Category: General Commentary

Opinions, Commentaries and Editorials by Wayne Engle

My long-awaited novel is here!

I told you, my faithful readers, some time ago that I was working on getting a book that I’d written years ago, published. Well, it’s finally in print! “Whizzer Wins It All” went up on Amazon.com Monday, while it became…

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Huge mistake, 400 years ago

This is a big, important anniversary for the United States of America, my friends. Bet you don’t know what it is, either. OK, here we go: On this day, August 20, 1619 — 400 years ago today — the first…

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Hoosiers in Hollywood …

Indiana is an odd state. South Bend is in the north; North Vernon is in the south; and French Lick doesn’t mean what you think it does! Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll add that yes, in some ways,…

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Madison Courier, we still need you!

The Madison Courier has been here with us in southeastern Indiana for 182 years. Supposedly, it has never missed an edition. But, has it started to go down for the third time? Newspapers, like humans, often have lifespans. They’re born,…

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Christmas is the greatest holiday!

CHRISTMAS! It’s coming, folks! As if you didn’t know that, of course. No holiday in world history has been so publicized, so widely observed, so full of divine meaning, warmth and a kindness that gushes out of people at the Yuletide…

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Tony Joe, we’ll miss you so …

Tony Joe White, the “Swamp Fox,” and one of the most unique musicians in American history, died quietly and unexpectedly last Wednesday, at his home in Tennessee, apparently with family members present. I think it’s the way he would have…

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Here’s our Hoosier Hysteria!

Basketball was born in Massachusetts. But it grew up in Indiana. The fit was better here. Dr. James Naismith invented the roundball game in 1891, to give students at the Massachusetts college where he taught an indoor sport to play…

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‘Hatred’ can be directed many ways

At noon Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump took the oath as the 45th president of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters were in Washington, D.C., for the festivities — inaugural parade, new president’s speech, the inaugural…

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A Christmas NamVet reunion

You Numbah One! You Numbah Ten! Choi Oi! White Mice … Victor Charlie … You buy me Saigon tea? … The “NamVet” words he’d heard every day while he was serving in the Vietnam War, 50 years before, ran randomly…

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Kaepernick the ass, and a new anthem

This column is about a childish, spoiled football player who doesn’t know how wonderful he’s got it; and about the song that has inspired his nonsensical raving and disrespect of a national symbol. Colin Kaepernick, did you feel that you…

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