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Columns

  • COLUMN: Can a person be ‘illegal?'

    By BRETT SANDERS
    Guest Columnist

    Editor Vince Luecke’s question, in his column in today’s paper (April 8), is why not call undocumented workers “illegal aliens.”

    He suggests that journalists, following the new Associated Press guidelines, are being drawn into taking partisan positions rather than just calling a spade a spade, as it were.

  • COLUMN: Promoting higher education

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Hoosier students are the future of our state. The next generation of leaders is in classrooms throughout the state, learning the skills necessary to keep Indiana moving forward. For each student to reach their potential, education equality is the first step.

  • COLUMN: College visits offer big insight

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Purdue University

    I’ve got a son in college and a daughter about to be. In the past four years, we’ve done a dozen college visits at nine different schools. It’s been a research effort lasting years; perhaps I should report some results. First a disclaimer: I work for Purdue. I’ll try to stay objective.

    So here are a few of our experiences – research observations, I suppose. Start with the best, with names attached.

  • COLUMN: What’s wrong with the term ‘illegal immigrant?’

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    As a community newspaper that focuses on local happenings, the News does not often publish Associated Press stories, but like most publications, we have long followed the AP Stylebook.

  • COLUMN: Editorial presents falsehoods

    By MARK NEWLIN
    Guest Columnist

    I read the Our View editorial on the Iraq war and how it didn’t reflect our values. What disturbs me so much is the use of lies, misinformation and distortion to make our country look bad despite our efforts to do the right thing. I should put my point of view first so people know what perspective I take. I think we should bring our troops home and make our allies develop their militaries so they are capable of defending themselves. Now to look at the falsehoods presented in the editorial.

  • COLUMN: In defense of state role

    By GREG ZOELLER
    Indiana Attorney General

    The majority of states, including Indiana, provide a marriage license only to a man and woman, while nine states also allow same-sex couples to receive licenses to marry.

    Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in 1996 that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal benefits. Under DOMA, states with the traditional definition of marriage need not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

  • COLUMN: Family farmers power Indiana’s agriculture economy

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    March is Agricultural Appreciation Month in Indiana, celebrating the prominent role that agriculture plays in our state. The cornerstone of Indiana’s economy and spirit resides in our great agricultural community.

    According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, there are 62,000 farms in Indiana with more than 14 million acres of farm land. The Hoosier state brings in around $26 billion every year to the state’s economy.

  • COLUMN: Holy week memories

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Editor’s Note: This Easter column was first published in March 2005.

    For a young altar boy worn out by a two-hour service in a packed parish church, the woman’s words were as refreshing as the nighttime air flowing around his black cassock.

  • COLUMN: Remembering our debt to the American farmer

    By JULIA WICKARD
    Guest Columnist

    I have the tremendous opportunity to work with some of the greatest employees in the federal government and we have the pleasure to serve and work for the American farmer.
    On behalf of Indiana Farm Service Agency employees, we all are proud to be partners with the men and women who farm in the great state of Indiana. Agriculture is an honorable profession and we are privileged to do our part to help.

    We salute you – the American Farmer – on Ag Day, Tuesday.

  • COLUMN: Ready to hit the bowling lanes? Big Brothers-Big Sisters needs you

    By SAM RAMSEY
    Guest Columnist

    Big Brothers-Big Sisters is growing in our community. We’re reaching more children and community awareness is growing, but we need our community’s help in order to serve even more children and families in our county.

    We need you. Our children need you.
Our annual, and currently only, fundraiser to support these one-on-one mentoring programs is taking place right now. There are many ways you can help as an individual and numerous ways our community’s businesses can help make a difference, too.