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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Season of gratitude can lead to organ donation decisions

    During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season we focus on giving and gratitude.

    The gift of organ donation is not often a topic of conversation, but people should be aware that one donor can potentially save the lives of up to eight people.

    More than 600 Hoosiers are on waiting lists for organ, tissue and eye donations, according to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

    Nationwide, more than 90,000 people are hoping to receive a life-saving transplant; sadly, it’s estimated that 17 people die every day waiting for such a transplant.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • Support our community, shop locally

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I recently found myself reading some eye-opening statistics about small businesses, their revenues and employment rates.

    With Small Business Saturday happening just a few days after Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about the positive effects of shopping locally this season and encourage you to give small enterprises your business.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • St. Nicholas visits Thursday night

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for Nicholas’ visit tonight. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate inside the next morning.

    I think I will put the shoe outside the News office. St. Nicholas hasn’t been able to find me the last couple of years in New Boston, so I’m going to make it easier on him.

    Do I really expect to find sweets in my shoe Friday? Perhaps a few friends will come by. But even if they don’t, St. Nicholas Day is worth observing.

  • United Way supports backpack food program

    During the 2012-13 school year, St. Paul Ministry of Charity aided many children by supporting the Perry County Weekend Food Backpack Program in our county. This program supplies food over the weekend for children who come from homes where food is not always available to them. Nearly 3,400 weekend backpacks were distributed to 110 students from the three county schools last year.

  • Catholic Charities depends on United Way

    Catholic Charities continues to help the poor and vulnerable in our area by creating hope and providing help for those in need. We have several programs in place to help those requesting our services:

  • Many hands in community made Semper Five 5K, Marine Tough 10K successful

    On behalf of the Perry County Museum and the Perry County Marine Corps., I would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Semper Five 5K and the Marine Tough 10K: