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Today's Opinions

  • Food coalition thankful for community support

    On behalf of Jasper’s Food Pantry of Cannelton, I would like to thank the following for donations of food to the Perry County Food Pantry Coalition:

    American Legion Auxiliary, ATTC Manufacturing, Evangelical United Church of Christ, U.S. Forest Service, St. Pius confirmation class, Alpha Phi retired teachers, Oakwood Health Campus, Parker Hannifin, Tell City Junior Senior High School Renaissance Class, Chicago’s Pizza, Lois Hartman, and the local Girl Scouts.

  • Soup-supper fundraiser was a big success

    Cornerstone Christian School just can’t thank the community, school parents and the Freewill Baptist Church enough for the generous support during our recent soup supper fundraising event.

    Thanks to the donations of supplies, money, time and a lot of hard work, it was a great success.

    We asked for desserts and we got them. The amount provided by both the church and our school families was astounding!

    The way everyone pitched in to help with the shopping, peeling, chopping and cleaning up made the workload much lighter and a lot more fun.

  • Love is in the air ... I guess

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    I spied a dead skunk on Main Street in Tell City Friday morning and have seen and smelled other skunks – dead and alive – during recent travels.

    Yes, skunks are on the move as their mating season nears. Skunks burrow into their dens during winter but emerge from time to time to feed and, in late winter, to mate. I don’t know if the skunks I’ve seen are in the mood to mate or simply hungry. Perhaps their presence is a sign of an early spring. Who needs Groundhog Day (observed today)?

  • Pence’s tax-funded news service a bad idea

    Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Gov. Pence’s announcement Thursday that he had terminated plans for the JustIN website.

    Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Gov. Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news.

    His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor the Pence Administration.

  • There’s more to falling gas prices, and America’s long-term interests, than meets the eye

    Practically the entire country is enjoying the recent falling gasoline prices. We’ve become so used to protracted prices in the $3 to $4 per gallon range that $2 per gallon gasoline, and the prospect of further price declines if the price of crude oil continues to fall, seems like a reason to celebrate. At a time when so many people’s wages have been stagnant for years, a substantial reduction in the price of gasoline is a welcome relief to strained budgets.

  • Thank you, LHDC, for 50 years of caring

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. marked the 50th anniversary of its founding last month. The community-action agency in Tell City hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house Jan. 7 at its headquarters on Main Street.

    We join the community in congratulating LHDC, its employees and board of directors for half a century of dedication and compassion. The agency serves Perry and surrounding counties and has truly made all of our local communities better places to live.

  • Strengthening Indiana’s education policy

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

     

    After meeting with dozens of teachers across southern Indiana in the last year, the first bill I decided to author as a state senator works to move Indiana’s I-READ reading assessment from third grade to second grade.

    My legislation, Senate Bill 169, requires students who do not pass the I-READ reading assessment in second grade to retake the test during the third grade, which allows for more time and opportunity to strengthen reading abilities.

  • Brussels sprouts making comeback

    Jeneen Wiche

    Brussels sprouts have made a comeback. It used to be that no one like them and they were hard to come by fresh.

    Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child. Equally, updated cooking methods probably can stand some credit for elevating the previously mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-head-sized cabbage to a crispy, nutty treat.