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home : columnists : guest columnist December 13, 2017


A touching Veteran's Day story
SHERIDAN - Sometimes there is a story that needs to be told and this is one of those times.

This is the story of a young man with a Sheridan connection via his mother but he does not live here or attend the local school. His name is Rex Burkman and his mother is Kristin Burkman. Many Sheridan residents will remember Kristin because she grew up here and graduated from Sheridan. Her parents are Dorothy and Craig Bishop and lots of Sheridan residents know the Bishop's very well as they are life-long Sheridanites.

Monday, November 6, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
Following our visit to Belgium our tour group headed toward Germany. Along the way, we crossed into the country of Luxembourg and stopped at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg City to pay tribute to the 5,076 U.S. forces buried there.

Luxembourg is a very small country, no larger than the size of Rhode Island. It was invaded by German forces in May of 1940 and, after only a day of resistance, surrendered.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
It rises on the horizon like a scene from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - take your pick.

It's the second most visited site in France behind Paris - Up to 30,000 a day or 3 million a year.

It's Mont St. Michel. It's the 13 centuries old abbey built on a red granite outcropping in a tidal bay that makes it an island when the tide is up.

Friday, October 6, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
It rises on the horizon like a scene from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - take your pick.

It's the second most visited site in France behind Paris - Up to 30,000 a day or 3 million a year.

It's Mont St. Michel. It's the 13 centuries old abbey built on a red granite outcropping in a tidal bay that makes it an island when the tide is up.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
today to the D-Day beaches in Normandy illustrates the waste exacted by war.

The American cemetery on the bluff overlooking Bloody Omaha Beach is a rare place that compels one to walk and talk softly in respect for those buried under 9,385 white, marble Latin crosses and Stars of David laid out in precise rows on 177 acres of France deeded to the United States.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Morgan County veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
When many people think of the invasion of Normandy on D-Day the first images that come to their minds are those of ships, landing crafts and allied forces storming the beaches.

The actual invasion, however, began 6-7 hours earlier when shortly before midnight on June 5th more than 1,000 C-47 transport planes lifted from runways in England and traveled across the English Channel.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
This was my takeaway from the first group dinner for the 40+ participants of the National World War II Museum's tour: "Writing the War - Following the Footsteps of WWII Correspondents."

Dining on Sea bream and a filet in Chateau Sully, conversation at my table revealed most had a parent who was involved.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Kenley: A final farewell
As my time as a state lawmaker winds down, I want to take a moment to reflect on my time serving in the Indiana legislature - how I started, what I accomplished and who helped me along the way.

Prior to running for a State Senate seat, I grew a small family business and served as a Noblesville City Court judge. While I never considered myself a "political guy," at the recommendation of some in the community, I ran for the Senate in the early 1990s with the intent to help Hoosiers and move the state of Indiana forward.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017



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