Marcus: The elusive American Dream

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George Carlin once said, “it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”. But those voices in real estate tell us Home Ownership is the American Dream.

Michael Hicks: What is driving misperceptions about the economy?

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Do Americans view the condition of the economy through a partisan political lens rather than judging it based on facts?

Letter to the Editor: Trump did not get a fair trial

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The Shabazz article claiming President Trump got a “fair trial” in the laughably biased kangaroo court in New York was truly stunning in its own laughably biased assessment of this political hit job. Anyone who paid any attention whatsoever to the absurd judge pampering and basically coaching the prosecution, upholding their repeated objections in an offhand matter while disallowing defense motions and overruling nearly every objection they offered.

Adkins: How much longer can Republicans buy this martyrdom act?

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Donald Trump, the first American president to be convicted of a crime, said “I was just convicted in a rigged political witch hunt trial: I did nothing wrong.” He said further that “it’s not hush money. It’s a nondisclosure agreement. Totally legal, totally common.” However, there are flaws in his statements. Neither hush money payments nor nondisclosure agreements with porn stars are common. His conviction on 34 criminal charges was not for paying off a porn star. Rather, he was convicted of making false financial statements connected to those payments. To say it was a nondisclosure agreement makes no sense as he denied he even had sex with Stormy Daniels. And for his supporters to claim he should not be charged for crimes because he is running for office is an insult to the concept of justice.

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz: Let’s talk about Trump

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When it comes to former President Donald Trump, two things are true. First, he is now a convicted felon who was found guilty by 12 people who just two months ago did not know one another. And second, talk that Trump did not get a fair trial is either the most misinformed or ridiculous statement I have ever heard.

Michael Hicks: Advice for young people heading into the labor market

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Many of my columns have focused on labor market advice to young people heading to college.

Mark Franke: The draw of small towns is reversing trends

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“Counterurbanization,” a term new to me, is the phenomenon that Americans increasingly are moving from large cities to rural areas. This reverses a trend in the other direction, one that began with the Industrial Revolution and continued until just recently.

John Krull: Rokita, Trump and games of make believe

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So, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita digitally removed Gov. Eric Holcomb from a photo of the two meeting with former President Donald Trump.

Michael Hicks: Regional cities initiative, an economic boon

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Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative is an example of one of the most innovative place-based economic development programs issued by any state.