Who among us does not have some experience, in some way, with addiction? For the few Americans who can raise their hand to that question, my best advice is to count your blessings today and to not bet on that winning streak continuing tomorrow. I bought an important book last year, then actively avoided reading it. I didn't want to read it. I knew the ending already and I knew it was sad. But much like life, the journey itself is what makes this book remarkable. Dreamland is a book written by journalist and award winning author, Sam Quinones. If any story ...

I was introduced to the legacy of the late Warren Bennis this week. The innovative scholar on leadership has written that leaders are people who do the right thing, and managers are people who do things right. Mayors, governors and presidents need to be good at both. And one problem with political campaigns is that voters often don't get to see how candidates will handle their shot at either. Or do they? Politicians get an opportunity to show voters what they are made of more often than some might think. The ground contamination of lead and arsenic in East Chicago is a ...

There was a fascinating gathering of people Saturday afternoon on the South lawn of the Indiana Statehouse.  It was a rally for women's rights.  I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a good rally.  And this one did not disappoint. There were a couple of thousand people crowded together on a cold April afternoon to speak out against the recently signed and now infamous Indiana abortion law.  But it was more than that.  It was a gathering of mostly women making sure their government knew they were unhappy.  It is an important gesture, and hopefully the first step of many ...

A bad decision was made this week at the Indiana Statehouse. The outcome of the debate is a source of disappointment and shame for me as a Hoosier. But the failure of our process this time is less about what was decided, and more about who did the deciding. The Indiana General Assembly passed an abortion bill this week. And while those engaged in pro-choice and pro-life organizations could debate the entirety of the bill at length, the most controversial aspects of House Bill 1337 is what we are discussing here. The bill was authored by Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne). ...

I have a birthday coming up next month. That is not completely accurate.  My lungs have a birthday of sorts coming up next month and the rest of me, from the depth of my soul to the top of my head, will be celebrating with them. In March, it will be ten years since I smoked my last cigarette. The rest of my body parts will join my lungs to start the celebration on March 5.  I will be running the stairs of the Chase Tower in Indianapolis at the American Lung Association's Annual Fight For Air Climb. These climbs have been held ...

The weeks following a vacation often feel like a settling of the score.  Almost by design, they exist to make a person question whether or not the vacation was worth it.  There are emails piled up.  There are deadlines that seemed distant and manageable suddenly breathing down your throat.  And there is a line of coworkers outside of your office waiting to pounce on you while you cling to the remains of comfortable euphoria. That is not the week I had. Besides landing two exciting new clients that I had been courting for quite some time, I also was exposed to two ...

I am often amazed at the circumstances of my life that are responsible for the way my brain works.  Some would argue that my thought processes are haywire, and that the lack of usefulness of many of my ideas are only mildly offset by my artful conviction of their worth. Actually, I don't know if anyone thinks that, but I hope at least some of  my loyal detractors do.  Those who generally agree with my rants are just partners in our shared source of genius.  Whatever that source may be. I have had a thought provocative stretch these last few days. ...

Writing a column seems like it should be easy for someone full of opinions.  And in most ways it is.  But the tough part sometimes can be expressing something close to your heart, knowing you may get some ridicule for it.  I never thought I was capable of doing that until I took the plunge a couple of times, and then lived to tell about it.  As a result I have found that these periodic acts of surrender have made me a far braver person than I used to be.  It really is good exercise. It's time for Indiana to surrender. ...

I like going to see the doctor.  That wasn't always the case for me, so I understand people who don't.  It has never been more clear in American public policy how important the annual physical is than it is now.  And that is to say it has not been made clear enough and policy makers need to double down on it. This morning I read a column on the topic in the Indianapolis Business Journal written by Brose McVey, CEO of Expedite Health Solutions.  In his column, McVey writes in detail about preventive care and its affordability.  He writes: "Preventive care ...

WTHR's Bob Segall did an important investigative story this week entitled "Inside Indiana's HIV Epidemic."  If you haven't read it, please do.  It is a detailed account of the HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana that has anyone paying attention on high alert. The response to the outbreak has also been alarming in many ways, largely because of failed government bureaucracies.  But there is a mindset part of this story that I think Segall could have reported and didn't.  Early in his story, he makes mention of a group of people in Scott County referred to as the "roamers."  These are ...