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Today's Opinions

  • Testing of Indiana’s students excessive

    As a parent and grandparent, I believe parents are the first and primary teachers of their children.

    And a parent does not surrender parental rights to the public school system when a child enters kindergarten.

    As a parent, one remains responsible for their child’s continuing education until the child reaches the age of majority or adulthood.

    Having said this, I’m encouraging parents to get actively involved in Indiana’s statewide testing mandates for the so called ISTEP.

  • Editorial: Improve access to health care for kids

    A study from the Centers for Disease Control on infant-mortality rates shows the United States, as of 2010, had considerably higher rates than those of almost all other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    This study represents only the latest in what has become a persistent challenge to the nation, and the state of Indiana, on this forlorn front.

  • Planning ahead, order seed

    By: JENEEN WICHE

     

    Like many gardeners this time of the year I, too, have been spending cold winter evenings by the fire with a good catalog. The seed catalogues fill the mailbox and I barely make it up the driveway without taking a peak at what’s offered for 2015.

    Two years ago I made a procrastinating mistake and waited too long to place my onion and potato order.

  • Winter weather and travel

    HANS SCHMITZ
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What a weather spell we have experienced. Media have been ablaze with warnings about travel, weather warnings, and other information to help people hunker down and weather the winter.

    Among other information, terms like “travel advisory,” “winter weather advisory,” “winter storm warning,” and “state of emergency” are used. The meanings of these terms is not always explicitly known, however. Let us take a moment to describe how such terms are used and when.

  • I love this town

    SCOTT HUTCHESON
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    “These streets will make you feel brand new Big lights will inspire you
    Hear it from New York, New York, New York!”

    If you’ve not heard Alicia Keys’ soaring tribute to New York City, you need to. It’s beautiful. It’s a love song, really, a love song to her hometown. Keys, of course, isn’t the first to write a song about a city.

  • Take advantage of visiting National Players

    By Vince Luecke
    Editor

    I often hear people say that when it comes to cultural events, there aren’t enough things to do in and around Perry County. That’s true to some degree. We are a rural community so we don’t draw celebrities for concerts and larger museums, orchestras and galleries are naturally centered in larger cities.

  • ISTEP missteps unacceptable

    It was a win-one, lose-one week for Indiana students.

    On one hand, students won’t be subjected to 12 hours of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams, a length that raised the eyebrows of students, parents, teachers and administrators.

    On the other hand, the computerized ISTEP exam again struggled with a statewide stress test. Many school systems across the state reported frozen screens and other digital glitches.

  • Increasing rural broadband access

    Erin Houchin
    District 47
    State Senator

    Broadband service has become increasingly necessary to access the full range of services and opportunities that the Internet can offer. This session, I have introduced legislation that seeks ways to expand affordable and reliable broadband service to rural parts of Indiana that currently have limited access, if any at all.