Local Opinion

John Krull: The incredible shrinking Indiana GOP

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As they reached the halfway point of the 2023 legislative session, the members of the Indiana General Assembly made their priorities clear.

Some prep hoops ‘March madness’

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It’s been more than a decade since two boys high school basketball teams in our area advanced to the Indiana High School Athletic Association regionals during the same season. Columbus North and Jennings County both broke long sectional droughts to bring fans titles.

Letter: Legion opposes removing right from Indiana Guard members

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From: Jim Daube, Indiana American Legion Department Commander

Michael Leppert: Parent asks lawmakers, ‘Show me where it hurts’

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If you are a parent, I’m sure you have had the experience of seeing your child laying on the ground crying hysterically over what appears to be nothing. “Show me where it hurts,” is often the command that most effectively breaks through the noise. Amazingly, more often than not, nothing hurts at all.

Editorial: On school book fees, lawmakers should show us the money

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We have to give the Indiana General Assembly credit for trying to do the right thing and eliminate school textbook fees. Doing so would provide a little relief to parents having to stretch their dollars these days, and it also would relieve some bookkeeping and collection headaches for local schools.

Editorial: Local lawmakers back bill that worries librarians

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To hear our local lawmakers, you’d think they were school librarians’ pals for backing a law that could put them in jail for doing their jobs. It’s as if they haven’t read a bill they support.

David Shribman: It all started in Iowa for Jimmy Carter

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Iowa in 1976 was a different time. An obscure former governor from Georgia was attracting a tiny fraction of the crowd when he dropped into Jim Albright’s house in Cedar Rapids two months before the 1976 Iowa caucuses. He wore the kind of fat tie that hasn’t been fashionable for decades and a bright Ipana smile that even then seemed a trifle unsettling, and repeated that performance — small groups, big smile — with remarks that were refreshing in the wake of the Watergate scandal but seem irredeemably treacly today.

Tracy Souza: A Lilly Scholar comes full circle

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I really love it when a philanthropic initiative quietly comes full circle and creates something good that may not even be known or understood by the people who are impacted! We have a local example of that full circle to celebrate.

Aaron Miller: Ohio railroad disaster should have our focus

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Trains pass through the very heart of Columbus nearly every day. Railroad tracks cut through the farms and fields of Bartholomew County. Each time that I would drive over a speeding train or waited for one to pass, I never gave it much thought. That all changed last month when a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. Since then, the nearly 5,000 residents of this town have been left to wonder if it is safe to drink the water. Is it safe to breathe the air? Are their children safe? The thousands of fish and other animals that soon turned up dead weren’t reassuring.