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Columns

  • COLUMN: It’s hard to walk on water

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Wishes do come true, at least on occasion and even when your request is for a bad driver to get pulled over by a cop.

    I was driving to Rockport for a meeting a few days ago when I noticed a sports car on my tail. All of a sudden, the driver smashed the gas, smoking his tires and passed me, but not before fishtailing in his lane of travel.

  • COLUMN: New tax costing Hoosier jobs

    By DAN COATS
    U.S. Senator

    For years, medical devices have been changing the lives of patients around the world.

    Prosthetic legs have enabled wounded soldiers to run again. Cardiac patients have had decades added to their lives because of artificial heart valves and stents. A variety of innovative equipment, from surgical tools to bed pans, has significantly enhanced the quality of care at hospitals and other medical facilities.

  • COLUMN: The war with meth continues

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Over the past few years, there has been an increase in meth-related crimes. Great Indiana communities like ours are built by Hoosier strength, perseverance and a caring attitude, but these guiding principles, which serve as the fabric of our society, are being deteriorated by the effects of meth.

  • COLUMN: We can help each other quit tobacco

    By SHARILYN FRANZMAN
    Guest Columnist

    In the past years Perry County Memorial Hospital, then Lincoln Hills Development Corp., managed grants to help Perry County residents in efforts to quit tobacco. The two organizations educated the community on the effects of secondhand smoke, assisted at health fairs, school events and much more.

  • COLUMN: Why trust is so important

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution.

    Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • COLUMN: ‘Train wreck’ of Obamacare cuts wages, work hours

    By LARRY BUCSHON
    Indiana 8th District Representative

    As the Obamacare “train wreck” unfolds, we continue to learn of the unintended, unnecessary and burdensome consequences of a law passed without a single bipartisan vote in Congress.

    Despite the president’s promise of lower health-care costs, premiums are rising for families and estimates show that because of Obamacare, more than 7 million Americans will lose their employer-provided insurance.

  • 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.