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…

Opinion: Free speech and Senate Bill 414

Earlier this year, Indiana’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 414, which required universities to survey students about the climate for free speech on campus. Schools must then report these findings to the Commission on Higher Education. Normally I’d be reluctant to weigh in on such a law; at first blush it looks like another volley…

Hicks: Some early census results for Indiana

The Census Bureau is now rolling out their population estimates from the 2020 counts. We have state and now local municipal counts. These figures are used to determine the number of House seats each state receives, and to draw congressional district lines within states. The census is also used for drawing senate and house seats…

Letter: Coal-to-diesel project covered in red flags

In 2010, when Riverview Energy first approached Vermillion County with a proposal to build a Coal To Diesel plant, the company name was Clean Coal Refining Corporation. It was exactly the same project they are proposing for Dale until Vermillion County officials tired of the company’s empty promises and did not renew their land options…

Letter: Greg Merle gives update without any answers

I recently attended a local Chamber of Commerce gathering on Earth Day, April 22, 2021, which took place at the Dale Community Center. Greg Merle, President of Riverview Energy, gave a four-minute update (without any visual aids) on the status of his Dale, Indiana, $2.5 billion refinery project. The take-away from that meeting and the…

Letter: Residents need to be active in Mid-States Corridor progress

Don’t stop at just putting a sign in your yard. If you are one that feels strongly about this issue either because of your own property potentially being impacted or because you care about the environment and farmers, please commit to being more active and attend any and all meetings and rallies regarding the road….

Letter: Studies, statistics don’t support commissioner’s statements

I am writing this letter to the editor as a response to Commissioner Nick Hostetter’s remarks in support of Dubois County becoming a 2A sanctuary county. Below is a summary of the Commissioner’s as well as my counter to his statement. Commissioner Hostetter stated that he supports Dubois County being a Second Amendment Sanctuary County,…

Letter: MidStates Corridor study does not add up

Recently I read the article on the Economic Study for the Mid-States Corridor commissioned by Dubois Strong. I looked up the study and after reading the entire 200+ page report in detail there are numerous assumptions and estimations that just do not add up. The study projects that with the addition of this highway the…

Prosecutor: Poison Prevention Week draws attention to resources

National Poison Prevention Week is celebrated March 21st through 27th. This week is used to draw attention to poison control centers and the Poison Help Hotline (1-800-222-1222). While we hope this phone number is never needed, storing this nationwide phone number in your phone or a prominent location in your home could help save a life in…