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Columns

  • COLUMN: What is the benefit of right-to-work?

    By TIMOTHY BRUMFIELD, Guest Columnist

    This letter is in reply to Dave Hammond’s letter in Monday’s edition of The News. I would like for it to be known that I have known Dave for 30-plus years and have always had a lot of respect for him.

  • COLUMN: 20 + C + M + B + 12

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The letters and numerals inscribed above the doors of homes in the Belgian town had me scratching my head a few years ago, but come Friday, I may have scrawled a similar message above my door in New Boston.

    20 + C + M + B + 12

    Friday was the traditional day for observing Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas.

    The Twelve Days of Christmas, by the way, began Christmas Day and concluded the night of Jan. 5.

  • COLUMN: Ellspermann: Right-to-work views and facts

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    Much attention is being focused on one key issue in the upcoming legislative session: Right to Work. We are now seeing the opposition groups speak out strongly as the governor and the Speaker have made this a top priority.

    Opponents have every right to share their concerns. My commitment is to share openly with you the information we have gathered in extensive hearings, meetings and research to lead us to take a position of support for RTW.

  • COLUMN: Right-to-work laws lead to lower wages for all

    BARBARA FICK & MARTY WOLFSON, Guest Columnists

  • COLUMN: Suddenly the state has money

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    All of a sudden the state has money. The recent December forecast revision increased expected revenues by $516 million for the biennium. It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve seen that much added revenue at the start of a legislative session.

    And that’s not all. Suddenly, there’s an added $288 million in state balances, the money in the state’s checking account. That’s in addition to the added forecast revenue.

  • COLUMN: Ideas for the year ahead

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Plenty of people rang in the new year with family and friends over the weekend. As the presses prepared to roll, I had no set plans for New Year’s Eve. I do, however, have some suggestions for 2012, both for myself and as food for thought for everyone.

    Some of these are based off of ideas submitted by friends. Thanks to them.

  • COLUMN: Reducing deficit requires skill, risk

    By LEE HAMILTON, Center for Congress

    The failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach an agreement on reducing the deficit was not just bad fiscal news. It was a significant failure of political leadership.

    Not only did the committee move us one step closer to a genuine fiscal crisis, but also it put the dysfunction of Congress on full display. At a time of great economic stress, its members lost sight of what failure would cost the country in lost economic growth and foregone job creation.

  • COLUMN: Help celebrate good news

    By MARK GINTNER, Guest Columnist

    Jesus Christ revealed God’s plan for love, marriage and family. Many in contemporary society have rejected this plan. This rejection has brought much suffering. Sadly, we often justify our rejection by using our own experience as the measuring stick for everyone’s experience.

  • COLUMN: Occupiers take on housing

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Some of the news emerging from the Occupy movement makes me want to go to one of their protest sites, walk around and just get some of that stuff all over me.

    No, not the pepper spray. The good stuff.

  • COLUMN: Memories of Perry County chestnut trees remain

    By LARRY MURDOCK, Guest Columnist

    The hilly woodlands of Perry County, Indiana, were once rich in American chestnuts. Tall trees they were, renowned for their rot-resistant wood, tannin-rich bark and sweet nuts people delighted in roasting at their winter fires.