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Today's Opinions

  • Income redistribution won’t help middle class in long run

    DONALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Two of the traditional hallmarks of the middle class are that they work hard and save their money. Even the White House praises the middle class for having those virtues and claims to want to help them prosper.

    But on Jan. 13, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland proposed a new federal initiative that abandons any pretense of trying to promote opportunities for the middle class. Instead, it seeks to turn them into a whole new group of beneficiaries of government-mandated income redistribution.

  • Personalities who left us in 2014

    Vince Luecke

    As we bid farewell to one year and welcome another, it’s tradition to remember the people to whom we said goodbye to in the past year. In looking over the obituaries the News published in 2014, I thought of several people whom I knew to some degree or another. This list is in no way exhaustive. Each of us holds our own collection of loved ones, friends and community leaders we admired who are no longer with us. This list is mine.

  • Wrong turns not an option when lives are on the line

    Perry County is served very well by a range of emergency-services providers, from police and paramedics to emergency medical technicians, firefighters and first responders.

    But when it comes to public safety, there is always room for improvement and we have a suggestion: Providers of emergency services need to be very familiar – and stay familiar – with our county’s road system. Simply put, they need to know how to get to anywhere in the county as quickly as possible.

  • Succulents for the best indoor winter blooms

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter. Think succulents.

    Succulents are plants that have adapted to environments that receive very little rainfall. They can store moisture using small amounts when needed.

  • COLUMN: Pages sought for Indiana House

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    I always love the calm after the holidays. Spending quality time with family, kids playing with their presents and a new year, which brings new opportunities, is officially underway. For state lawmakers, this time of year is spent preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and I look forward to all the work we can accomplish to benefit families in southwest Indiana.

  • COLUMN: Bill offers Pence a safety net if he runs for president. Why?

    By DAVE BANGERT
    Guest Columnist

    Somehow, Gov. Mike Pence must have a string in his back, the way certain action figures once did, specially designed in this case to handle one question, playing on a loop in Indiana and beyond.

    Are you running for president in 2016?

    Pull the string, and hear Pence’s sincere inflection: “My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is …”

    Click. Click. Click.

    You’ve heard it enough by now to know.

  • COLUMN: 2015’s arrival brings transitions, headlines

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The News just finished recapping the major stories of 2014 and while it’s still the first week of the new year, there’s no doubt the coming 12 months will be filled with news. From upcoming city elections and downtown redevelopment to a new hospital on the cusp of completion, we have a lot of report on in 2015.

  • EDITORIAL: Steps all of us can take to beat the post-holiday blues

    The holiday blues may sound more like a belated addition to the repertoire of Christmas music that dominated the airwaves last month than a mental-health challenge, but they can be painful nonetheless.

    After a month or more of planning, visiting, shopping, decorating and otherwise preparing for Christmas and the New Year, it can be hard to settle back into the average rhythms of day-to-day life. To make matters worse, the short days of winter aren’t going anywhere just yet, and lack of sunlight can compound the depression experienced by so many this time of year.