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Editorials

  • Sex, power and respect

    This editorial first appeared in the Spencer County Journal-Democrat.

     

    The halls of power in both the public and private sectors have recently been wracked by accusations of sexual harassment. From moguls to office holders and candidates, allegations of past misconduct have begun to rise to the surface amid a nationwide reckoning with the issue.

  • Our View: Don’t dump your junk. Stop littering!

    It’s a message often repeated but one that has apparently yet to sink in the minds of the litterbugs of Perry County whose ugly handiwork can be seen alongside highways and county roads.

  • We should follow Gates’ example in funding Alzheimer’s research

    We applaud Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ decision to pledge $100 million of his own money to Alzheimer’s research and hope it will inspire millions of people to make donations to this worthy cause.

    We realize that most people can’t match the amount of Gates’ donation. For an American with an average salary, $50 or $100 might be comparable to $100 million for Gates.

    And to those who say they can’t afford to given even $25 to this cause, we would say, “How can you afford not to?”

  • Supporting United Way helps all of us

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and once again your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for support groups that provide important services in our community.

    United Way donations have supported our young people through 4-H and Scouting, Perry Childcare, those with physical and mental challenges through Anderson Woods Camp and provided emergency care to our own through the American Red Cross when fires, storms and other disasters strike.

  • OUR VIEW: Shop local on small business Saturday

    Thanksgiving is just days away and with the holiday comes the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It seems we like to come up with names for big shopping days. There’s Black Friday of course, the day after Thanksgiving, and Small Business Saturday on the following day. With the growing emphasis on online shopping, there’s even Cyber Monday.

  • The challenge of tax reform

    As Congress moves through what at times can be termed the messy process of deliberations, tax overhaul looms large. Republicans are anxious for a major accomplishment before the year’s end, no doubt concerned they will be one of the few legislative sessions controlled by one party that failed to accomplish anything.

    They have an uphill battle. With a president that fails to articulate and promote a consistent agenda, and both political parties fractured by extremists on both ends, meaningful deliberation seems impossible.

  • Preserve Indiana’s status as Crossroads of America

    The North American Free Trade Agreement has been much derided and awkwardly defended since it entered force in 1994. Many younger members of the workforce have never known a world without it, or the dire warnings of former independent presidential candidate Ross Perot. Insurgent fervor in both parties in last year’s elections showed that NAFTA, and the economy built around it, still weighs heavily.

  • Good fences will keep roadways safer

    Good fences make good neighbors. So goes the famous adage.

    We might suggest another. Good fences make for safer driving.

    Anyone with a police scanner within ear shot knows our local police officers, most often sheriff’s deputies, get called regularly to reports of livestock on or near roadways. The animals have escaped their fenced-in enclosures and are roaming free, posing a danger to motorists and, of course, the animals themselves.

  • Learning the many lessons of history

    Indiana University made the right decision in rejecting an effort to take down a painting that has been hanging in one of its lecture halls for more than 75 years.

    The painting by Thomas Hart Benton shows hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross in front of a church.

  • Trump on DACA: Do your job, Congress

    Well, so much for Hoosier common sense. A lot of Indiana officials are joining the preening, posturing hordes dumping on President Trump for his perfectly proper decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.