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Columns

  • Dogs add their own perspective to Christmas

    Phil Junker Outdoor Tales
    Dogs have always been an important part of our Christmas and holiday season. To the Junkers, they are family.

    The dogs at the Junker house have also played an important role as have the dogs at the homes of other family members. That includes: Duke, Ripley and Kyann.

    Our dogs have traveled with us to Christmas events, puppies have pulled ornaments from trees, they have had their own stocking, received gifts and disliked New Year’s fireworks.

  • Winter interest in fruit and foliage

    Jeneen Wiche
    Weekend Gardener

    I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there. I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in, I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

    We all say we want winter interest but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.

    Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January?

  • Scott’s ‘Exodus’ is problematic, but still enjoyable

    Eric Harris,
    film review

    There are three issues that need to be addressed immediately for “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” First, the “controversy” over the cast.

  • Christmas: No time for public expression of faith?

    By Travis Weber
    guest columnist

    Around this time of the year, the “War on Christmas” and the “War on the War on Christmas” once again enter the public discourse, with each side claiming support from assorted statistics and anecdotes.

    Though there are certainly some who inexcusably exaggerate threats to public religious expression and others who claim there is no hostility to Christianity, we must ask the obvious: If there is no hostility to public religious expression, what has prompted fears that Christmas is being stamped out?

  • Christmas Preparations

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Once upon a time I used to devise all sorts of ways to count down the days until Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester of school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.

    The real longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at church.

    An evergreen wreath with four candles was placed in the front of the congregation and each week, another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas.

  • Strengthen Indiana through education

    By Lloyd Arnold
    District 74 State Representative

    Teachers prepare students for the future and play a vital role in their lives. Think back to a time when you were in school; are there certain teachers that really stood out or made a lasting impression on your life?

    These teachers might have taught in a more exciting way or showed true passion for the job, which reflected in their instruction, and it is incredible the impact and difference one effective teacher can make in our lives.

  • COLUMN: Caleb Mills helped build the Indiana public school system

    By ANDREA NEAL
    Guest Columnist

    Andrea Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016.

    Indiana’s 1816 Constitution called for a statewide system of free public schools but it didn’t happen until the 1850s – after education reformers demanded it.

  • COLUMN: Once in Royal David’s city

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the city of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

  • COLUMN: Close Christmas encounters of the family kind

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    A few Christmases back, my wife Leonna and I drove to Tennessee to visit her sister and family who live in a rural area near Clarksville. They reside on three acres in a charming two-story ranch house with their three young boys and older daughter.

    I was looking forward to the visit because I hadn’t been able to spend time with the younger children since they were born.

  • COLUMN: Why some people don’t vote

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Guest Columnist

    In May, Indiana voters decided 10 school referendums. Nine passed. This November, two referendums were decided.

    Both were defeated.

    Since November 2009, 66 percent of referendums in May have passed. Only 38 percent of referendums in November have passed.

    Let’s think up a story about voting and see if we can explain these results.