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Editorials

  • It’s time to mend fences

    Seldom has a house fire created so much heat, even after the flames have been extinguished.

    Of course, we’re speaking of the Cannelton fire Dec. 27 in which Fire Chief Chris Herzog was arrested for battery on a police officer. It remains to be seen whether Herzog will be formally charged but the damage to Cannelton’s fire and police departments is already done. That’s unfortunate because the city has enough troubles without infighting.

  • It’s time to end gerrymandering

    When the new year begins, Republicans in Indiana will once again control the governor’s office and have supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

    That means Democrats will again be all but powerless. Republicans will have a quorum all by themselves, so the Democrats can’t even slow down business a little by failing to attend.

    If you’re a strongly partisan Republican, you probably think this is a pretty good deal. But there are good reasons that most Hoosiers should be at least a little worried about the situation.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.

    Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

     

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Workers need 21st-century strategy to ensure future

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.

     

    The preservation of more than 800 Hoosiers’ jobs restores their hope and eases their worries going into 2017. For most working-class folks, such peace of mind is a daily goal.

    A deal struck between the state of Indiana and Carrier Corp. – brokered by President-elect Donald Trump – led the heating-and-cooling company to keep open its plant on Indianapolis’ west side. The company got $7 million in taxpayer-funded breaks to stay in Indiana.

  • Forget recount, let’s move on

    We found the news that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was requesting vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan surprising and disappointing.

    Stein obviously lost the election badly and there is no way that recounts in all of the states she is questioning would even give her the 5 percent of the vote necessary for the Green Party to qualify for federal funds in the next election.

  • Tell City’s lions should return to city’s depot

    We were happy to hear the news, reported in Thursday’s Perry County News, that money has been raised to repair the century old Venetian lions fronting City Hall. The concrete lions are in rough shape after moving location over the years.

    We’d like to suggest that once repaired, they be moved to sit outside the Tell City Depot on Seventh Street. The old Depot is no longer with us but the lions were originally intended to be sentinels that greeted guests or residents returning by train.

  • Help brighten the holidays for others this holiday season

    With the approach of Thanksgiving, many of us are preparing to give thanks for what we have and to the chagrin of many, the Christmas season is already in full swing. From now until the New Year we will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others. This is where you come in.

  • A little post-election decorum, please

    Now that the election is over and the dust of arguably the most contentious presidential race in our history has finally settled, revealing a clear and decisive winner, everyone should just calm down.

    There have been thousands of protesters rioting in cities across the country who decry Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the hands of now President-elect Trump.

  • Stand up for free speech

    We have frequently disagreed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, so it deserves special mention when we think they’re doing exactly the right thing.

    The group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bedford resident who is challenging a newly enacted city ordinance regulating yard signs that has the effect of stifling his political expression. The lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the First and the 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Amendment on hunting, fishing is unnecessary

    Does Indiana really need to add the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife into the state constitution?

    No, it does not.

    But some lawmakers, following the lead of the National Rifle Association, have gotten this public question to the Nov. 8 ballot: