Today's Opinions

  • As fall nears, consider benefits of ‘green manure’

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand, and hoe. I started using cover crops about eight years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness. 

  • National anthem not the time to stage protests

    Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in the National Football League, has gained more publicity lately for what he does before the games than during them.

    Specifically, he has decided not to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

  • Small town crime, punishments should come with local influence

    Experts reached by The New York Times for a story about the high number and severity of prison sentences in small towns seem horrified over the disparity between that toughness and the relative laxness in large metropolitan areas. They say the size of the disparities undercuts the basic promise of equal protection under the law.

  • Action needed to curb growing national debt

    Sen. Dan Coats



    Over the summer, I was cleaning out some old documents, and I came across a press release from 1982, when I was a Member of the House for the 4th District of Indiana.

    Thirty-four years ago, I wrote about how we need to balance the federal budget, and how that cannot be done without slowing the growth of mandatory spending. I was alarmed at the rate of growth in mandatory programs and how Washington’s autopilot-spending had allowed Medicare to grow to the point where it reached $46 billion.

  • Spotlighting enviro issues

    Maureen Hayden

    Guest Column


    When three candidates for governor agreed to a trio of debates, all signed onto a list of issues to be discussed. Education, jobs and the economy will take center stage, along with health, social matters and “other issues as warranted.

    Jesse Kharbanda hopes that last category includes the environment.

  • Improving Hoosier education will take bold moves

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist


    When a new school year kicks off, you can count on two things: back-to-school sales and people (especially politicians) pretending to care about education. Both things are finished by September.

  • Labor Day has passed, but summer still here

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seem-ed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, for school to be out or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have pilled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record.

    Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall and the end of the growing season.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture and shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem but largely, folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.

    Moss like it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.