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Columns

  • Is America’s major policy shift on Iran a ‘great deal?’

    DAN COATS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama acknowledged Iran “has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community.” In the same speech the president vowed to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

  • Can IRS tax government?

    GREG ZOELLER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Can the IRS require Indiana’s state government to pay a tax penalty just like any other employer? The answer will set a precedent that goes to the fundamental relationship between states and the federal government.

    Much confusion exists over the lawsuit my office recently filed against the IRS, similar to the confusion over the Affordable Care Act itself. Simply put, our lawsuit seeks a declaration by the court as to what the law means and how it affects state government.

  • Let’s make residents put their toys away

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    Members of the Tell City Common Council are considering new rules that would ban or limit the parking of boats and other recreational vehicles along city streets.

    The News reported their concerns Nov. 11. They were based on “some residents” asking for new rules, we informed you. Mayor Barbara Ewing said she’s received comments from some who felt current regulations are too lax and allow parking of those items all the time, regardless of how often they are used.

  • Our local schools, taxpayers deserve better

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    Guest Columnist

    As you may have heard by now, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson  announced that her office had finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit. The $14 million lawsuit accused the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association of defrauding Hoosier schools out of over $27 million.

  • Remembering Mr. Bennett

    STEVE EPLEY
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. Black Friday has come and gone. Let us give thanks.

    Every day could be Thanksgiving Day if we would only stop and think. Someone wisely said, “Thinkfulness produces thankfulness.” Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Bennett, a former principal of Myers Grade School in Cannelton.

    My memories of this good man have been stirred by the realization that the year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the removal of Bible reading and prayer from our public schools.

  • Hoosier National Forest assists with national disasters

    Cory Henry
    Guest Columnist

    Employees from the Hoosier National Forest assist in suppressing wildfires not only here in Indiana but across the entire country, from the well-known large wildfires in the western United States to lesser known wildfires in the east.

    What many people may not know is that these same personnel often respond to other natural and man-made disasters across the country  through local, national and Federal Emergency Management Agency requests to assist local responders and municipalities.  

  • Get involved with General Assembly

    Richard D. Young Jr.
    State Senator

    With the next session of the Indiana General Assembly quickly approaching, there are a number of ways to engage in the legislative process and track important issues under consideration. The legislature will begin meeting Jan. 6 and must adjourn on or before March 14. During that time, there are a number of opportunities for Hoosiers to visit the State-house, meet with their elected state legislators and observe action as it takes place.

  • COLUMN: Sign of the times

    JIM ADKINS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I recently ran into a fellow I know at a local store. He’s a guy I like but don’t often see, and I was glad to have an all too infrequent chance to speak to him. Smiling, we shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.  In a far corner of the store a cell phone rang out a raucous hit from the 1980s summoning its owner into its electronic embrace.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • Support our community, shop locally

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I recently found myself reading some eye-opening statistics about small businesses, their revenues and employment rates.

    With Small Business Saturday happening just a few days after Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about the positive effects of shopping locally this season and encourage you to give small enterprises your business.