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State education board a real-life ‘House of Cards’

Just like the despicable back-room government machinations that take place in the TV show “House of Cards,” the Indiana State Board of Education and Gov. Mike Pence are manipulating education policy procedures regardless of public preference or legislative promulgations. State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz received …

Tired of excuses for  falling casino revenue

Once again, those in charge of Indiana’s gambling venues have produced more excuses for their failure to generate increased revenue for the state. This time, it is the “recent good weather” and that gambling revenue in surrounding states also has seen a decline. That brings …

Heritage Foundation stupidity

In response to Jim Sheehan’s letter of June 29, in which he cites the Heritage Foundation concluding that the collapse of marriage and the erosion of the work ethic are the root causes for poverty in America: Is the Heritage Foundation quoting Glenn Beck or …

Indiana universities not inferior

I object to David Rutter’s June 29 column that implies that Indiana University and Purdue University are among the worst universities in the United States. I taught at Purdue University Calumet for several years and saw students who couldn’t write a complete sentence, couldn’t speak …

Gun rights letter’s strange logic

Tommy Neil Whitaker’s letter opposing gun control was the most disjointed defense of gun rights that I’ve ever read. A rant about former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards running for Congress and some mumbo jumbo quote from Clint Eastwood about vasectomies made for truly fascinating reading. …

The need to live up to our ideals

Reparations? For what do people really wish? Monetary or spiritual reparations, or perhaps just dialogue on where we have been and what to do now. For blacks, who were enslaved formerly and are too often degraded presently? For Native Americans whose lands we stole and …

Excessive welfare spending hurts our economy

Fifty years ago, the Johnson Administration launched its War on Poverty that, despite its good intentions, has created some very troubling problems. The Heritage Foundation cites two major causes of poverty today — the collapse of marriage and the erosion of the work ethic, both …

Against gun control

Some people keep demanding tougher gun control, but if they get it, they’ll then push to seize all our weapons. Both gun control and illegal seizure are a direct violation of constitutional rights. What’s so difficult to understand? OK, try this one on for size. …

New HIP best option

Some state-run health care exchanges, the brainchild of the Affordable Care Act, have gotten off to a rocky start, to the point that they are turning to the federal government to pick up the pieces. Indiana’s decision to expand the existing Healthy Indiana Plan in …

Letter writer  is misguided

Regarding Mark Leyva’s recent letter about how Democrats’ policies are hurting the middle class, does he really think that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will cost 500,000 jobs nationwide? The average compensation for a Fortune 500 chief executive is $10.5 million. That …

Meat industry’s role  in climate change

I’m delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. But the EPA should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. A 2006 U.N. …

Porter awash in cash?

I’m not a resident of Porter or Chesterton, but I’ve been left somewhat speechless by the news that Porter plans to give Porter County $400,000 for paving the Calumet Bike Trail. That’s a lot of money for such a small community. I’m a long way …

Dems no friend of middle class

It’s a myth that Democrats are for the working class. Democrats are breaking the middle class. Obamacare has increased unemployment and job loss and caused insurance premiums to increase while there’s less expendable income. If the Democrats manage to raise the federal minimum wage, there …

Pence belatedly offers better health care

After many beatings from the media and the public, Gov. Pence decided to cooperate minimally with the feds and provide insurance to the uninsured. Better late than never. Recent research (in the Annals of Internal Medicine) shows a 2.9 percent decline in mortality since Massachusetts …

Rancher Bundy a hypocrite

It’s perversely ironic for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to excoriate poor people for collecting government subsidies while he rips off the federal government of $1 million in grazing fees. But even if he were to pay up, Bundy and his fellow ranchers still would be …