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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Summer past and present

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    My list of favorite summer flowers is long but near the top of the list is the belladonna lily. Also known as the belladonna amaryllis or “naked ladies,” the pink flowers were in their prime over the past two weeks. Alas, most have died back by now.

    If peonies are a sure sign of spring, then belladonna lilies are proof that late summer has come and it’s time for school to resume.

  • EDITORIAL: Constitutional amendment best way to clarify marriage issues

    In the 1960s and ’70s Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana became the first person since the United States’ founding fathers to write two amendments to the Constitution.

    Bayh was the main author of the 25th Amendment, which created a process for an orderly transition of power in the case of death, disability or resignation of the president and a method of selecting a vice president when a vacancy occurs in that office.

    He also wrote the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

  • Mental health and suicide

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a major league baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome: his son’s mental illness, which remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youth.

    Taylor John, whose theater credits included appearing on Broadway as Gavroche in “Les Miserables,” ended his life four years ago by overdosing on prescription drugs. He was 28 years old.

  • Thank you, Tell City Little League supporters

    On behalf of the Tell City Cal RipkenLittle League, as well as the children of the community, we would like to thank our sponsors for your generous contributions toward our program.

    Not only are the youth enjoying the sport of baseball, they are also learning many valuable lessons by being a member of a team. Your generosity has provided our league with needed equipment and has enabled our players to participate in area tournaments.

    In addition, your contributions will allow us to make the necessary improvements to have a better equipped facility.

  • EPA regulations will cost you more money

    In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released regulations to limit carbon-dioxide emissions at existing power plants.

    If these regulations remain as written, the result will be more expensive electricity for Southern Indiana Power members.

  • Business ignoring promise to control dust

    On June 26, 2012, I attended a zoning meeting for Dale Sprinkle to obtain a special exception request through the zoning office on property that adjoins ours. This was for a commercial recreational outdoor development, Eagles Wings Zipline.

  • It’s time to put kids and families first

    By CHRIS COYLE
    Guest Columnist

    Back in 2006, I worked with education activists and state representatives like the Rev. Phil Hoy to promote a policy called The Kids and Families First Act. It reformed several antiquated education policies and provided a way to fund the improvements without raising taxes on Working Hoosiers.

  • The Ostrich Race

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    We attended our first ostrich race today. Yeah, you read that right, ostrich race. Before I unwrap this story, let me say this; it wasn’t something that we originally planned to do. It wasn’t something that we even wanted to do. The experience came to us unexpectedly, like so many of life’s pleasures, while we were doing something else.