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OPINION
August 23, 2019


Essential service
It's an often thankless task but it's always an essential job.

Jennings County's 911 Emergency Dispatch Center is currently dealing most admirably with a severe staff shortage. Four of its dispatchers quit at nearly the same time last month, most to take jobs with higher pay and more normal hours.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

School excitement
Where has the summer gone? In Jennings County, school started last week for students on Aug. 6. Teachers went back to work the day before. Principals returned to their jobs late last month.

Summer, as usual, flew past this year. The fact that classes began less than a full week into August and nearly a full month before Labor Day makes the summer seem shorter. So while the kids didn't get quite a full three months of down time from school, they came close.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Do something!
The time is long past for the president and Congress to do something about the endless mass shootings in America.

After a horrific weekend that saw two mass shootings within 13 hours that left 31 dead and dozens wounded, the urgency to tighten gun laws went beyond the boiling point - yet again.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Great Decisions
It may not be rocket science, but it is extremely complicated.

The financial workings of Jennings County government is handled by the County Council. Even with the expertise of an experienced certified public accountant, a banker and five others with significant business backgrounds among the seven people currently serving on the Council, the fiduciary body has its hands full.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Justice for the patient
The wheels of justice more often than not move frustratingly slowly in America.

It was nearly five years ago that Scott Maxie was murdered, gunned down in his small Muscatatuck Outdoors gun store near Hayden. Three assailants from Indianapolis then proceeded to rob the store of 45 firearms in a premeditated heinous crime.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Angst on the Farm
The pending disaster declaration for Jennings County and 87 other Indiana counties will no doubt assist many farmers and their families.

It will not, however, come close to fully mitigating the damage already done.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Jail tax questions
Oh, what to do with Jennings County's so-called jail tax? The special income tax, which required the passage of a state law before it could be enacted by the Jennings County Council, has been the source of a red-hot controversy before it even took effect six months ago.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Making America greater
Another Independence Day is upon us. It is time to pay homage to America for what our country really is.

The United States is an extremely diverse nation. That indeed is a huge part of her strength.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

NV's swimless summer
When construction began last winter on the new pool at the North Vernon City Park, officials knew it would be a long shot to get the facility completed and opened for part of the summer. In fact, the most optimistic estimate for the aquatic center's opening was July 8.

As always, that estimate was more or less an educated guess with the added caveat "weather dependent."

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Totally unacceptable
A burning question in Washington and throughout America these days is: How to solve the crisis on the border?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


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