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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: We can help each other quit tobacco

    By SHARILYN FRANZMAN
    Guest Columnist

    In the past years Perry County Memorial Hospital, then Lincoln Hills Development Corp., managed grants to help Perry County residents in efforts to quit tobacco. The two organizations educated the community on the effects of secondhand smoke, assisted at health fairs, school events and much more.

  • EDITORIAL: U.S. should not get involved in sovereign countries’ internal affairs

    One recent headline said that some of the U.S.-supplied weapons in Syria’s Civil War have apparently gone to the “wrong “ side.

    The writer meant that they are going to the current Syrian government’s forces instead of the rebels fighting to overthrow that regime.

  • LETTER: New laws impact Hoosiers in lots of ways

    July 1 has come and gone, meaning that most of the legislation passed last session is now law in Indiana. There were a lot of bills filed last session that I needed to research and understand, over a thousand between the two chambers.

    But the legislative process, as convoluted as it may seem, works to vet every issue with fewer than 300 bills becoming laws. I have said it before, but I am truly humbled to be your voice at the Statehouse and honored to have had a hand in crafting these laws.

  • LETTER: U.S. needs to make health care top priority

    Regarding my friend and colleague Ty Guillaume’s July 4 comment on religious liberty and Obamacare, I would only make a couple of points.

    First, when the liberty of one comes up against the liberty of another, there is inevitably a balancing that has to be made. And as has generally been our ideal, it should be made in favor of the one who stands to be hurt the most by the abbreviation of her freedom.

  • COLUMN: Why trust is so important

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution.

    Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • COLUMN: ‘Train wreck’ of Obamacare cuts wages, work hours

    By LARRY BUCSHON
    Indiana 8th District Representative

    As the Obamacare “train wreck” unfolds, we continue to learn of the unintended, unnecessary and burdensome consequences of a law passed without a single bipartisan vote in Congress.

    Despite the president’s promise of lower health-care costs, premiums are rising for families and estimates show that because of Obamacare, more than 7 million Americans will lose their employer-provided insurance.

  • COLUMN: Seeds of optimism

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    As a few people may know, I’ve been teaching horticulture classes at Branchville Correctional Facility the past few months. Oakland City University has offered the courses to offenders and I was happy to step up when asked.

    I’ve taught classes for OCU for 15 years and have always found the experience enriching. Teaching the basics of soil science and plant propagation reminded me of the amazing intricacies of nature and the interconnectedness we have with the natural world.

  • EDITORIAL: Pence, others should spare state divisive marriage fight

    Regardless of which side of the debate Perry Countians come down on, one thing to us is clear. Indiana does not need a divisive constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

    The issue of gender and marriage has been in the spotlight since U.S. Supreme Court justices in June overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act – and let stand a lower court ruling in California striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.