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Today's Opinions

  • ISTEP missteps unacceptable

    It was a win-one, lose-one week for Indiana students.

    On one hand, students won’t be subjected to 12 hours of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams, a length that raised the eyebrows of students, parents, teachers and administrators.

    On the other hand, the computerized ISTEP exam again struggled with a statewide stress test. Many school systems across the state reported frozen screens and other digital glitches.

  • Increasing rural broadband access

    Erin Houchin
    District 47
    State Senator

    Broadband service has become increasingly necessary to access the full range of services and opportunities that the Internet can offer. This session, I have introduced legislation that seeks ways to expand affordable and reliable broadband service to rural parts of Indiana that currently have limited access, if any at all.

  • ‘Snowpiercer’ the best in a sci-fi heavy 2014

    Eric Harris
    Film Review

    This past year I kind of gave up on reviewing movies – took a bit of a hiatus from March to about August. This was partly due to being a bit bored with the process and because not many movies had been released that truly excited me.

    One movie really brought me out of that funk (“Snowpiercer”) and made me realize that 2014 was a pretty great year for movies. Here are my top-10 picks and a few honorable mentions that, if I was in a different mood, might have been in my top ten.

  • With the budget, the president calls the shots

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.

  • Farmland taxes are a hot topic in the General Assembly

    Larry DeBoer
    GuestColumnist

    Once again, farmland assessments and property taxes are going up. The Department of Local Government Finance, which oversees the property tax in Indiana, has set the base rate per acre of farmland for 2015 taxes at $2,050 per acre. That’s a 16 percent increase from the base rate for 2014 taxes. In December the DLGF announced the base rate for 2016 at $2,420, another 18 percent increase.

    The base rate has been rising for years. But, this year, it’s a hot topic in the General Assembly.

  • In annual winter rite, skunks are scouting for love

    JeneenWiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We just returned from Taylorsville, Ky., and on the drive home, Andy remarked, “Wow, we have passed four dead skunks!” We don’t see them on the farm as much as we used to because of the dogs, although I have been getting whiffs of them for about a week now. The lightbulb moment: it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move.

  • DCS staff working every day to keep Hoosier children safe

    Mary Beth Bonaventura
    Guest Columnist

  • Council of Agencies appreciates support

    The Perry County Council of Agencies, as a member of the local food coalition, recently received funds and food through Catholic Charities from many contributors in the area.

    The council members would like to thank those who generously donated to our local food pantry, which is open three mornings a week.

    There continues to be a need in our community to help supplement individuals and families with limited food supplies.

    The Council of Agencies is also open Tuesday morning to provide clothing for men, women and older children.