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Today's Opinions

  • Bill’s intent is stopping EPA regs

    By LARRY BUCSHON
    Guest Columnist

    I recently signed on as an original cosponsor to a bipartisan bill led by one of my Democrat colleagues from West Virginia that would stop the newly released Environmental Protection Agency regulations on existing coal-generated power plants.

    Here is why.

  • Camp fosters sense of independence, self-worth

    BY MEGAN GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    At Anderson Woods, a not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, new experiences are an everyday occurrence.

    Campers who make their way to the camp are met with an array of challenges and life-lasting lessons that enhance the experience of camping while nurturing an increased sense of independence and self-worth.

  • Parvo outbreak hits county

    By DEANNA LIMA

    Perry County has a good possibility of a parvovirus epidemic looming on the horizon. It has been brought to the attention of the Animal Welfare, Control and Education Board by several other animal organizations at their June 3 meeting that nine known cases have recently occurred. The outbreaks are county-wide and include Tell City, Cannelton, Troy and German Ridge areas.

  • Hoping for bingo on high

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Life is at lot like a Sunday afternoon of bingo. Sooner or later everybody’s number is bound to come up.

    Bingo comes into my life only once a year. Every July, my home church, St. John Chrysostom in New Boston, throws its picnic. And like just about every church picnic everywhere, bingo is on the schedule.

    Church picnics take a lot of help to pull off, and everyone gets a job.

  • Thumbs-up, thumbs-down to recent INDOT decisions

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has the unenviable responsibility of caring for more than 11,000 miles of highway, not to mention, 6,000 bridges, overpasses, welcome center and rest areas and rail crossings. Most of the decisions the state agency renders are good ones and often go unnoticed and unheralded. It’s the shortcomings by INDOT that make news headlines and generate complaints. Today, we  thank INDOT for one set of decisions and criticize it for another.

    First, the good news.

  • Each year, Anderson Woods touches campers, staff

    By NOAH GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    There are lots of activities that campers can look forward to at Anderson Woods. A not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, Anderson Woods is a summer staple for many local kids and adults who are looking for some quality time in the great outdoors.

    For others, however, summer camp is a new experience and it can be an anxious time.

  • The decline of youth sports leagues

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Participation in organized youth sports leagues for baseball, football, basketball and soccer declined by 4 percent between 2008-12, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. National experts speculate on several reasons for this decline, including a squeeze on family finances caused by the Great Recession, increased concern about injury and too many kids playing video games instead of the real thing.

  • Attorney general has duty to represent state in same-sex marriage lawsuit appeal

    Recent federal court actions that first struck down Indiana’s statute limiting marriage to the traditional definition and then stayed that order pending appeal, have left many in our state in legal limbo.

    As the attorney who represents state government and defends its laws, I know this difficult case stirs many people’s deeply held beliefs that touch their lives in very personal ways.