There's a disturbing logic deficit going on in Washington, D.C. and as a result the federal government is partially closed. This is behavior we wouldn't tolerate at the Indiana Statehouse, or your county court house, or your city or town hall. If Hoosier officials at those stations acted in this manner, they would be tossed out of office in the next election. Gov. Eric Holcomb and a number of others from across the political spectrum talk about our penchant for "Hoosier common sense" when it comes to problem solving. So here's my two cents for the mostly mute Indiana Congressional delegation: Exchange wall funding for a deal on the Dreamers.

We already have 650 miles of "wall" or "fence" on the Mexican border. Speaker Pelosi describes a wall as "immoral," but it really isn't. Extending the wall to other highly trafficked areas for illegal immigration isn't unreasonable. What is immoral is keeping the 10,000 Hoosier Dreamers and the hundreds of thousands of kids brought to the U.S. illegally but at a young age in a suspended state. That's cruel and it needs to be rectified.

It would be breathtaking and reassuring if the Indiana Congressional delegation, the nine Republicans and two Democrats, held a press conference and proposed a deal to give Dreamers a distinct path to citizenship in exchange for an extension of a physical border device (steel or concrete, I don't care). How about it, Hoosier Members? Show us some of that Hoosier common sense in our pathetic national capital. And do your jobs and get the government reopened. - Brian A. Howey, publisher