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Columns

  • Competitive carp fishing a fast-growing sport

    Phil Junker
    Outdoor Tales

  • COLUMN: Sparking economic growth

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    District 47 State Senator

    For many of Indiana’s cities and towns, finding ways to jump-start economic growth is a top priority. Indiana’s rural communities are no different. However, challenges unique to the state’s rural communities require a slightly different approach to creating the sustainable, good-paying jobs Hoosiers demand.

  • COLUMN: An index card a day

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    An index card a day is helping to better organize my life and reducing some of the clutter on my desk at work and at home.

  • 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.