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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Women and Social Security

    By KEN CORDER, Guest Columnist

    While the Social Security program treats all workers – men and women – exactly the same in terms of benefits they can receive, women need to know what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits to which they may be entitled may mean the difference between living more comfortably versus just getting by in their retirement years.

  • COLUMN: Become a child’s advocate

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    A serious problem is rising for vulnerable Hoosier children, but so is the opportunity to help.

    The child abuse and neglect rate in Indiana increased 24 percent in one year to 15.6 confirmed cases per 1,000 children under the age of 18. In most cases, parents are the perpetrators, meaning most victimized children cannot rely on their primary care-givers as the cases go to court.

  • COLUMN: Storm-damaged trees

    BY B. ROSIE LERNER, Guest Columnist

    Homeowners assessing tree damage caused by recent storms will want to make a few important decisions soon. Small trees with minor damage can probably be taken care of by the homeowner, but large mature trees likely will need the help of professional tree services.

  • EDITORIAL: Statewide smoking ban needs more-concrete action

    April 6 found a statewide smoking ban turned down by an 8-1 vote from the state Senate Public Policy Committee assigned to review the issue.

    House Bill 1018, according to a recent Indianapolis Star article, had split senators on the committee between not wanting a state mandate for banning smoking and believing that the current proposed bill was too weak to do any good.

  • COLUMN: With all of us working together, we can prevent child abuse

    By KELLI WILGUS, Guest Columnist

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to child-abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.

    The solution is getting to the root of the cause through education and changing behaviors and attitudes and loving and nurturing children. Stopping Violence before it starts helps create happy and healthy children.

  • COLUMN: Sheriff offers department update

    By LEE CHESTNUT, Guest Columnist

    I wanted to take this time to let you know how things are going within the sheriff’s department. A transition period is always the busiest and several changes are being made and the staff is working extremely hard.

    I would like to provide you with an update of how things are going with the jail. There have been a few changes made to provide for better security and safety for the public, the jail staff and the inmates.

  • COLUMN: Advice for grandparents

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    Here’s the deal, grandparents. Your grandchildren are planning to spend a weekend with you.  This normally happens when their parents have been invited to do something with other grownups and having little kids around would be a liability.  

  • EDITORIAL: Congress should have been consulted before military action in Libya

    The United States is the world’s greatest military power, but is it our job to be the world’s policeman and interfere in internal affairs of other sovereign nations?

    And by starting military action in Libya while we already have forces engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, are we stretching the U.S. military, not to mention the federal government’s budget, too thin?

    Those are questions we think should have been thoroughly debated in Congress before President Obama made the decision to start military action in Libya without congressional approval.