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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: New manned trips to the moon, Mars would be best tribute to Armstrong

    The recent death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, brings up the question of what would be the best way to honor his memory.

    One way we have immortalized some great men is declaring their birthday a national holiday. We have also declared the Monday closest to Oct. 12, the day Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World, a national holiday even though we now know some Viking explorers arrived in the Americas before he did.

  • LETTER: Woman appreciates support after accident

    I wanted to send a letter to the News because after I was in a very tragic accident, many groups worked very diligently during a time that was difficult for all concerned.

    I want to thank the Perry County Rescue Squad, Perry County Ambulance Service and the sheriff’s department and other local emergency and law-enforcement units and the public who were present and offered assistance after my Aug. 9 accident.

  • LETTER: Recent Back-to-School Bash called a success

    The Youth Refuge program and its coordinators would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Back-to-School Bash a big success. We would especially like to thank the following people and businesses who so generously donated. Keith Blair, Albert Sturgeon, Sherri Dykes, Jeff Jones, Subway, Sonic, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell-Kentucky Fried Chicken, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Long John Silver’s, Baskets, Bunnies, Bears and More, R&A Sports, Iron Gate, Midtown Tanning, Mick’s Pizza, Papa John’s, Team Central, Hauenstein’s and Frostop.

  • LETTER: Obama robs $716 billion from Medicare

    Besides using $716 billion from Medicare, the Obamacare law adds 21 new taxes to the American taxpayer. Seven of these new taxes will apply to taxpayers in the middle class. That means you and me. The new health-care law raises taxes on working families by $502 billion.

    On Jan. 1 if you make more than $200,000 and you sell your house, you will have to pay sales taxes of 3.8 percent; not the buyer but the seller pays. The individual mandate tax will cost between $685 and $4,700 depending on your income.

  • COLUMN: More than a mustard seed

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    It was in central Nebraska in the year 1900. There hadn’t been a decent rain since May and it was nearly August. The crops were withering and it was looking like a bust year for the farmers in the county. As folks walked about in their daily routines they looked at the skies in hope of a cloud or two, but there was none to be seen.

  • COLUMN: Ironman triathlon quite a thrill

    By JOYCE STATH
    Guest Columnist

    On Sunday, my family had the privilege of witnessing our friend Chris Hollinden complete the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky. We had never been to an Ironman competition, and thought it would be fun to watch, and we wanted to support Chris in his effort. Well, let me tell you, fun does not begin to describe the day. And as hard as I try to put our experience in words, I can assure you, I will not be able to do it justice.

  • COLUMN: Behind-the-scenes labor

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Some of us have jobs that are visible to the public. Mine, for example, as well as police officers, politicians, doctors, etc.

    With another Labor Day upon us, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the jobs of people whose work isn’t always so easily seen or appreciated. Here’s a short litany of thank yous.

  • EDITORIAL: Who was watching the Cannelton Schools cash drawer?

    When properly communicated and carried out, the words, “We’re watching you” can be powerful.

    They apparently haven’t been uttered by the board of trustees for the Cannelton City Schools.

    Who was minding the cash drawer for the school corporation as hundreds of thousands of dollars were being diverted? And why were most of the diversions not detected or acted upon until a state audit was conducted?