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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Many helpers fill kids’ backpacks with food

    The Perry County Weekend Backpack Program completed another year delivering food to area school children during the 2013-2014 school year.

    Each Friday more than 110 students from Cannelton, Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township School corporations participated. A total of 3,170 bags containing individualized servings for six meals for the weekend were purchased from Tri State Food Bank and distributed Fridays throughout the school year. Major financial support came from Perry County United Way, Perry County Community Foundation, and the Schreiber Family Charities.

  • LETTER: SIP should stick to delivering electricity

    I wonder where Southern Indiana Power got the idea that I want to be their stooge and help them lobby the government for the right to continue spewing the massive amounts of pollutants from their filthy coal-fired power plants.

    It sure did get that idea somewhere, because in the past week I have gotten junk postal mail, junk email and junk phone calls from Southern Indiana Power, all asking me to tell the government I want more pollution instead of cleaner air.

  • COLUMN: Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame taking nominees

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last year, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame was founded as a way to honor some of Indiana’s bravest and most selfless heroes. By sharing their accomplishments and stories of service, the organization aims to recognize those who have served our state and nation during times of war and peace.

  • COLUMN: Summer past and present

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    My list of favorite summer flowers is long but near the top of the list is the belladonna lily. Also known as the belladonna amaryllis or “naked ladies,” the pink flowers were in their prime over the past two weeks. Alas, most have died back by now.

    If peonies are a sure sign of spring, then belladonna lilies are proof that late summer has come and it’s time for school to resume.

  • EDITORIAL: Constitutional amendment best way to clarify marriage issues

    In the 1960s and ’70s Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana became the first person since the United States’ founding fathers to write two amendments to the Constitution.

    Bayh was the main author of the 25th Amendment, which created a process for an orderly transition of power in the case of death, disability or resignation of the president and a method of selecting a vice president when a vacancy occurs in that office.

    He also wrote the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

  • Mental health and suicide

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a major league baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome: his son’s mental illness, which remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youth.

    Taylor John, whose theater credits included appearing on Broadway as Gavroche in “Les Miserables,” ended his life four years ago by overdosing on prescription drugs. He was 28 years old.

  • Thank you, Tell City Little League supporters

    On behalf of the Tell City Cal RipkenLittle League, as well as the children of the community, we would like to thank our sponsors for your generous contributions toward our program.

    Not only are the youth enjoying the sport of baseball, they are also learning many valuable lessons by being a member of a team. Your generosity has provided our league with needed equipment and has enabled our players to participate in area tournaments.

    In addition, your contributions will allow us to make the necessary improvements to have a better equipped facility.

  • EPA regulations will cost you more money

    In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released regulations to limit carbon-dioxide emissions at existing power plants.

    If these regulations remain as written, the result will be more expensive electricity for Southern Indiana Power members.