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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Past insurance model needs put aside in healthcare fix

    True replacement of how we pay for healthcare won’t be possible under the existing system many of us are familiar with. That’s because the existing foundations of our insurance-based system are flawed.

  • Solid waste fee should have been raised gradually

    The Perry County Solid Waste Management District has proposed raising its annual fee for disposal and recycling services from $32 to $45.

    That is a 40.6 percent increase and while it won’t have the same impact on area residents as Tell City’s 50.2 percent increase on its monthly water bills had this year, we think it’s still too big a raise at one time.

  • Local initiatives go a long way to clean up the community

    With questions about the future conditions of the U.S. ecosystem, local initiatives are more important than ever.
    Organized cleanups, like River Sweep, go a long way to protect our landscapes in the community and the Earth.
    The Ohio River Sweep is an event during which volunteers pick up debris along the river, in order to clean up over 3,000 miles of the shoreline.

  • Thank you, Abbey Press

    The presses at Abbey Press in St. Meinrad are silent now. The stitchers, trimmers and binders, noisy for decades, are idle and the offices and cubicles of the sprawling sandstone building fronting Indiana 545 are empty. So are the warehouses half a mile down the highway.

    Abbey Press has all but closed and an online auction will offer much of the equipment later this month.