Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: U.S. losing moral leadership

    By MARLIN BETTS, Guest Columnist

    Recently our vice president and then our president publicly announced they personally are supportive of gay marriage in the United States.

    At first I was upset that our country’s leadership would go on record with this stance. But I knew in my heart that it was just a matter of time before one of our presidents did so. This issue has been building to this point, just like other moral issues have reached a similar point in the past.

  • COLUMN: Make every day of summer count


    Memorial Day serves as the official kickoff to summer, although it’s felt like summer since April. An early spring has been followed by a hot and dry early summer. We need rain but each summer, it seems, brings dry spells of some duration or another. With luck we’ll get regular rains so farmers’ early planted crops – and gardeners’ early-planted vegetables – will do well.

  • EDITORIAL: Opposing bipartisanship won’t get much accomplished

    Richard Lugar’s loss in the Republican primary this month means Indiana will have a new United States senator next January.

    One could argue that it was time for Lugar to go, as he has already served twice as long as any previous Hoosier senator and if re-elected he would have turned 86 before his next term ended.

  • COLUMN: Simply put, ‘The Avengers’ is awesome experience

    Film Review

    This is the comic-book movie people have been waiting for. Anticipation is high for any big-name comic-book property adaptation. For instance, we still have “The Dark Knight Rises” on the way, but “The Avengers” is unique because it is so unlikely. Take some of the heaviest hitters from the Marvel universe – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, etc. – and combine them in one huge movie.

  • COLUMN: Local students score well on IREAD

    District 74 State Representative

    Research suggests students learn to read through the third grade. In fourth grade, students “read to learn” as this most important skill is required and assumed in order to learn new and more complex content. For instance, students must follow instructions to do worksheets, math is taught as “word problems” and students begin to learn history and science from written material.

  • COLUMN: Congratulations, grads


    Congratulations, high-school graduates: The big day you’ve been waiting for so long has arrived.

    In just a few days, you’ll take those anticipated steps onto a stage and claim that diploma. You’ll also take a giant step toward adulthood.

    Amid the congratulations and cards, weekend barbecues and cookouts, take time over the next few days to thank the people who have made the big day possible.

  • EDITORIAL: We can’t afford to forget the purpose of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is approaching and we hope Perry Countians will commit a portion of the long weekend to recalling the heroism of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

    Unfortunately, Memorial Day risks being crowded out by so many other activities: graduations, vacations, even auto racing. We know the first summer holiday is a busy time for everyone, but we encourage individuals and families to honor fallen and living veterans.

  • LETTER: Marathon feature well written

    I want to thank you for your coverage and great story on Kim Strobel’s participation in the Boston Marathon.

    Your writer, Trista Lutgring, did an excellent job describing the marathon, Boston’s unusual weather conditions for this year’s race and Kim’s preparation for the event.

    The story was thorough and interesting. It was an informative sports story as well as a solid human-interest story.