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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Fighting prescription drug abuse

    By RICHARD D. YOUNG JR.
    State Senator

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more people abuse prescription drugs in the U.S. than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined. One in 20 people in the U.S. have used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose.

  • COLUMN: Dragging Main: A blast from the past

    By JEANENE CHAMPION
    Guest Columnist

    Dragging Main! What a great idea. I am K. Jeanene Haynes Champion. In 1949, I had a 1936 Chevy with a whooptie, whoo, whoo, whistle on it.

  • COLUMN: Labor imparts dignity

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

  • COLUMN: A vision for Hoosier education

    By GLENDA RITZ
    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

    A recently published political cartoon stated, “school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.”

    That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the citizens of Indiana. I am the new driver. Let me tell you about how, together, we will not reform but transform our education system for Indiana’s future economic prosperity.

  • LETTER: Habitat for Humanity grateful for support

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by the Perry County Habitat for Humanity booth at Schweizer Fest this year.

    We hope you enjoyed our homemade cobbler and ice cream despite the rainy weather.

    We appreciate your continued support.

    If anyone is interested in working with Habitat to build and purchase a home, please call the Habitat office at 547-4805 for an application.

    Habitat is always looking for volunteers interested in our building projects and working with our partner families as well.

  • LETTER: Pet show’s success a credit to many

    The Humane Society of Perry County would like to thank all the participants of the Schweizer Fest Pet Show. We had a great turnout which included some unusual pets, a bunny, goat and snake.

    We also thank the community businesses for their donations: Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, Tractor Supply, Cash Saver, Noble’s IGA, Coca-Cola, Old National, German American, Fifth Third, All About You and Greenwood Animal Hospital.

  • LETTER: Help working families rather than give tax subsidies to ship jobs overseas

    Talk about kicking someone when she’s down: a woman who lost her job when the AJ Wright distribution center in South Bend shut down was told her unemployment benefits will be trimmed by over 10 percent, thanks to the mindless federal budget cut known as the “sequester.” Meanwhile, major corporations continue to get huge tax subsidies from Washington to ship jobs overseas.

  • EDITORIAL: Governor should respect Ritz and her authority

    Gov. Mike Pence’s announcement last week that he will form a Center for Education and Career Innovation may be a good step in promoting lifelong learning and reducing the state’s unemployment rate. The decision, however, should have included Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and her staff in the process.

    He didn’t and that’s a problem in our eyes.