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OPINION
December 15, 2018


Welcome leadership
Give U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) credit. A staunch conservative who supports many of President Trump's policies, Young has not been afraid to buck the president and his administration for coddling Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom's complicity in the horrific humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

The freshman senator, who will become Indiana's senior senator in a couple of weeks, has been front and center in a bipartisan effort to force Saudi Arabia to end its U.S.-backed bombing campaign in Yemen's civil war.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A president's legacy
The legacy of President George H.W. Bush keeps growing since he was commander-in-chief. The tributes are flowing following the 41st president's death last Friday at the age of 94, and rightly so.

The Republican served only one term in the White House but his record during that short time is noteworthy. His leadership during the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union was measured and steady, the perfect response. He also responded appropriately to Saddam Hussein-led Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, unleashing Desert Storm to great effect without overdoing it and destabilizing that volatile region.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Give the kids the best
Ever since Jennings County High School opened 50 years ago, its wrestling team has been operating in less than ideal circumstances.

Despite that, the Panthers' wrestling program has been exemplary - first under Coach Jim Harr and then his successor, Coach Howard Jones. The program has produced successful teams and individuals who have not only excelled on the mat but also in life, in no small part due to their background in the sport.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jail conundrum
It is frustrating, the money being paid out for the Jennings County Jail project when the proposal has yet to be given the total go-ahead by county officials.

The county has already doled out around $150,000 in consultant fees, real estate appraisal bills and other related costs that are all part of the preliminary planning. That includes $20,000 in lobbying fees for state legislation to give the Jennings County Council authority to enact a special-use income tax to fund the project.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Give thanks by helping others
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Do the right thing, AG
Some Democrats in the Indiana legislature are planning to introduce impeachment proceedings against Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill. The move will most likely fail, but at least some will be standing up for principle.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Election consequences
Jennings County's voters have spoken, and they made their voices loud and clear on Election Day 2018.
Of the 10 contested races for county offices, only one was determined by less than a double-digit percentage margin. There the Republican Party candidate for sheriff, Kenny Freeman, edged Democratic incumbent Gary Driver by 2.5 percent, a total of only 232 votes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Anti-patriotic rhetoric
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Jail alternatives
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Put jail tax on hold
The proposed new Jennings County Jail is "on hold" after State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) informed county officials he is drafting a bill that could help ease jail overcrowding. Officials believe the legislation might even be enough to enable the county to get by without building a jail.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


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