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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Here in the real world

    By KASSI ROGERS, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns from readers who have returned to Perry County after time away or who moved here.

    There is something to be said for life in a smaller town. When I was a kid growing up, I couldn’t wait to venture out in to the “real world.”

  • COLUMN: A night with St. Walburga

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My friends think I’m bordering on paganism, but I planned to join with a couple of friends Saturday night for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German.

    The April 30 occasion may be one few readers have heard of, but it’s a tradition I’ve been wanting to start since taking part in a Walpurgisnacht celebration a few years ago.

  • EDITORIAL: Big challenges bring out the best in us

    Floodwaters were finally receding Friday. Good news for everyone threatened over many days by the rising Ohio River.

    The flood of 2011 caused its share of problems, a handful of evacuations, flooded basements and sandbagging operations, but it also brought out the very best in us.

  • COLUMN: Women and Social Security

    By KEN CORDER, Guest Columnist

    While the Social Security program treats all workers – men and women – exactly the same in terms of benefits they can receive, women need to know what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits to which they may be entitled may mean the difference between living more comfortably versus just getting by in their retirement years.

  • COLUMN: Become a child’s advocate

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    A serious problem is rising for vulnerable Hoosier children, but so is the opportunity to help.

    The child abuse and neglect rate in Indiana increased 24 percent in one year to 15.6 confirmed cases per 1,000 children under the age of 18. In most cases, parents are the perpetrators, meaning most victimized children cannot rely on their primary care-givers as the cases go to court.

  • COLUMN: Storm-damaged trees

    BY B. ROSIE LERNER, Guest Columnist

    Homeowners assessing tree damage caused by recent storms will want to make a few important decisions soon. Small trees with minor damage can probably be taken care of by the homeowner, but large mature trees likely will need the help of professional tree services.

  • EDITORIAL: Statewide smoking ban needs more-concrete action

    April 6 found a statewide smoking ban turned down by an 8-1 vote from the state Senate Public Policy Committee assigned to review the issue.

    House Bill 1018, according to a recent Indianapolis Star article, had split senators on the committee between not wanting a state mandate for banning smoking and believing that the current proposed bill was too weak to do any good.

  • COLUMN: With all of us working together, we can prevent child abuse

    By KELLI WILGUS, Guest Columnist

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to child-abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.

    The solution is getting to the root of the cause through education and changing behaviors and attitudes and loving and nurturing children. Stopping Violence before it starts helps create happy and healthy children.