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Opinion: Inflation will make the legislature’s job difficult this year

One of the more challenging aspects for any state legislature next year will be how it deals with the effects of inflation. This is one area where an economic model can help; in this case, the simpler the model, the better. Suppose your state is a wholly self-contained island economy with a fixed amount of…

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Letter: Straight ticket voting can put poor candidates in office

Straight-ticket party voting is a bad idea for Indiana. An example at the state level can be found in the supermajority of Republicans choosing Diego Morales for Secretary of State. He has been fired from that office in the past and is currently under investigation for voter fraud. On the other hand, Destiny Wells is…

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Opinion: Economic optimism and worry on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving weekend is a fine occasion to take stock of our world and to consider honestly how our economy fares globally, nationally and locally. The economy isn’t everything, of course. Freedom, family and health matter more. However, strong economic growth is the best remedy for many vexing challenges. In almost every way the past three…

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Letter: Get your comments in on the Hoosier National Forest Buffalo Springs while you can

Deadline is December 16th Last week, the U.S. Forest Service opened the long-awaited comment period on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the Buffalo Springs project. The proposed project prescribes up to 15,100 acres of aggressive burning and 5,124 acres of logging, including up to 707 acres of clearcutting, within the Hoosier National Forest (HNF)…

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Opinion: Black Friday is changing

It is Thanksgiving week, and for many, that means another Black Friday shopping experience. I must say, there’s really nothing quite like hitting the 1:30 a.m. sales after a long day of turkey and pumpkin pie. Whether you view that as enjoyable or quite the opposite, there’s reason to expect this tradition is changing. There…

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Opinion: The timing of economic policy

A reader recently suggested I write about the speed with which government policy can affect the economy. I’ve only lightly touched on this topic before, but it is both timely and interesting and rich with theory and empirics. The best place to begin is with a timeless warning about the role of public policy on…

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Letter: Contesting results before votes even counted?

Has everyone noticed that, even before the elections, a number of Republican candidates across the country declared that they would not accept the results of their elections unless they won. Wow. Two cheers for democracy. What a great value to instill in your children. Admittedly, most of these candidates were of the self-important and puny…

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Letter: Thank you

Thank you to all who came out and voted for me yesterday. I am proud and humbled and do not take this duty lightly. I am grateful you have put your trust in me, and I pledge to work hard on your behalf. I look forward to working with you, the people of Dubois County,…

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Opinion: Adopt the governor’s public health commission report proposals

Last summer, the Governor’s Public Health Commission delivered its final report. The Commission was established to find ways to improve Indiana’s public health system in the wake of the COVID pandemic. It was led by retired Senator Luke Kenley, one of our state’s most consistent fiscal hawks, and Judith Monroe, former state health commissioner. They…

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Letter: Quinn most qualified for Superior Court Judge

I have recently retired after practicing law for 50 years, mainly in the Dubois County Courts. Much of my practice has been in the Dubois Superior Court. In my career, I have also dealt with numerous prosecutors in many other counties. I have been in numerous court proceedings with Anthony Quinn during his 24-year career…

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Letter: Here’s why I am voting for Steve Lukemeyer

Here’s why I’m voting for Steve Lukemeyer for Jasper School Board. I have known Steve personally for years but have spent the last 10 years working alongside him in a professional capacity at F.C. Tucker Emge. Through many real estate scenarios we have discussed over the years, I have found Steve to be very thoughtful,…

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Letter: Quinn will make a fair and reasonable judge

I have known Anthony Quinn since he graduated from law school. We practiced law together for several years until he went to the prosecutor’s office. Other lawyers in our firm and I have dealt with him as deputy prosecutor and prosecutor. I have always found him fair and reasonable. Whether he is willing to give my…

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Letter: Beckman brings years of community dedication and service to county commission

It is reassuring to see Mary Beth Beckman still involved in local government, volunteer activities and organizations.  When voting for County Commissioner District 2, please think about what she brings to the table.  Her career includes eight years of volunteer service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), so if your interest is protecting and advocating…

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Letter: Birk’s military and law experiences prepared him to be judge

I am a Korean War veteran. The U.S. Military is tough but fair. This is why I’m voting for John Birk for judge. John went to West Point. He served over 11 years in active and reserve. It doesn’t get harder than that. I don’t know much about Mr. Quinn. I assume he is able…

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Letter: Quinn has strengthened Dubois County justice system

Over the course of the last several weeks, I have seen a lot of “Vote Democrat” or “Vote Republican” signs, social media posts, and ads. Having served in a leadership capacity in the Dubois County justice system for many years at Dubois County Community Corrections, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with wonderful people on…

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Letter: Quinn will be dedicated and qualified Superior Court Judge

I, like many others, received a mailing this week and had the same thoughts as Mr. Brian Lucchi in yesterday’s letter to the editor for Prosecutor Quinn. Along with echoing everything Brian said, because it was a great read and perfectly worded, I have noticed something rather important in researching for this election.  There have…

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Letter: Operation Green Light for Veterans

Each year we come together as a nation on Veterans Day to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of brave Americans who have served our country in uniform.   Now more than ever, our veterans need our support. In a time when our country is divided on many issues, we can all agree those individuals who…

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Letter: Quinn most qualified candidate for Superior Court Judge

I had intended to put out a yard sign for Anthony Quinn, vote for him for Dubois Superior Court judge, and leave it at that. Then I received a campaign mailing from John Birk and I couldn’t stay silent. Mr. Birk touts an endorsement from Judy O’Bannon (a former first lady of Indiana). I don’t…

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Opinion: Remarkable productivity growth in hospitality and tourism

Fall is a time for inexpensive conferences and parent weekends at colleges, and so, over the last month, I’ve been traveling extensively in the eastern half of the country. Some folks enjoy travel for the beautiful scenery, historic architecture and differing cultures. As an economist, I also think about local productivity differences over time—we are…

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Letter: Birk displays compassion and wisdom

A judge makes many hard decisions about the lives of those people who come before him. He must have grace, compassion, and above all, wisdom.   John Birk knows about wisdom. His wife passed away and he has other tragedies in his past.  But John believes in the words of the ancient poet:  “He who learns…