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Editorials

  • 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:

  • Your vote matters

    It’s been our practice to run a “get out the vote” editorial closer to the election, but we wanted there to be plenty of time until Election Day for us to encourage all Perry Countians who are eligible to cast ballots.
    Few people deny it’s important to vote, so we wonder why so many people don’t. Some simply don’t register. If you’re one of them, it’s too late to vote in next month’s election. But please do register.

  • The cost of higher education is too high

    From quite a young age, American kids have the importance of a college education impressed upon them by teachers and family members alike. Many times, these people didn’t go to college themselves and speak from a place of regret for not having attended. Other times, the advice to go to college is from the point of view of someone who has been and who benefited from it.

    While there are many things in common with the college experience of generations before and the current college students, there is one glaring difference. The price has skyrocketed.