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OPINION January 24, 2015

Gun sanity
The National Rifle Association and everyone else cannot deny the fact: gun deaths are increasing in America.

One of the recurring arguments by the NRA and its often-rabid supporters against any and all proposals for modest gun safety legislation is that if guns kill people, then automobiles do, too. Ergo, this nonsensical comparison is heard over and over: "If we outlaw guns, we should outlaw cars as well. More people die from car wrecks than from guns."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Goodbye to a hero
Few if any people have impacted a community during a lifetime as much as Harold McConnell did. He was figuratively a giant in North Vernon and Jennings County for so many years in so many ways.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

High-tech local police
While cities such as Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and Columbus consider body cameras for its police officers, North Vernon and Jennings County are well ahead of the curve.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Je suis Charlie
Last week's terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine based in Paris, and elsewhere in France that resulted in the killing of 17 innocent people is deeply disturbing. On the other hand, the reaction of many in the free world to this outrage has been most inspiring.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Extend life of TIF
The North Vernon City Council is currently considering extending the life of the city's Tax Incre­ment Financing (TIF) District. Regardless of what the City Council decides, the North Vernon Redevelop­ment Commission, also known as the TIF Board, and the TIF District still has 10 years of life. The TIF District cannot be dissolved before it pays off a previous bond, which won't happen for another decade.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sure, you can say that - but please don't
A growing number of news, commentary and information sites are doing away with comments on some or all of their online offerings - exhausted, disgusted or repelled by the likelihood that the posts quickly will deteriorate into a morass (yes, that's a pun) of vulgarity, obscenity, racism or just plain old irrelevance.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Faith, not politics, keeps Christ in Christmas
If you ask me, America's perennial turf battles over "Christ in Christmas" are about politics and power - and have little or nothing to do with authentic faith.
Consider the Texas lawmakers who held a news conference earlier this month to remind people of their right to say "Merry Christmas" in public schools - thanks to the landmark "Merry Christmas law" they passed last year with great fanfare.
The law isn't really about protecting speech since students and teachers already have the First Amendment right to say "Merry Christmas. It's about pushing back against the more inclusive "holiday" programs that are replacing the traditional Christmas celebrations in Texas schools.
Meanwhile at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, state officials have acknowledged - much to their chagrin - that the long-standing tradition of allowing Christians to put up a Nativity scene opens the door for other groups to put up their displays.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

And so this is Christmas
Wouldn't it be nice if every day were Christmas?
That is a thought that has popped into the head of every child along with the young at heart at one time or another, and for good reason. Christmas can bring so much joy to children - and adults - that it is entertaining to imagine what it would be like if every day were Dec. 25.
It is one theme that would make Christmas worth repeating 365 days a year. "Peace on earth, good will to men."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pride of the Panthers
When Danny Brown played basketball at Jennings County High School, he and his teammates were a sensation that captivated and galvanized the Jennings County community.
During the Danny Brown-Billy Harmon era of the early 1970s, the JCHS gymnasium was packed to the rafters for home games. Large contingents of fans followed the Panthers on
the road, too. Believe it or not, JCHS took 20 - and that's no exaggeration - fan buses to the Seymour Sectional.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The report card is in for the eight public schools and one accredited private school in Jennings County.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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