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Today's Opinions

  • Commissioners: Embrace the passion, other resources you’ve been offered

    Someone approaches you and says, “you have a problem. I can help you with it and I might even be able to find money so you don’t have to pay for its solution.”

    How do you react? Do you dismiss the offer and the person making it?

    Jim Carter, president of the Humane Society of Perry County, made such an offer to the county commissioners.

    He was met with what appeared to be evasiveness.

  • Welcome home to Perry County

    SHAWN JONES
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    So, you're new in town and you don't know anyone? Hello, my name is Shawn Jones and that's what I went though when my family and I moved here 10 years ago. We moved to Perry County in 2004 from St. Joe, Mich. for my husband's position as accounting manager at ATTC Manufacturing.

  • Annexation conflicts of interest exist

    On the annexation issue, let me get this straight.

    Marlow Smethurst is chairman of the Tell City Annexation Committee and also the superintendent of the Tell City Electric Department.  J.B. Land is chairman of the Electric Utility’s board and chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees.

    Is the tail (electric utility and hospital board) wagging the dog (city management and citizens)?

    Darla Olberding
    Evansville

  • Minimum-wage hike necessary

    SEN. RICHARD YOUNG
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    This year, lawmakers proved that we can work together to accomplish important goals. Take a proposal I spearheaded to update outdated regulations and allow the production of industrial hemp. 

  • Celebrate public health

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House Representative District 74

    As we are wrapping up National Public Health Week, I thought I would take the time to share some of the ways the Indiana General Assembly addressed the issue of public health this session.  Public health is considered the protection and improvement upon health of families and communities. In order to do this, there must be a promotion of healthy lifestyles as well as educating the public on disease and injury prevention.

  • Pipeline opponents claim all cause, no benefit

    Despite environmentalists’ efforts to  stall the approval of Keystone XL, some real progress could soon be made.

    The State Department just released its long-awaited analysis of the project’s environmental impact. The study’s key finding: building and maintaining Keystone would have virtually no effect on global carbon emissions. Indeed, without the pipeline, emissions could rise because the oil will be transported by more carbon-intensive means.

  • More-sensitive signals would negate need for new law

    Some vehicles can now legally run red lights in Indiana, and we’re not talking about just making right turns on red.

    The state legislature approved a bill and Gov. Mike Spence signed it March 27 allowing two-wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters and bicycles, to proceed through a red light after two minutes if they make sure the intersection is clear first.

  • Empower Hoosier pupils; give them the proper tools

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House District 74 Representative

    As a father of four and baseball coach of many, I always love hearing about personal goals of young students, their favorite classes and what they want to be when they grow up. These hopes and dreams of our state’s children weigh heavily on me as I cast votes and author bills during the legislative session. Our legislation has a direct impact on our state’s future, our children.