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Columns

  • COLUMN: Seeds of optimism

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    As a few people may know, I’ve been teaching horticulture classes at Branchville Correctional Facility the past few months. Oakland City University has offered the courses to offenders and I was happy to step up when asked.

    I’ve taught classes for OCU for 15 years and have always found the experience enriching. Teaching the basics of soil science and plant propagation reminded me of the amazing intricacies of nature and the interconnectedness we have with the natural world.

  • Obama administration declares war on coal, Indiana jobs

    Nathan Noland

  • COLUMN: Immigration bill makes mistakes

    By DAN COATS
    U.S. Senate

    In Indiana and across the country, concerned citizens are losing more and more faith in their government. Sadly they have every reason to after a series of recent scandals and broken promises under this administration.

    Congress must take this growing trust deficit seriously. Most Hoosiers I visit with are skeptical of any action taken right now in Washington.

  • COLUMN: A Schweizer Fest to-do list

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Independence Day is behind us and that means another Schweizer Fest is just around the corner.

    Mid- to late-summer weeks are a busy time for many of us with vacations, back-to-school preparations and, for many, 4-H fair events. However, Schweizer Fest is the county’s largest festival and nearly all of us take part in one way or another.

    I have two requests. First, I’ d like you to dust off that photo album.

  • COLUMN: Tis the season for bees to be swarming

    By TOM TURPIN
    Guest Columnist

    It happens every spring in temperate regions of the world. Just as surely as the days get longer, the grass turns green and the flowers bloom, the social insects swarm.

    In general, the term swarm is used to describe any aggregation of animals. It could be a group of birds or even snakes. For most of us, the term is used to describe a group of insects, such as mosquitoes or locusts.

  • COLUMN: The end of the world has never been so funny

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: Building communities

    LLOYD ARNOLD
    Guest Columnist

    Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” As we fight to reign in the size and scope of our national government, I am reminded that the strength of our communities doesn’t lie in what our government provides for us; it is about the quality and character of good, hardworking people and the bond we have with one another to help those in need.

  • COLUMN: Heard here and there

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    One of my not always small list of faults is a tendency to not put on paper the comments I hear from readers when outside the office. Whether phone calls, e-mails I receive at home or comments heard when I’m out and about, I am the happy recipient of regular ideas, tips, complaints and suggestions for stories, features and, on occasion, this column. I just don’t always remember them or jot them down, so I will.

  • COLUMN: Tossing a lifeline to those in need

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    A story was brought to my attention recently, and I want to do everything in my power to make sure that this does not happen in Indiana. A few weeks ago, a student at Arizona State University was put in a wheelchair and left in the emergency room lobby with nothing but a post-it note saying “I’ve been drinking, and I need some help.”

  • COLUMN: Mother Nature’s working OT

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The “longest days” of the year are upon us and if there’s any time to venture out super-early in the morning, it’s mid-June. These early weeks of summer, well, late spring, technically, bring the most hours of sunlight and too many people sleep away the overtime Mother Nature gives to us.