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OPINION
May 19, 2019


More 'fireworks' needed
There were no fireworks in last week's city primary elections and very little drama, fueled mostly by more-than-usual voter apathy.

Who, though, could really blame North Vernon's voters? There was only one - count 'em - contested race in both primary elections, this one on the Democratic Party side. The Republican Party had none.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fixing the problem
The Indiana legislature got at least one thing right during the 2019 session that just ended.

It passed a bill that will help counties like Jennings relieve some of their jail overcrowding that was, at least partially, caused by the state. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law last week.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

'Total exoneration' ... for the press
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report released last Thursday clearly paints a sordid and damning picture of President Trump and his administration.

Tellingly, the president embraces the report one moment, praising it for giving him "total exoneration," then in the next moment smashes it as being "total bull--." It can't be both.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Improving safety
Spring is the rainy season in Jennings County, but heavy rains can and do hit in any season in this area.

That means roadways that can be flooded and impassable, leading to water rescues - often many water rescues. While most of these are in the Weston Bottoms area in southern Spencer and western Lovett townships, many other spots in the county are prone to roadway flooding.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Let the public see Mueller's full report
From the (Terre Haute) Tribune Star

Attorney General William Barr declared a week and a half ago in a memo that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did "not establish that the President was involved" in any crime related to the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

True rehab
The Jennings County Council made a bold, smart move last week in voting to commit substantial funds to a work release center in partnership with Jackson County and the City of Seymour.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Give us full disclosure
A cloud that has hovered over the Trump Administration has at least partially been lifted with the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Now maybe, maybe, we can concentrate on the important issues.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Vernon's example
For far too long, City of North Vernon officials have dragged their feet on curbside recycling. Residents in Jen­nings County's only city are still waiting.

Proposals to start curbside recycling in North Vernon have been talked about for years, but it's been all talk and no action. The arguments against the move involve the usual suspects: money and expense. Critics contend a curbside recycling program would simply cost too much. Residents would bear the expense, of course, just as they do now for curbside trash collection, either through fees added to their water-sewer bills or via taxes. That expense, some say, would just be too much of a burden for the people of North Vernon to bear.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More than a glimmer
The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen, and it is perhaps more than a mere glimmer.

Jennings County officials are making substantial moves that could very well negate the need for constructing an expensive new county jail facility. After months of talk, we are now hearing concrete proposals on how to alleviate the severe overcrowding and other problems plaguing the current Jennings County Jail.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

To serve and protect
People in Vernon, North Vernon, Country Squire Lakes and other communities in Jennings County were on pins and needles for a good part of last weekend.
A Jennings County Jail inmate, a convicted felon, had made a brazen escape in Vernon early Friday afternoon after being transported to the Jennings County Courthouse. Somehow, Kimlynn Patton was able to get out of his handcuffs and ankle shackles, and then jumped a corrections officer before running on foot.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


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