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Today's Opinions

  • Back to the place I call home

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Chad James.

    In 1991, I moved away from Perry County, excited to begin my college years at Purdue University. The previous 18 years were spent largely with family. My mother had 13 siblings and my father had 11.  

  • Should we let our secret out?

    (Shhhhh ... don't tell Indiana.)

    The state received a notice early this month that it again earned a failing grade for educating its preschool children.

    Because it doesn't.

    Indiana's top education officials only recently realized, apparently, that children of kindergarten age can and should be learning, if, that is, the kids want to walk into their first day of first grade without looking, well, uneducated.

  • Betty White an inspiration to senior citizens

    In seven years it is projected that people in the world over age 65 will outnumber those under age 5 for the first time in history.

    Fortunately for our society, older people in nearly every walk of life are more active and productive than their counterparts were a generation ago. Many say age 60 is the new 40 and age 80 is the new 60, and there is some evidence to back those claims.

  • Congratulations, graduates

    Even after all these years of covering commencements, the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" inspire me with optimism. After all, I have high hopes for this year's group of newly minted graduates.

    I look forward each spring to the traditions of covering at least one local commencement. I'll be at Cannelton's ceremony Saturday and Perry Central's on Sunday. I had the pleasure of covering South Spencer High School's commencement exercises this past weekend.

  • Note to media: Enough celebrity news

    Editor's Note: Cannelton High School student Spencer Herzog wrote this column as part of an English assignment in teacher Eric Harris' class. As Harris points out, Herzog makes a point about being young but interested in current issues and "I think it's always refreshing to see a local student published in the newspaper.  It shows the community that there are kids who care about what is happening in the world."

  • When it comes to economic development, borders don't mean that much

    We're confident the Spencer County Board of Zoning Appeals will eventually make the right decision on whether or not to grant ThyssenKrupp Waupaca a special-exception permit to operate a monofill in Huff Township.

  • An illegal dump of the worst kind

    I've never counted myself a member of the animal-rights movement. I grew up on a farm caring for animals destined for the dinner table. I support farmers' right to raise animals for human consumption.

  • Arizona law doesn't change much

    "Our view," (The News' editorial) May 10 is a good example of why with this upcoming election in November people need to read and listen to several sources to get a complete story.   The editorial repeats several distortions that have come out of the opposition to Arizona's new law on illegal immigration.