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Today's Opinions

  • Make kindergarten mandatory in Indiana

    Indiana is one of 15 states that doesn’t require school attendance until age 7.

    The state’s top education official would like to change that.

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick would like to see kindergarten become mandatory in Indiana, and plans to advocate for that during the 2018 General Assembly.

    She has her work cut out for her. In previous years, bills that would have required children to attend kindergarten have stalled in the Republican-led legislature.

  • The future of Indiana coal

    BRUCE STEVENS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana last Tuesday with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.

    The CPP, established during the Obama administration, was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming.

  • It’s what we do that counts

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, Home on the Range. You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.

  • Thanks for making Leopold 175th special
  • Why I choose to stand

    Curtis Hill

    Guest Columnist

     

    One might argue that our nation’s flag is but a mere symbol. True as that may be, symbols play an important role in the life of a nation.

    Growing up, I was taught that whenever we heard the anthem playing and saw Old Glory waving, we would immediately show our respect.

    I would stand.

    I stand because the Stars and Stripes represent the strikingly simple principles of freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Exciting times for Rome

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    Portions of this column came from a column published a year ago about the community of Rome, but it’s a good segue into many of the big things lying ahead for the community in the coming year.

  • Thank you, St. Meinrad ROCKS supporters

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the seventh annual St. Meinrad ROCKS Fest Sept. 22-23. It was great to be able to make it a free event this year!

    Special thanks goes out to our entertainment: Phil Schraner, Debbie Schuetter, The Hiding, Isaac and Megan Gatwood, Silly Rules, PM, Soul Circus, Angel Rhodes, In The Basement, Andy and Henry Hagedorn, Rex Gambill/ DNR, Jeff Armstrong/ Animal Tales, Ronnie and Ralph Troesch, Dr. Moody, Topher Hays, 5th Degree Burn, Brent Lechner, Cory Sims, Timmy Dunn and Dirty Trixx.

  • Lilly Counseling Initiative sparks innovative efforts for student success

    Tami Silverman

    President of Indiana Youth Institute