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Editorials

  • Trump on DACA: Do your job, Congress

    Well, so much for Hoosier common sense. A lot of Indiana officials are joining the preening, posturing hordes dumping on President Trump for his perfectly proper decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • By the numbers: Perry County should have one school district

    More than half of Indiana’s school districts, including all three in Perry County, are too small to operate efficiently and students are suffering because of that.

    That’s according to a study released by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research last month.

    The study, commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, found that academic performances among school districts with fewer than 2,000 students lagged behind larger districts.

  • Cut out the political name-calling

    Our email boxes regularly runneth over with messages from political parties and, to be honest, most of those don’t get that much attention, especially in an off-year in which there are no elections.

    But a few recent emails from Indiana’s Republican party and from U.S. Senate candidate Todd Rokita concern us. They raise criticism of Sen. Joe Donnelly for profiting from a family business that had shipped jobs out of the country, in this case, Mexico.

  • Sheriff’s deputies deserve enhanced retirement

    It sounds as if the debate on county sheriff’s deputies retirement pay, which dates back to the start of this decade, could soon be resolved. In a time when benefits packages are dwindling across the board for many employees, we support the incentive to keep good officers on the job.

  • Saving Rome’s courthouse will take all of us

    We wish the best of luck to organizers who met in Rome Thursday night to seek ways to both honor the upcoming bicentennial of the Rome Courthouse and to preserve it for future generations.

    The courthouse needs work and most pressing, perhaps, is its roof. Other parts of the building need work and updates, such as the kitchen, for it to continue serving the community for events such as the annual Dogwood Tour.

  • Our View: City needs insurance adviser

    We credit the Tell City Common Council for its decision earlier this month to seek bids on city insurance. We know of no issues with the city’s existing insurance coverage or provider but we think competition is a good thing, whether the city is purchasing insurance coverage, gasoline for its fleet of vehicles or asphalt for streets.

  • INDOT: Give Mozart Street drivers fair shake

    Ever since Mozart Street was widened and extended in the 1990s, it has become one of the two main east-west through streets in central Tell City, along with Tell Street.

    That necessitated installing a traffic light at the intersection of 12th and Mozart streets. But a change in the past month of the controlling of the signal there means Mozart Street drivers spend a lot more time idling at red lights – if they obey the signal.

  • Teachers are precious commodities
  • Proposed federal law provides hope for some terminally ill

    This guest editorial first appeared in the (Bedford) Times-Mail.

     

    Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jim Valvano

     

    Imagine your child has been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease with no discernible cure.

    You have explored and exhausted every conceivable option.

    Though an experimental, potentially life-saving drug has shown promise, the Federal Drug Administration has yet to approve the drug, rendering it unavailable to your child.

  • Grab your Schweizer running (or walking) shoes

    Schweizer Fest has always been a celebration of Tell City, its rich past, its exciting present and the promise of an even brighter future. This  week, we invite everyone to again make fitness a meaningful part of their festivities. There are more opportunities than ever to include a good workout – or at least some exercise – into the merriment of the week.