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Columns

  • COLUMN: The end of the 2013 session

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    The 2013 legislative session adjourned Friday, signaling the end of session. Back in November, when I was first elected to serve as the state representative for our district, I was biting at the bit to get started.

    I charged into the Statehouse and quickly realized I had a lot to learn in order to best serve our community, but I would like to think I was a fast study. Looking back over the last four months, it has truly been a humbling learning experience.

  • COLUMN: The final countdown

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Session is coming to an end and the last two weeks can be the busiest. Many times, I catch myself thinking that session does not always resemble what I learned in school, so I wanted to fill you in on what the last two weeks of session look like.

  • COLUMN: Cheers for the gray goose

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    “Go tell Aunt Rhody,
    Go tell Aunt Rhody,
    Go tell Aunt Rhody
    The old gray goose is dead.”

    The kids in third-grade music class at Clay-Huff Elementary knew I was different when I cried over the folksy song about Rhody’s dead gray goose. Everyone else gathered around the piano and sang their hearts out. I was looking out at the window, looking for the goose’s orphaned babies and crying gander spouse.

  • 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.