When Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey this week, a good part of America was disturbed. Is Trump hiding something? Is Comey a “showboat?” Should presidents under investigation even be able to fire the head investigator? Americans of all kinds have been put off balance by the people in D.C. lately. Why? Because we don't trust any of them. I spent thirteen years working for the government. Never during that time did I need to work very hard to convince people of the old adage that “we are with the government and we are here to help you.” I am ...

Legislative strategy is not rocket science. But do me a favor and keep that between us since that's what I do for a living. Editorial writing doesn't pay like it used to. For those of you who have never been involved with a legislative initiative, let's cover the basics. First, getting a bill passed is wildly more difficult than defeating one. The difficulty rises exponentially as the reach of the new policy grows. For example, changing the length of time a dog license is effective is a pretty light lift. Conversely, allowing Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana is apparently impossible. This is ...

Every parent feels a little pressure when it comes to raising their kids. Many of us start with a preconceived notion of how our children will turn out so that each deviation from that plan can often seem like a failure. Usually that perspective could not be more wrong, but I know how it works. Fathers of children who misbehave are mortified when a child challenges his authority, especially in front of other dads. Establishing early who the boss is in these relationships is vital mainly for the sanity of the boss in the early years, but also for the child. ...

“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.” This was the most important thing President Trump said on Friday. And it might be the most ambitious as well. That is if he means it literally. The day after the inauguration, women’s marches, rallies and protests went on all over the world. But the ones that went on here are obviously the ones that matter most. These people are President Trump’s new constituents. Few of them voted for him, but that is irrelevant now. Public service is a funny thing. Like it or not, there are those ...