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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Honoring veterans, helping teachers

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Two of the most revered and influential groups are Hoosier veterans and teachers. Both, in different ways, ensure continued prosperity.

    I feel honored to have met so many in representing our community. These professions are held by some of the best and most noble Hoosiers, and I have diligently worked this session to introduce legislation that supports them.

  • COLUMN: Lessons from old farmers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I grew up influenced by older people. I saw my grandparents often and worked during my preteen and teenage years for neighbors, many of them seniors.

    Most were farmers and I learned a lot from them. As I get older, it seems I rely more and more on the simple lessons they instilled and the examples they set.

  • EDITORIAL: Students should be encouraged, not thwarted by school boards

    Earlier this month, a group of students in a central Florida school district were met with opposition from their school board as they attempted to form an extracurricular group. The middle-schoolers attempted to form a gay-straight alliance group during the 2011-12 school year, but according to reports on Huffington Post, they were turned town.

  • LETTER: Gasification project getting needed review

    More than six years ago, then Gov. Mitch Daniels made the announcement that a synthetic-gas plant was to be built in southwest Indiana. The project was to bring hundreds of jobs and use Indiana coal to produce synthetic gas at a price lower than natural gas.

    The carbon dioxide that would be produced would be captured and sent to Louisiana through a pipeline. It would be pumped into existing oil wells for enhanced oil recovery.

  • LETTER: Many hands made trivia night a success

    On behalf of the Perry County Foundation’s board of trustees, we would like to thank all the participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers who participated in the foundation’s 2013 Trivia Night. We hope everyone had a great time.

    We are also pleased to award $500 to the winning team’s favorite charity, Table of Blessings. The $500 came from the proceeds made during the event.

    Sponsors, donors and participants helped award that $500, so we also want to thank everyone for helping the community.

  • COLUMN: One in six Hoosiers face hunger

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    The General Assembly is fighting back against Hoosier hunger. Currently one in six Hoosiers are food insecure, meaning there are over a million people in Indiana who do not know where their next meal will come from. This is far too many people who don’t have stability for a basic necessity. We can do more to help.

  • COLUMN: Daydreams and the Etch A Sketch

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The man who invented the Etch A Sketch died last month. I never knew André Cassagnes’ name until I heard it on a radio news program last Monday, but he’s been living in my head all week. He died in his native France at the age of 86.

    Cassagnes invented the drawing toy that became the Etch A Sketch in the 1950s and I don’t know of many people who haven’t had their hands on one of the flat red boxes with two white knobs.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana should allow Sunday liquor sales

    The Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Policy Committee has delayed until at least this week deciding whether to advance a bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Indiana.

    Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis made that decision after hearing conflicting testimony on the bill at a hearing last Wednesday.