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Today's Opinions

  • Give kids time to eat lunch

    A change.org petition was filed Aug. 25, demanding the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. lengthen the amount of time its elementary-aged kids get to eat their midday meal.

    “EVSC has Elementary school lunch set at 20 mins. In that 20 mins, a child must wait in a line, get their food, find a seat, get everything opened and eat,” states the petition, filed by Jenni Webster.

  • Protecting the lives of young Hoosiers

    Sixty-six is the number to remember, not as a number, but because it represents young lives that no longer have opportunities to become scientists, doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs to improve the quality of life and bring peace to our state and country. Nor can they bring laughter and enjoyment to their family and friends.

  • Small-town life

    Ashley Williams Edge

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: This column was submitted after an accident that injured Mark Williams, a Tell City Water Department employee. Williams continues to recover from his injuries. 

     

  • Safety, success can coexist for student athletes

    State Rep.

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Football is back in full swing for our local schools. With it comes the excitement of another season for student athletes and communities.

    I always enjoy this time of year because it usually means I am back on the sidelines on Friday nights coaching one of my boys and the rest of the team in the sport we love so much. Every weeknight at practice, we always work to improve our play on the field but it’s important we remember the safety of our kids should be a top priority.

  • 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

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    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.