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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: America violates its own ideals in torturing prisoners

    The first definition of the noun ideal in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is “a standard of perfection, beauty or excellence. Although it has fallen short now and again, this nation was built upon a number of ideals that makes many of us proud to have been born and raised here.

    One of those ideals is our sense of justice. Evidence was presented last week – in the form of 525 pages of executive summary – that many actions have been taken in our name that violate our deep-seated ideas of justice.

  • LETTER: Schnell enjoyed recent visit to Perry Central

    Dec. 5 felt like Super Commodore Day in wonderful Perry County. I feel like I’m on a roll at the age of 84.

    On that grand day I ate pizza with the Perry Central volleyball sectional champs and I later entertained the residents at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City with a happy hour Christmas concert with carols.

    After the concert, I enjoyed supper at Marcy’s in Leopold with Perry Central Community School Corp. Superintendent Mary Roberson and my relatives, who served as my drivers.

  • LETTER: Hospital auxiliary thanks bazaar helpers

    We would like to thank everyone who supported our Perry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar held recently. So many helped by buying baked goods and craft items, making gift shop purchases or bidding on our silent-auction items.

    Many others bought tickets for the turkey and dressing dinners. A special thanks to all the auxiliary members who worked that day, prepared baked items or made something for the craft sale. It takes a lot of members, help from the hospital staff, the kitchen staff, and community members who attended to make this a successful event every year.

  • LETTER: Thanks for making parade another big hit

    On behalf of the Harry G. Myers Auxiliary, Cannelton American Legion Christmas Parade Committee, I would like to thank those individuals who helped make the parade a success.

    I would like to thank Mayor Mary Snyder and her staff, the utilities, water and street departments. I would also like to thank the grand marshals, Dave Reed, Mary Stephens and Ruth Lawalin, the American Legion Harry G. Myers Post 142 and the judges.

  • COLUMN: Caleb Mills helped build the Indiana public school system

    By ANDREA NEAL
    Guest Columnist

    Andrea Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016.

    Indiana’s 1816 Constitution called for a statewide system of free public schools but it didn’t happen until the 1850s – after education reformers demanded it.

  • COLUMN: Once in Royal David’s city

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the city of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

  • COLUMN: Close Christmas encounters of the family kind

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    A few Christmases back, my wife Leonna and I drove to Tennessee to visit her sister and family who live in a rural area near Clarksville. They reside on three acres in a charming two-story ranch house with their three young boys and older daughter.

    I was looking forward to the visit because I hadn’t been able to spend time with the younger children since they were born.

  • LETTER: Why do drunk drivers get slaps on the wrist?

    My wife, Donna, was killed by a drunk driver Sept. 24, four days before her birthday in Dubois County north of Ferdinand on Indiana 162.

    Instead of celebrating her birthday, we had to bury her. This was not the first time he was caught driving drunk. Two years ago he was caught drinking and driving and was just put on probation. He just got off probation in March of this year. On Sept. 24 he was driving drunk again, three times the legal limit and traveling 19 miles an hour over the speed limit and this time a very kind and loving woman lost her life.