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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Students should be encouraged, not thwarted by school boards

    Earlier this month, a group of students in a central Florida school district were met with opposition from their school board as they attempted to form an extracurricular group. The middle-schoolers attempted to form a gay-straight alliance group during the 2011-12 school year, but according to reports on Huffington Post, they were turned town.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana should allow Sunday liquor sales

    The Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Policy Committee has delayed until at least this week deciding whether to advance a bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Indiana.

    Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis made that decision after hearing conflicting testimony on the bill at a hearing last Wednesday.

  • EDITORIAL: A cardinal pays for his sins

    A cardinal was relieved of his public duties last week in another sign the American Catholic Church is more willing to confront decades of abuse of children by priests and the sins of those who tried to hide the truth and protected pedophiles.

    In a never-before-seen move, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his failure to handle reports of clergy sex abuse.

    Mahoney served as Los Angeles archbishop from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.

  • EDITORIAL: How well do you know your First Amendment?

    Much recent discussion has focused on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    While we appreciate spirited debate on any public issue, we would like to see Americans go back to Square 1; our collective knowledge of the First Amendment leaves much to be desired.

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.

  • EDITORIAL: Banning assault weapons again makes sense (CORRECTED)

    CORRECTION: This editorial advocating regulations on assault weapons erred by stating that most mass shootings had been carried out by people using weapons in “automatic mode.”

    As several readers have pointed out since the editorial’s publication, automatic weapons are not legal for purchase in the United States and have not been so for many years.

    Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

  • EDITORIAL: Changing lives, reducing waistlines in 2013

    While losing weight enjoys a perennial place on many lists of New Year’s resolutions, health and wellness issues, in particular obesity, are a year-round struggle for many. Whether battling the bulge, quitting smoking or eating healthier foods, a lot of us know we should be taking better care of our bodies.

    The new year is as good as a time as any to set realistic goals and chart a healthier 2013.

  • EDITORIAL: Consider these resolutions for new year

    Each new year brings, for many people, resolutions they hope to fulfill in efforts to become better people. Some resolve to begin healthier practices such as eating better and exercising more. Others promise to devote more time to their families and friends. Some want to work harder to increase their own earnings or other measures of success.  

    All of those are noble goals on a personal level. We’d like to offer some suggestions for improvements on a community level.

  • 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?

  • EDITORIAL: Dangerous intersections need serious look

    In Thursday’s issue of the News, we featured a story about a county resident seeking help from the county commissioners concerning safety at the intersection of Indiana 66 and the entrance to Waupaca.
    Geoffrey Jennings told the commissioners at their Nov. 21 meeting that five serious accidents occurred on the road leading into Waupaca the first six months of the year. There have more than likely been countless near-accidents as well.