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Opinion

  • By Pam Robinson

    MVD Columnist

  • The Hoosier State Press Association announces an improved online clearinghouse of Indiana public notice advertisements.
    The association revamped its website for the notices – www.indianapublicnotices.com – with easy-to-navigate features and a large collection of listings from across the state.
    All of the notices on the website also were printed in newspapers, the most trusted source for community information. Users can search for public notices by keyword, date, newspaper or location for free.

  • By Glenda Ritz
    Indiana Superintendent of Public Education

    A recently published political cartoon stated that, “school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.” That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the residents of Indiana. I am the new driver. Let me tell you about how, together, we will not reform but transform our education system for Indiana’s future economic prosperity.

  • By Dr. Tom Kopatich
    Superintendent of Mount Vernon Schools

    I would like to extend a welcome back to all of our students, faculty, staff, and parents! I hope this is an outstanding, productive year for all.  As I have mentioned before, our schools depend on good communication to ensure our students' success.  If you have a concern, or would simply like to share something about your child, please feel free to contact his teacher or principal.

  • Chapter Five
    The Story So Far…… Our heroes Sam (Hawley) and Henry (me) were out for adventure in 1945.
    Fresh out of High School they have been hitch-hiking thru Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia and now find themselves in Kentucky on their way back home when they are given a ride in a pickup truck with three shady looking characters. Sam cautioned to watch them carefully.

  • Chapter 4
    Coach Frank McDonald stepped into the ornate elevator with its walnut paneling and gold oak leaf inlay surrounding the ceiling. He had hoped to see Raven coming back down, but only the uniformed colored operator was in the car. Frank started to inquire about Raven and the white man who had just gone up, but turned his curiosity into a cough as he said, “Third floor, please.”

  • Occassionally, I like to use this space as a chance to take a look back into our nation’s past. Today, I’m going to do just that by pointing out a couple of things that happened on this day in history.
    Many of us have heard someone yell “Geronimo” as they took a leap or stepped into something risky, being unsure of the outcome. Some of us probably know the origin of the expression. If you don’t, here’s a run-down.

  • Chapter Four
    The story so Far……. It was 1945 and Our Heroes: Sam (Dick Hawley) and Henry (me) were looking for Adventure. It was 1945 and, fresh out of high school they were hitch-hiking from Indiana to somewhere in the Carolinas. Somehow they had made their way into Ohio and now find themselves wandering in West Virginia

  • Young Frank McDonald is the coach of an all Indian football team at tiny Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas in 1924. His teams have beaten colleges from Harvard to California, but must travel great distances to do so because the Haskell football field is hardly more than packed earth ringed with pinewood benches.

  • What a joy this summer’s weather has been. Numerous temperate days with low humidity.  I have been reveling in the cool nights reaching into the fifties.  Plants love it, too. Even as I write this,  higher temperatures and humidity are on our doorstep. Summer is late this year.

  • This week’s issue of the Mount Vernon Democrat features an article about a world champion from right here in Posey County. That champion isn’t clamoring for the limelight or looking to make headlines. In fact, this world champion hasn’t even seen the world, so to speak. She’s been sitting, humble and unassuming, in the same spot for about 150 years, off Springfield Road.  Most of us probably haven’t even noticed her, but she’s one of the county’s oldest residents.

  • Chapter Three
    The Story So Far.... The summer of 1945 and Sam (Dick Hawley) and Henry (me) were hitch- hiking from Indiana to somewhere in the Carolinas to visit Sam’s brother in the Military.
    Fresh out of High School we were looking for adventure before we enrolled at IU. Ready for day three, we were deep in Ohio.

  • By Kathy Toon

    Guest Columnist

  • Chapter 2
    Julia Lookout and Frank Mc Donald walked from the open back porch down the high steps and around Julia’s large sandstone home to Frank’s car. Julia had suggested it would be better if Frank did not talk to Chief Lookout again until the next evening. She planned to fix Fred’s favorite meal of rib eye steak and Indian fry bread with homemade apple butter. And the peyote gourd rattle would be hard to get by Fred.

  • I’m starting to wonder about the wisdom of social media. Well, actually, I’ve wondered about the wisdom of it for a long time. I did the MySpace thing, use Facebook quite a bit, and am starting to get used to Google Plus. However, a couple of recent incidents have showed me that social media can turn us into people we don’t want to be, and into people we’re not.

  • Coach Frank Mc Donald shifted his large canvas valise between the seats of his berth in the passenger car of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He stretched his boney legs over the valise and rested the heels of his high button shoes on the seat across from him. He hoped no one would claim the other seat.

  • In her book “Voices from Haskell, Indian Students Between Two Worlds 1884 – 1928,” Myriam Vuckovic explains the importance of football and a new football stadium to Native Americans in the early 20th Century:
    “To Haskell’s athletes, the football field was a place where they felt they could fight their white opponents on equal terms, proving their intelligence and physical skills. To them, Indian-White football was not just a game. It was about crossing and defending boundaries, history and myth, the frontier, Crazy Horse, and Custer.”

  • By Greg Zoeller
    Indiana Attorney General

    Boating down the Wabash River near Lafayette on July 16, I witnessed firsthand the broad, winding river’s scenic beauty, but also got a lesson in the environmental challenges the river faces when two Asian carp hurled themselves out of the water and landed in our boat.