Marcus: Income disparities within and among the states

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It is fashionable to label income disparities as income inequalities or worse ….inequities. Whatever name is attached to them, they do exist and the reasons for them are many.

Dunn: Tax Season Begins

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Now that most of us have put away our Christmas decorations, the next major season begins: Tax season.

Michael Hicks: Thinking hard about the IREAD test

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Governor Holcomb, along with leaders of the House and Senate, laid out a legislative plan to hold back students who fail to pass the third grade IREAD exam. This is a significant policy issue because about one in five Hoosier third graders fail to pass the reading test. This pass rate has worsened substantially since COVID. My back-of-the-envelope analysis suggests that adding another year of school for 15,000 children would cost over $125 million a year.

Marcus: Population diversity in Indiana counties

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Last week, we looked at Hispanic and racial differences on a state-by-state basis. In that process, I learned from editors to explain some simple ideas in a more simplified fashion. Now we’ll dig down into the Indiana counties.

Franke: After Modernity, What?

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The history of western civilization is generally divided into three epochs, if memory serves from my junior high world history class. This classification scheme was retroactively applied by historians trying to make sense of why things changed so dramatically at certain points in time.

Dunn: Why Trump Will Triumph

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If Jefferson Davis, who led the Confederacy in a multi-year war against the United States, could not be convicted for that little act of insurrection that is commonly known as the “Civil War,” how can we believe that former (and perhaps future) President Trump could possibly be convicted for insurrection?

Editorial: BMV collects millions selling drivers’ information

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The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette