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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: It’s time for all of us to speak our minds on the myth of ‘clean coal’ and syngas

    The onslaught of pressure to bring us a synthetic natural gas plant that is being exerted by elected public officials, coal-company operators and so-called technocrats who want us to believe they can wave their magic wands and produce “clean coal” scares me.

    If we were not already living in a veritable sea of toxic pollutants that has been produced primarily by the use of coal, I might understand their eagerness to pour more on us.

  • LETTER: Weather may affect your electrical service

    With the worst of winter likely yet to come, we may need to be reminded that we might have to spend 48 hours without electricity if a major winter storm hits and electrical service is lost.

    If you have medical devices that run on electricity, make arrangements in advance for an alternative place to stay during a severe electrical outage.

  • COLUMN: The mental effects of abortion

    By JEANNE MONAHAN, Guest Columnist

    I remember well a night many years ago when a dear friend who was adamantly pro-choice came to me, sobbing uncontrollably.

    With defenses down, she unloaded a heavy burden she had long carried – a few years before she had chosen to abort her developing baby. She told me that not one day had passed that she did not think about her baby and regret her decision. My heart ached for my friend, as she was clearly tormented by her decision.

  • COLUMN: The greatest gifts of all

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    My father used to say, “There is nothing more over than Christmas.” With regard to the hoopla, he was certainly right. I’ve just completed breaking down numerous boxes for recycling.

    Colorful ribbons and bows have been discarded. Our nativity display has been repackaged, the artificial Christmas tree no longer illuminates the living room, all outdoor lighting has been dismantled.

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should find important work to do

    Many people are familiar with the concept that if you do something right the first time, you reduce the potential that you’ll have to do it again.

    Indiana’s General Assembly needs to learn that concept.

  • LETTER: Right-to-work is about being fair to workers

    Our state is considering becoming a right-to-work state, making it the first one since Oklahoma in 2001 to end coerced unionism.

    There are currently 22 right-to-work states. Most of the remaining states require workers at a place of employment to join a union and pay their dues if 51 percent of the workers at that place of employment vote to have a union. The other possible 49 percent of workers who don’t want a union must still pay hefty union dues each month to bosses who spend much of that money supporting leftist political agendas like Barack Obama’s.

  • COLUMN: Right to work all about politics

    By BRIAN GRAY, Guest Columnist

    David Hammond’s guest column (Dec. 26) citing just one source as to whether or not a right-to-work state does better then a non-right-to-work state in providing better wages and better work conditions is a bit misleading.

    If one looks at Chiefexecutive.net, a business-based Web site, Indiana is ranked No. 6 for attracting new business.

    Now to be fair, some right-to-work states are ranked above Indiana in that survey, but a lot of them are ranked below us.

  • COLUMN: Legislative session under way

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    The second regular session of the 117th Indiana General Assembly is under way. Legislators returned to the Statehouse Jan. 4 to begin what is typically referred to as the “short” session, which must adjourn by midnight March 14.