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Bartels: Federal vaccine mandates are unconstitutional

Although written and ratified centuries ago, the U.S. Constitution remains a guiding force for lawmakers at all levels to both protect individual freedoms and guard against government overreach. President Joe Biden’s recent call for vaccine mandates on businesses nationwide, and hefty fines for those that refuse to comply, shows blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution…

Op/Ed: Unsung harvest heroes

Fall is a joyful and stressful time for farmers as they work to harvest their fields, market their grain and keep their business thriving. There are many long days and even longer nights, many missed events with friends and family members, many sacrifices made. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and I recognize all that goes into…

Letter: Bill due on 2017 tax cut

Raising the federal debt ceiling is the mechanism by which the federal government pays the debts it has already incurred. Raising the debt ceiling does not allocate new funding to support future policies and programs. During the Trump administration, Republicans added trillions of dollars to the federal debt. (Remember the 2017 corporate tax cut that…

Letter: Celebrate manufacturing’s impact on local economy October 1

Each year, Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is held on the first Friday of October in order to show parents, students, and the general public what modern manufacturing is all about. The fourth industrial revolution is rapidly changing our world. New advanced manufacturing techniques and technology bring about new careers and also require a skilled workforce interested…

Local representatives congratulate Menke on Humanitarian Award

Huntingburg’s Phyllis Menke was among 21 older Indiana residents honored with this year’s Golden Hoosier Award for her volunteer service in the community. Menke received special acknowledgment as the only recipient of the Indiana Golden Hoosier Humanitarian Award, which recognizes efforts to promote the welfare of others. Menke played a significant role in restoring Huntingburg’s…

Sheriff: Take steps to make sure you are ready for emergencies

When disaster strikes or an emergency occurs, many of us are caught off guard. But there are steps you can take to make sure you’re ready to respond.  September is National Preparedness Month. Use this time to review your family’s safety plans and to plan for emergencies. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing…

Bartels: Help available for more Hoosiers to kick addiction

September is National Recovery Month and a great opportunity to learn more about resources that can help and reach out. One in 12 Hoosiers struggle with some form of substance abuse, according to a statewide addiction initiative led by Indiana University. That’s why we must continue providing help to anyone facing mental health and substance…

DAR celebrates Constitution Week with displays at local libraries

There are two documents of paramount importance in American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual…

Letter: Don’t whitewash and sanitize American history

Attorney General Todd Rokita is encouraging parents to question what version of American history is being taught (or not being taught) to their children from kindergarten through high school. Good for him. He’s mostly concerned with suppressing parts of history that he feels reflect badly on the United States. Other people feel that canceling history…

Bartels: Collaborative effort to spur regional growth

Thriving businesses and hardworking Hoosiers make Indiana the economic envy of the Midwest. In 2020, Indiana attracted a record number of new job commitments – almost 28,000 more than the previous year – proving business is booming. To continue drawing job providers to our communities and spur growth in southern Indiana, we are taking a…