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Today's Opinions

  • Adopting Sanders’ entire platform would be disaster for Democrats

    Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for a “fundamental transformation” of the Democratic Party, but most of his suggestions would be a recipe for disaster for the party.

    First he wants to eliminate superdelegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice at the convention instead of being pledged to a candidate based on votes won in primaries or caucuses.

  • Time for a review of Indiana alcohol laws

    Sunday liquor sales are the Cubs baseball team of legislative frustration. Next year is always the year when legislators will come to their senses and end Indiana’s status as the last state where Sunday carryout service is not allowed.

    But every year the effort falls short, and most times legislative proposals never even make it out of committee.

  • Dividing iris improves plant health, bloom

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We have all asked the question, “why hasn’t my plant bloomed?” Sometimes the answer is as simple as not enough sunlight, not old enough, not cold enough or hot enough, etc.  In fact, it could be as simple as a little digging and dividing for some renewed blooming attitude.

  • For eligible Americans, voting should be easy

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super-delegates made its nominating process a “rigged system.” For many voters, the intricacies of voting rules quickly became a topic of overriding interest.

  • The adventures of a deer named Jon

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    One day in early June, back in 2015, Leonna and I were mowing a lawn up in Burglan Hills. It was a yard that we had mowed oh, I’d say a hundred times before. I wasn’t paying strict attention to what was going on around me. When you have mowed lawns for a living for more than twenty years it all seems to blend together.

  • Summer equals bluegill time

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    Summer has officially arrived, according to the calendar. The thermometer also agrees.

    Daylight is shrinking a bit each day, however temperatures will continue to warm, maybe heat, for the next two months.

    To catch fish midsummer requires a different mindset than one employs during spring, fall, or winter. Like people, most fish slow down and head for a cool, shady spot on hot sunny days;.

  • Preventing ATV accidents

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Unfortunately, over the past year, a few parents here in Southern Indiana have received the dreaded phone call telling them their child has been injured or killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident. As a father of four boys, I cannot begin to imagine getting a similar call. I am an outdoorsman who enjoys bringing my kids along with me and I understand how fun it is when the entire family participates in activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and riding.

  • Community Crossings infrastructure projects

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Indiana’s road infrastructure has been a major topic of discussion recently, especially at the Statehouse. As the Crossroads of America, citizens rely on our roads and bridges to grow our economy and keep drivers safe.

    This past session, the General Assembly passed a funding plan that provides $1 billion for Hoosier roads without raising taxes.