- Maureen Hayden: Financial hardships mount for military families Days before the July Fourth holiday, Holly Petraeus stood on the steps of the imposing Indiana War Memorial, in front of a bank of cameras, and made a plea to military families: Don’t let pride stand in the way of asking for help.
Rob Loose: What will you do with the ashes?
Whether for personal or environmental reasons, an increasing number of families are choosing cremation.
- Ken de la Bastide: City Council given more oversight of Redevelopment Commission Local elected officials are being given more control over Redevelopment Commissions activities as a result of legislation that went into effect last Tuesday.
- Guest column: New ads bring to life the truth about smoking On July 7, the Tips From Former Smokers campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin again across the country. The campaign profiles real people — not actors — who live with serious long-term health effects from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Brian Howey: Evolving Hoosier marriage and equal protection
The last week of June brought extraordinary images to Indiana. With the stroke of a pen, federal Judge Richard Young stuck down the state’s marriage laws passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Within hours, hundreds of gay couples flowed into Hoosier courthouses from Indianapolis, to Nashville, to Washington.
- Jim Bailey: Only a couple presidents dodged scandal bullets Only George Washington, the first United States president, was elected unanimously. And even Washington had to dodge the barbs of political foes seeking to pin scandal on his administration.
- Maleah Stringer: Stop the madness and report animal abuse I would think that by now I would not be surprised at the cruelty that humans inflict on animals, but I find myself constantly amazed by how callous and inhumane people can be, not just toward animals but children and the elderly.
- Susie Schieve: Found cat brought 14 years of joy The death of a pet is a loss that tears at your heart. I experienced that loss this week with the dying of my sweet Annie Cat. My husband, John, and I found Annie 14 years ago in a parking lot.
- Verna Davis: Encourage, don't discourage The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced.
- Lee Hamilton: The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, and grandstanding members of Congress.
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