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Editorials

  • Gay-marriage ban will place state on wrong path

    Indiana’s General Assembly seems likely to consider a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage next year, despite a growing number of Hoosiers opposed to the idea.

    Those who think the ban is a bad idea for the state include Indiana University and major employers such as Eli Lilly and Cummins, as well as the Indy Chamber of Commerce. The chamber agrees with what a growing number of companies are saying: intolerance is bad for business.

  • Water-resources committee makes recommendations

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    Through the summer and fall when the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, lawmakers convene interim committees and commissions to conduct in-depth research and analysis on complex issues facing the state. As a part-time legislature, the Indiana General Assembly often does not have the time and resources to completely delve into more complicated issues while in session, and interim committees are an opportunity to fully vet propos-ed initiatives.

  • Inspired by Rachel’s Challenge

    Jacqeline Trowbridge
    Intern

    On Oct. 31, Perry Central Community School invited a very special guest to speak to the students about a program called Rachel’s Challenge.

    Rachel’s Challenge shows the importance of kindness through a presentation about the most infamous school shooting in history.

    Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting that took the lives of 12 students and one teacher.

    Rachel’s funeral was shown on CNN and had the largest viewing in history.

  • EDITORIAL: Businesses shouldn’t try to mislead the public

    Adlai Stevenson said in the 1950s that politicians should “talk sense to the people.” But neither they nor businesses are doing that yet, and it’s hard to tell which group is copying the other.

    Both try to mislead the people as they try to sell a product. The politicians are selling themselves, though, and people can at least see that the size of the politician has not changed, though he may mislead the people about his or his opponent’s position on issues.

  • EDITORIAL: Can we get a do-over on campaign finance?

    Every election, we watch our congressional representatives make the rounds of community halls and barbecues, shaking hands and passing the hat for their election efforts. Then we watch the campaign finance reports flow in listing hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars in donations, with lavish gifts from lawyers, investment firms, energy industrialists and political-action committees.

  • EDITORIAL: State needs to make Kusher Hill safer for motorcyclists

    Kusher Hill is a dangerous place for motorcyclists and we wish something could be done to lessen the number of accidents on the picturesque but steep stretch of Indiana 66.

    Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Myers said it himself a few weeks ago after being called to a collision involving a husband and wife on a motorcycle. Every year he is called to a half dozen or more Kusher Hill crashes involving motorcyclists. “And that’s just me as a one deputy,” he said.

    State police and conservation officers handle other accidents.

  • EDITORIAL: County must step up to animal-control issue

    We are sad to see the latest efforts to bring real animal control to Perry County dismissed in recent acts by the county commissioners and council.

    As we reported Sept. 23, County Commissioner Tom Hauser said during a Sept. 3 meeting he didn’t remember the county’s animal welfare, control and education board asking for $40,000 to pay an officer to perform animal-control duties.

  • EDITORIAL: Utah football coach right in punishment of team

    In this age of social media and Internet technology, it shouldn’t be any surprise that bullying has become easier for kids, especially in the form of cyber bullying. Schools across the country have done their part to put a stop to bullying of all types, including all three schools in Perry County.

    We commend and fully support these efforts. And that’s why we think one high-school football coach in Utah deserves the same praise for his recent punishment of his entire team.

  • EDITORIAL: Businesses should follow Ford, Costco’s examples in paying higher wages

    Henry Ford said history is bunk, but he had a good understanding of basic economics that today’s business leaders who realize the value of history should take time to study.

    Specifically, Ford realized that paying his car company’s employees a good wage was good for his business and the economy in general.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana Education Board seems more concerned about politics than education

    There’s been a lot of news lately about the state’s education board and past state schools chief Tony Bennett. We’ve addressed some of these issues in this section before and we imagine other Hoosiers are as frustrated as we are. It’s come to the point where it appears the state education board, department and state politicians are more concerned about political strategy than the education of our children.