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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: I’m a skin cancer poster boy

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Sunscreen, hats and less skin exposed to the sun are among my life’s priorities after a skin-cancer scare had my stomach in knots for nearly two weeks. A few good friends helped preserve my wits before the good news arrived last week. I don’t have melanoma, the most serious and most fatal cancer of the skin.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting employees’ Social Security tax again serves no useful purpose

    President Barack Obama and most Democrats in Congress say they are committed to preserving Social Security for future generations. But one part of Obama’s current proposal to increase jobs could jeopardize Social Security’s long-term viability.

    Obama has suggested cutting employees’ Social Security taxes to 3.1 percent through 2012. Under one of his previous stimulus programs, the rate was already cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent this year Social Security taxes are paid only on the first $106,200 of income.

  • COLUMN: The man they just can’t stop

    By TIM KLOEPPEL, Guest Columnist

    Presidential candidate Ron Paul is a man of his word. Throughout his more than 30-year congressional career, he has maintained a consistent pro-American voting record and has introduced countless bills which, if not for party politics, would have greatly improved the condition of the United States.

    His constitutional mindset has earned him an enormous grassroots following, as millions upon millions of Americans yearn for a return to a traditionally limited and responsible government.

  • COLUMN: The squirrel knows best

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Friday. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • EDITORIAL: Thinking about suicide? Reach out

    It’s difficult to understand how anyone could make the decision that death is their best option.

    Three people killed themselves in Perry County the weekend of Sept. 24-25. As is our policy, we reported only the one that occurred in a public place and prompted the responses of rescue agencies.

    It is easy to view suicide as a final solution to temporary problems. Through that perspective and in view of the multitudes of people who would step up to help if they could, we can’t fathom anyone feeling they would be better off dead.

  • COLUMN: ‘Drive’ is stylish, weird, unexpected

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    Every now and then something great happens in Hollywood. An interesting director makes enough great films overseas and he’s given a modest budget and a little star power and he gets to make whatever he wants out of a film. And then that film ends up playing on the big screen in an area as small as Perry County. I sat back unbelieving Sunday night as I watched Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, “Drive” and witnessed one of the best films of the year … and I didn’t have to drive an hour to see it.

  • LETTER: Let homeschooled kids join sports teams

    Recently, the son of a friend of mine was denied access to our high-school sports programs because the teen is homeschooled. I feel that this is not only unfair but also possibly unconstitutional. It is the law in 10 states that the home-schooled be permitted to participate in public school sports.

  • COLUMN: Space junk ‘probably’ won’t hit you, NASA predicts

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Helmets for sale! Get yours before NASA’s six-and-a-half-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite plunges to Earth, probably in your neck of the world!

    A report by Clara Moskowitz, senior writer for space.com, posted Tuesday at Yahoo News, said the former climate probe, now space junk, has been slowly losing altitude since 2005 and “will make a final uncontrolled plunge through Earth’s atmosphere” the last week of this month.