THORNS & ROSES: Week of April 19
Thorns & Roses is our staff’s compilation of the best and worst of the week
NEAL: Pence facing leadership challenges early on
Only three months into his term, Gov. Mike Pence has taken a beating for failing to lead. Opinion writers, Democrats, even fellow Republicans, have offered all manner of conflicting counsel.
GUTWEIN: Keeping Ind. as a crossroads
As I meet with my constituents across my district, I spend a considerable amount of time on the road. Having grown up in Northwest Indiana, I know the conditions they are in like the back on my hand and understand that they are overdue for repair.
MORTON: Anger on varied values
The rancor and moral outrage of the left and right over various current issues eats at the very core of civilized discussion. Whether the topic is abortion or gun control, immigration, taxes or government subsidies of the private sector, the emotions of those who disagree dominate the discourse which has become mean spirited.
FREY: Feds not immune to budget
In a recent ABC news exclusive with George Stephanopoulos, President Obama was pessimistic at best about bridging the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats on how to reduce the deficit.
ABBOTT: Turns out customer service isn’t dead after all
There’s an old adage in sales and marketing that if you do something well, your customer will tell one person, but if you do something badly, your customer will tell 10 people.
KNISELY: Forcing spring’s arrival
Winter has had its reign for far too long. It’s time someone took control of the situation, so I did just that last week.
I had a rummage sale. For those of you not from east central Indiana, that means yard sale.
KNISELY: Is it junk or treasure?
They say, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
While that is true, there is a fine line between old junk and antiques. A friend and I went antique shopping last weekend in Indianapolis. I saw a lot of old junk trying to play itself off as antiques.
FREY: Unnoticed battle begins
I had never given much thought to facial hair until six years ago.
ABBOTT: Hometown will always be home in heart
The home I left more than three decades ago is no more. The houses I lived in are still there, but my childhood is long past.
My trips to my hometown are for funerals, wakes or cemetery visits.
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