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Columns

  • COLUMN: U.S. losing moral leadership

    By MARLIN BETTS, Guest Columnist

    Recently our vice president and then our president publicly announced they personally are supportive of gay marriage in the United States.

    At first I was upset that our country’s leadership would go on record with this stance. But I knew in my heart that it was just a matter of time before one of our presidents did so. This issue has been building to this point, just like other moral issues have reached a similar point in the past.

  • COLUMN: Make every day of summer count

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Memorial Day serves as the official kickoff to summer, although it’s felt like summer since April. An early spring has been followed by a hot and dry early summer. We need rain but each summer, it seems, brings dry spells of some duration or another. With luck we’ll get regular rains so farmers’ early planted crops – and gardeners’ early-planted vegetables – will do well.

  • COLUMN: Simply put, ‘The Avengers’ is awesome experience

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Review

    This is the comic-book movie people have been waiting for. Anticipation is high for any big-name comic-book property adaptation. For instance, we still have “The Dark Knight Rises” on the way, but “The Avengers” is unique because it is so unlikely. Take some of the heaviest hitters from the Marvel universe – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, etc. – and combine them in one huge movie.

  • COLUMN: Local students score well on IREAD

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN
    District 74 State Representative

    Research suggests students learn to read through the third grade. In fourth grade, students “read to learn” as this most important skill is required and assumed in order to learn new and more complex content. For instance, students must follow instructions to do worksheets, math is taught as “word problems” and students begin to learn history and science from written material.

  • COLUMN: Congratulations, grads

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Congratulations, high-school graduates: The big day you’ve been waiting for so long has arrived.

    In just a few days, you’ll take those anticipated steps onto a stage and claim that diploma. You’ll also take a giant step toward adulthood.

    Amid the congratulations and cards, weekend barbecues and cookouts, take time over the next few days to thank the people who have made the big day possible.

  • COLUMN: Vaccines make lifelong impacts on health of children

    By SARAH STELZER M.D., DAWN HAUT M.D. and CHARLENE GRAVES M.D.
    Guest Columnists

    Parents invest a lot of money and time each year ensuring their infants have the best tools to grow, learn and become strong and successful adults. Yet almost 30 percent of parents have not given their child one of the most important tools of them all to ensure a long, healthy and happy life: their complete set of immunizations.

  • COLUMN: Bountiful spring for bees

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    It’s been a bumper year for honeybees, at least if the number of bee swarms reported over the past several weeks is any indication.

    More than a dozen swarms have been reported and local beekeepers have worked hard to help by gathering in swarms and providing them new homes.

  • COLUMN: The truth about postal reform

    By REEN ANFINSON
    Guest Columnist

    Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing U.S. Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. Business Week recently catalogued unhappy stakeholders, including postal unions, postal management and some Republicans who wrongly think the bill burdens taxpayers.

  • COLUMN: Chapel project nears end

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The mighty cathedrals of Europe often took centuries to build. My chapel, much smaller in scope but seemingly as daunting, has only taken three years. I guess that’s not too shabby as far as progress.

    While a decent amount of work remains to be done before a final open house the weekend of June 16-17, I’m happy to report the family-chapel project’s finish line is in sight.

  • COLUMN: GO STEM comes to Holiday World

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN
    District 74 State Representative

    Calling all girls … future scientists, engineers, researchers and mathematicians. On June 3-7 the University of Southern Indiana will host its second annual GO – Girls Only – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Education camp with residents on the USI campus.