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Today's Opinions

  • Same-sex marriage ban a terrible mistake

    Recently I read an article by Marlin Betts and in this article he went on to share his views on the state’s proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He is not alone with his views, as they are shared by many in this country who feel that gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs, and wish to uphold the country’s “Christian moral standards.”

  • COLUMN: Sign of the times

    JIM ADKINS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I recently ran into a fellow I know at a local store. He’s a guy I like but don’t often see, and I was glad to have an all too infrequent chance to speak to him. Smiling, we shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.  In a far corner of the store a cell phone rang out a raucous hit from the 1980s summoning its owner into its electronic embrace.

  • Santa Claus wants to talk

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    It’s a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if the old man came knocking while we were awake – and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I’d be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I’d probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • EDITORIAL: Season of gratitude can lead to organ donation decisions

    During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season we focus on giving and gratitude.

    The gift of organ donation is not often a topic of conversation, but people should be aware that one donor can potentially save the lives of up to eight people.

    More than 600 Hoosiers are on waiting lists for organ, tissue and eye donations, according to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

    Nationwide, more than 90,000 people are hoping to receive a life-saving transplant; sadly, it’s estimated that 17 people die every day waiting for such a transplant.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • Support our community, shop locally

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I recently found myself reading some eye-opening statistics about small businesses, their revenues and employment rates.

    With Small Business Saturday happening just a few days after Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about the positive effects of shopping locally this season and encourage you to give small enterprises your business.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • St. Nicholas visits Thursday night

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for Nicholas’ visit tonight. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate inside the next morning.

    I think I will put the shoe outside the News office. St. Nicholas hasn’t been able to find me the last couple of years in New Boston, so I’m going to make it easier on him.

    Do I really expect to find sweets in my shoe Friday? Perhaps a few friends will come by. But even if they don’t, St. Nicholas Day is worth observing.