Editorials

The image has been as frequent as flags flapping in the breeze on the Fourth of July: A car cruises down the roadway, its driver clearly clutching or staring at a cellphone, occasionally glancing around to make sure the vehicle remains on course.

After months of watching the skies, fretting over temperatures and some wins and losses, area farmers are beginning to reap what they’ve sown. Backyard gardeners and commercial producers alike only now are harvesting the early fruits of their labors, and making those fresh vegetables availab…

Editorials

If you own a home in Howard County, then you probably have a dog. (Based solely on observation, this part of north central Indiana likely ranks high in dog ownership.)

Indiana’s Evan Bayh Twenty-first Century Scholars program makes a simple promise: If you avoid drugs, stay out of trouble with the law and graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average, the state will pay your college tuition.

Lots of folks will be celebrating the coming Fourth of July holiday by shooting off fireworks. We’d like to offer a few words of caution.

Mass incarceration is a blight on our nation’s reputation. The so-called drug war has been an abject failure. Both Republican and Democratic politicians have reached across the aisle to address this issue. Then along came President Trump’s first of several attorneys general, Jeff Sessions.

Gov. Eric Holcomb should direct the state health department to report regularly on COVID-19 cases and deaths at each of Indiana's 500-plus long-term care facilities.

In the midst of a pandemic, Indiana’s Election Commission, guided in part by the bipartisan recommendation of state leaders, made the smart, non-political decision to ensure that Hoosiers could cast their vote in the primary election without fearing for their health.

When then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called for an outright ban of Muslims entering the country in December 2015, he drew heat from many corners, including some traditionally conservative characters.

Indiana’s Evan Bayh Twenty-first Century Scholars program makes a simple promise: If you avoid drugs, stay out of trouble with the law and graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average, the state will pay your college tuition.

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, recognizes people who “have significantly impacted the development of the automobile or the motor vehicle industry.” More than 200 deserving individuals have been so honored.

Indiana legislators passed a law in 2010, aimed at cutting back on the number of motorists texting while driving. It didn’t work.

Six years ago Nov. 17, on an unseasonably warm Sunday, Howard County residents received plenty of warning something bad was about to happen.

With warmer weather becoming more the norm, local municipalities in Howard County have begun their yearly road projects.

With the arrival of warmer weather — the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s — and the opening of Kokomo Beach coming June 14, more and more of us will be heading to the water for summertime fun. The American Red Cross has some tips to keep you safe.

As we all struggle to regain our economic footing during the pandemic, local governments must develop new plans and prioritize infrastructure improvements and public services in order to adjust to reduced tax revenue.

It’s no secret Howard County takes pride in its veterans. According to the Census Bureau, between 2014 and 2018, 6,123 veterans called Howard County home. During the same time period, 390,220 veterans lived in the Hoosier State.

If this pandemic has proven anything, it’s that homelessness is not just someone else’s problem. When a viral pandemic sweeps through the world, we are all vulnerable.

May 25 is Memorial Day — set aside to honor those Americans who gave their lives in this nation’s wars. Lots of folks fly the flag every day as a show of patriotism, but what many might not know is there are specific rules outlined in the U.S. Flag Code concerning its display.

This past spring, the names of 371 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were added to the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is leading Indiana’s response to a global pandemic that has infected more than 24,000 Hoosiers, killing more than 1,400, while overseeing a five-step reopening of the state’s economy.

Nobody wants the worst-case scenario for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to unfold. Still, the uncertainty of this moment in time demands proactive steps by public and private leaders.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still requiring social distancing and the Indiana primary coming up June 2, the state should promote early voting to avoid big crowds at the polls — and possible coronavirus outbreaks.

It was three years ago this coming July that smokers who patronize bars, taverns and private clubs in Howard County began stepping outside before lighting up.

Stopping to address the media Aug. 25, 2016, near the site of the Starbucks that was destroyed by an EF3 tornado the afternoon before, then-Gov. Mike Pence praised Kokomo’s elected leaders, local first responders and community residents.

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