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Today's Opinions

  • Each year, Anderson Woods touches campers, staff

    By NOAH GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    There are lots of activities that campers can look forward to at Anderson Woods. A not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, Anderson Woods is a summer staple for many local kids and adults who are looking for some quality time in the great outdoors.

    For others, however, summer camp is a new experience and it can be an anxious time.

  • The decline of youth sports leagues

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Participation in organized youth sports leagues for baseball, football, basketball and soccer declined by 4 percent between 2008-12, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. National experts speculate on several reasons for this decline, including a squeeze on family finances caused by the Great Recession, increased concern about injury and too many kids playing video games instead of the real thing.

  • Attorney general has duty to represent state in same-sex marriage lawsuit appeal

    Recent federal court actions that first struck down Indiana’s statute limiting marriage to the traditional definition and then stayed that order pending appeal, have left many in our state in legal limbo.

    As the attorney who represents state government and defends its laws, I know this difficult case stirs many people’s deeply held beliefs that touch their lives in very personal ways.

  • Congressman Bucshon’s troubling voting record and the need for bipartisanship

    The 113th Congress is, by and large, the least productive Congress in modern history. While millions of Americans struggle to pay their bills, many of the 435 members of Congress who claim to represent the people are making $174,000 a year to essentially do nothing. Unfortunately for the people of Indiana’s 8th District, Congressman Larry Bucshon fits this mold to perfection.

  • Take part in this year’s 4-H livestock auction

    I am a member of Gatchel 4-H Club in Perry County and I participate in the swine project. I’m the son of John and Sherry Schraner of Derby.

    On Friday, July 11,1 will participate in the Perry County 4-H Livestock Auction. This is a premium only livestock auction for 4-H’ers who have exhibited livestock at the 2014 Perry County 4-H Fair. I would like to invite you to attend and support the 4-H members exhibiting livestock.

    I have participated in the swine project for 10 years and I have learned so much in 4-H as I am entering my final year.

  • Discover your family history

    By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    To celebrate Perry County’s 200th year, a certificate and pin will be given at a pinning ceremony Nov. 1 to individuals who fill out a First Family of Perry County application.

    This program was set up to honor our Perry County ancestors who braved the virgin Indiana Territory through the end of the Civil War.
    For many, this program has brought awareness of whom their Perry County ancestors were, how they lived and believed and, for some, answered questions about their family’s folklore.

  • Save your skin from the sun

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I recently spotted a teenager at a county fair with a painful looking sunburn. I didn’t know him so I don’t know how he got the burn, but he spent far too long in the sun with either no or definitely not enough sunscreen.

    I’ve been in his skin before. I try hard to avoid burns as an adult because I know increased sun damage increases the chances for all types of skin cancer, including the most serious, melanoma.

  • Going to war in Iraq won’t work any better this time

    Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. By that definition, the United States’ engaging in military action in Iraq now would be insane.

    It didn’t work before, which is why there is basically a civil war going on there now. As we said before, the only way the United States can control who governs Iraq is to make it a permanent U.S. territory or state, which few, if any, would be willing to do.