- Thursday, April 24, 2014
Marathon values reflect our forefathers
Patriots Day has a long tradition here in Massachusetts -- it's the day we hold the Boston Marathon, and the day we celebrate our state's leading role in the American Revolution. This year it marks something else. It is a day that reminds us of the sContinued ...
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Another View: State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer
Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer, responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender - by state officials, not the tiny insect.Continued ...
Another View: 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 April 13.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Another View: Teachers contract should not be reopened
The mere talk of reopening a labor contract midway through its term borders on treason in this once union-strong town.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Another View: Law can't regulate political content
"It's easy to tell when a politician is lying: Their lips move." That's a quote from the 1980s science fiction television series "Max Headroom." And while we may not share that cynicism in its entirety, it's hardly a secret that citizens need to treContinued ...
Another View: Too many questions remain after escape
One prison escape is one too many. Michigan is fortunate that convicted killer Michael Elliot was caught just one day after he escaped Ionia Correctional Facility, and no one was killed in the process. The Department of Corrections should immediatelyContinued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Warming study merits some skepticism
Those who support the theory of anthropogenic global warming, the idea that human activity is the major factor contributing to a precipitous rise in worldwide temperature averages, correctly argue that weather is not climate. Thus, whenever a big snoContinued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Another View: Fracking 'earthquake' demands action
Confirmation by Ohio officials that fracking caused several low-level earthquakes near the Lawrence County border warrants attention.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Another View: Don’t abandon bigger push to fix state's roads
It’s heartening to see some Michigan lawmakers taking a stab at a long-term solution for the state’s road funding shortfall.Continued ...
Another View: Reaching a hand across pays dividends
Have you ever needed $20 to help you get by until payday, a ride to work when your car wouldn’t start or someone responsible to watch your children for a few hours?Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Another View: Tough situation over electrical services
While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services —water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO?region with its own electrical company.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Another View: Unions don’t belong in collegiate athletics
College basketball fans are currently hanging on the results and emotions of March Madness. But that phrase is only a slight exaggeration of the recent ruling from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board which, if upheld, will launch Big Labor into a new arena: college sports.Continued ...
Another View: Protections needed with dangers lurking
Hardly a week goes by without multiple stories ... detailing the arrests, court proceedings, convictions or sentencings of individuals involved in sex crimes against children or young teens.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
New charity poker rules in need of reset
There ought to be a way to allow charitable gaming in Michigan -- and that depends on the rules that govern the industry. The state Gaming Control Board is pushing regulations proposed to keep charitable gaming on the up-and-up. Businesses that run tContinued ...
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Another View: Expedite appeals on same-sex marriage issue
If there’s anything Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the advocacy groups pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in the state can agree on, it’s that the judicial system should make a decision on this emotional and divisive issue quickly.Continued ...
Another View: Financial failings in education create concerns
We think it’s safe to say that taxpayers have high expectations of public school systems.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Another View: Be prepared, ready for severe weather
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April 6 through April 12 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 6, 2014
Another View: Making electricity deregulation work
We’re all about paying less for electricity, but we’re unconvinced that a bill pending in the Michigan House would lead to lower bills, and we’re satisfied to see this legislation on a slow track.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 5, 2014
Another View: End driver responsibility fee money grab
We can all debate what the role of state government should be, but one thing it definitely shouldn’t be doing is imposing criminal penalties just to raise revenue.Continued ...
Another View: No one is immune to telephone scams
In many ways, those of us who choose to live here are insulated, to an extent, from some of the problems that seem to plague larger cities.Continued ...
- Friday, April 4, 2014
Another View: Ban of cash gifts to politicians belatedly imposed
Sometimes it takes massive embarrassment to get people to do the right thing.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Another View: Lawmakers don’t need DWI
Many Minnesota residents may have been perplexed when they learned that state lawmakers have immunity from certain arrests while they are in session.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Another View: Lawmakers confront cost of neglected roads
As a long-awaited thaw exposes more of the ravaged moonscape to which many Michigan roads have been reduced, motorists and their elected procrastinators in Lansing are at last confronting a reality Gov. Rick Snyder noted in his 2013 State of the State address:Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Another View: What happens if shale gas operations cause earthquakes?
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has no plans to take any action regarding several recent earthquakes in Ohio.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
Another View: Local tax a local windfall
Franklin County wants a bed tax, and the state had better be ready to provide one or explain why it won’t.Continued ...