Bartels: Supporting our Hoosier veterans, military

Military veterans made tremendous sacrifices in the defense of our state and country. In turn, they deserve our support when they’ve completed their service and return to civilian life. As the new chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, I’m working on legislation that could help more Hoosier veterans in need. The Indiana Military Family Relief…

Mid-States Corridor: Best intentions and best interests don’t always match up

It’s noteworthy that Martin County is considering a Wheel Tax to afford the upkeep of our local roads. Could this have something to do with the fact that over half of the county is tax-exempt? Crane and the Hoosier State Forest don’t contribute as much to our county as our farms and businesses. The Mid-State…

Letter: Support a different candidate to avoid Mid-State boondoggle

The 2024 political season is underway, and some people will rejoice while others will lament this fact of life. The airwaves will be full of political ads, and there will be yard signs galore. Don’t let the glib promises fool you, and don’t be fooled into thinking that the Mid-State Corridor is in our best…

Letter: Mid-States Corridor bigger than political parties

As 2024 begins let’s remember that the opposition to the Mid-State Corridor is not a political one. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, a Republican or something in between, the Corridor is not to our mutual benefit. My father’s family were all Democrats, albeit moderates, and my mother’s were all Republicans. As a…

Column: Constitutional Challenges: Trump, Insurrection, and the Primaries

In a landscape where the law and politics intertwine, Colorado and Maine’s decision to bar former President Donald Trump from their primary ballots resonates deeply within the heart of American democracy. This isn’t a mere legal maneuver; it’s a high-stakes dance on the tightrope of American electoral politics, balancing constitutional law and political strategy. At…

Letter: Mid-State Corridor being forced on our communities

I saw in the latest issue of the Martin County Journal that Shoals Councilman Cary D. Albright has requested an appointment to the Martin County Mid-State Steering Committee. Perhaps this means Shoals can see the disadvantages to our area with Mid-States Corridor. I recently received a call from Mr. David Bean. He’s the  Senior Legislative Assistant…

Letter: The absurd “minimal” impact of Mid-States Corridor

Thanksgiving is over, and I’m sure we all gave thanks for our families, friends and many other things. Did any of us give thanks for the fact that we live in an area that has fresh air, large green open spaces, abundant wildlife and a moderate climate? The Mid-State Corridor is trying to claim that…