Opinion

Jun 12, 2014 |
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By Brian Howey           FORT WAYNE - Less than two years after Democrats tried to tag the “war on women” label on Indiana Republicans - with some success - delegates at the GOP Convention here nominated the first all female ticket in state history. Going before voters in November will be Treasurer nominee Kelly Mitchell, who defeated Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and Don Bates Jr. in a three-ballot floor fight for...
Apr 10, 2014 |
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By Brian Howey INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence for president? The swirl of 2016 national ticket talk surrounding Gov. Pence intensified over the past few weeks. I sat down with the governor in his office on Tuesday to find out what he's really thinking. A few hours prior, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol had anointed Pence and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as presidential timber. Twenty-four hours...
Mar 19, 2014 |
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By Congressman Luke Messer I was raised by a single mom who still works at the Delta Faucet factory in Greensburg.  Like many Hoosier families, the end of the month wasn’t always easy for us. Sometimes, there were more days left in the month than money in the bank.  But, my mom taught my brother and me the value of hard work, the importance of setting goals and never giving up.  Because we lived...
Feb 16, 2014 |
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More than a month after a major water source was polluted, people still having problems FREE PRESS EDITORIAL CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA  - Whether it's another story about the weather being bad or more unwarranted news of Justin Beiber getting into trouble, we're bombarded with all types of news these days. However, one story doesn't seem to be getting a lot of coverage from the national media -...
Feb 14, 2014 |
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By Paul K. Ogden It is a story that might get national attention as an example of an abuse of judicial authority. The Star-Press reported recently that Curtis L. Westbrook, 55, was arrested Tuesday of this week, just a day after Muncie City Court Judge Dianna Bennington found him guilty of contempt for distributing a letter. Bennington wrote that Westbrook was, "creating confusion that disturbed...
Dec 19, 2013 |
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Notes from Your Friendly, Neighborhood Publisher By K. Paul Mallasch MUNCIE, INDIANA (OPINION) - If you haven't heard, the senior Robertson on A&E's hit show Duck Dynasty has stirred up quite a debate after remarks he made in a recent GQ interview. As same sex marriage is becoming a hot issue in Indiana - with many Mayors standing up to say they oppose changing Indiana's constitution to stop...
Dec 13, 2013 |
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By Brian Howey KOKOMO, INDIANA. - Indiana is the “Crossroads of America.” We are the second ranking automobile manufacturer in the nation. Five years ago, we just about lost much of the industry that helped forge the Hoosier middle class. Our leadership from then-Gov. Mitch Daniels to Treasurer Richard Mourdock, were indifferent to whether General Motors and Chrysler survived as they...
Dec 12, 2013 |
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Notes from your friendly, neighborhood publisher. By K. Paul Mallasch MUNCIE, INDIANA (OPINION) - Greetings. I hope everyone out there is staying warm. The weather has gotten really cold, and heating bills are going to go up steeply. This has got me thinking - wouldn't it be great if civilization was so advanced that basic necessities - like heating and food - were free? To some this...
Dec 05, 2013 |
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Notes from your Friendly, Neighborhood Publisher By K. Paul Mallasch Photo Credit: Rod Crossland - Owner of Wishbone Gifts, Inc. MUNCIE, INDIANA (OPINION) - Next week, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. the  Indiana Department of Education will have a public meeting at Northside Middle School Auditorium (2400 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304). This meeting concerns the Petition for...
Dec 02, 2013 |
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By Rex Bell I’m no stranger to advice. Like most people, I’ve received a good bit of it in my lifetime, sometimes solicited and sometimes not. And like most people, I’ve also given it in both manners. I suppose that also like most people, I’ve rejected some good advice and accepted some bad advice along the way. In my younger days, I’d have to say that life was usually easier, even if it...
Dec 01, 2013 |
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By Laura Finley & Joseph Schroer Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth are among the most vulnerable to bullying and harassment, both in and out of schools. The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducts a biennial National School Climate Survey in which they measure how frequently bullying of LGBT students occurs in schools and the responses to it....

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