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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: To protect human rights, companies must exit Iran

    By MARK WALLACE and IRWIN COTLER, Guest Columnists

    Late last year, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights, Ahmed Shaheed, briefed the General Assembly about the state of human rights in Iran, and he painted an extremely bleak picture.

  • COLUMN: Help through trying times

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My father died the morning of Jan. 16. Losing a parent to a terminal illness has to be one of the most challenging things an adult can face.

    My father, whose legal name was John but who was known by most of his friends as Paul, suffered from lung cancer for about two years. He died peacefully in his sleep and for a loved one who knew he wasn’t going to get better, a quiet death is a blessing. I felt guilty saying that to myself and to others over the past week, but I no longer have any reservations.

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Letter supporting right to work inaccurate

    By DALE GROVES, Guest Columnist

    I always respect an opinion on a controversial issue that might be different from my own opinion, even the current right-to-work bill currently being debated in the Indiana General Assembly. And I know that those who support right-to-work and those who don’t have different fact sheets, different polls and different motives for wanting this bill passed or wanting it defeated.

  • LETTER: It’s time for all of us to speak our minds on the myth of ‘clean coal’ and syngas

    The onslaught of pressure to bring us a synthetic natural gas plant that is being exerted by elected public officials, coal-company operators and so-called technocrats who want us to believe they can wave their magic wands and produce “clean coal” scares me.

    If we were not already living in a veritable sea of toxic pollutants that has been produced primarily by the use of coal, I might understand their eagerness to pour more on us.

  • LETTER: Weather may affect your electrical service

    With the worst of winter likely yet to come, we may need to be reminded that we might have to spend 48 hours without electricity if a major winter storm hits and electrical service is lost.

    If you have medical devices that run on electricity, make arrangements in advance for an alternative place to stay during a severe electrical outage.

  • COLUMN: The mental effects of abortion

    By JEANNE MONAHAN, Guest Columnist

    I remember well a night many years ago when a dear friend who was adamantly pro-choice came to me, sobbing uncontrollably.

    With defenses down, she unloaded a heavy burden she had long carried – a few years before she had chosen to abort her developing baby. She told me that not one day had passed that she did not think about her baby and regret her decision. My heart ached for my friend, as she was clearly tormented by her decision.

  • COLUMN: The greatest gifts of all

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    My father used to say, “There is nothing more over than Christmas.” With regard to the hoopla, he was certainly right. I’ve just completed breaking down numerous boxes for recycling.

    Colorful ribbons and bows have been discarded. Our nativity display has been repackaged, the artificial Christmas tree no longer illuminates the living room, all outdoor lighting has been dismantled.