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Today's Opinions

  • It's not too late for flu shots

    As the days get cooler, more and more people are spending time indoors, which means being around more people. It also means a better chance at catching influenza. But before you spread it to your family and coworkers, why not try to prevent the flu bug's visit by getting vaccinated?

    Flu vaccines have been available since August and the Centers for Disease Control estimates between 143 million and 146 million doses will be produced for the 2008-09 influenza season. This all-time high supply includes three new virus strains to help protect the public.

  • Government threatens to eliminate leap seconds forever

    What time is it in Perry County? As if that issue hasn't been overly scrutinized in recent years, the federal government wants to toss yet another complexity into the matter.

    We used to be happy in our little now-Central, now-Eastern corner of the world. Then the state imposed daylight-saving time upon us and got us to thinking about whether we should declare a time zone, and if so, which one?

  • Project fraught with concerns

    The Citizens Action Coalition has legally intervened against the construction of a coal-gasification plant proposed by Leucadia to be located in Rockport in Spencer County.

    CAC is a consumer watchdog group of 70,000 statewide members. CAC represents residential ratepayers and homeowners before the Utility Regulatory Commission and the state legislature on energy and utility issues and environmental issues related to energy policy.

  • Working by the moonlight

    Ivan James was a rare gem of a man who inhabited the hinterland of northeast Perry County.

    His occupation was farming, a most noble pursuit he'd been born into. Ivan was a wide-brimmed-hat sort of fellow, blue-denim overalls, handkerchief spilling out the back pocket, whittlin' knife hidden in the front one.

    His hands were out-of-doors worn from a lifetime of hard use, but there was a softness in his eyes that revealed something of his old soul.

  • Vigilance is voters' sacred duty

    Our duty in the voting booth is a sacred one even in good times. The gravity of our task is multiplied many times when we're sending our loved ones into the paths of bombs and bullets, and when national and global financial systems are collapsing. For that reason, the trust we place in our voting systems must be absolute.

  • ACORN allegations overblown

    Matt Hayko's concern about Barack Obama and ACORN (Oct. 20 letter to the editor) is misplaced and the issue is important enough to not be left unanswered.

    ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a grassroots community group that has been involved, since its inception in 1970, in working to raise voter turnout in minority and poor districts that in the past have often been targeted for quite well-documented drives, by whichever party is in power, to suppress votes.

  • Attacks on Obama sign of desperation

    In a letter to the editor published in The Perry County News Oct. 20, Jim Adkins alludes to a comparison of Sen. Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

    This in itself describes how desperate some people are to elect their choice to public office. I receive e-mails and have had conversations with people all throughout this campaign season with questions about our two candidates for president.

    I have received racist e-mails and ones that refer to Barack Obama as a Muslim. I have heard comments that he will take away my guns.

  • Don't forget local Nov. 4 races

    For those men and women who live and breathe politics, the past few weeks have been heavenly. Indiana is in the presidential spotlight and Hoosiers will have a real say two weeks from tomorrow in deciding who will live in the White House for the next four years.

    It doesn't get much better than this for political junkies and as evidenced by the letters in this and past issues of The News, lots of us are truly interested in Nov. 4 races. It seems to be working. I just hope other races aren't being overlooked.