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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Cut flowers from garden should be enjoyed indoors

    Jeneen Wiche
    Weekend Gardener

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers. I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen work table. Just be sure to shake the ants off first. The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rainfall is that the weather is acting as a sort of preservative: all those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.

  • COLUMN: The invisible lawmakers of Washington, D.C.

    Want to know what’s causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here’s a hint: it’s not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it’s a pair of three-year-old laws.
    The Affordable Care Act, known to most Americans as Obamacare, and the Wall Street reform act known as “Dodd-Frank” both became law in 2010.

  • LETTER: Renaissance sponsors successful pep rally
  • LETTER: It’s River Sweep time. Step up to help

    Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the 2013 Ohio River Sweep. This event will be held Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. until noon at Sunset Park in Tell City and at Hafele Park in Cannelton.

    The Ohio River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

  • LETTER: Chamber dinner honored business success

    The Perry County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the businesses nominated for the 12th Annual Chamber Award Dinner.

  • COLUMN: Why insurers won’t cover some new cancer cures

    By ROBERT GOLDBERG
    Guest Columnist

    Advances in cancer treatment are saving lives and cutting health-care costs. But because many health-insurance plans haven’t caught up with the times, nearly half of all cancer patients are forced to choose between the treatment that could save their lives – or one that's paid for.

  • COLUMN: Teacher appreciation week

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last week was national Teacher Appreciation Week. Being a teacher is one of the greatest professions someone can dedicate their lives to, and it is one of the most, if not the most, important profession in our state.

  • EDITORIAL: Online ISTEP tests earn an F in public trust

    When ISTEP tests roll around, students, teachers and parents should be focused on applying classroom learning to the test, not worrying if the testing system itself will work.

    That wasn’t the case across many areas of the state, including Perry County, late last month. On April 29, Hoosier students taking the online multiple-choice portion of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exam experienced frozen screens and in many cases, an inability to finish the test.