With autumn just around the corner, our thoughts often turn to apples, pumpkins, spice and everything nice. This year, be a part of the something nice by inviting others to join you on your outdoor adventures.

I only heard the story of Jimmy Aldaoud a couple of days ago. My wife mentioned it to me this week, assuming I knew all about it. Nope, I had missed it completely somehow and that is odd for me. Aldaoud’s story is admittedly one I am naturally drawn to.

Economic growth, not recession, is the norm. For every one quarter the U.S. has spent in recession since the end of World War II, we’ve spent eight quarters growing. Of the 75 quarters in this century, just 10 have been recessionary. I’m counting our current quarter as growth, which may prove a bit optimistic.

Everyone has their 9/11 remembrances, and that is fine. Understand just how rapidly it is receding into the unremembered past: The number of Americans with no real memory of it approaches one-third, and the number of Americans with no adult memory of it creeps toward half.

Time for Congress to act on proposals to curb gun violence

Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week after a long summer recess. Members immediately were confronted by the simmering issue of gun violence, brought to a boil again during their break by horrible mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, have economic costs. They also reveal much about market economies, government planning and response. As I pen this column, Hurricane Dorian is winding its way through the Atlantic. I cannot yet speak to its impact, but I can outline the costs that it, along with other natural disasters, may impose.

This Week's Circulars


MISSION, Texas [mdash] Henry "Harry" Polderman, 82, Mission, Texas, formerly of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Goshen, Indiana, died Tuesday. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, followed by a 2 p.m. funeral service at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.

ELKHART [mdash] Robert L. Barnes, 88, Elkhart, formerly of Middlebury, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at East Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation, Elkhart. He was born April 3, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, to Roy and Elvira (Tdeschi) Barnes. On Aug. 5, 1951, he married Gloria M. Phipps; she…

SHIPSHEWANA [mdash] Wilbur R. Lambright, 88, Shipshewana, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at his residence. He was born Feb. 20, 1931, in LaGrange County, to Edward J. and Polly (Slabach) Lambright. On Dec. 11, 1952, in LaGrange County, he married Wilma Carolyn Lehman; she survives. S…