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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Community foundations have huge impact

    During the week of Nov. 12-18, the Perry County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

    During the week, Perry County Community Foundation encourages everyone to celebrate National Philanthropy day, Nov. 15, by giving thanks and paying it forward.

  • COLUMN: Input needed for hometown-competitiveness program

    By CHERI TAYLOR, Guest Columnist

    Perry County is participating in the Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness program based on a successful application submitted by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce. The Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness is a program to empower our "hometowns" to enhance their prosperity and quality of life. IHTC is operated out of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and is based on a similar program that began in Nebraska to help their communities that had been shrinking for over 100 years.

  • COLUMN: What’s behind the ACLU name?

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    A lot of ink has been spilled by The News lately about the ACLU. I thought I would weigh in and tell why so many people, including myself, find this organization so loathsome.

    Let me first say that the use of the term “civil liberties” in the name of the ACLU is one of the most profound uses of doublespeak in the English language. It is anti-God, anti-American and anti-family and civil liberties be damned if they get in the way of the ACLU’s schemes.

  • COLUMN: Doing something good for others

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Tuesday is “Do Something Good for Someone in Perry County Day.” We hope all of us regularly find time to help someone, whether it’s a gesture in deeds or words. Being helpful, after all, should be part of everyday life.

    The Perry County Community Foundation is behind the designation for tomorrow and it’s also National Philanthropy Week. Foundation Director Sally Houzanme has penned a letter about the week on this page and the important work community foundations carry out.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana right to seek No Child Left Behind waiver

    During a speech given Sept. 23, President Barack Obama stated his opinion on the No Child Left Behind program, an educational reform enacted by former President George W. Bush in 2002.

    “I want to say the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable, and President Bush deserves credit for that,” Obama said. “But experience has taught us that in its implementation, No Child Left Behind had some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them.”

    Indiana readily agrees with him.

  • COLUMN: Thanks to veterans, Americans remain free as the wind

    ROBERT MORRISON, Guest Columnist

    It seems the term “Tall Ship” must have come from John Masefield’s poem Sea Fever. My seafaring dad quoted that poem to me a hundred times, but he never sailed in a tall ship. Still, as a seafarer, he too felt the romance that whistled with the wind in the rigging.

  • COLUMN: Exploring Lincoln’s life, death

    FRANK SANDAGE, Guest Columnist

    A new No. 1 best-selling book, “The Killing of Lincoln,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, who did the research, includes great details of the last 18 days before the shocking assassination that changed America forever, is now available at your favorite retailer.

    I reviewed it in Books-A-Million in Owensboro, Ky.

  • COLUMN: Playing kids, graveyard smiles

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m not the one to go around telling ghost stories, even at Halloween time, but I’m pretty sure I overheard the laughs of happy spirits one recent Sunday.

    My dad’s family held its annual family get-together at St. John’s Church in New Boston.