ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Braun’s chance to make an impact

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(Terre Haute) Tribune-Star

HICKS: We are in a difficult and costly conflict

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Authoritarian governments are frequently thought to be more decisive than democracies. They can appear stronger and more likely to win the future than do liberal democracies, where debate is marked by public disagreement. Democracies are slow, with actions guided by compromise and the consent of the governed. Working toward compromise and consensus takes deep strength and conviction that too few people possess. This is one reason why admiration for authoritarian leaders is largely confined to the most insecure of us. This truth is exploited by authoritarian leaders who offer their followers the pretense of physical bravado and toughness, accompanied by flashy uniforms, caps and slogans.

MORRIS: A truth-in-legislation act

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The Indiana Senate recently demonstrated what seemed to be a prime example of legislative thuggery in action.

MARCUS: Economic development depends on environmental qualities

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Normally, I write about economic development or the lack thereof in Indiana. Others write about the environment, its limitations and desecration by economic development. Both topics, the environment and the economy, are treated as big lumps of amorphous matter, too big, too complex, and too mysterious to be understood.