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Prosecutor: Be aware of resources during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence damages victims physically and emotionally and its effects are long-lasting. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for a greater understanding of this issue and to remember victims of abuse. In the more than 30 years since this DVAM was launched in 1987, awareness and understanding of domestic violence has increased. Still…

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Sheriff: Drive with caution during harvest season

Harvest season is underway and that means motorists need to pay extra attention. Farm equipment can be very large and can move slowly on county roads and highways. That calls for patience and safe driving practices. “Tractors, combines and other farm equipment can be dangerous to pass because it is large and moves slowly,” warns…

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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…

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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…

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Sheriff: October is National Substance Abuse month

There likely isn’t a family anywhere that hasn’t been impacted by substance abuse. Substance abuse is defined as the use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs or alcohol for purposes other than those for which they are intended, or in excessive amounts. Substance abuse impacts every area of an individual’s…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hicks: Covid-19 reveals regional inequality

The last decade saw considerable concern over rising income inequality in the United States. Academic work by Thomas Piketty and the populist backlash that fueled the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump brought this concern to mainstream America. Over the past few years, several researchers, including my colleagues and I at Ball State,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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,…