en Make kindergarten mandatory in Indiana <p> Indiana is one of 15 states that doesn&rsquo;t require school attendance until age 7.</p> <p> The state&rsquo;s top education official would like to change that.</p> <p> State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick would like to see kindergarten become mandatory in Indiana, and plans to advocate for that during the 2018 General Assembly.</p> <p> She has her work cut out for her. In previous years, bills that would have required children to attend kindergarten have stalled in the Republican-led legislature.</p> The future of Indiana coal <p> BRUCE STEVENS</p> <p> GUEST COLUMNIST</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana last Tuesday with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.</p> <p> The CPP, established during the Obama administration, was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming.</p> It’s what we do that counts <p> Lee Hamilton</p> <p> Guest Columnist</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I&rsquo;ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, Home on the Range. You know the line, &ldquo;Where never is heard a discouraging word&rdquo;? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.</p> Thanks for making Leopold 175th special <p> Why I choose to stand <p> Curtis Hill</p> <p> Guest Columnist</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> One might argue that our nation&rsquo;s flag is but a mere symbol. True as that may be, symbols play an important role in the life of a nation.</p> <p> Growing up, I was taught that whenever we heard the anthem playing and saw Old Glory waving, we would immediately show our respect.</p> <p> I would stand.</p> <p> I stand because the Stars and Stripes represent the strikingly simple principles of freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.</p> Exciting times for Rome <p> Vince Luecke</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Portions of this column came from a column published a year ago about the community of Rome, but it&rsquo;s a good segue into many of the big things lying ahead for the community in the coming year.</p> Thank you, St. Meinrad ROCKS supporters <p> I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the seventh annual St. Meinrad ROCKS Fest Sept. 22-23. It was great to be able to make it a free event this year!</p> <p> Special thanks goes out to our entertainment: Phil Schraner, Debbie Schuetter, The Hiding, Isaac and Megan Gatwood, Silly Rules, PM, Soul Circus, Angel Rhodes, In The Basement, Andy and Henry Hagedorn, Rex Gambill/ DNR, Jeff Armstrong/ Animal Tales, Ronnie and Ralph Troesch, Dr. Moody, Topher Hays, 5th Degree Burn, Brent Lechner, Cory Sims, Timmy Dunn and Dirty Trixx.</p> Lilly Counseling Initiative sparks innovative efforts for student success <p> Tami Silverman</p> <p> President of Indiana Youth Institute</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>