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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: When nature strikes, don’t become sightseers

    Vince Luecke, Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com
    It’s human nature to be curious when big news events occur, whether large fires, drug labs or storms like last week’s tornado.
    But I don’t know why so many people put themselves and others in danger by trying to get first-hand views. There are too many sightseers and police – especially when they just arrive on the scene – don’t have time to cordon off the scene or shoo away spectators.

  • EDITORIAL: Voters must look past Supreme Court to protect their own rights

    As if the forces of voter disenfranchisement were not out in sufficient numbers already, the Supreme Court opened a door and posted a welcome sign over it.
    They issued several rulings last week, and those regarding gay marriage dominated the resulting media coverage. Those rulings are important, but because far more Americans are voters than are gay, we respectfully draw your attention to their 5-4 striking down of a formula key to the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  • LETTER: Where was outrage over previous phone scandals?

    I’m responding to the editorial of the Perry County News of May 27, 2013, which rightly criticized the Obama Administration for the current Associated Press scandal involving the Department of Justice Secretly intercepting and seizing phone records of that news organization and consideration to charging a news correspondent with a crime.

  • LETTER: Unless we rise up, government will never change

    I agree with Lee Hamilton about Congress except for one thing. He doesn’t point out that Congress has passed more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills and sent them to the Senate. So what is the problem? Harry Reid doesn’t let the bills be brought to the floor for votes. Why would he be doing this? Because the progressive Democrats, not all Democrats, are trying to show that the Republican Congress can’t create job bills so the Democrats can win the Congress back.

  • COLUMN: Tis the season for bees to be swarming

    By TOM TURPIN
    Guest Columnist

    It happens every spring in temperate regions of the world. Just as surely as the days get longer, the grass turns green and the flowers bloom, the social insects swarm.

    In general, the term swarm is used to describe any aggregation of animals. It could be a group of birds or even snakes. For most of us, the term is used to describe a group of insects, such as mosquitoes or locusts.

  • COLUMN: The end of the world has never been so funny

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: Building communities

    LLOYD ARNOLD
    Guest Columnist

    Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” As we fight to reign in the size and scope of our national government, I am reminded that the strength of our communities doesn’t lie in what our government provides for us; it is about the quality and character of good, hardworking people and the bond we have with one another to help those in need.

  • EDITORIAL: NSA’s phone surveillance should be discontinued

    Most Americans hate it when their government tries to pull a fast one on them by shrouding its actions in secrecy.

    They reason correctly that if government officials truly believed their moves were legitimate, they wouldn’t feel the need to try to hide them from the public.

    Thus it was no surprise that the recent disclosure of the National Security Agency’s secretly intercepting millions of telephone records and e-mails sparked outrage by many from both ends of the political spectrum, though it also had defenders on both sides of the aisle.