The court is running our lives
Who's in charge in Indiana?
Since 1973's Roe v. Wade, who can get an abortion when and under what circumstances has been at the direction of the United States Supreme Court. When an unemancipated minor has to notify her parents of an impending abortion — never — has been decided by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who based her decisions on rulings by the Supreme Court. And the court has just decided that Arkansas can't keep same-sex married couples from listing both of their names as parents on birth certificates, a decision that will certainly affect a similar case now going through the courts here.
So that's the answer: The Supreme Court is in charge here.
Let's celebrate American culture
As we study the past, we must study it together. We have a shared history, and that history can teach us all about the mistakes America has made and the opportunities it still offers. We can learn the visions and values we share, the visions and values that make up the common American culture. America should not be about reinventing the past to suit current sensibilities. America is about reinventing the future.
Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson, a Columbia University historian, has written: “Every viable nation has to have a common culture to survive in peace.”
This Fourth of July, let us celebrate that common culture, our “Americanism,” and vow not only to survive in peace, but to thrive.
Tough to get a second chance
America was founded on the idea of leaving the past behind and continually reinventing the future, so we are indeed the country of second chances.
If you've made a mistake, you pay the penalty and have the opportunity to start over.
Of course putting that idea into actual practice can get a little tricky.
At the same time he signed an order decreeing that job applicants for the executive branch of state government will no longer be asked if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime, Gov. Eric Holcomb also signed Senate Bill 312 into law, which forbids local governments from telling employers they can't ask those questions.
Ian Rolland, civic leader
So many people are called “community leaders,” but few actually deserve the title. Ian Rolland who did.
Rolland, who died Saturday at 84, would have been an influential figure just for his tenure as president of Lincoln National Corp. The company moved its headquarters to Philadelphia the year after he retired, and many said his insistence on keeping it here was all that kept Fort Wayne home to the Fortune 500 company as long as it did. His workplace innovations — the first local company to go smoke-free, the first to offer benefits to same-sex partners — made Lincoln hit the news pages as often as the business section.
But his belief in Fort Wayne, matched by commitment, made him a true civic leader.
How long should officials serve?
We join other well-wishers in hoping that Republican Luke Kenley has a happy retirement after 25 years of exemplary service in the Indiana Senate. As chairman for nine sessions of the Appropriations Committee, he has been one of the most influential members of the General Assembly. He has had a hand in almost every financial decision in state government, and his institutional knowledge of how things work in Indianapolis will be hard to replace. Thank you for dedication to the public, senator.
But his retirement announcement got us to wondering about how long a member of the General Assembly should serve. Is 25 years too long or not long enough? Or is it just about right?