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Editorials

  • Wastewater rate changes will be more fair

    New wastewater rate changes adopted by the Tell City Common Council last week will be more fair overall and should help those who live alone, which would include mainly elderly people on fixed incomes.

    But the system still has a bug or two that needs to be worked out.

    The previous rates charged the same minimum fee to anyone who used 3,000 gallons of water or less in a month, whether they used 1,800 or 2,999.

  • Let’s keep fear out of schools

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

     

    The grief and shock from last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., is shared in the collective American conscience. The feelings of sadness, disbelief, helplessness, even rage, are more than any human being should ever have to endure.

  • Our View: Engaging young Hoosiers in civics

    Communities around Indiana are increasingly tapping into an effective way that allows for the people to whom the long-term future belongs to help plan for it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.