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  • nabors.jpg Editorial: Never too late for another tradition at the Indy 500

    The Indianapolis 500 endures on a unique mix of tradition and change.

    May 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronn Mott: Always sad when good die young

    I think I’ve written or talked about funerals since I came back to Indiana in 1986. I had gone to about six or seven funerals or visitations at that point in time. Since then, I have attended approximately 50 or so of them.
    This past week I went to a visitation for Bradley Deetz.

    May 23, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

    Another great year on the track

    Heavy hearts for nun’s passing

    May 22, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Fixing Vigo’s vote centers

    Concerns over flaws in Vigo County’s new voting system have settled in the weeks since regional vote centers were rolled out to replace precinct voting sites in the May 6 primary election. But the Vigo County Election Board does indeed have some work to do to improve the system’s performance by the November general election.

    May 21, 2014

  • Editorial: Play ball!!

    Terre Haute’s rich baseball history is well-documented, with famous names such as Mordecai “Three-finger” Brown, Max Carey and Tommy John among those with strong local ties. So it’s fitting to see all the activity this week at Indiana State University’s Bob Warn Field, site of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament. Eight teams, including second-seed ISU, are vying for an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament — and potentially the College World Series.

    May 20, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Governor, staff deserve credit for negotiating to expand health care

    The bottom line matters most with a long-overdue health-care proposal announced Thursday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

    May 17, 2014

  • Ronn Mott: Missing: Favorite polling places

    I woke up on Primary Election Day and went through my normal routine. I went into the kitchen to get my coffee, check on my favorite radio station, messed around the kitchen to get a little breakfast, went out the front door to get my paper and headed for the family room and turned on the TV to catch the news. Shortly thereafter I hit the shower, got dressed and decided to walk across the street to my polling place to vote in the Primary.  Boy, was I shocked…no politicians, no signs, absolutely no activity at what had been my polling place.

    May 16, 2014

  • Editorial: Presidential pull

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told the Washington Post this month that he is “listening” to people who “have reached out” to him about running for president in 2016. Apparently, the governor is going to significant lengths to hear those voices

    May 13, 2014

  • Editorial: Leave 17th Amendment alone, let voters do their jobs

    It goes without saying that members of the Indiana General Assembly are empowered to make state-based decisions affecting Hoosier citizens. But should those same legislators usurp the 101-year-old authority of the state’s voters and be the sole body to select the candidates who would run against each other for the position of U.S. senator?

    May 10, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: A tale of crows, squirrels and cats

    I have always felt crows were extremely smart members of the bird family. It has been said a crow can get a picture of your face and know from encounters with you if you are a good person or a bad person, as far as the crow is concerned.

    May 9, 2014

  • Editorial: Noteworthy in the News (Cheers, jeers and tears)

    • Cheers to the four students from Sullivan High School who set a new world record recently when they won the prototype diesel division of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest in Houston, Texas.

    May 8, 2014

  • tstribunestar EDITORIAL: Sizing up the results

    Here are a few other quick observations from Tuesday’s election results:

    May 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: Frustration understandable, but voting centers a leap forward

    Well, nobody said it would be perfect. It wasn’t. Far from it. Overall, we’re satisfied with Vigo County’s first election using voting centers and touch-screen voting. Turnout at the polls was normal for a primary, which traditionally draws fewer voters to start with than other elections.

    May 6, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Their music lives on

    On Friday, the community said farewell to two educators who spread the joy of music throughout the Wabash Valley.

    May 4, 2014

  • tstribunestar EDITORIAL: Out of the shadows

    Like the image of a rapist lying in wait amid the bushes on a moonless night, the issue of rape itself has for too long been kept in the shadows.

    May 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: Take a serious look at ethics rules

    Rep. Eric Turner may be breathing easier today after a report issued Wednesday by an Indiana House ethics panel found he violated no legislative rules with his intense lobbying efforts to kill a bill that would have been detrimental to his family’s business interests in the final days of last winter’s session of the General Assembly. Yet he should find no joy, nor even any sense of exoneration, in the panel’s findings and recommendations, despite his lawyer’s declarations otherwise.

    May 1, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: A major step forward for elections

    When it comes to the election process, we can’t recall ever being this proud of Vigo County and the voter-friendly system that has been created. Change isn’t easy. Some will be frustrated, perhaps even angry, when they first encounter new voting methods when they go to polls next week.

    April 30, 2014

  • MET042514 weatherford pask.jpg Editorial: Learning to ‘dream big’

    Terre Haute and Vigo County are fortunate to be the hometown of renowned NFL punter Steve Weatherford. Yet it’s clear to everyone who listens that Weatherford feels it is he who is the fortunate one.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: University project should fuel momentum to other Wabash ventures

    The metaphorical “drawing board” serves a beneficial purpose.

    April 26, 2014

  • RONN MOTT: Don’t like Colbert? Don’t watch

    The conservative political camp, the Tea Party movement, the NRA, the KKK, and all their many followers are highly upset with the CBS decision to put Stephen Colbert in David Letterman’s place on the Late Show when Letterman retires next year.

    April 25, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Path set to overturn gay marriage ban

    It’s only a matter of time before Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is overturned by a federal appeals court, an inevitability underscored last week by U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s temporary restraining order against it.

    April 23, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the News

    April 22, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Exploring the road to better health

    The Indiana 8th Congressional District exemplifies the importance of the Hoosier Health Care Tour conducted by two doctors who also serve as lawmakers — one on the state level, the other in Washington, D.C.

    April 20, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Pondering the jail problem

    Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper on April 13.

    April 19, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Get smart with 911

    Worst-case scenarios when emergency service are needed are not things people like to think about. But focused attention on details in advance could make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference in the future.

    April 17, 2014

  • tstribunestar EDITORIAL: Dealing with eroded trust

    Our neighbors in Putnam County are understandably concerned, even outraged, over problems in their sheriff’s department. People have a right to expect their chief law-enforcement agency — one of the most important public institutions in any community — to operate professionally and effectively.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: Preparing for voting changes

    The primary election, during which Hoosiers will traipse to their polling places to select party candidates to fill the ballot for the general election, is now three weeks away.

    April 15, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)

    Honors for outstanding women
    Sprucing up around the wetlands
    You can say that again
    Reader Poll results

    April 13, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti

    Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.

    April 12, 2014

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Despite high court ruling, big money may not guarantee election success

    The Supreme Court has taken the predictable next step in the wake of its 2010 Citizens United decision in which it lifted the limit on donations wealthy donors can make to certain political entities.

    April 11, 2014

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