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Editorials

  • Make farmers markets part of your summer

    Tell City’s twice-weekly farmers markets are underway and we hope more Perry Countians will take advantage of the opportunity to purchase locally raised fruits, vegetables and other products.

    The markets are held every Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m., and every Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. The first few events drew several people and vendors selling vegetables, crafts and bedding plants.  But we still hear that many residents don’t  know the markets are taking place or don’t know they are being held at the Tell City Depot.

  • Adopting Sanders’ entire platform would be disaster for Democrats

    Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for a “fundamental transformation” of the Democratic Party, but most of his suggestions would be a recipe for disaster for the party.

    First he wants to eliminate superdelegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice at the convention instead of being pledged to a candidate based on votes won in primaries or caucuses.

  • Time for a review of Indiana alcohol laws

    Sunday liquor sales are the Cubs baseball team of legislative frustration. Next year is always the year when legislators will come to their senses and end Indiana’s status as the last state where Sunday carryout service is not allowed.

    But every year the effort falls short, and most times legislative proposals never even make it out of committee.

  • State must close campaign contribution limit loophole

    One is a conservative. The other a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. They and their agendas could hardly be more different from each other.

    Democratic challenger John Gregg and Republican incumbent Gov. Mike Pence are locked in a tight and historically significant battle to win Indiana’s gubernatorial election in November. The outcome will have a dramatic impact on the direction of state policy, taxpayer money, social programs, education, economic development and a host of other concerns affecting Hoosiers’ quality of life and the state’s future.

  • VA should fix problems, not distract from them

    When it comes to healthcare, no one should have to wait. That sentiment should especially extend to our veterans, the men and women who give up much and ask for so little in return.

    National Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald recently came under fire for downplaying the amount of time veterans have been awaiting medical treatment at VA facilities, according to a May 23 article in USA Today.

  • Ellspermann good choice to lead Ivy Tech

    Former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s appointment Wednesday as president of Ivy Tech’s community college system should be good for Ivy Tech and its Tell City campus but may not be good for Gov. Mike Pence’s re-election chances.

    Ivy Tech has struggled in recent years – there was even a rumor the Tell City campus might close. Luckily, local efforts kept the center open.

  • Make animal control a focus of next year’s budget

    If you believe the complaints coming from city council chambers or those transmitted via the dispatch center, the urban centers of Perry County may very well be going to the dogs. Not only the dogs, but cats, too.

  • Thank you, Perry County’s corrections officers

    National Correctional Officers Week has special meaning in Perry County. Hundreds of people are employed as either correctional officers or in related fields of corrections work. Many of them work at the Branchville Correctional Facility, which has long been a leading employer within our county.

    Other corrections workers are employed at the Perry County Detention Center.

    All of them deserve our thanks.

  • Child abuse prevention an endless effort

    Child abuse, because of its broad societal impacts, should be at the forefront of our awareness all year.

    Child abuse and neglect, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “significant public health problems” in the United States, are being called to the spotlight during April, Child Abuse Awareness Month.

  • Despite potential flaws, red-light camera might be needed at city intersection

    That the use of red-light cameras can be abused has been well documented, especially in Chicago, which has more such cameras than any other city in the country.

    For that reason we have editorialized against the use of such cameras in the past. But if drivers don’t stop running red lights at one of Tell City’s busiest intersections, we will have to recommend that the city look into installing a camera there.