Column: Civic illiteracy embarrassing; make next on state agenda


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For a country that is saturated 24/7 in media, our ignorance of politics is stunning. Sixty-two percent of us can’t identify the governor, according to a survey by Xavier University. Three-fourths can’t answer the question, “What does the judiciary branch do?”

The Indiana Civic Health Index conducted in 2011 placed Indiana near the bottom on other key indicators of civic responsibility. For example, we rank 48th in the nation in voting and 43rd in the number of citizens registered to vote.

In his new role as Indiana governor, Mike Pence should take the lead in confronting civic illiteracy, which threatens our ability to deal with problems from unemployment to immigration to taxes.

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