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Editorials

  • INDOT: Give Mozart Street drivers fair shake

    Ever since Mozart Street was widened and extended in the 1990s, it has become one of the two main east-west through streets in central Tell City, along with Tell Street.

    That necessitated installing a traffic light at the intersection of 12th and Mozart streets. But a change in the past month of the controlling of the signal there means Mozart Street drivers spend a lot more time idling at red lights – if they obey the signal.

  • Teachers are precious commodities
  • Proposed federal law provides hope for some terminally ill

    This guest editorial first appeared in the (Bedford) Times-Mail.

     

    Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jim Valvano

     

    Imagine your child has been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease with no discernible cure.

    You have explored and exhausted every conceivable option.

    Though an experimental, potentially life-saving drug has shown promise, the Federal Drug Administration has yet to approve the drug, rendering it unavailable to your child.

  • Grab your Schweizer running (or walking) shoes

    Schweizer Fest has always been a celebration of Tell City, its rich past, its exciting present and the promise of an even brighter future. This  week, we invite everyone to again make fitness a meaningful part of their festivities. There are more opportunities than ever to include a good workout – or at least some exercise – into the merriment of the week.

  • Hearings, debates, bipartisanship needed to pass effective healthcare

    Most Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, freely admit that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, needs some improvements.

    Republicans, though, wanted to do away with it entirely but were not able to come up with a better bill. They also went about it in the wrong way and thus failed in multiple votes last week to repeal Obamacare or even make any changes in it.

  • How will immigration change us?

    This editorial was first published by the Fort Wayne News Sentinel.

     

    If we’re going to have a sensible debate on immigration, we must first make sure we have all the relevant facts, especially about how the immigrant population might change us. On a very basic level, “understanding how the demographic characteristics of a community or county are changing needs to be in incorporated into development plans, particularly if places want to retain the children of their new immigrant residents.”

  • As legislators consider alcohol law fix, put consumers first

    This editorial was first published by KPC News Service.

     

    After years of teasing Hoosiers that they might reform Indiana’s liquor laws, state legislators seem ready to get serious this summer.

    A new study commission will begin unraveling our complicated tangle of statutes governing how alcohol is sold. The task is so formidable, the commission is being given two years to do its work.

  • When will the annexation fight – and expenses end?

    The split in ideology expressed by members of the Tell City Common Council shows the complex nature of the ongoing legal battle over annexation. The camps are set by the old guard leadership which were in place when proposals were launched and newer officeholders who have said they will side against expensive fights.

    It’s long been the quandary, to be or not to be, but at this point the acquisition, mired in a fight with residents within the affected 1,776-acrea area, is so muddied, it begs the question as a reminder, why are we doing this?

  • Recycling: Just do it

    Recycling is a daily theme in American life. The general practice of reusing old materials instead of dredging up new, especially when times are scarce, dates back thousands of years, when blacksmiths would melt down used metal to fashion new weapons and tools.

  • Election commission overextends its reach

    Last week, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent notices to all 50 states and the District of Columbia seeking a wide array of information on registered voters, and asked them to supply that information through a special online portal.