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Editorials

  • Increased global grain production means lower prices for U.S. growers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Increased global grain production and lower domestic demand for corn for ethanol means crop producers should prepare now for lower grain prices in 2014, says an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

  • Santa Claus wants to talk

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    It’s a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if the old man came knocking while we were awake – and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I’d be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I’d probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • Community should rally to keep Ivy Tech in Tell City

    We frequently boast the achievements of many of our community members in these pages. One student makes the spring dean’s list at Ivy Tech, another is on the president’s list and yet another graduates. Each is a human stretching toward his or her potential and a tribute to the value our community places on growth.

    For many people, going to college isn’t much more than a continuation of high school. For some, however, it’s a struggle that can be overcome with the help of available, affordable classes.

  • Perry County needs young-professionals group

    BY Vince Luecke
    Editor

    A new young-professionals group in Spencer County could provide a good model for a similar organization in Perry County.

    Young Professionals will work toward the goal of promoting leadership skills, advancing business and community development and fostering community involvement.

    They’ll also learn from one another, network and have plenty of fun.

    All of us, regardless of our age, will benefit from the group’s work and we hope lots of people take part.

  • 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.