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Columns

  • COLUMN: Consider Cannelton for your school

    By ALVA SIBBITT Jr.
    Superintendent, Cannelton City Schools

    Parents who will have children in kindergarten through sixth grades during the 2012-13 school year, are you looking for a school that:

    A. Has small class sizes,

    B. Provides individualized instruction to students, and

    C. Has high academic achievement?

    Then you should consider enrolling your child or children in Cannelton elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.

  • COLUMN: If only the turtle could talk

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I ended the life of a box turtle the Sunday before Memorial Day. It was an accident and while my conscience isn’t as easily shaken as it once was, I felt remorse.

    The turtle was crossing, or attempting to, Indiana 66 between Grandview and Rockport. I saw it in plenty of time and even slowed. However, it was in the area of driving lane where my passenger-side tires would normally be. I could have swerved left but an oncoming car prevented a deft maneuver.

  • Don’t restrict marriage to a narrow definition

    By Vicki Rogier-Sprinkle

    I would like to better understand the argument presented in your editorial titled “Don’t Belittle the Opponents of Gay Marriage” but unfortunately your logic has failed to convince me. 

    Past civil-rights battles have been won when insisting upon the equal rights ultimately sped legislation and acceptance of these rights. Contrary to your argument, many would argue that by not having the legal right to same-sex marriage that their love and commitment to their partner is the victim being belittled.

  • 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.