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Today's Opinions

  • Minimum-wage hike necessary

    SEN. RICHARD YOUNG
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    This year, lawmakers proved that we can work together to accomplish important goals. Take a proposal I spearheaded to update outdated regulations and allow the production of industrial hemp. 

  • Celebrate public health

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House Representative District 74

    As we are wrapping up National Public Health Week, I thought I would take the time to share some of the ways the Indiana General Assembly addressed the issue of public health this session.  Public health is considered the protection and improvement upon health of families and communities. In order to do this, there must be a promotion of healthy lifestyles as well as educating the public on disease and injury prevention.

  • Pipeline opponents claim all cause, no benefit

    Despite environmentalists’ efforts to  stall the approval of Keystone XL, some real progress could soon be made.

    The State Department just released its long-awaited analysis of the project’s environmental impact. The study’s key finding: building and maintaining Keystone would have virtually no effect on global carbon emissions. Indeed, without the pipeline, emissions could rise because the oil will be transported by more carbon-intensive means.

  • More-sensitive signals would negate need for new law

    Some vehicles can now legally run red lights in Indiana, and we’re not talking about just making right turns on red.

    The state legislature approved a bill and Gov. Mike Spence signed it March 27 allowing two-wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters and bicycles, to proceed through a red light after two minutes if they make sure the intersection is clear first.

  • Empower Hoosier pupils; give them the proper tools

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House District 74 Representative

    As a father of four and baseball coach of many, I always love hearing about personal goals of young students, their favorite classes and what they want to be when they grow up. These hopes and dreams of our state’s children weigh heavily on me as I cast votes and author bills during the legislative session. Our legislation has a direct impact on our state’s future, our children.

  • Our emergency responders do a great job

    I am writing this letter because of something that happened earlier this month. There was a terrible accident on my road, just about in front of my house. I did not see the actual moment it happened, but I heard the impact the second it did.

    When we ran to the front porch and saw what had happened, we knew it was a very terrible accident.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with both families. But, this letter is to praise the first responders.

  • Help made Renaissance yard sale a success

    The Tell City High School Renaissance Leadership Class  thanks the public for attending and supporting our annual yard sale, which was held March 15.

    The proceeds go to help fund the Renaissance Leadership Class, which supports academics and community involvement.

    We extend a special thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their support:

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    KEVIN CONCANNON
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.