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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Food drives make big difference for pantries

    The Perry County Food Pantry Coalition would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who conducted food drives recently.  The food and monetary donations are greatly appreciated and will help to feed hungry families in Perry County.  

  • COLUMN: Lawmakers still busy in Indy

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    As lawmakers move through the second half of the legislative session, they begin the review of bills already approved by one chamber.

    Among the legislation still being considered are bills that would establish a statewide smoking ban, mandate drug tests for the state’s welfare recipients and appropriate additional funding for full-day kindergarten. This summary highlights House-approved bills being considered by the Senate.

    Health Issues

  • COLUMN: TC may drop apple Dec. 31

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    There might be a new entertainment option for New Year’s Eve this year. Instead of gathering around the television to watch New York City’s famed ball drop in Time’s Square, a large illuminated apple may drop in or near City Hall Park.

    It may be a novel idea to ring in 2013, but members of the Perry County Quality of Life Committee are exploring the idea as a New Year’s Eve event. Hopefully, the event would be a hit its first year and then grow in popularity each year thereafter.

  • EDITORIAL: Soldiers deserve a hero’s welcome home

    A letter to the editor in a recent edition of the Evansville Courier and Press addressed an interesting topic.

    As efforts to bring more and more of America’s troops home from the Middle East continue, many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, elected officials, public figures and citizens alike believe it’s appropriate to honor soldiers with a parade down the famous “Canyon of Heroes” in New York City.

  • LETTER: Correspondent writes from the heart

    In the Jan. 19 edition, I read something that really troubled me. I’m sure others were also bothered by this article and I hope they speak up. I have lived in Dubois County for 29 years, but like to hear from my home county and area of St. Croix, where I grew up. I am related to Brenda Madden, whose article I’m referring to.

    You may say that I’m biased and that may be true, but please indulge me.

  • LETTER: Right-to-work legislation is not anti-union

    I’d like to start by saying that I know and like Dale Groves and I don’t think for a moment that he is a liar. I believe that he is convinced that the falsehoods in his letter (Jan. 26 issue) are true much like some folks believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa.

    I will address his points but first a short story. Years ago I worked at a union factory that was considering going on strike. A public meeting was held at Tell City High School’s auditorium and hundreds of members were present when the union rep, an unapologetic thug, began to speak.

  • COLUMN: Big Brothers-Big Sisters needs community’s support

    By LINDA REED, Guest Columnist

    I am interested in meeting with Perry County community leaders to discuss the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring programs. Big Brothers-Big Sisters has been involved with Perry County youth since 2000 as a result of a 1997 Leadership Perry County class project.

    This meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Perry County Library.

  • COLUMN: Candles and St. Blaise

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I try to get to weekday church at least once every couple of weeks. Friday was such a day. I went because it was the feast day of St. Blaise and because I was happy to be on the upswing from a nasty bug of some type that kept me on my back the previous day.

    It’s on Saint Blaise Day that in some churches the throats of the faithful are blessed, usually with a pair of candles. Father Dennis did that after Mass Friday morning.

    Why the throat?