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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana immigration law provides tools

    Some parts of Indiana’s new immigration law are just plain silly, but some correctly go to the source of the problem of illegal immigration.

    A couple of the silly aspects, such as permitting someone to be targeted for deportation simply because a “notice of action” has been issued to them, are properly being challenged in court.

  • COLUMN: Democrats took on radical agenda

    PATRICK BAUER, Guest Columnist

    Now that the dust has settled from the tumultuous 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly, we can begin to assess the damage inflicted upon thousands of Hoosiers by one-party rule.

  • COLUMN: A wild five-second ride

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    When does five seconds seem like an eternity? When you have a police officer pulling the trigger on a stun gun fired into your back.

    Such was the experience Sunday morning as I joined other reserve police officers and jailers in becoming certified in electronic control devices, better known as Tasers.

  • EDITORIAL: Congratulations, graduates! Your futures are bright

    High-school seniors across the county are graduating and as they close one chapter on their lives and start another, we extend to them and their families hearty congratulations. Cannelton students received their diplomas Saturday and Perry Central seniors graduated Sunday. Tell City seniors will conclude their high-school careers Friday.

    Seniors will take varying paths in the weeks and months ahead. Some will continue their education or join the military, while others may opt to dive in to the working world.

  • COLUMN: A freshman legislator’s experience

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    Editor’s Note: State Rep. Sue Ellspermann looks back at her first legislative session. Part 1 of her column appeared in Thursday’s edition.

  • COLUMN: Peony patience pays off

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m no green thumb but two years of hard work paid off handsomely this month with three peony blossoms. That may not sound like much, but it’s a success considering the plant’s sorry state when we first met.

    The peony plant came with the house in New Boston. I first noticed it the next spring when I was mowing. Only a few sprigs of green poked out of the grass overlooking the highway. A fan of peonies, I worked hard that spring and summer to bring the plant back to life.

  • EDITORIAL: Planned Parenthood helps Hoosiers in many ways

    A disturbing thing has happened.

    Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a law that drastically cut federal funding to Indiana’s Planned Parenthood. In total, according to The Indianapolis Star, the law will cut about $2 million in public funds to the organization and prohibit the use of Medicaid at Planned Parenthood, making our state the first in the country to do so. The New York Times reported that the signing of this law puts our state at risk of losing $4 million in federal family planning grants each year.

  • COLUMN: 2011 legislative session: A freshman’s reflections, part one

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    The 2011 Legislative Session was action packed. The Republican led agenda was strong: no new taxes and a balanced budget, promote job creation, increase educational opportunities and standing up to Washington D.C. On all accounts, this was accomplished. The following is a summary of the budget we adopted and job-creation bills we passed this session. Next week I will discuss the end of our plan including education and standing up to D.C.

    The Budget