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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • EDITORIAL: Silly legislation helps no one

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot from Indiana Republican lawmakers about how disappointed they are in Democrats for not showing up to make decisions in the first session. We could not agree more with them. We realize there are a lot of opinions running amuck at the moment due to hot-button issues on the table, most notably the right-to-work legislation.

    No matter what your opinion on the matter, everyone must agree that Republicans and Democrats not agreeing to hear one another out and work to compromise gets nothing done and we all suffer.

  • COLUMN: Democrat walkout jeopardizes important legislation for Hoosiers

    By STEVE DAVISSON, District 73 State Representative

    The start of the 2012 session has been a tumultuous one to say the least. For the second session in a row, the House Democrats failed to show up to the House Chamber on account of the controversial right-to-work bill. Without a Democratic presence, the House Republicans were unable to begin conducting the business we were elected to do – a job that the House Democrats seem to have forgotten.