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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: What is the benefit of right-to-work?

    By TIMOTHY BRUMFIELD, Guest Columnist

    This letter is in reply to Dave Hammond’s letter in Monday’s edition of The News. I would like for it to be known that I have known Dave for 30-plus years and have always had a lot of respect for him.

  • COLUMN: 20 + C + M + B + 12

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The letters and numerals inscribed above the doors of homes in the Belgian town had me scratching my head a few years ago, but come Friday, I may have scrawled a similar message above my door in New Boston.

    20 + C + M + B + 12

    Friday was the traditional day for observing Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas.

    The Twelve Days of Christmas, by the way, began Christmas Day and concluded the night of Jan. 5.

  • EDITORIAL: Daniels’ 2012 reform goals look practical overall

    Whether Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is one of the nation’s best politicians is certainly debatable, but in setting his goals for this year’s legislative session he has shown that he is more practical than many politicians.

    In recent years the Tea Party movement has produced numerous elected officials – of the same political party as Daniels – who refuse to compromise on taxes, social issues or virtually anything. Therefore they have been able to enact very little of their political agenda.

  • COLUMN: Ellspermann: Right-to-work views and facts

    By SUE ELLSPERMANN, District 74 State Representative

    Much attention is being focused on one key issue in the upcoming legislative session: Right to Work. We are now seeing the opposition groups speak out strongly as the governor and the Speaker have made this a top priority.

    Opponents have every right to share their concerns. My commitment is to share openly with you the information we have gathered in extensive hearings, meetings and research to lead us to take a position of support for RTW.

  • COLUMN: Right-to-work laws lead to lower wages for all

    BARBARA FICK & MARTY WOLFSON, Guest Columnists

  • LETTER: HTC committees hard at work as year begins

    Perry County is participating in the Indiana Hometown Competitiveness Program based on a successful application submitted by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce. The program empowers hometowns to enhance their prosperity and quality of life. IHTC is operated out of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and is based on a similar program that began in Nebraska to help their communities that had been shrinking for more than 100 years.

  • COLUMN: Suddenly the state has money

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    All of a sudden the state has money. The recent December forecast revision increased expected revenues by $516 million for the biennium. It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve seen that much added revenue at the start of a legislative session.

    And that’s not all. Suddenly, there’s an added $288 million in state balances, the money in the state’s checking account. That’s in addition to the added forecast revenue.

  • COLUMN: Ideas for the year ahead

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Plenty of people rang in the new year with family and friends over the weekend. As the presses prepared to roll, I had no set plans for New Year’s Eve. I do, however, have some suggestions for 2012, both for myself and as food for thought for everyone.

    Some of these are based off of ideas submitted by friends. Thanks to them.