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Today's Opinions

  • Bill to keep more people out of nursing homes should be good deal for state

    District 78 Rep. Suzanne Crouch has co-authored a bill in the Indiana General Assembly to try to keep people out of nursing homes longer. This seems like a good idea because it is what most elderly people prefer and it should save the state money.

    In recent years several states have taken measures similar to the one proposed by Crouch.

    In 2005 Maryland had 400 disabled and 2,800 elderly people enrolled in a pilot program to allow them to live in their own homes instead of nursing homes.

  • Losing the battle of the bulge

    As bets go, two $10 wagers that I could lose more weight than other dieters aren't substantial from a monetary standpoint. But losing is a blow to my pride and an indictment of my willpower.

    Technically, I haven't lost the two "Biggest Loser-type" contests inspired by the TV show. But it's looking that way.

  • Pollination source of pecan problems

    Editor's Note: This column was provided by Purdue University's Extension Service. Columnist B. Rosie Lerner is a consumer horticulturalist. Here she answers two questions provided by Hoosier gardeners.

    I have two large pecan trees that have a problem. One tree is 75 feet tall with a 30-foot spread. The other is about half this size. Both trees were started with nuts. Both produce large quantities of nuts that do not mature.

  • 'Edge of Darkness' a worthy return for Mel Gibson

    "Edge of Darkness" marks the first time Mel Gibson has starred in a film for nearly eight years. It's a shame Mel waited this long, because he's still got it.

    Maybe you feel differently about him after all the controversy of the past few years. If his remarks or actions made you hate him, this film isn't going to bring you back on his side. If, like me, you ignore controversy and just watch a movie, then you'll get a nostalgic feeling while watching "Edge of Darkness" and you'll wish Mel never took a break.

  • State: Don't recommend obvious, unfeasible actions

    We're not sure how much it amounted to, in terms of the salaries involved, paper and ink expended and so on, but if Indiana school systems are to absorb $297 million in funding cuts, a refund of the costs for developing the "Citizens Checklist" would be a good start.

  • No more icy adventures, please

    I pounded out this column on Friday as the area was preparing for another round of snow. I won't mind the few inches that were forecast as long as it doesn't turn to ice like it did last Tuesday and moves us one step closer to spring.

  • 75 years of forest stewardship

    Editor's Note: The Hoosier National Forest will celebrate its 75th anniversary Feb. 6. Over the next year, Teena Ligman, a public-affairs specialist for the forest, will share aspects of the history of the forest and land-restoration efforts in southern Indiana.

    Congress gave the president authority in 1891 to create forest reserves out of the public domain. Since public-domain lands existed almost entirely in the West, most of the early forest reserves were in the West.

  • Newsprint tax a misguided attempt at reducing waste

    Indiana Rep. David Wolkins made a strange suggestion recently.

    A friend of Wolkins who works in a landfill reportedly told the representative that the majority of waste that he sees in his line of work is tossed-out newspapers. Deciding that this was a problem that he could propose a fix to, Wolkins introduced legislation in House Bill 1355 that would tax newspapers for the newsprint they use.

    By doing this, he believes newspapers will use a greater amount of recycled content, which would reduce the number of old papers lying around in landfills.