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Editorials

  • Thank you, road crews

    Wintry weather is hard on lots of us but few face a more daunting task than clearing our highways and streets. Most areas of the county received 10 inches to a foot of snow Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, and while warmer temperatures promise to melt the heavy white blanket, we want to extend thanks to everyone who works to clear snow and ice.

  • ISTEP missteps unacceptable

    It was a win-one, lose-one week for Indiana students.

    On one hand, students won’t be subjected to 12 hours of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams, a length that raised the eyebrows of students, parents, teachers and administrators.

    On the other hand, the computerized ISTEP exam again struggled with a statewide stress test. Many school systems across the state reported frozen screens and other digital glitches.

  • Our View: City council should tread lightly on RV owners

    Is it OK for campers, boats, motor coaches and trailers to be parked on Tell City’s streets? Should they be allowed to be parked there year-round or would seasonal restrictions help ease concerns that those vehicles and trailers parked in residential areas are eyesores, clutter up neighborhoods and perhaps even lower property values?

    The Tell City Common Council could move in one of several different directions this year as they sift through the comments made last Monday during a meeting dominated by discussion on proposed parking regulations on RVs, trailers, etc.

  • Perry County has role in ensuring equality for all

    Local gatherings of the public and Perry County’s state legislators used to be sleepy affairs, with discussions that usually centered on economic development, education and road funding. Those are, without doubt, important issues but most often there was very little disagreement or debate.

    Times and issues have changed.

  • Let’s really ‘fix’ Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Editor’s Note: This editorial appeared in Wednesday’s Kokomo Tribune.

     

    On Tuesday, Gov. Pence called on the Indiana Legislature to “fix” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which since its passage has brought intense ire upon the state.

    His fix? Amending the law to clarify it “does not give anyone a license to discriminate;” to make clear the law is not a legal defense for denying services to anyone.

  • OUR VIEW: A killer tornado is coming. Are you prepared?

    This Friday will mark the 41st anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County. Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day.

    As another spring ushers in warmer temperatures, the likelihood of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes grows. Severe Weather Preparedness Week was held earlier in the month and served as a reminder to all of us to be on alert for severe weather.

  • OUR VIEW: Honor our nation’s commitment to veterans

    In introducing the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Act, which offers mental-health services for all active duty, reserve and National Guard service members and was signed into law last year, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly noted that there is not “one solution, no cure-all to prevent military suicide. But this problem is not too big to solve.”

    Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, clearly is committed to identifying solutions. This month, he unveiled a trio of bills intended to reduce suicides among military personnel and veterans.

  • Bill requiring cursive writing should pass

    A bill requiring cursive writing to be taught in Indiana schools passed the state Senate 39-9 in late January but probably won’t even receive a hearing in the full House.

    We think that is a mistake and this bill should become law.

    Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has introduced the bill three years in a row and gotten strong support for it in the Senate every year. Then, every year, it has been assigned to the Education Committee in the House.

  • Editorial: Improve access to health care for kids

    A study from the Centers for Disease Control on infant-mortality rates shows the United States, as of 2010, had considerably higher rates than those of almost all other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    This study represents only the latest in what has become a persistent challenge to the nation, and the state of Indiana, on this forlorn front.

  • Community foundation’s trivia night a win for everyone in Perry County

    There are several organizations in Perry County that try to assist groups and individuals who need help. Some rely almost exclusively on donations, but some try to hold fundraisers – with varying degrees of success.

    Five years ago, the Perry County Community Foundation decided to hold an annual trivia night to raise funds for its projects, and with the help of community businesses and individuals it has grown to be one of the most successful fundraisers in the county.