Local Opinion

Is Young in trouble? Unlikely, but a poll makes waves

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Could U.S. Sen. Todd Young be in trouble in his reelection bid? If so, it would be one of the biggest political upsets Indiana has ever seen.

Mark Franke: The virtue of pestering

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Fort Wayne, my hometown, has a telephone service that residents can use to ask questions, request city services or report situations that require attention from city departments. I’ve never used this service, but I have a friend who contacts the 311 folks daily.

Leo Morris: The military trust gap

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After a year and a half of trying to balance full-time college with full-time work, I had had enough and quit Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Editorial: Immunization rate decline for Hoosier kids concerning

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Jeffersonville News and Tribune

Awards honor state’s tradition of family farms

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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Michael Hicks: Lingering effects of COVID on work

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It has been two-and-a-half years since the COVID pandemic pushed the United States into recession. The national economy remains burdened by the pandemic, particularly in labor markets. While the unemployment rate is low, levels of total employment and labor force participation have failed to return to pre-COVID levels. New data is beginning to offer a better understanding of why that is the case.

Aaron Miller: Giving it the old college try

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With the start of a new semester at Ivy Tech, I’ve had a chance to get to know my students a little bit. I am always intrigued by their diverse backgrounds and stories, as well as their different plans for the future.

Amy Boerger and Shorty Whittington: It’s Driver Appreciation Week, so thank a trucker

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September 11-17 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The trucking industry and its workers are critical to the U.S. economy. Nearly 8 million people are employed in trucking-related careers, including 3.6 million professional drivers. Most goods consumed in the U.S. are put on a truck at some point. In fact, the trucking industry hauled 70% of all freight transported in the United States in 2020, equating to 11.84 billion tons. Eighty percent of communities — cities and towns large and small across the United States — receive all their goods from trucks.