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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

    To ensure its future, the United States Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting employees’ Social Security tax again serves no useful purpose

    President Barack Obama and most Democrats in Congress say they are committed to preserving Social Security for future generations. But one part of Obama’s current proposal to increase jobs could jeopardize Social Security’s long-term viability.

    Obama has suggested cutting employees’ Social Security taxes to 3.1 percent through 2012. Under one of his previous stimulus programs, the rate was already cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent this year Social Security taxes are paid only on the first $106,200 of income.

  • EDITORIAL: Thinking about suicide? Reach out

    It’s difficult to understand how anyone could make the decision that death is their best option.

    Three people killed themselves in Perry County the weekend of Sept. 24-25. As is our policy, we reported only the one that occurred in a public place and prompted the responses of rescue agencies.

    It is easy to view suicide as a final solution to temporary problems. Through that perspective and in view of the multitudes of people who would step up to help if they could, we can’t fathom anyone feeling they would be better off dead.

  • EDITORIAL: Animal-control rules need to be fair but have teeth

    We commend county officials, members of an ordinance-draft committee and Perry Countians with a deep concern for animals for their work crafting a set of animal-control regulations. As we’ve reported repeatedly, and as late as Thursday, work on the ordinance continues.

    We believe the ordinance, once tweaked, will serve the interests of animals, their caretakers and the taxpaying public.

  • EDITORIAL: Universities should focus on affordability

    It’s a hard economic situation for everyone at the moment. With less money and the rise of unemployment, everyone across the board is feeling the crunch.

    It’s a necessary evil sometimes to raise prices, with the rising oil prices and other factors, but a few price hikes are too alarming to go without notice; one is public university tuition.

  • EDITORIAL: Requiring all online merchants to charge sales tax is fair thing to do

    There are several reasons why many states have had trouble balancing their budgets in recent years. The most obvious is the worst recession in decades and its lingering aftereffects, but another is the decline in sales-tax revenue due to people buying more items online.

    It has been estimated that such purchases have cost all states collectively upward of $15 billion a year in lost revenues. That could change soon, though.

  • EDITORIAL: U.S. agriculture deserves safety net from new bill

    Americans enjoy food that is safe, abundant and cheap. We hope fast-approaching debate on the 2012 Farm Bill doesn’t threaten the safety nets for farmers and ranchers who underpin our nation’s food supply.

    With the current U.S. Farm Bill due to expire with the 2012 crop year, we have concerns that some important provisions in the current bill will be reduced or even done away with. That would do lasting harm to soil and water conservation efforts and put at risk the financial health of family farmers who form the foundation of American agriculture.

  • EDITORIAL: When firing people, employ the Golden Rule

    It’s never easy to “let someone go,” one of the euphemisms for ending someone’s employment, but we think the Cannelton School Board could have better handled the layoff of five noncertified employees.

    We report on that board’s activities regularly, so we know they are good people who have been working under difficult conditions for some time.

  • EDITORIAL: Tell City still has a musical heart

    It goes without saying that there is quite a talent pool in our area. The annual talent show at Schweizer Fest and the Shooting for the Stars contest in the summer are just two of the many opportunities residents get to show their stuff.

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Debt crisis’ reveals real national problem

    We believe most Americans share the feeling of disgust we’ve experienced over recent weeks as the federal “debt crisis” was debated in Washington D.C. and over the nation’s airwaves.

    We put “debt crisis” in quotation marks because while it has been called that, its resemblance to reality is questionable.