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Editorials

  • Wrong turns not an option when lives are on the line

    Perry County is served very well by a range of emergency-services providers, from police and paramedics to emergency medical technicians, firefighters and first responders.

    But when it comes to public safety, there is always room for improvement and we have a suggestion: Providers of emergency services need to be very familiar – and stay familiar – with our county’s road system. Simply put, they need to know how to get to anywhere in the county as quickly as possible.

  • EDITORIAL: Allowing any candidate to run for two offices at once is bad idea

    State Sen. Mike Delph said late last month that he would propose a bill to allow fellow Republican Mike Pence to run for two offices next year, Indiana governor and U.S. President.

    Delph withdrew his bill last week after other prominent Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly criticized it.

  • 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.

  • Ruling a victory for transparent government

     

    The Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling this month that causes of death are public records and must be available at county levels is a decision worth applauding.

    That we favor the ruling probably comes as no surprise. As journalists, we vigorously defend the concept of transparency in government. But the unanimous ruling released Tuesday, which reversed the lower courts’ decisions, is one that is in the best interests of all Indiana residents.

  • United Way deserves our renewed support

    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 $130,000 for support groups that provide important services in our community. Our combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Bus safety: An important lesson for us all

    Back-to-school time has arrived and across Perry County, yellow school buses – and white activity buses – are traveling city streets, county roads and sate highways. Their precious cargo is our inspiration for writing.

    Drivers should be extra careful to watch for youngsters. There will also be an increase in pedestrian traffic, particularly around schools. Extra awareness is also required in rural areas where distracted or impatient drivers often ignore school buses when children are getting on or off.

  • Community pride is at the heart of Schweizer Fest

    There are already two columns about this week’s Schweizer Fest on this page so forgive a third news item. We can’t refrain from joining the refrain and sharing our thoughts about what the week ahead means to the community.

    Schweizer Fest, as nearly everyone knows, marks the Swiss-German heritage of the city. It marks the daring and determination of the first 1858 settlers who cleared – quite literally with their hands and pick axes – a future for themselves and future generations

  • Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Corporation

    On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States sided with Hobby Lobby in a landmark decision that allows the for-profit business, owned by the Green family, the right to refuse – for religious reasons – to provide certain birth-control methods and services for their female employees.

  • Thumbs-up, thumbs-down to recent INDOT decisions

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has the unenviable responsibility of caring for more than 11,000 miles of highway, not to mention, 6,000 bridges, overpasses, welcome center and rest areas and rail crossings. Most of the decisions the state agency renders are good ones and often go unnoticed and unheralded. It’s the shortcomings by INDOT that make news headlines and generate complaints. Today, we  thank INDOT for one set of decisions and criticize it for another.

    First, the good news.

  • Going to war in Iraq won’t work any better this time

    Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. By that definition, the United States’ engaging in military action in Iraq now would be insane.

    It didn’t work before, which is why there is basically a civil war going on there now. As we said before, the only way the United States can control who governs Iraq is to make it a permanent U.S. territory or state, which few, if any, would be willing to do.