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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: If you disagree, please don’t turn away

    An interesting phenomenon occurs now and then in response to editorials we write about controversial topics.

    People ask us to cancel their subscriptions.

    We respect everyone’s right to have opinions that differ from our own, and we certainly respect the right to read or reject the Perry County News. But we’re curious: What do our readers expect of us? Are we expected to never express a view someone might find objectionable?

    That would be difficult to do.

  • COLUMN: World Series shows why baseball and family go hand-in-hand

    By ERIC HARRIS, Guest Columnist

    There have been dozens of articles about the improbability of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 playoff run that culminated in one of the most exciting World Series of all time.

    I am not a sportswriter so I’m not going to pretend that anything I write is a meaningful contribution to the thousands of words that have already been committed to the Cardinals. Instead, I wanted to write about my favorite team, my favorite sport, and my family.

  • COLUMN: Priorities for the farm bill

    By JULIA WICKARD, Guest Columnist

    Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out his priorities for the upcoming farm bill. This bill is about a whole lot more than farming: it’s about supporting the jobs of the future, it’s about keeping pace with the changing needs of agriculture and rural America and it’s about providing a food supply for the nation. 

  • COLUMN: Time to give thanks now

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Jack-o’-lanterns on porch steps, cardboard tombstones sprouting from lawns like toadstools and far too many homes wrapped in fake cobwebs can point to only one thing: Halloween is nearly here.

    I’ll welcome nieces, nephews and maybe a few neighborhood kids to my door for treats today, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s Thanksgiving — not Halloween — that most deserves a slot on October’s calendar.

  • EDITORIAL: Likelihood innocent man was executed is good reason to end death penalty

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been criticized for less-than-stellar performances in debates among Republican presidential candidates this fall and even admitted, “Debates are not my strong suit.”

    But the audience at the Sept. 7 debate cheered when he took credit for 234 executions in Texas during his tenure as governor.

    That only proves a point we have made before: Capital punishment dehumanizes and brings out barbaric instincts in us.

  • LETTER: “Right-to-Work?” Corporatist euphemism

    I’m hearing a lot about the urgency of Indiana’s becoming a “right-to-work” state.

    What a dulcet phrase! Everyone these days hungers to get or keep a job.

    But “right-to-work” is a euphemism for “right-to-employ-(or-fire)-at-will.” The company becomes the unchecked power. Any worker protections gained since Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive days are “disappeared” like Third-World dissidents.

    As a public-school teacher of 21 years I am familiar with such double-speak.

  • LETTER: Will Right to Work benefit District 74?

    One of my interim study committee assignments is serving on the Committee on Employment Issues. This group is studying two key issues: Right to Work and Project Labor Agreements. We have conducted three full days of hearing from all perspectives: union leaders and members, business leaders, economic developers and site selectors.

    Right-to-work legislation means that an employee cannot be required to join a union or to pay union dues in order to hold a job. It does not decertify nor has it been found to cause decertification of unions.

  • COLUMN: Hunting is not the issue

    By GLENN MARKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    I’m writing this because of the article that Mr. Robinson wrote in a national magazine, the American Cooner. I would like to first say I never met this man in my life, so how can he say such outlandish things like I’m against hunting?

    I am not against hunting. I know many people who hunt and I have family members who hunt. I know hunting is a natural order in life and if we didn’t hunt, this world would be overpopulated with animals we would not know what to do with.