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Editorial columns

  • Exchange students learn Hoosier ways
    Throughout this month, 40 AFS international high school students from 21 countries are scheduled to arrive in Indiana.
  • Use common sense in Common Core debate
    The national debate over Common Core State Standards has intensified in recent months as several states have begun rejecting the standards in favor of drafting their own. My home state, Indiana, was the first to choose this path.
  • New censorship study reveals what Beijing fears
    While living for more than a decade in China, and using its thriving social media, no question came to mind quite so often as: “Who is the idiot who just censored that online post, and what on Earth was so dangerous about it?

Late-night laughs

Jimmy Fallon

“Last night Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets, and became the NBA’s first openly gay player. Now he can move onto his next goal – becoming the Nets first openly goo

d player.”

Craig Ferguson

“Alec Baldwin says he’s quitting public life because he’s sick of the attention he’s getting, and he wants to reclaim his privacy from the media. What better way to do that than in a 5,000-word article in a magazine with your name and picture on the cover?”

“Russell Crowe has asked Pope Francis to see his new movie ‘Noah.’ The Pope responded with a question of his own: ‘Promise you don’t sing in this one?’ ”

“(T)he Dalai Lama says watching TV is a waste of time. … What we should do is make more shows that appeal to the Dalai Lama. How about shows like ‘Two and a Half Monks,’ ‘The Big Buddha Theory’ and ‘CSI: Tibet’? Or what about ‘Parks and Reincarnation’?”

Jimmy Kimmel

“The Russians finished up with a win in their favorite sport, the biathlon. What a country. They love biathletes, but they hate bi-athletes.”

“President Obama and John Boehner talked (in the Oval Office) about manufacturing, immigration, health care, Afghanistan and the drought in California, among other things. A Boehner aide said they met because they believe it’s important to work together on issues where they find common ground. Unfortunately, there were no issues on which they found common ground.”

Seth Meyers

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would allow business owners asserting their religious beliefs to deny service to gay customers. Some businesses have already put up signs that read: “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.”

David Letterman

“Someone who worked at CNN’s Piers Morgan show said he was nasty to the people who did his makeup. Let me tell you something. When you’re my age and you’re on high-definition television, the last people you want to be nasty to are the makeup people.”

Conan O’Brien

“The Oscars are coming up. Or as they’re officially called: ‘Hoarders, the Meryl Streep Edition.’ ”

“In California the owner of a Christian medical marijuana dispensary says God told him to sell pot. He said it’s right there in the book of Dude-eronomy.”