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Editorials

  • Viewpoint: The time has come for paid parental leave

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.

     

    Only 12 percent of private sector workers have access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    That extremely low number makes Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to provide paid parental leave to state employees an even more important step in the right direction.

    Holcomb on Dec. 11 signed an executive order providing up to four weeks of paid leave for executive branch employees to spend time with newborns or newly adopted children.

  • Good riddance to Trump’s election fraud commission

    Occasionally, America’s system of democracy exhibits its resilience by purging unworthy attempts to alter it.

    The demise of President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is a shining example.

  • Thank you, Tell City police officers

    A few weeks ago we asked the public for nominations for Perry County’s person of the year for 2017. We were seeking an individual who made a real difference in improving life in a positive way in our community. We received a number of suggestions, many pointing to the work of the Tell City Police Department. We couldn’t agree more. And we are reminded of a story we ran about a year ago in which Tell City was listed as the second safest small community in the state and one of the 250 safest in the nation.

  • Department of Child Services claims demand attention

    One year ago, in announcing his reappointment of former juvenile court judge Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, then Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb noted that her “relentless passion for child advocacy will serve Hoosier families and children well for years to come.”

    Bonaventura, first appointed to the position in 2013 by Gov. Mike Pence, said she was “walking on cloud nine” after her reappointment.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

    Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

     

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.