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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A much-needed vacation

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m usually not all that keen on summer getaways, at least as far as lying next to a pool or perched under a cabana drinking tequila.

    Beer commercials and cruise-company propaganda make it tempting to devote my vacation time to sand and surf, but I’ve seldom taken summer beach vacations. It’s hard getting away during the summer months. Other co-workers often take off during the summer and I’d rather spend time outdoors when the weather is more comfortable.

  • EDITORIAL: Change in pension funding could keep six-day mail delivery viable

    In his autobiography, Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” There was a lot of truth in that humorous remark, which helps explain why the facts aren’t always what they appear to be.

    One example is the often-stated “fact” that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money and needs to reduce mail delivery from six to five days a week and eventually to three days a week.

  • COLUMN: Mulberry-dotted mare a silly sight

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    When I was a kid in Hobart, my aunt Elsie would take me berry picking with her every summer. We had a wonderful time, roaming the verdant woods and picking mulberries or blackberries; whichever was in season. It was always hot during berry-picking season, but that didn’t discourage us. We walked for miles, but a big bowl of the wild fruit with milk and sugar when we got home made it worth enduring. Just writing this brings back lots of wonderful family memories.

  • COLUMN: Appointments should be open

    By JIM ALEXANDER, Guest Columnist

    I was surprised to read in the July 25 News that Perry County Memorial Hospital Administrator Joe Stuber stated that per state law, the county commissioners may appoint to the hospital board of trustees only people whom the board has first recommended.

    This would seem to give the hospital board almost-unheard of power and lack of accountability. In order to better understand the situation, I have sent the following e-mail to State Rep. Sue Ellspermann.

  • COLUMN: The naked woman in my shower

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climbed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady.

    The lady was a spider, a daddy-long-legs that somehow found its way into my shower overnight.

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Debt crisis’ reveals real national problem

    We believe most Americans share the feeling of disgust we’ve experienced over recent weeks as the federal “debt crisis” was debated in Washington D.C. and over the nation’s airwaves.

    We put “debt crisis” in quotation marks because while it has been called that, its resemblance to reality is questionable.

  • COLUMN: ‘Captain America’ a bit plain, but is still entertaining

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    The summer of superheroes is nearly over, but “Captain America: The First Avenger” has been one of the most anticipated films of the season. If you’re not suffering from comic book burnout at this point, “Captain America” makes for a fun, entertaining summer film that is a bit different than other movies of the genre because of the time period it takes place in. The film may not feature any largely memorable moments and doesn’t really have much in the way of style, but it is definitely worth a watch.

  • LETTER: What does debt-ceiling debate mean for you?

    If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in the best interests of the country.

    But as an investor, you may be especially concerned about what might happen to your holdings, and your overall investment strategy, if the debt ceiling is not increased by the Aug. 2 deadline.