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Editorials

  • 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.

  • EDITORIAL: Attack justification must be irrefutable

    Should America attack Syria?

    The House and Senate could vote as early as today on that question, according to a report Thursday by Democracy Now. The news program included footage of Florida Rep. Alan Grayson questioning Secretary of State John Kerry, who with President Obama is leading efforts to garner support for an attack.

    “Have members of the Syrian opposition called for such an attack?” Grayson asked, “and if so, whom?”

  • EDITORIAL: Governor should respect Ritz and her authority

    Gov. Mike Pence’s announcement last week that he will form a Center for Education and Career Innovation may be a good step in promoting lifelong learning and reducing the state’s unemployment rate. The decision, however, should have included Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and her staff in the process.

    He didn’t and that’s a problem in our eyes.

  • EDITORIAL: Perry County has rich history worth celebrating in bicentennial

    Next year will mark Perry County’s bicentennial and a group organized by Perry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheri Taylor is meeting the second Tuesday of each month to plan a celebration for it.

    The meetings are open to anyone and we urge any interested citizen to attend. We think the celebration is a good idea, as Perry County has a rich history worth celebrating that most people may not be aware of.

  • EDITORIAL: Late-summer thumbs-up

    The conclusion of a successful Schweizer Fest – Tell City’s 55th – prompts us to extend a big thumbs-up to everyone who helped with the effort. That’s a large group, far too numerous for us to try to list individually or even by subgroups. It nearly takes a community to pull off a community festival and Tell City does it every year. Congratulations, everyone.

    We also offer the following thumbs-up kudos.