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Columns

  • COLUMN: A gateway to local government

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    Just in time for Christmas, or the holiday of your choice, Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance has released its new Gateway data site. It contains a virtual ton of budget and tax information about counties, cities, towns and other local governments.

    You can see it at https://gateway.ifionline.org.

    A new toy! Let’s try it out.

  • COLUMN: A merry Christmas indeed

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The most common Christmastime complaint I hear isn’t about high prices or crowded stores, but the hesitancy of some people to use the word “Christmas” at all.

    Two people cornered me last weekend about how store greeters – I don’t remember the store’s name – offered everyone a “Happy Holidays” greeting when walking in the front door. They also complained of the headline “holiday parade.” They told me it should be “Christmas parade.”

  • COLUMN: Zoeller: Courts must hold Congress’ authority in check

    By GREG ZOELLER, Indiana Attorney General

    On Nov. 14, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on a lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Many people have asked why I oppose the new federal health-care law and I have gone out of my way to speak to those who support the new federal program and explain my decision to join the multistate lawsuit.  

  • COLUMN: St. Nicholas visits tonight

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for Nicholas’ visit tonight. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate inside the next morning.

    I think I will put the shoe outside The News office. St. Nicholas hasn’t been able to find me the last couple of years in New Boston, so I’m going to make it easier on him.

  • COLUMN: Rethinking Education Reform

    By JAMES GUTHRIE, Guest Columnist

    As budget crises deepen across the country, many fear that education funding could be put on the chopping block. If school budgets are reduced, will it be possible to get a high-quality education in public schools?

    The simple answer is yes. A high-quality education might be priceless in today’s economy. But it doesn’t have to be overly expensive.

  • COLUMN: Good use for a spare $25

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I very seldom buy scratch-off lottery tickets but grabbed three the other day. I won $25, not a bad return for $3. I visited Churchill Downs a couple of weekends ago and dropped more than that on some races. Luckily, I ended the day only a small loser.

    I stared at the bills and wondered what I’d do with the money. Like a lot of people my age and younger, I don’t carry much cash. I use a debit card to buy groceries and gas. My paycheck is direct deposited and most bills are paid online.

  • COLUMN: Listening to a saint and his deer

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m not that religious of a person but I have an attraction to the lives of saints. I guess that’s a Catholic practice but for me reading about the lives of courageous people who fought and struggled for their faith goes beyond denomination.

    There’s plenty the saints can teach us – about overcoming hardships, holding fast to faith in trying times and refusing to sacrifice what we judge most dear, even when it’s hard.

  • How to begin resolving distrust in our system of government

    Lee Hamilton, Center for Congress

    The latest New York Times/CBS News poll had bad news for Congress, whose support is down to single digits. But it had even worse news for the Republic. Americans’ distrust of government, the pollsters found, is “at its highest level ever.”

  • Venison can help feed the hungry

    Phil Junker, Outdoor Tales

    People who hunt deer are enthusiastic about their sport, and most love to eat venison. For those who don’t, a number of places are ready to put the tasty, healthy meat to good use, serving people who want it and those who need it.

    Taking an extra deer really is a good thing. It helps manage the continued growth of the deer herd, and it also can help the needy.

  • ‘Immortals’ is beautiful, bloody film

    Eric Harris, Film Review

    Some may have seen the preview for “Immortals” and been excited to see the next “300” since the previews boasted that it was from the producer of that stylized, violent Greek action film. Viewers going in for a movie like “300” will likely be pleased by elements of this film, but “Immortals” is trying for something a bit different. “Immortals” may be produced by someone involved with “300,” but, more importantly, it is directed by Tarsem Singh.