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Columns

  • COLUMN: Nation forgets wisdom, faith of founding fathers

    By TERESA EUBANK
    Guest Columnist

    I am writing this to the attention of anyone who listens, who reads. I just saw a beautiful slideshow of the changing trees throughout our United States; in the background softly played the glorious song “God Bless America.”

    “Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties, above the fruited plain. “America, America God shed his Grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

  • COLUMN: Editorial on Common Core State Standards was light on facts

    By AMY ETIENNE
    Guest Columnist

    It is time for a revolution in American education.  Schools are no longer responsible for only teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic.  We must now teach children to think deeply and critically about all of the information that comes so easily to them through multi-faceted media.  

  • The manipulation of a nation

    TIM KLOEPPEL
    Guest Columinist

    On May 20, Vice President Joe Biden attended the Democratic National Convention’s annual banquet in honor of Jewish History Month in Washington, D.C.

  • Legislators organize for session

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    Before 1970, our state constitution required that a newly-elected General Assembly meet only once every two years. However, in 1970, Hoosier voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow state legislators to determine the length and frequency of sessions, thus allowing the General Assembly to meet annually.

    This achievement provides more time to thoroughly address the many complex issues facing our state, including matters that develop between sessions.

  • Dogged journalism is democracy’s blessing, not curse

    Lee Hamilton
    Center on Congress

    Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world – and understand the plans of allies and enemies – to keep the nation prepared and secure.

    If intelligence work is going to be effective, much of it has to be done in secret.

  • COLUMN: Do I have a responsibility to protect our readers?

    KEVIN KOELLING
    Managing Editor

    I’d like to address a complaint I hear about my writing from time to time.

    The latest discontent came in reaction to a story I wrote about the Cannelton Common Council discussing the fact that some people were simulating sexual activity in the city’s Gazebo Park.

  • Indiana’s governor offers vision for public education

    Mike Pence
    Indiana Governor

    Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Indiana is improving at the second fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold our-selves to high standards.

  • Generation Gap: Sandra Kramer

    EMILI STEPHENS
    Guest Columnist

  • A different take on incarceration

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    District 75

    I had the opportunity recently to visit a unique facility here in southern Indiana – the Branchville Correctional Facility. It was an experience that I don’t get to have very often, and wanted to share this eye-opening process with you.

    If you aren’t familiar with the Branchville Correctional Facility in Perry County, it is a male-only, medium-level security facility with about 1,400 offenders.

  • COLUMN: Here’s why EPA’s proposal will raise your electric bill

    Vince Griffin
    Guest Columnist

    The strict carbon emission limits recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will mean higher electric bills for business and residential consumers. The warranted outrage over this latest maneuver, which comes with no evidence of improving overall air quality, was plentiful and came from various corners. A few examples: