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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t restrict marriage to a narrow definition

    By Vicki Rogier-Sprinkle

    I would like to better understand the argument presented in your editorial titled “Don’t Belittle the Opponents of Gay Marriage” but unfortunately your logic has failed to convince me. 

    Past civil-rights battles have been won when insisting upon the equal rights ultimately sped legislation and acceptance of these rights. Contrary to your argument, many would argue that by not having the legal right to same-sex marriage that their love and commitment to their partner is the victim being belittled.

  • LETTER: Don’t let summer’s swelter stress your pet

    It’s summertime. It’s going to be very hot. Let’s take care of our furry loved ones. Let’s take care of our dogs and cats.

    Here are a few tips to keep care of our pets.

    • Never leave an animal in a car. Temperatures can reach 150 degrees or hotter even if you have your windows cracked.

    • Always make sure that our outdoor pets have plenty of cool water and fresh food.

  • LETTER: Tootsie Roll drive raised more than $4,800

    Tell City Knights of Columbus Council 1172 would like to thank the entire community for its support of our annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

    The many volunteers from Council 1172 were successful in reaching our monetary goal by collecting more than $4,800.

    These donations will be contributed equally to the programs for mentally challenged citizens of Perry County.

  • LETTER: Government needs to butt out of marriage

    The debate about whether government should sanction or prevent gay marriage is missing the essential point that government has no call to be involved at all with the matter of marriage.

    Marriage is a personal decision by two (or more?) people to enter into a certain kind of relationship.

    It is not the government’s prerogative or bailiwick or duty or necessity to inject itself into the matter of marriage. The government should butt out of the marriage business.

  • COLUMN: U.S. losing moral leadership

    By MARLIN BETTS, Guest Columnist

    Recently our vice president and then our president publicly announced they personally are supportive of gay marriage in the United States.

    At first I was upset that our country’s leadership would go on record with this stance. But I knew in my heart that it was just a matter of time before one of our presidents did so. This issue has been building to this point, just like other moral issues have reached a similar point in the past.

  • COLUMN: Make every day of summer count

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Memorial Day serves as the official kickoff to summer, although it’s felt like summer since April. An early spring has been followed by a hot and dry early summer. We need rain but each summer, it seems, brings dry spells of some duration or another. With luck we’ll get regular rains so farmers’ early planted crops – and gardeners’ early-planted vegetables – will do well.

  • EDITORIAL: Opposing bipartisanship won’t get much accomplished

    Richard Lugar’s loss in the Republican primary this month means Indiana will have a new United States senator next January.

    One could argue that it was time for Lugar to go, as he has already served twice as long as any previous Hoosier senator and if re-elected he would have turned 86 before his next term ended.

  • COLUMN: Simply put, ‘The Avengers’ is awesome experience

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Review

    This is the comic-book movie people have been waiting for. Anticipation is high for any big-name comic-book property adaptation. For instance, we still have “The Dark Knight Rises” on the way, but “The Avengers” is unique because it is so unlikely. Take some of the heaviest hitters from the Marvel universe – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, etc. – and combine them in one huge movie.