor …

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You probably know what you think about murder, rape, arson and all sorts of other abhorrent crimes. But how do you feel about jaywalking and littering?

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One day a colleague, whose intellect I had admired up to that point, confessed that she had some conservative instincts when it came to politics.

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“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented,” said candidate Joe Biden last July. “President Trump has made it much worse. We had a window to get this right. And Trump blew it.”

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President Biden faces a tough choice on immigration. Does he accept compromises that advance some, but not all, items on his reform agenda? Or does he insist on the sort of all-or-nothing strategy that has failed repeatedly since President Reagan signed the last comprehensive overhaul in 1986?

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Some of our invasive species will soon be noticeable in natural areas. An early-season hike in the woods or other natural area might help you observe some of these plant species, and you may also observe why they are a problem.

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For the past four decades, I’ve covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a “racial” clash. And I will tell you upfront that while there…

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Corn farmers always seem to be searching for that perfect nitrogen application rate, probably because it can be a moving target. Apply too little, and you miss out on yield potential. Apply too much, and you waste money. Apply at the wrong time, and you may lose nitrogen. Two Purdue experts …

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When Donald Trump sent out a tweet in July 2016, saying that Mike Pence would join him on the Republican ticket, it commenced one of the most extraordinary political odd couples in history. Here was the evangelistic, conservative Midwestern governor linking up with the profane, Manhattan bil…

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Even though President’s Day, Feb. 17, is officially to honor all of our former and present U.S. presidents, most everyone thinks of it as a commemoration of our two most popular and best known presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th. In fact, in some areas of th…

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We approach a full year since the start of the COVID recession. So, it is timely to assess where the recession has turned out differently than seemed likely at the start. Some of the developments are happy, while others are not.

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The fissure snaking through the Republican Party comes down to what appears to be Donald Trump’s chaos wing, and Mike Pence’s constitutional GOP. And in Pence’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana, the party loyalty appears to be divided.

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Joe Biden says he’ll “advance racial equity” by making “bold investments” in “Affordable Housing,” aiding “businesses owned by Black and Brown people,” establishing an “Equity Commission,” etc.

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The day President Biden was inaugurated, a record 4,131 Americans died of COVID-19. That was 4,130 more than Jan. 20, 2020, the day of the first U.S. death. Here is the most critical challenge facing Biden: Vaccinate as many of the 320 million Americans as soon as possible.

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Of all the reflections and reactions from the Jan. 6 attack on Congress, the most transcendent harkens back to Sept. 11, 2001. I can’t help but think of Todd Beamer and all those passengers aboard a hijacked jetliner. They knew they were about to die, but they fought their way into the cockp…

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INDIANAPOLIS — If it were not for the rise of Donald Trump in 2016, there wouldn’t be a Gov. Eric Holcomb. When that year began, Holcomb was running third in the Republican U.S. Senate primary field. His political fortunes began to improve when Gov. Mike Pence picked him to replace Lt. Gov. …

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INDIANAPOLIS — When newly-elected Mike Pence showed up at the U.S. Capitol for his first joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2001, he watched Vice President Al Gore declare George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as the winning Electoral College ticket. He heard Gore, who lost a bitter election that…

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Summary: Our hospital monopolies are financially damaging to Indiana’s economy and Hoosier families. On Dec. 13, I sat in front of the TV a few extra minutes basking in the Colts victory. Much to my delight, the venerable “60 Minutes” teaser announced they’d profile the civil anti-trust case…

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INDIANAPOLIS — President Trump is scheduled to leave office at noon, Jan. 20. He has had an extraordinary impact on the United States and Indiana and will leave behind a deeply divided nation.

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As the snow flies and we spend more time indoors, many enjoy the aesthetics and continued “gardening” opportunities by growing indoor plants. However, many have also found that indoor plant care has its challenges.

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INDIANAPOLIS — As the Democratic presidential race wound down just as the pandemic was gearing up, there was no secret that Joe Biden had a lot of respect and affection for Pete Buttigieg.

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Whether it was North Side Gym in Elkhart or the Southport Fieldhouse, or packing Evansville’s Ford Center with 11,000 supporters in September 2018, President Trump was at the spearhead of a populist movement. His MAGA rallies filled Indiana’s basketball palaces, with thousands who couldn’t g…

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Gov. Eric Holcomb may have equaled a modern plurality record with his 57-32% win over Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, who notched 15% (with 96% of precincts counted).

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“Occam’s razor” is described by Britannica as “the principle that, of two explanations that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct.”

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At this writing, Indiana has reported a record high 2,800 new COVID-19 cases. This comes as Hoosiers are in the midst of deciding whether to rehire Gov. Eric Holcomb, or change course with Democrat and former health commissioner Woody Myers, or Libertarian Donald Rainwater.

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I keep pretty good track of changes in the Indiana Code, but I came across one recently that I had missed. As of last year, city police and firefighters no longer have to live inside their county or a bordering county. Now, they can live in a non-bordering county up to 50 miles from city limits.

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According to the APA, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness every year. If you have a mental illness you may have difficulty functioning in a number of areas, including at work.

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News in newspapers and on TV is of the coronavirus and Covid-19, businesses and schools reopening after being shut-down, wild fires in the West, tropical storms and torrential rain in the South and East, politicians and the coming election.