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Editorials

  • House committee made right choice on gun license repeal

    An Indiana House committee did the right thing in dumping a proposal to repeal the state’s handgun licensing law.

    Last week, the House Public Policy Committee stripped a bill of language that would have repealed Indiana’s permit requirement to carry a handgun.

    According to an Indianapolis Star report, Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, the bill’s sponsor, introduced an amendment last Wednesday that voided his own bill – much to the surprise of law enforcement officers who had come to testify against the proposal due to safety concerns.

  • Indiana Senate should put brakes on payday loan bill

    Payday lenders across the state may have found a new way to skirt annual interest rate restrictions in a bill winding its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

    House Bill 1319, which passed the House last week by a 53-41 vote, would allow payday lenders to charge fees triple what Indiana law currently defines as criminal loan-sharking.

    The bill would allow storefront lenders the ability to offer short-term loans – typically about two weeks – of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222 percent.

  • OUR VIEW: Drug abuse pulls at the fabric of our community

    The arrests of more than 20 people last week in a joint drug sweep was, as we see it, good news and bad news.

    Police deserve credit for their work to track, identify and apprehend people accused of dealing and possessing narcotics ... methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pain pills ... that are too often bought and sold.

    The bad news is that the arrests were likely just the tip of the iceberg and evidence of how large and damaging our local drug problem is.

  • Get serious about wage gap

    This editorial first appeared in the South Bend Tribune.

     

    State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, has been proposing an equal pay bill for 20 years, so it’s not surprising the Hammond Democrat is trying again this session.

    This time there is bipartisan support for the measure. Two Republicans, Sen. Vaneta Becker, who represents portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in southern Indiana, and Rep. Julie Olthoff, of Crown Point, have signed on as co-sponsors.

  • Indy national landmark great way to honor RFK

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and several new books and newspaper and magazine articles have already appeared to reflect that fact.

    We think one of the best ways to honor both men was proposed last week by three Indiana congressmen, Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young and Rep. Andre Carson.

  • Proposed bill would deny dignity to the denying

    A new “death with dignity” bill was proposed in the Indiana Legislature this month, similar to one that was introduced last year but never advanced out of its committee. It would allow terminally ill patients, with their doctor’s approval, to seek medication that, when taken, would kill them.

    We disagree and believe allowing physicians allowing physicians to basically prescribe suicide is morally wrong.

  • Good riddance to Trump’s election fraud commission

    Occasionally, America’s system of democracy exhibits its resilience by purging unworthy attempts to alter it.

    The demise of President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is a shining example.

  • Thank you, Tell City police officers

    A few weeks ago we asked the public for nominations for Perry County’s person of the year for 2017. We were seeking an individual who made a real difference in improving life in a positive way in our community. We received a number of suggestions, many pointing to the work of the Tell City Police Department. We couldn’t agree more. And we are reminded of a story we ran about a year ago in which Tell City was listed as the second safest small community in the state and one of the 250 safest in the nation.

  • Viewpoint: The time has come for paid parental leave

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.

     

    Only 12 percent of private sector workers have access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    That extremely low number makes Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to provide paid parental leave to state employees an even more important step in the right direction.

    Holcomb on Dec. 11 signed an executive order providing up to four weeks of paid leave for executive branch employees to spend time with newborns or newly adopted children.

  • Department of Child Services claims demand attention

    One year ago, in announcing his reappointment of former juvenile court judge Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, then Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb noted that her “relentless passion for child advocacy will serve Hoosier families and children well for years to come.”

    Bonaventura, first appointed to the position in 2013 by Gov. Mike Pence, said she was “walking on cloud nine” after her reappointment.