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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • LETTER: Thanks for helping with Chase’s big day

    The family and friends of Chase Rodriguez extend very special thanks to everyone who helped make his day and his gift of a custom trike a memorable event.

    Thanks to Schaefer and Paulin, Alan Sweeney, Vince and Margie Peter, Billie Martin, Toys for Tots, Chip Schultise, all patrons, friends and extended family of the Alpine House, Ohio Valley Towing, Jason Linne, employees of PCMH, Clay and Mayor Barbara Ewing, James Wadell, Steve and Teresa Donn, Randy Marshall Entertainment and to anyone who donated or helped in any way.

  • COLUMN: The end of the 2013 session

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    The 2013 legislative session adjourned Friday, signaling the end of session. Back in November, when I was first elected to serve as the state representative for our district, I was biting at the bit to get started.

    I charged into the Statehouse and quickly realized I had a lot to learn in order to best serve our community, but I would like to think I was a fast study. Looking back over the last four months, it has truly been a humbling learning experience.

  • EDITORIAL: School officials: Enforce rules, not individual beliefs

    Memo to teachers and other authority figures nationwide: Respond to actual threats where they exist. Where no threat exists, leave our children alone.

    A teacher in West Virginia demanded that a high-school student remove a T-shirt decorated with the National Rifle Association logo and a picture of a rifle, according to media reports last week. Also adorning the shirt were the words, “Protect your right.”

  • LETTER: Keep hunting ethical

    Representatives of the undersigned sporting and conservation organizations thank Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long for his recent public stand decrying canned hunting.

    His comments on shooting domestic deer in enclosures expose the unethical practices that occur behind hunting-preserve fences. Long’s comments couldn’t have come at a better time.

  • LETTER Common core: It’s a simple education choice

    Sometimes choices aren’t clear-cut. Who hasn’t gone through the frustrating experience of choosing between “A” or “B” or “1” or “2” at the optometrist’s office.

    But the selection that needs to be made with the Common Core academic standards is the exact opposite: It’s simple and obvious. Forget, for a minute, about all the facts and myths associated with the program. Legislators who are debating whether to halt Common Core have this choice:

  • LETTER: Life is simpler without Internet, e-mail

    You recently mentioned my name in the March 28 paper as one of the Perry County people who has money the attorney general wishes to return.

    I do not have direct access to the Internet for reasons I think are good. I follow the advice of a wise man from one of those oriental countries.

    He sat on an elevated platform in a village where the people could ask questions.

    His head was bald, he had no teeth and a large belly – signifying the ultimate happiness – and no sandals on his feet.