News From Terre Haute, Indiana

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  • FLASHPOINT: A pledge to work together with respect, civility

    Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold ourselves to high standards.

    November 14, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Putting children before politics

    I very rarely write a response to an opinion article. However, when the title of the Indianapolis Star column says, “While Ritz, Board spar, children get hurt,” I feel compelled to clear the air.

    November 14, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Prescription for Obamacare: delay employer mandates

    An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart, Ind., summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:

    November 11, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: A common-sense Congress could strengthen our economy

    My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs.  We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were  significant setbacks to this seemingly simple goal.

    November 9, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: How to improve the road ahead for our government

    One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.

    November 2, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Celebrating role of newspapers in protecting free speech

    Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech?

    October 27, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Hard-hitting ads are effective in preventing tobacco use, saving lives By

    Reducing tobacco use is one of the most important things we can do to improve the health of Hoosiers. Education campaigns to alert of the dangers of tobacco use are critical, as are pointing them to resources to help them quit.

    October 20, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: A difficult decision to allow oil testing, drilling

    Our current culture seems to tell us life’s struggle is all about good vs. evil and black-and-white decisions. The reality is that the hardest choices are those that aren’t clear cut. They’re the ones you can argue from either side but eventually must make based on only a slight edge. That is the kind of choice the Sisters of Providence had to make about whether to test for and drill for oil on our Mother House land.

    October 17, 2013 1 Story

  • FLASHPOINT: It’s time for an intervention

    The American public has lost patience with Washington.

    October 13, 2013

  • Flashpoint: Access to home health care hangs in the balance

    Growing older is a fact of life that the baby boom generation is facing head on.

    October 6, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: What Congress needs to do about the NSA

    Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA.

    September 29, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Vigo County: Cutting-edge of school safety

    The recent shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard has been all over the news lately.

    September 23, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Congress and Syria

    As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals, and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads. Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?

    September 15, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: The north side suffers from School Board’s decisions

    As the parent of four children on the north side of the Vigo County School Corp., I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the growing disparity in opportunities and facilities provided to students depending upon where they reside.

    September 15, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: How Congress, the media and the public got played

    Aaron Sorkin couldn’t have written it any better. The president of the United States makes threats, flexes his muscles, and bides his time as Congress takes its time mulling over various military options. Knowing the prolonged nature of the congressional decision-making process, Obama used this time to get what he really wants: a peaceful, international solution to the Syrian situation.

    September 12, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Why the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza is so popular

    About 15,000 people attended the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza this year — numbers that mirror the attendance count from 2012 and 2011. But why does Terre Haute experience a 25-percent increase in population for this particular event’s three-day duration?

    September 8, 2013

  • Flashpoint: Perhaps Tony Bennett was right?

    What if Tony Bennett was right and the Associated Press got it wrong? You may start preparing yourself for the possibility.

    September 7, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: A new vision for Indiana’s education system

    A recently published political cartoon stated that, “school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.”

    September 4, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Unwise fracking policy could hinder economic development

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the amount of technically recoverable oil from shale formations has jumped 10 times in the past two years and the amount of technically recoverable shale gas is up 10 percent. In and around Terre Haute, the Illinois Basin shale formation could play an important part in stimulating the economy and helping to meet U.S. consumers’ energy needs for many years to come.

    September 1, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Indiana hospitals embrace notion of price transparency

    Following the federal government’s release of data on hospital charges for Medicare patients, much has been written nationally about how health care providers determine prices, the variation in charges for the same procedure and the willingness of hospitals to “come clean” on the issue of price transparency. As president of the Indiana Hospital Association, representing 164 Hoosier hospitals and health systems, we fully embrace price transparency.

    August 21, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: The Affordable Care Act’s youth problem

    Young Americans may soon experience “sticker shock” when shopping for health insurance. A new survey of insurers estimates that premiums will almost triple for a hypothetical 27-year-old man next year, once all the federal health reform law’s rules take effect.

    August 18, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Despite challenges, Ivy Tech remains vital to state’s future

    I recently read economist Morton Marcus’ piece, “Ivy Tech: Our Hope, Our Failure.” I was interested in his perspective enough to provide some comments as a local business owner who understands the important role higher education plays in the success of companies here in Indiana.

    August 11, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Tax punishes Hoosier workers

    For years, medical devices have been changing the lives of patients around the world.
    Prosthetic legs have enabled wounded soldiers to run again. Cardiac patients have had decades added to their lives because of artificial heart valves and stents.

    August 5, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Wabash River should be appreciated and protected

    Boating down the Wabash River near Lafayette on July 16, I witnessed firsthand the broad, winding river’s scenic beauty, but I also got a lesson in the environmental challenges the river faces when two Asian carp hurled themselves out of the water and landed in our boat.

    August 4, 2013 1 Story

  • FLASHPOINT: Obamacare’s definition of a full-time job needs revising

    In Lafayette, a school district cut the hours of 200 support staff to no more than 29 per week. In Bangor, Maine, the school system is preparing to track and cap the number of hours worked by substitute teachers to ensure that they don’t work more than 29 hours a week. Elsewhere, in Portland, Maine, a small business reduced a part-time employee’s hours from 35 to 29. We are hearing reports like this from across the country. Why is this happening?

    July 28, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: In politics, why trust is the coin of the realm

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution. Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

    July 21, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: The ‘war on coal’ will hurt every Hoosier

    A survey published recently revealed that 76 percent of Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck with little or no real safety net in the form of savings. Yet at every turn, it seems like the Obama Administration is making it more difficult for families and businesses to make ends meet at the end of the month.

    July 14, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Immigration bill makes same mistakes of 1986

    In Indiana and across the country, concerned citizens are losing more and more faith in their government. Sadly they have every reason to after a series of recent scandals and broken promises under this administration.

    July 11, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: Time to stop paying for TV you don’t watch

    When you go to a restaurant for a burger and fries, you only pay for the items you order. You don’t pay for the entire menu. If you are a cable television subscriber, however, you are paying for dozens of channels you don’t watch and don’t want. That’s because cable TV giants, such as Comcast and Time Warner, still sell their product in bundles of channels, reaping the benefits of charging consumers for channels that aren’t supported by public demand.

    July 7, 2013

  • FLASHPOINT: American Medical Association wrong to call obesity a disease

    The American Medical Association (AMA) now classifies obesity as a disease. The AMA said in a released statement that the new definition would help in the fight against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are linked to obesity.

    June 30, 2013

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