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Today's Opinions

  • Pence’s tax-funded news service a bad idea

    Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Gov. Pence’s announcement Thursday that he had terminated plans for the JustIN website.

    Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Gov. Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news.

    His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor the Pence Administration.

  • There’s more to falling gas prices, and America’s long-term interests, than meets the eye

    Practically the entire country is enjoying the recent falling gasoline prices. We’ve become so used to protracted prices in the $3 to $4 per gallon range that $2 per gallon gasoline, and the prospect of further price declines if the price of crude oil continues to fall, seems like a reason to celebrate. At a time when so many people’s wages have been stagnant for years, a substantial reduction in the price of gasoline is a welcome relief to strained budgets.

  • Thank you, LHDC, for 50 years of caring

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. marked the 50th anniversary of its founding last month. The community-action agency in Tell City hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house Jan. 7 at its headquarters on Main Street.

    We join the community in congratulating LHDC, its employees and board of directors for half a century of dedication and compassion. The agency serves Perry and surrounding counties and has truly made all of our local communities better places to live.

  • Strengthening Indiana’s education policy

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

     

    After meeting with dozens of teachers across southern Indiana in the last year, the first bill I decided to author as a state senator works to move Indiana’s I-READ reading assessment from third grade to second grade.

    My legislation, Senate Bill 169, requires students who do not pass the I-READ reading assessment in second grade to retake the test during the third grade, which allows for more time and opportunity to strengthen reading abilities.

  • Brussels sprouts making comeback

    Jeneen Wiche

    Brussels sprouts have made a comeback. It used to be that no one like them and they were hard to come by fresh.

    Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child. Equally, updated cooking methods probably can stand some credit for elevating the previously mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-head-sized cabbage to a crispy, nutty treat.

  • Strengthening Indiana's future

    State Rep.

    Lloyd Arnold

    With the first two weeks of the legislative session complete, things are off to an exciting start. I always enjoy reconnecting with colleagues and meeting new members of our team; however, the thing I look forward to most each session is the positive impact and difference I can make for Hoosiers in southwest Indiana.

  • Super Commodore fan releases musical CD

    First, I would like to say hello to all the wonderful former students I taught at Perry Central Community School for almost a 25-year period. I hope you are all doing well in your chosen fields. Secondly, I want to inform all fine Perry Central folks that I produced my first music compact disc and will have them on sale at the Perry Central ballgame, weather permitting, Jan. 31.

  • Who is my brother?

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in January 2004.

    I’ve been bothered by a brother the last couple of weeks. What’s been nagging me isn’t one of my biological brothers, but the word “brother.”

    Few words carry more meaning than brother, or mean so much. Have you used it lately? Can you remember how you used it?