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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Snowe’s retirement should be wakeup call for Tea Party

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, surprised most political observers when she announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election this year.

    According to USA Today, she said “she could not face another unproductive six-year term with the polarization and partisanship that has overtaken Washington – and the Senate in particular.”

    The Tea Party wing of Republicans is trying to purge the GOP of moderates such as Snowe, but Snowe’s retirement announcement should be a wakeup call that their strategy is likely to backfire.

  • EDITORIAL: Planning and zoning shouldn’t be a second-rate county service

    The lead headline in Thursday’s News proclaimed Perry County’s planning and zoning department to be in crisis. That wasn’t journalistic exaggeration. The resignation of Planning and Zoning Director Jim Gogel and the lack of funding that reduced the only employee to part-time status doesn’t bode well. It also doesn’t sit well with us because we believe planning and zoning should be a focus of county government, not an afterthought.

  • EDITORIAL: Who gets to strip our unalienable rights?

    We wish to propose a new way to think about expression by students.

    We suggest that the ideas contained in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these (is) liberty …” be understood to mean we are born with the freedoms we enjoy, and no one can take them away.

  • EDITORIAL: Soldiers deserve a hero’s welcome home

    A letter to the editor in a recent edition of the Evansville Courier and Press addressed an interesting topic.

    As efforts to bring more and more of America’s troops home from the Middle East continue, many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, elected officials, public figures and citizens alike believe it’s appropriate to honor soldiers with a parade down the famous “Canyon of Heroes” in New York City.

  • EDITORIAL: Partial smoking ban better than none

    Politicians today are often criticized for their unwillingness to compromise, but in many cases it seems they are merely following the examples of their constituents.

    Last year when the Indiana Senate considered a ban on smoking in many public places, several health advocates — including the American Cancer Society — complained that the bill was too weak. Thus the Senate Public Policy Committee decided to vote the bill down and instead of a ban on smoking in some public places, it was banned in none.

  • EDITORIAL: Air quality, job opportunities know no borders

    A front-page story today shares news from a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed coal-gasification plant in Spencer County. While that county’s leaders will have a say in whether the $2.65 billion project moves forward, those of us in Perry County should have input into the suitability of the plant.

    When it comes to air quality, what passes over Spencer County crosses into Perry. We breathe the same air.

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should find important work to do

    Many people are familiar with the concept that if you do something right the first time, you reduce the potential that you’ll have to do it again.

    Indiana’s General Assembly needs to learn that concept.

  • EDITORIAL: Silly legislation helps no one

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot from Indiana Republican lawmakers about how disappointed they are in Democrats for not showing up to make decisions in the first session. We could not agree more with them. We realize there are a lot of opinions running amuck at the moment due to hot-button issues on the table, most notably the right-to-work legislation.

    No matter what your opinion on the matter, everyone must agree that Republicans and Democrats not agreeing to hear one another out and work to compromise gets nothing done and we all suffer.

  • EDITORIAL: Daniels’ 2012 reform goals look practical overall

    Whether Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is one of the nation’s best politicians is certainly debatable, but in setting his goals for this year’s legislative session he has shown that he is more practical than many politicians.

    In recent years the Tea Party movement has produced numerous elected officials – of the same political party as Daniels – who refuse to compromise on taxes, social issues or virtually anything. Therefore they have been able to enact very little of their political agenda.

  • EDITORIAL: Meeting challenges, reaching goals in 2012

    There’s plenty to be optimistic about as 2012 begins. While many of us will chart New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or spend more time with family, we would like to outline a few broader community goals.

    We hope the year ahead brings stability to Cannelton City Schools. Specifically, we would like leaders of the school district, threatened by a small student population and cuts in funding, to do one of two things in 2012: