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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Online ISTEP tests earn an F in public trust

    When ISTEP tests roll around, students, teachers and parents should be focused on applying classroom learning to the test, not worrying if the testing system itself will work.

    That wasn’t the case across many areas of the state, including Perry County, late last month. On April 29, Hoosier students taking the online multiple-choice portion of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exam experienced frozen screens and in many cases, an inability to finish the test.

  • LETTER: Smoke Free Perry County Coalition asks pregnant smokers to quit on Mother’s Day

    Quitting smoking is one of the best things a pregnant woman can do to protect her own health and the health of her baby. On this Mother’s Day, members of the Smoke Free Perry County Coalition encourage smokers to call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline has expanded its services to better reach pregnant women, increasing the number of calls to pregnant women from trained quit coaches from four to 10.

    Women who smoke can greatly benefit from the free counseling and support services provided by the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.

  • LETTER: Federal employees better our everyday lives

    Across the country and in communities like Perry County, government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor these workers and their service, May 5-11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

  • LETTER: Cannelton principal offers big thank you

    Cannelton elementary faculty, staff and students would like to publicly thank all of the dedicated volunteers who assist our school in many ways.

    Without them, we would not be able to provide the level of excellence we strive for at our school.

  • COLUMN: Bless those who shed blood?

    By BOB MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    “God bless you,” the president said to a Washington audience of abortion backers.

    God bless you? The president is the commander-in-chief, but one has to wonder how he can invoke the almighty in blessing those who shed innocent blood. God’s word, in every translation and version, makes clear that God hates hands that shed innocent blood.

    If the blood of an unborn child is not innocent blood, whose blood could possibly be innocent?

  • COLUMN: TV folks, have some restraint

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I don’t like to think of myself as overly emotional but I nearly blew my stack Wednesday morning while at an accident scene west of Troy.

    I was at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Indiana 66 and was keeping my distance while rescue crews and firefighters worked to free a Tell City man from his crumpled car.

    I’ve covered dozens of accidents in which someone was killed and likely hundreds in which someone was injured.

  • EDITORIAL: Social media often reflects the worst of us

    The cycle of social-media-aided poor judgment hit our home state recently.

    A few weekends back, the Indiana University chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority threw a homeless-themed costume party at which people dressed up in soiled clothes, rubbed dirt on their faces and brandished cardboard signs containing insensitive remarks. One read, “Why lie, it’s for booze.”

  • LETTER: Schools take active role in dating safety

    Thank you for publishing Bill Stanczykiewicz’s column regarding teen dating violence April 4.

    As a follow up, we wanted to ensure our local community is aware that all of the area schools have partnered with Crisis Connection Inc. on providing primary prevention education in support of Indiana’s Heather’s Law. This includes curriculum in the high-school classes called ‘Safe Dates’ and ‘Expect Respect’ at the junior-high level.