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Columns

  • Bills need Hoosiers’ input

    The state Senate continues to move forward with legislative business while the House of Representatives is still at an impasse.
    As the House Democrats’ protest over anti-worker and anti-public-school legislation continues to stall House legislative action due to their absence, rallies at the Statehouse draw hundreds of workers and teachers to voice their opposition to those measures.

  • It’s been a fun ride, but so long, soda

    VINCE LUECKE, Editor

  • COLUMN: Proud to call Perry County home

    By MARY ROBERSON, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns by people who have chosen to move to Perry County or who have chosen to remain here. Columns are provided by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, a subgroup of the Perry County Development Corp.

    Bill Bower said, “Perry County is a great place to raise a family,” as he picked up his family from Lake County in far northern Indiana and moved us to beautiful Perry County.

  • COLUMN: Daffodils have stories to share

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I was driving past a rural cemetery last week and noticed clumps of daffodils around the fence surrounding the gravestones and even next to some graves. It was an old cemetery – the stones were worn and gray – but were well maintained. The grass around the stones was beginning to green and a weeping willow tree nearby, close to a pond, was already taking leaf in a shade of delicate green.

  • COLUMN: Freshmen GOP standing ground

    By STEVE DAVISSON & SUE ELLSPERMANN, Guest Columnists

    We entered the 2011 General Assembly with a passion to serve and a commitment to make a difference. Voters put us in charge to focus on jobs, a balanced budget with no new taxes and education improvement.

    In November we took an oath to uphold Indiana and our country’s constitution.  We quickly got to work attending training, submitting legislation that supported our districts, and prepared for the work ahead. 

  • COLUMN: Democrat House members trying to protect Hoosiers

    Gary Morton, Guest Columnist

  • COLUMN: Hoosiers want Right to Work

    By ROB BEISWINGER, Guest Columnist

    Make no mistake, Indiana is poised to start enjoying the freedom and economic prosperity that would come with becoming America’s 23rd Right to Work State – if only Gov. Mitch Daniels would stop standing in the way.

    And the really bad news in Gov. Daniels’ decision to appease Indiana’s union bosses is that Hoosier citizens are the ones paying the price.

  • COLUMN: Lenten obligations

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Lent is about here and while not everyone’s religious tradition observes the 40-day period before Easter, I suspect most people at least acknowledge its arrival.

  • COLUMN: Protesters rally at statehouse

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    State senators worked long days and late nights to meet mid-session deadlines and advance Senate bills to the House for further consideration. Legislation that didn’t make it out of its house of origin is most likely dead for this session. Out of 1,206 proposals introduced in January by members of both chambers, 603 were Senate bills. This brief summary includes highlights of a few of the 198 bills approved by the Senate as well as other activities at the Statehouse.

  • COLUMN: Right to bear arms worth fighting for

    By CLARENCE LEATHERBURY, Guest Columnist

    On Jan, 8, 2011 my father, Douglas Leatherbury and I were driving down State Road 135 in his old reliable Ford pickup truck heading to our small Ohio River frontage farm in Perry County, Indiana. I remember twisting the knob on the radio searching for a good tune when I came across a news alert. I could hear the alarm in the man’s voice as he stated, “Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at an event she held for her constituents at an Arizona grocery.”