• OUR VIEW: A killer tornado is coming. Are you prepared?

    This Friday will mark the 41st anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County. Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day.

    As another spring ushers in warmer temperatures, the likelihood of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes grows. Severe Weather Preparedness Week was held earlier in the month and served as a reminder to all of us to be on alert for severe weather.

  • OUR VIEW: Honor our nation’s commitment to veterans

    In introducing the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Act, which offers mental-health services for all active duty, reserve and National Guard service members and was signed into law last year, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly noted that there is not “one solution, no cure-all to prevent military suicide. But this problem is not too big to solve.”

    Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, clearly is committed to identifying solutions. This month, he unveiled a trio of bills intended to reduce suicides among military personnel and veterans.

  • Bill requiring cursive writing should pass

    A bill requiring cursive writing to be taught in Indiana schools passed the state Senate 39-9 in late January but probably won’t even receive a hearing in the full House.

    We think that is a mistake and this bill should become law.

    Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has introduced the bill three years in a row and gotten strong support for it in the Senate every year. Then, every year, it has been assigned to the Education Committee in the House.

  • Thank you, road crews

    Wintry weather is hard on lots of us but few face a more daunting task than clearing our highways and streets. Most areas of the county received 10 inches to a foot of snow Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, and while warmer temperatures promise to melt the heavy white blanket, we want to extend thanks to everyone who works to clear snow and ice.

  • Editorial: Improve access to health care for kids

    A study from the Centers for Disease Control on infant-mortality rates shows the United States, as of 2010, had considerably higher rates than those of almost all other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    This study represents only the latest in what has become a persistent challenge to the nation, and the state of Indiana, on this forlorn front.

  • ISTEP missteps unacceptable

    It was a win-one, lose-one week for Indiana students.

    On one hand, students won’t be subjected to 12 hours of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams, a length that raised the eyebrows of students, parents, teachers and administrators.

    On the other hand, the computerized ISTEP exam again struggled with a statewide stress test. Many school systems across the state reported frozen screens and other digital glitches.

  • Community foundation’s trivia night a win for everyone in Perry County

    There are several organizations in Perry County that try to assist groups and individuals who need help. Some rely almost exclusively on donations, but some try to hold fundraisers – with varying degrees of success.

    Five years ago, the Perry County Community Foundation decided to hold an annual trivia night to raise funds for its projects, and with the help of community businesses and individuals it has grown to be one of the most successful fundraisers in the county.

  • Thank you, LHDC, for 50 years of caring

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. marked the 50th anniversary of its founding last month. The community-action agency in Tell City hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house Jan. 7 at its headquarters on Main Street.

    We join the community in congratulating LHDC, its employees and board of directors for half a century of dedication and compassion. The agency serves Perry and surrounding counties and has truly made all of our local communities better places to live.

  • Sunday alcohol Sales ban defies free-market rules

    Indiana legislators probably won’t change the state’s Sunday alcohol sales law this year, but they should.

    One news report Monday called Indiana “the toughest place in the nation to buy take-home beer or liquor on Sundays.”
    Indiana does not allow Sunday sales of beer, wine or liquor by grocery, convenience or liquor stores.

  • 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.