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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: It’s time for debate and compromise in Congress

    It can’t be said enough times. Politicians need to put aside party politics and start reaching across the aisles for compromise.

    If the past decade has taught us anything, it’s that our politicians need to wake up, listen to the people and start taking suggestions instead of fighting.

    Recent disagreements in Wisconsin and in our own state have seen a slightly disturbing event occur; Democrats refusing to vote on issues and fleeing state capitals for hiding instead of debating the issues at hand.

  • COLUMN: ‘The King’s Speech’ is more than just Oscar bait

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Every year a film is released that screams, “Oscar!” and this year that film is “The King’s Speech.” Unfortunately, some people are turned off by films that seem destined for awards because the very synopsis of such films come off as pretentious. It’s understandable why some would be put off by the story of a stuttering Duke of York (Colin Firth) in pre-WWII Britain.

    That’s right; “The King’s Speech” is all about a king with a speech impediment.

  • COLUMN: State education system needs reform

    MARCIA DAUBY, Guest Columnist

    After reading a recent opinion piece in the paper, I felt compelled to offer another view. I am very excited and hopeful teachers will be held accountable and their performance “graded.”

    Any teacher can show up at school at 6:45 a.m. My question is do these teachers let parents know they are there at that time? The answer is no.

  • COLUMN: Nature and nighttime intruders

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Looking back, it wasn’t that close of a call, though the nighttime encounter could have been disastrous.

    Returning home Thursday night, I found an intruder on the sidewalk leading from the garage to my house.

  • EDITORIAL: Diverting tax money to private schools will doom public schools

    That our public school system has severe flaws is a popular premise in government and among many education reformers. And $300 million in recent spending cuts to Indiana’s public schools necessitated by the state’s need to balance its recession-riddled budget certainly haven’t helped solve the schools’ problems.

  • COLUMN: County works to extend help to poor, blind

    Chuck Poehlein penned this column on the care given to the poor and sick by the county during the first decades of its founding. The first installment appeared in last Thursday’s edition and shared information on the county’s poor farms, working agricultural enterprises that offered work to the county’s poor in return for room and board. Today’s final installment reports on the roles families held in helping poor relatives.

  • COLUMN: And the Oscar nominees are ...

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 27, and I figured I would weigh in on the nominees. The last two years I’ve focused on the Best Picture nominees primarily and only mentioned other categories in passing. This year I want to focus on all of the major categories and give my pick for the category as well as my prediction for who will actually win.
    Best Picture

  • Rescued by county welfare system

    CHUCK POEHLEIN, GUEST COLUMNIST
    Editor’s Note: Chuck Poehlein provided this response to his Feb. 10 column on county efforts early in its history to help residents who were poor and could not care for themselves. The second part of Poehlein’s column from last week, intended for this issue, will appear, because of a lack of space, in Thursday’s edition.