• ISTEP flunks trust test

    Administration of ISTEP tests in Indiana have been problematic since 2011, when the state signed a new contract for computerized testing.

    Finally, this year, local school officials throughout the state have had their fill as they await public release of test results they don’t trust.

  • Children need permanent families

    Thousands of Hoosier children live in some type of foster care setting. In time, many will be reunited with their biological parents. Some, however, never will. Adoption can give these children lasting new families.

    At the same time, there are women in Perry County today struggling with unplanned or crisis pregnancies. Sadly, some will turn to abortion. Adoption, however, offers them an alternative. Too few consider it, however. It’s our responsibility to change that.

  • Know what’s going on in your community; read the newspaper regularly

    Being informed about the community we live in should be a goal of everyone. While we may be biased, we believe the best way to do that is to read the newspaper currently in your hands.

    While all of us have a myriad of opportunities to stay informed – television, online, radio and social media – no other mode of news compares to your community newspaper in its ability to share relevant and local news, features and sports.

  • A war on bullies

    October is a month for awareness targeting a lot of problems we deal with as a community and individually.

    It turns out that one of the matters we ask folks to think about and address in their personal lives is the presence of bullying, especially at school. We are fortunate that all three of our county schools have adopted anti-bullying programs. Still, we all need to be conscious of how bullying can affect the learning process and the quality of life for children and parents.

  • Planned Parenthood debate should highlight women’s needs

    Despite several ethical questions surrounding Planned Parenthood and the ever-present abortion debate, though it’s a difficult subject to cover, both institutions have justifiable places in modern society. Closely linked, the history of each has taken its share of twists and turns as public leaders hash out just where the practices fit among personal rights.

  • Age-18 limit on charity bingos makes no sense

    A couple attended St. Mark’s shooting match and fall picnic with their 16-year-old nephew a week ago and wanted to play some bingo.

    But the 16-year-old could not play because Indiana’s gaming law prohibits anyone younger than 18 from participating in any gambling event, including a church raffle or bingo.

    The law does specifically state that “a person less than 18 years of age may sell tickets or chances for a raffle.”

  • Amnesty is a good deal for the state and slow taxpayers

    Feel burdened by a debt you owe the state that will be very costly to pay? Now is the time for you to get out from under the burden.

  • United Way needs your help to build a better Perry County

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

    The community’s combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Clerk who refuses to issue licenses should resign

    The old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” correctly indicates that most issues in life involving making choices – one can’t have it both ways. But that is what Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis is trying to do.

    Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even though she has been ordered to do so by a federal judge and has lost every appeal, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Fewer waivers, a more open government

    That the last week brought news of ethics reform for Hoosier state government is nothing new.

    What was different was that the news was encouraging.

    According to state records, government officials have been issuing fewer waivers that would let state employees take related jobs in the private sector before a yearlong wait.

    So far this year, just one waiver has been granted. That’s in contrast to the past decade, where about 10 waivers were allowed each year.