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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Standardized tests not complete answer for evaluating education

    When the NCAA started requiring 820 SAT or 68 ACT scores for freshmen to be eligible for college sports, longtime college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian predicted that there would be cheating on those standardized tests to make star athletes eligible.

    He’s been proven correct in several cases. The most notable one involved current NBA star Derrick Rose, who led Memphis University to the NCAA men’s Division I championship game in his only season there.

  • COLUMN: Freshmen GOP standing ground

    By STEVE DAVISSON & SUE ELLSPERMANN, Guest Columnists

    We entered the 2011 General Assembly with a passion to serve and a commitment to make a difference. Voters put us in charge to focus on jobs, a balanced budget with no new taxes and education improvement.

    In November we took an oath to uphold Indiana and our country’s constitution.  We quickly got to work attending training, submitting legislation that supported our districts, and prepared for the work ahead. 

  • EDITORIAL: Representatives remain accountable to public even in secret meetings

    Tell City-Troy Township School Board member Dr. Gene Ress expressed conflicting and misguided messages when he addressed a small crowd at a school-board meeting Tuesday.

    The gist of his message: Fellow board member Sherri Flynn did nothing illegal when she talked in an open meeting about the board’s hiring of new Schools Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger, but board members shouldn’t share with the public anything that occurs in executive sessions.

  • COLUMN: Democrat House members trying to protect Hoosiers

    Gary Morton, Guest Columnist

  • COLUMN: Hoosiers want Right to Work

    By ROB BEISWINGER, Guest Columnist

    Make no mistake, Indiana is poised to start enjoying the freedom and economic prosperity that would come with becoming America’s 23rd Right to Work State – if only Gov. Mitch Daniels would stop standing in the way.

    And the really bad news in Gov. Daniels’ decision to appease Indiana’s union bosses is that Hoosier citizens are the ones paying the price.

  • COLUMN: Lenten obligations

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Lent is about here and while not everyone’s religious tradition observes the 40-day period before Easter, I suspect most people at least acknowledge its arrival.

  • EDITORIAL: Legislators need to get back to work

    It’s no secret that Hoosiers – and Hoosier politicians – disagree on the roles labor unions should play in the 21st century work place. So-called right-to-work legislation in the Indiana House was effectively killed last month after Democrat lawmakers in that body left the state, literally. In doing so, they denied that body a quorum and added Indiana to a list of states in which lawmakers have fled their seats to stop legislation they opposed.

  • COLUMN: Protesters rally at statehouse

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    State senators worked long days and late nights to meet mid-session deadlines and advance Senate bills to the House for further consideration. Legislation that didn’t make it out of its house of origin is most likely dead for this session. Out of 1,206 proposals introduced in January by members of both chambers, 603 were Senate bills. This brief summary includes highlights of a few of the 198 bills approved by the Senate as well as other activities at the Statehouse.