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Columns

  • Never heard of ‘Snowpiercer?’ Don’t let that stop you

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • America must recapture its technological edge

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    The day was July 20, 1969. Arguably this day would forever go down in history as the single greatest accomplishment for any species on planet Earth; for it is the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon. It truly was one giant leap for mankind.

  • Groups support limits on power-plants carbon pollution

    By HAROLD P. WIMMER & THOMAS FERKOL M.D.
    Guest Columnists

    Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and – because of those experiences – support reducing carbon pollution.

  • COLUMN: Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame taking nominees

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last year, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame was founded as a way to honor some of Indiana’s bravest and most selfless heroes. By sharing their accomplishments and stories of service, the organization aims to recognize those who have served our state and nation during times of war and peace.

  • COLUMN: Summer past and present

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    My list of favorite summer flowers is long but near the top of the list is the belladonna lily. Also known as the belladonna amaryllis or “naked ladies,” the pink flowers were in their prime over the past two weeks. Alas, most have died back by now.

    If peonies are a sure sign of spring, then belladonna lilies are proof that late summer has come and it’s time for school to resume.

  • Mental health and suicide

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a major league baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome: his son’s mental illness, which remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youth.

    Taylor John, whose theater credits included appearing on Broadway as Gavroche in “Les Miserables,” ended his life four years ago by overdosing on prescription drugs. He was 28 years old.

  • It’s time to put kids and families first

    By CHRIS COYLE
    Guest Columnist

    Back in 2006, I worked with education activists and state representatives like the Rev. Phil Hoy to promote a policy called The Kids and Families First Act. It reformed several antiquated education policies and provided a way to fund the improvements without raising taxes on Working Hoosiers.

  • The Ostrich Race

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    We attended our first ostrich race today. Yeah, you read that right, ostrich race. Before I unwrap this story, let me say this; it wasn’t something that we originally planned to do. It wasn’t something that we even wanted to do. The experience came to us unexpectedly, like so many of life’s pleasures, while we were doing something else.

  • Why is sex hard to talk about?

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’m not a parent but I get asked on occasion for advice by parents. When that happens, I work hard to change the subject because I think it’s often hard for this nonparent to give advice to someone about their kids.

  • ‘Guardians’ funniest superhero group, may be weirdest

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Movie Reviewer

    And you thought “Thor” was the weirdest part of the Marvel movie franchise. As superhero movies have branched out beyond Earth in recent years with the “Thor” and “The Avengers” films, I wondered how far mainstream audiences would go with Marvel into deep sci-fi territory.