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From Left Field

April 15, 2013

By BOB SHRALUKA
    If arming the teachers and principals in Indiana schools is the answer, as some in the legislature believe, then why not arms the kids, too?
    If the nut with the gun shoots his way in on the south side of the building and the teacher/administrator/officer who's been trained and armed is on the north side of the building, well ... But if all the kids have guns, it won't matter where the nut enters.

Cutting Corners

April 15, 2013

By REBEKAH R. BLOMENBERG
    Everyone should take up a new hobby. One that is inexpensive, can be done in any kind of housing, and is thoroughly profitable.
    Gardening.
    I'm not going to lie; this article was Mom's idea. I grew up on a farm with three brothers. She had to keep us busy somehow. Picking, stemming, podding, husking...it was all part of her sneaky plan to keep us out of her hair. For several years of my life, I was so scarred that I hated strawberries. I still hate blueberries.

Digital Views

April 15, 2013

By MARK TURNER
    With the success of the EVIL DEAD remake I wonder if young movie-goers will understand the shock and outrage that came about with the initial release of Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO. In 1960 this film stunned audiences around the world with what was then extreme footage. Compared to today's films it was nothing but that's the thing about classic films. To watch them and to get out of them what the film maker intended you have to place yourself back at that time rather than view it from today's standards.

Chillin' with Dylan

April 11, 2013

By DYLAN MALONE
    I had planned on waiting until next week for another column completing a two-week sabbatical but all of this rain has given me room (and time) to collect my thoughts.
    What a week!

Cutting Corners

April 9, 2013

By REBEKAH R. BLOMENBERG
    It might be that time. That time when your waist begins to whisper (as mine has been doing) that maybe we've had it a little TOO good this winter. When you consider as you do that stupid little hopping motion known in some circles as the "pants dance" to pull up your jeans that it might be time to take off a few pounds.
    But you can't afford a gym membership and don't have time to use one anyway. Not to mention, exercising just sounds like so much...EFFORT.

From Left Field

April 9, 2013

By BOB SHRALUKA
    For Ethan Scorey, it was adrenalin kicking in and "doing what you gotta do."
    For Kirsten Cochran, it was a matter of reacting to a situation ... and perhaps saving a man's life with a mere few tugs of his body.

Fighting Substance Abuse

April 9, 2013

By KELLY SICKAFOOSE
Executive Director
Substance Abuse Awareness Council
(260) 724-5368
    In recognition of National Inhalants and Poison Prevention Week, March 17–23, the Substance Abuse Awareness Council is alerting the public about the dangers of inhalants and ways to prevent childhood poisoning.
    Youth in our community, even those in middle school, are using inhalants to get high. They are so dangerous that “sudden sniffing death” can result after a single session of inhalant use.

Digital Views

April 9, 2013

By MARK TURNER
    It's hard to believe that there is a young generation out there that didn't experience 9/11 first-hand. For those of us who lived through it, it doesn't seem all that long ago. So this generation can't quite grasp the importance of Osama Bin Laden's death.

Chillin' with Dylan

March 28, 2013

The Madness continues...

By DYLAN MALONE
    What is it about March Madness that has me cheering against my favorite teams? Those who filled out a bracket, whether for the DDD contest or otherwise, know what I’m talking about.
    It’s the same as fantasy football or basketball. We get so caught up in winning the side game that what actually happens affects us during the games.

From Left Field

March 27, 2013

By BOB SHRALUKA
    If you are a college student and your school's basketball team is in the NCAA or any other post-season tournament, you might as well root 'em on. You're likely helping pay the team's way ... as well as the scholarships provided the players.

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