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OPINION
November 20, 2019


Give thanks, help others
To many people, Thanksgiving is merely a warmup for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. To others, Thanksgiving is all about food.
This November holiday should be more than that, however. It should be about getting together with family and loved ones, friends and neighbors, and giving thanks for our blessings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The pendulum swings
Once a Democratic Party stronghold, the City of North Vernon continued to make a big shift in last week's municipal election. Republicans took every one of the four contested races, all by hefty margins.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time will tell
It's official. The jail tax is going away.

That is old news since the Jennings County Council showed clear signs indicating that it was going to rescind the controversial tax since last January - and even before that. The four rookies on the council - Mandy Creech, Bob Ellis, Mike Gerth and Charlie Weber - campaigned last year on the issue of abolishing the tax and all on Election Night 2018 said they would follow through on that promise.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

How low are Indiana's taxes? Lower than most
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

To intervene or not a hard decision
The question of whether to intervene in other countries is among the toughest decisions in American foreign policy, if not the toughest. U.S. presidents wrestle with this question repeatedly: not only whether to intervene, but when and how to do so.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Choices for NV voters
North Vernon voters will have many important decisions to make next Tuesday. They will choose whether to keep the current mayor or elect a new one. Voters will also have choices on three of the five city council positions involving whether to reinstate incumbents or go with the challengers. Two of the council incumbents as well as the clerk-treasurer face no opposition, but that doesn't mean the Nov. 5 city election is not important.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Overloaded judiciary
There can be little doubt that the case load in Jennings County's two courts is way too high. Or, as Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster calls it, the crush on the dockets of both his and the Superior Court is "off the charts."
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rescission decision
It is not official yet, but it might as well be.

Jennings County residents have been paying a jail tax based on their income since Jan. 1. That tax will surely end Dec. 31.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Informing the electorate
One hot-button issue came into sharp focus during the North Vernon Political Forum last Wednesday at the Park Theatre Civic Centre. It's an issue that is only mildly controversial, so there weren't many "sparks" during this political "show." Nonetheless, the evening was an enlightening one for the North Vernon's voters.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ugly time for America
It is almost as if President Trump is welcoming impeachment, and he has been for some time, encouraging and even daring Congress to take up the gauntlet.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


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