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Columns

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.

  • Senate continues its work

    Joe Donnelly
    U.S. Senate

    Fellow Hoosiers, I want to take a moment to give you an update on my Indiana-focused efforts in the U.S. Senate. In January, my office released a 2013 annual report that provides a look at my legislative efforts, an over-view of my work on behalf of Hoosiers, and a snapshot of my travels around Indiana in 2013.

    You can view the report on my website at www.donnelly.senate.gov. I’d like to fill you in on the progress we’ve made so far in 2014 on some of the priorities detailed in this report.

  • 2014 legislative session comes to a close

    State Rep.
    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74

    The Indiana General Assembly has reached the end of their legislative session and has adjourned.

    This session has been packed from start to finish with compelling debate, and I believe we have great legislation to show for it. Chief among that legislation are the House Republican’s agenda bills, which stand out as the biggest goals the House chose to focus on this session. I’m pleased to say that after 10 weeks of the legislative session, the House was able to accomplish all of these goals.

  • A little bit of really good job news

    Larry DeBoer
    Purdue University

    The unemployment rate fell again in January, now at 6.6 percent. It’s down from 7.9 percent a year ago and from 10 percent in October 2009. This would seem to be good news, but we’re uncomfortable.

    The expansion since the Great Recession has been weak. The economy is not nearly where we want it to be. Just possibly, though, the drop in the unemployment rate in January was a sign of a stronger expansion.

  • COLUMN: In the bull’s eye

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    I was born in Gary and spent the first 11 years of my life as a city boy, dodging traffic and the many street gangs. My mother had relatives in Perry County fortunately, so we moved to Tell City to get away from the crime and grime of the big city.

    Saddened upon leaving my friends and neighborhood, I tried to man-up, or boy-up as was the case, but upon arriving in Perry County I soon became a victim of culture shock.

  • COLUMN: Rules in scannerland

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Have a police scanner at home? A lot of people do. I’ve been reminded of just how many on several occasions in the last several months while watching scanner owners navigate around the scenes of accidents I’ve covered.

    As a wrote several years ago, my thinking process has uncovered an idea for a new board game, perfect for those lazy afternoons when nothing is going on. You’ve heard of Candyland, but just wait until you play Scannerland.

  • Where Congress falls short ... and where it doesn’t

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse? We do know

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This column was written in response to a Thursday column by News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling titled “Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?”

    I remember being in the fifth grade in Mr. Gibson’s science class. We had some time to work on a project and I happened to finish early, and thus led me to flipping through the pages of a worn out science textbook.

  • COLUMN: Harsh winter has been hard on many bluebirds

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The winter nearly all of us want to see gone has been hard on just about everything, people, pets, livestock and most of nature’s other inhabitants.

    One of many people’s favorite feathered friends, bluebirds, have taken a big hit, it seems. Two people have come to the News over the past week after finding several dead bluebirds in their birdhouses.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    The National Science Foundation reports – as if it’s a bad thing – that one quarter of us Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth.

    I have evidence.

    They’re called sunrise and sunset. If they happen as the scientists say they do, why don’t we call them “Earth’s rotation into sunlight” and “Earth’s rotation into darkness?”