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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Suddenly the state has money

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    All of a sudden the state has money. The recent December forecast revision increased expected revenues by $516 million for the biennium. It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve seen that much added revenue at the start of a legislative session.

    And that’s not all. Suddenly, there’s an added $288 million in state balances, the money in the state’s checking account. That’s in addition to the added forecast revenue.

  • COLUMN: Ideas for the year ahead

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Plenty of people rang in the new year with family and friends over the weekend. As the presses prepared to roll, I had no set plans for New Year’s Eve. I do, however, have some suggestions for 2012, both for myself and as food for thought for everyone.

    Some of these are based off of ideas submitted by friends. Thanks to them.

  • EDITORIAL: Meeting challenges, reaching goals in 2012

    There’s plenty to be optimistic about as 2012 begins. While many of us will chart New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or spend more time with family, we would like to outline a few broader community goals.

    We hope the year ahead brings stability to Cannelton City Schools. Specifically, we would like leaders of the school district, threatened by a small student population and cuts in funding, to do one of two things in 2012:

  • COLUMN: The benefits of right-to-work

    BY DAVID HAMMOND, Guest Columnist
    A lot has been said about right-to-work and a lot more will be said in the upcoming legislative session. Voters need to understand the meaning of the term and consequences of its implementation.

    Right-to-work laws are statutes enforced in 22 U.S. states that prohibit membership, payment of union dues, or fees as condition of employment, either before or after hiring.

  • COLUMN: A year of good and bad

    BY VINCE LUECKE, Editor
    So long, 2011. Almost, at least. It’s been an up-and-down year at best for this columnist and part of me is more than eager to turn the calendar and celebrate 2012.

  • EDITORIAL: Council, others should adopt clear expectations

    Rules are wonderful to have in many situations. They define expectations. When expectations are clear and agreed upon, things go more smoothly than if they aren’t.

    Councilman Ron Crawford expected to have a chance to nominate a new member to the county’s redevelopment commission when appointments were made Dec. 15. He asserted that Robert’s Rules of Order require a call for “any other nominations” before voting occurs on any that have been put forth.

  • COLUMN: Reducing deficit requires skill, risk

    By LEE HAMILTON, Center for Congress

    The failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach an agreement on reducing the deficit was not just bad fiscal news. It was a significant failure of political leadership.

    Not only did the committee move us one step closer to a genuine fiscal crisis, but also it put the dysfunction of Congress on full display. At a time of great economic stress, its members lost sight of what failure would cost the country in lost economic growth and foregone job creation.

  • LETTER: Program provides chance to work together

    I am Nancy Bosler, a grandparent of three students at William Tell Elementary School. Last year through the Safe Schools-Healthy Students grant, WTE offered a program on Thursday afternoons called Strengthening Families.