Good morning Columbus. Today’s take: What readers are saying, Cummins in WSJ, why the school district is borrowing $13 million and a feisty feline

Good morning Columbus:

Variety, it is said, is the spice of life. And in the last 24 hours readers are offering up a variety of interesting viewpoints on the issues we are covering.

Here’s a sampling:

Opioid lawsuit.
Jennings County has become the latest of several Indiana counties and communities to file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit is fascinating (and long!). Click here to read it.

Here is some reaction —

Here are a couple of other opinions posted on our Facebook page:

Jessica Tirey Scott: I’m just curious as to why the county is suing the manufacturers when we’re referring to how many prescribed opioids are being used. Doctors are who prescribe the opioids.

Tracey Longenecker: This is an awesome way to make sure that manufacturers stop manufacturing opioids and people that really need pain medication can’t get them, such as my child who had surgery Friday and I had to wait hours to get pain medication filled thanks to our opioid users and those that continually prescribed them opioids.

You’ll find more opinions on our Facebook page.

Our story on a shift in the investigation into the murder of two teens in Delphi drew these responses:

Deborah Webb on Facebook: So heart wrenching, my prayers continue for their families and all involved in finding the person who did d this.

Click here to read the story.

Here’s what else you need to know —

Cummins in the Wall Street Journal.
This was the headline: Walk-in doctor visits at work? Welcome to the office health center. To keep employees healthy and productive, business are bringing medical care into the workplace.

Here’s an excerpt:

On-site clinics have become more elaborate. In 2016, Cummins Inc., a maker of engines, generators and related products, opened the Cummins LiveWell Center, a 28,000-square-foot health center on its main campus in Columbus, Ind. At LiveWell, employees can meet with primary-care physicians, an optometrist, a gynecologist, and a physician assistant who specializes in dermatology. The center, which is decorated with paintings and other art, has life coaches and a room for massage therapy. A chef comes in to demonstrate how to cook “plant-based” vegan meals.

LiveWell tries “to go a little beyond traditional American [health] care,” says Jon Mills, a senior spokesman.

On-site clinics are flourishing because employers are increasingly desperate, says Mr. Stuart Clark of Premise Health. “Health-care costs are totally out of control in this country at the same time the population is getting sicker.”

School spending plan.
Last night, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Board approved borrowing up to $13 million. We’re sorting out how that money will be spent. Hint: If your kid plays soccer, you’ll definitely be interested in this.

A measuring stick at the state of the state address?
No, it’s not to prod lawmakers! Click here to find out what Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to talk about during tonight’s speech and where you can watch it.

If you are dead, should your vote be counted?
Columbus lawmaker and a committee say yes. Click here for the story.

The cat’s meow.
On a much lighter note, we’re in pursuit of a story about Delilah the cat who had quite the ride — from one Columbus to another Columbus — and lived to purr about it. This one will make you smile.

Leaving you with an Instapic.
Our Columbus-centric stroll through Instagram this morning reveals Saarinen in the Snow (just a light dusting) by julio.a.c.

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