- Readers' Forum: April 6, 2014
Flashpoint: How to deal with a public-employee union
An open letter to Indiana city councils: The problem: A public-employee union has no check, no market mechanism, to temper its power. The solution: You, the councilman.
RONN MOTT: A fine mess for collegiate sports
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were a comedic team in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Readers’ Forum: April 5, 2014
Small talks have a lasting impact
Courts need a positive change
EDITORIAL: A keen eye on ballots
Our governmental process has challenges at times, but it’s people like Margaret Taylor who make navigating the bumps in the road all worthwhile.
Readers’ Forum: April 4, 2014
Help Red Cross save the day
RONN MOTT: The Angry Planet
It is better to imagine an ocean as peaceful and calm. The problem is, an ocean is very rarely, ever that way. I remember when a writer took his wife and family from New York to England in his sailboat. And later, his wife commented there was never a time she could have something cooking on the stove without the food spilling out.
EDITORIAL: More jobs from Casey’s
Local politicians and public officials had been hinting that a major jobs-creation announcement for Vigo County would be made in early 2014.
Readers’ Forum: April 3, 2014
Program will have an impact
Candidate would serve county well
EDITORIAL: Indiana 641 worth the wait
The fabled Indiana 641 bypass around the southeast side of Terre Haute has been a bit of a haunted project. Conceived in the late 1980s by visionary local transportation planners and approved by public officials in 1990, it’s hard to believe that today it remains incomplete.
- Readers’ Forum: April 2, 2014
RONN MOTT: Learning as you go
I have always been a person who respects education. Education doesn’t always come to you in the orderly process of school and classroom. Sometimes, it finds you in work-a-day situations.
LIZ CIANCONE: Words can take us on memorable excursions
When The Tribune-Star recently asked the reading public to name “the best” in dozens of categories, I didn’t hesitate in naming Mike Lunsford as my favorite columnist.
Readers’ Forum: April 1, 2014
Troubling signs in our economy
Understanding Islam, Muslims
EDITORIAL: New jail is right approach
It’s prudent that Vigo County’s governmental officials are reluctant to commit money toward an expert study of how to fix problems at our county jail — which is beset with inmate overcrowding, inefficient design, irreparable equipment and few good options for expanding.
Readers’ Forum: March 31, 2014
Telling it like it is with Duke Energy
MARK BENNETT: Volunteers’ cleanup efforts key to river’s future role in community
People throw all kinds of garbage into and along the Wabash River, aiming to make their used-up stuff disappear from their lives.
FLASHPOINT: Justice system needs both sides represented in court
Several same-sex couples recently filed lawsuits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional marriage definition law.
- Readers’ Forum: March 30, 2014
FLASHPOINT: Fixing a Congress hung up on outdated practices
These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one.
RONN MOTT: Even NCAA floors pure Americana
I noticed during the NCAA Tournament games I have been watching that all of them have identical basketball floors, regardless of where the game was played.
EDITORIAL: Safety on scooters
As the dust settles around the big issues that dominated the recent session of the Indiana General Assembly, some of the more mundane yet important results of the session are coming to light.
EDITORIAL: Citizens have until April 7 to become eligible to vote
Vigo County’s voting process is undergoing a dramatic change this year. Voting centers are replacing precinct polling places, and a touch-screen electronic voting system replaces the pen-and-paper ballot. This represents long-overdue progress, a major advancement in the way people elect candidates for public office.
- Readers' Forum: March 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Guns and Schools
I guess I just don’t get it. Perhaps I’m not smart enough. Those who don’t agree with me very often probably think that is the problem — me not being smart.
The idea that children will be safer if you have a gun in your car in the school parking lot, or somewhere on school grounds, leaves me with the traditional “Duh!” I don’t wish to poke fun at those honest citizens who “pack” and hope they will be able to do something good in the way of helping family or neighbors in the event of a crisis, but often in those situations innocent people get shot.
EDITORIAL: Bike park plan on a roll
If you have never explored the remote reaches of the wilderness area at Fowler Park, you may not truly appreciate the potential it has for recreational use by residents or visitors.
Readers’ Forum: March 27, 2014
• Better option for upcoming movies
• Change needed in assessor office
Editorial: Noteworthy in the news (When spelling is a family affair)
It hasn’t happened often, but it’s always a great day when it does.
- Readers’ Forum: March 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: Flight 370
Not too many days ago, I heard a reporter refer to Flight 370 as an accident. It wasn’t an accident … it was, most likely, murder. If this aircraft went down in the Indian Ocean, we will be extremely fortunate to find the remains of the plane and any of the people on it.
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