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Threats aimed at causing mischief, disruption and fear

The grief and shock from last week's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, is shared in the collective American conscience. The feelings of sadness, disbelief, helplessness, even rage, are more than any human being should ever have to endure.

Why Terre Haute has feds' death row

In 1993, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., chose the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the location for its first and only federal death row and lethal-injection facility.

  • By Dick Wolfsie | Columnist

For the past several years I have had the pleasure of reading this weekly humor column on WFYI radio. In preparation for broadcast on a new station, I was listening to some old audio files and realized that, like so many other people, I don’t like the sound of my recorded voice. This reminded me of a dear friend who I wrote about five years ago when he passed away, a man who really did have a voice for radio.

The truth is inconvenient

An inconvenient truth, “We neither value life nor respect it.” We have learned to surround ourselves with platitudes and fine words, but there is a chasm between the truths we profess and the realities we live out.

For Americans who believe Congress has done nothing to stop, or even slow, the rate of school shootings there is an outlet for change.Vote.In a year, 2018, that has already averaged one school shooting per week, the nation will also conduct an electi

Facts about GOP tax cut will be revealed

When I resumed writing articles after a year’s absence from doing so, I promised myself I’d not get involved in a “war of words” with the local GOP supporters, who write in blind faith, sometime disregarding the truth. I have to write my article on notebook paper, in long hand, which puts me at a disadvantage to those who can email or fax in their articles.

  • By Thomas L. Steiger | Special to the Tribune-Star

Is America becoming secular like the rest of the western industrialized world? Most scholars of this topic would say yes as well as, I think, most people would. A recently published paper, using the same data that others have used to conclude that secularization is occurring, comes to a different conclusion.

Seeking solution to inequalities

From the beginning of our economic recovery in 2009 to the present, 90 percent of the wealth we created by getting up and going to work, went to the top 10 percent, leaving 90 percent of us to share 10 percent of the wealth. How can this economic inequality exist in our democracy of one person, one vote?

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When David Long announced his retirement as president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate, most tributes focused on his part in the battles and public policy decisions that have made the state a laboratory for conservative governance.

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Superintendent's work has long-term impact

Local schoolchildren, especially the Terre Haute community's neediest youngsters, have had an influential advocate in Danny Tanoos through his nearly 20 years as superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp.

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Marvel wavered, but staying out good for all

For weeks, maybe even months, it was expected that Vigo County Commissioner Jon Marvel would not seek re-election to his post. He said as much. He was facing health challenges and it was time to leave the white-hot spotlight of public life once and for all. He had been sheriff for two terms and was a law enforcement officer in some capacity for most of his adult life.

  • By Dick Wolfsie | Columnist

I was at home working late one afternoon on my column when the phone rang. My wife’s cell number popped up on my caller ID. “Hi, Mary Ellen.”

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Ballots set, now it's time for citizens to become informed

The candidate filing period for the 2018 primary election closed Friday. A number of new people stepped forward to compete for some of the many elective offices on the ballot. Their participation should be applauded and appreciated.

There's nothing negligent about illuminating the half-full portion of Terre Haute's economic glass, as long as the empty half isn't ignored. The community must tackle some critical problems to thrive. That includes bolstering early childhood education

Working toward a better future

I would like to thank all of those who came out to attend my public forum on the uncertain future of our public parks and golf courses. Even on a cold winter evening, we had an overflow crowd at the library. It was great to hear your questions, concerns, and ideas. I hope that the information I shared was helpful. It was clear that the group felt that we need to invest in our parks, not only for our own quality of life, but for the economic development of our community.

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Tragic deaths on I-70 caused by suspected drunken driver

The tragic highway crash that took the lives of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and ride-share driver Jeffrey Monroe should not be politicized.

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Setbacks aside, local economy has surged

It's understandable that Vigo County residents might feel a little gloomy these days because of recent bad news on the local economic front. Sony DADC announced last month it would soon be eliminating 375 jobs from its Terre Haute plant, and Macy's announced it would be closing its department store in Honey Creek Mall this spring, putting 60 people out of work.

  • By Dick Wolfsie | Columnist

Mary Ellen was frantic. We were expecting a special guest, and I had never seen her so meticulous about tidying the house—not counting, of course, the days before Nettie, our housekeeper, comes.

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  • By Max Jones | Tribune-Star Editor

As a newsman, topics of public and personal health have always been areas of keen interest for me. Newspaper readers tend to be smart folks and closely tuned to the issues that affect their communities, states, nation and the world.

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Holcomb's approach tries to spare state backlash

Indiana has continued to be an important player in regional and national economic development despite major setbacks to its image during the administration of former Gov. and current U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Thinking more about Christianity

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a prolific Christian apologist and author. One of his best-known books was titled “Mere Christianity”, published in 1952. In it he borrows the following parable from George MacDonald (1824-1905), a Scottish author:

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Miracle board extends generosity, leadership into year-round effort

The inspiring folks who bring us the Miracle on 7th Street festival in downtown Terre Haute each Christmas season are now giving the community a gentle nudge to remind it that hunger isn’t a seasonal problem.

Great educators in Vigo County

I have had the privilege of volunteering at Sugar Grove Elementary for the past three school years. First under the principal, Mrs. Gail Ardis, and now for an equally capable and caring principal, Mrs. Teresa Stuckey.

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