Indiana Writers Group

The McGowans: IU and “the Magna Charta Universitatum”

Posted: January 27, 2023

by Richard J. McGowan and Tyler R. McGowan What’s to become of American universities, including Indiana University? If we look across the pond, i.e., the Atlantic, we can see a reaffirmation of traditional ideas on what a university should be. Those ideas are rooted in history. The University of Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: January 25, 2023

A Pattern of Boondoggling VERONIQUE de RUGY, an economist for the Mercatus Center, famously said that if you miss your budget estimates 20 percent of the time you are an incompetent but if you miss them 80 percent of the time you are a liar. What would be said about the cost of a project in Read the full article…


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Franke: The Travails of Local Government

Posted: January 25, 2023

By Mark Franke “I don’t do this for the money. I do it for the late-night phone calls.” — a Monroeville councilman Nearly everyone I know is disgusted with the current state of our national government. Many also feel the same way about our Indiana state government, but then I tend to associate with others of Read the full article…


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Morris: Maybe Spending Has Something to Do With It

Posted: January 23, 2023

by Leo Morris When the coal started running low at the mine my father worked in, he considered several options. The one he decided on was to relocate from Kentucky to Fort Wayne, which had two major advantages. It was large enough to have plenty of employment opportunities not involving coal mines, and his sister Read the full article…


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The Outstater

Posted: January 18, 2023

Stopping and Frisking Saves Lives AS COMPLICATED as democracy is, you can clearly see it working in Marion County. You can tell by the high murder rate. Marion voters, the reasons for which they are quite proud, have decided to elect a mayor and prosecuting attorney who demonstrate their social compassion by abiding homicide. Not Read the full article…


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Franke: Due Process for the Indiana National Guard

Posted: January 18, 2023

By Mark Franke One trend at the national level is the proliferation of law judges in the federal agencies. They can streamline adjudication of legitimate citizen and taxpayer issues so there is some value added. The problem is that often these cases involve fines and penalties imposed by the agency whose hearing officer is ruling Read the full article…


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