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Columns

  • COLUMN: Fighting prescription drug abuse

    By RICHARD D. YOUNG JR.
    State Senator

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more people abuse prescription drugs in the U.S. than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. One in 20 people in the U.S. have used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose.

  • COLUMN: Dragging Main: A blast from the past

    By JEANENE CHAMPION
    Guest Columnist

    Dragging Main! What a great idea. I am K. Jeanene Haynes Champion. In 1949, I had a 1936 Chevy with a whooptie, whoo, whoo, whistle on it.

  • COLUMN: Labor imparts dignity

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

  • COLUMN: A vision for Hoosier education

    By GLENDA RITZ
    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

    A recently published political cartoon stated, “school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.”

    That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the citizens of Indiana. I am the new driver. Let me tell you about how, together, we will not reform but transform our education system for Indiana’s future economic prosperity.

  • COLUMN: We count on clean water

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    District 47 Stare Senator

    As a result of an increasing population and the amount of fresh water needed for public usage, agriculture, industry and the environment, the competition for water resources today is far more intense than 50 years ago.

  • COLUMN: Nature’s beauty and the beast

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    It continues to amaze me what nature can come up with and in just the past couple of weeks, I’ve encountered beautiful winged creatures and horned monsters just miles apart. As far as insects go, they’re even related to one another.

    Of course, people judge what in nature, whether plants or animals, is beautiful and what is ugly. Perhaps most amazing to me is how much goes on under our noses, or sometimes, just outside our homes.

  • COLUMN: The liberty amendments

    By RICHARD MOURDOCK
    State Treasurer

    The 20th and 21st centuries have not been good for Americans who long for the founders’ vision of a limited federal government with checks and balances between its three branches.

    Those thoughtful leaders of the 18th century understood that power truly does corrupt and that once corrupted, it is incapable of self-imposed cleansing.

  • COLUMN: Investing in local stocks

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Lots of us hoping for brighter futures sock away money in money-market funds, savings and individual retirement accounts and mutual funds. Most of us have financial advisers who help us along the way and over time, most of the time, we’re rewarded with good returns and growing nest eggs.

    I’m in that group. My employer – I should say employers considering I have a couple of part-time jobs in addition to self-employed farming – sponsor 401K or 403B accounts and match a portion of what I contribute.

  • COLUMN: Duty calls in filing brief in prayer case

    By GREG ZOELLER
    Indiana Attorney General

    Why would the Indiana Attorney General wade into a United States Supreme Court case over the opening prayers said at town council meetings in western New York state?

  • COLUMN: New school year creates fresh round of opportunities

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Summer break is coming to an end for most students around Indiana. I can hear the kids around our community grumbling about the return of early morning wake ups and having to study again. I have also seen it firsthand as my sons are now running around the yard.

    All good things must come to an end as they will be running from my wife as she attempts to get them in the car to head to school.
    Kids do not usually think about all of the parents rushing to get them ready for their first day.