Letters to the Editor

Letter: Good luck, Mr. Nunes

Devin Nunes is leaving Congress to become CEO of Donald Trump’s newest venture, the Media and Technology Group. Let’s hope this latest effort fares better than Trump’s previous entrepreneurial attempts, all of which ended in bankruptcy: Trump AirlinesTrump VodkaTrump WaterTrump IceTrump Casinos (You’ve got to work real hard to bankrupt a casino.)Trump MagazineTrump MortgageTrump UniversityTrump…

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Sheriff: Stay safe this holiday season

The holiday season is filled with shopping, parties, and gatherings with loved ones. It’s a season of joy, but it’s also a time when you can be at greater risk for dangers such as theft and break-ins because you’re busy and may let your guard down. Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter encourages residents to take a moment…

Opinion

Opinion: Tax debate should be about value of government services, not price

It seems likely the Indiana General Assembly will discuss major tax changes this year. This discussion is warranted for many reasons. First, this is a non-budget session, and these matters take time. So, beginning homework on our taxes is prudent, even if change takes several years. Second, we have some growing structural problems with our…

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Opinion: It is time to be honest about debt, spending and taxation

The U.S. Congress is turning its attention to something called the Build it Back Better (BBB) bill. This is a good time to think critically about the political economy of our national debt. It is good to start with some facts and acknowledge what we do and do not know about the economic consequences of…

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Letter: Plan to deforest portions of Hoosier National Forest lacks public input

I am writing as a concerned citizen regarding the proposed Buffalo Springs Restoration Project. An initial request for public comment was set for thirty days to end on November 15th. I am very concerned that there was insufficient notification to the public affected by this large project that will have a direct impact on the…

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Bartels: Meeting the needs of local job providers, workforce

After weathering the pandemic, many Hoosier small-business owners now face a labor shortage. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported the number of open jobs statewide has increased 25% from early August to early October. A recent visit to a Dubois County manufacturer shined the light on the difficulty hiring in today’s market. Todd Fromme,…

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Lindauer: Budget supports law enforcement

Recently, I hosted a district listening tour to talk with constituents, employers, and local officials. State Rep. Stephen Bartels of Eckerty joined me during a stop at the Dubois County Security Center housing the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office and county jail, which is being improved to curb overcrowding and provide space for treatment programs. Dubois…

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Letter: Here we remember

This Thursday, November 11, 2021, marks the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Established on the east plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater, the Tomb represents all missing and unknown service members who not only gave their lives in battle; they also sacrificed their identities to safeguard and defend our…

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Prosecutor: Resources available for domestic violence victims

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,…