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Today's Opinions

  • Matt Damon perfect in his finest work yet

    "The Informant!" the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11"), is a strangely funny take on corporate whistleblower movies like Michael Mann's "The Insider." This isn't a spoof movie or anything, though. It's actually based on the true story of Mark Whitacre, a vice president of an agri-business company that has been involved in price fixing, who turned FBI informant on his company, ADM, in the early to mid 90s.

  • Politicians need to conduct themselves with decorum

    Rep. Joe Wilson's shouting, "You lie!" to President Barack Obama during Obama's Sept. 9 televised speech on health care has drawn a variety of responses.

    Many, including some of the South Carolina congressman's fellow Republicans, have expressed outrage.

    "I cringed," Rep. David Dreier, the top-ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, told USA Today. "I think it's just unfortunate."

  • Time comes to move on

    Today marks the beginning of the end for me here at The Perry County News. Friday will be my last day putting together the paper I've worked for over the past three years. I've enjoyed my time here but I've taken another job in another city and will turn over the reigns to another young journalist.

    This was my first journalism job outside of the college newsroom at Murray State University, where I earned my degree. And my time here at The Perry County News has taught me a few new skills and helped me tune others, as well.

  • Some get health care right

    I am an American citizen who has been living in Sweden for nearly 15 years now and have been following the health-care debate from the beginning. "Debate," however, may not be the best description of what I have seen and heard over the past month. As one of many democratic countries around the world that provides universal care to its citizens, Sweden has been mentioned on several occasions on both the pro and con side of the argument. I would like to share my own experiences.

  • Freedom Makers' director explains group's purpose

    We have a new organization in town, and as expected, there are questions. Hopefully, this message will answer them.

    Freedom Makers is a group of American citizens made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and others who are disenfranchised with the political parties which have placed themselves above the interests of our nation. We are a group much like our Founding Fathers, who came from widely diverse backgrounds to place the interests of our nation first.

  • Prison officials listened to community, acted quickly

    The wheels of government seldom move as quickly as many would like but we were impressed that security improvements at Branchville Correctional Facility were made quickly after the  escapes of three men.

    Prison officials responded positively to a March 30 editorial that called for a meeting of the facility and the public, many of whom expressed concern that violent offenders serving long sentences were being housed in the medium-security center.

  • About letters to the editor

    I had looked forward to no elections for local offices in 2009. For me, that means no candidate questionnaires, no public forum to moderate and, so I thought, fewer politically based letters to the editor.

    So much for that last hope. But that's OK with me. I want readers to respond to issues, but I do lament the tone some letter writers have taken, preferring to complain and caricature rather than offer suggestions. Sometimes the truth gets trampled and the very issue up for public debate is forgotten amid partisan jabs.

  • Truth, health care and tort reform

    As an attorney in this community, I feel compelled to respond to the recent guest column of Dr. William Marcrum regarding the ongoing health-care debate.

    While I cannot directly address some of Dr. Marcrum's finer points regarding the value of services he provides or the rates at which he is reimbursed for care to Medicare or Medicaid patients, I can certainly address the biggest inaccuracy in his commentary - tort reform as a prong of health-care reform.