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Editorials

  • As legislators consider alcohol law fix, put consumers first

    This editorial was first published by KPC News Service.

     

    After years of teasing Hoosiers that they might reform Indiana’s liquor laws, state legislators seem ready to get serious this summer.

    A new study commission will begin unraveling our complicated tangle of statutes governing how alcohol is sold. The task is so formidable, the commission is being given two years to do its work.

  • When will the annexation fight – and expenses end?

    The split in ideology expressed by members of the Tell City Common Council shows the complex nature of the ongoing legal battle over annexation. The camps are set by the old guard leadership which were in place when proposals were launched and newer officeholders who have said they will side against expensive fights.

    It’s long been the quandary, to be or not to be, but at this point the acquisition, mired in a fight with residents within the affected 1,776-acrea area, is so muddied, it begs the question as a reminder, why are we doing this?

  • Recycling: Just do it

    Recycling is a daily theme in American life. The general practice of reusing old materials instead of dredging up new, especially when times are scarce, dates back thousands of years, when blacksmiths would melt down used metal to fashion new weapons and tools.

  • Election commission overextends its reach

    Last week, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent notices to all 50 states and the District of Columbia seeking a wide array of information on registered voters, and asked them to supply that information through a special online portal.

  • Past insurance model needs put aside in healthcare fix

    True replacement of how we pay for healthcare won’t be possible under the existing system many of us are familiar with. That’s because the existing foundations of our insurance-based system are flawed.

  • Solid waste fee should have been raised gradually

    The Perry County Solid Waste Management District has proposed raising its annual fee for disposal and recycling services from $32 to $45.

    That is a 40.6 percent increase and while it won’t have the same impact on area residents as Tell City’s 50.2 percent increase on its monthly water bills had this year, we think it’s still too big a raise at one time.

  • Local initiatives go a long way to clean up the community

    With questions about the future conditions of the U.S. ecosystem, local initiatives are more important than ever.
    Organized cleanups, like River Sweep, go a long way to protect our landscapes in the community and the Earth.
    The Ohio River Sweep is an event during which volunteers pick up debris along the river, in order to clean up over 3,000 miles of the shoreline.

  • Thank you, Abbey Press

    The presses at Abbey Press in St. Meinrad are silent now. The stitchers, trimmers and binders, noisy for decades, are idle and the offices and cubicles of the sprawling sandstone building fronting Indiana 545 are empty. So are the warehouses half a mile down the highway.

    Abbey Press has all but closed and an online auction will offer much of the equipment later this month.

  • Balanced life found in a farmers market

    Year after year, we continue to see growing enthusiasm for out local farmers markets. That’s evident in the number of vendors providing goods, as well as the crowds ready to basket some of the harvest.

    Enough thanks can’t be expressed to all those who have taken time to provide goods, as well as to the shoppers who have helped make the markets a continued success.

  • Politicians must be civil in dealing with media

    When Richard Nixon was president, he kept an “enemies list” that included more than 50 media members (Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, actress Carol Channing and New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath were among many others on that eclectic list).