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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Put former armory to use

    By MARY BUNNER
    Guest Columnist

    I am so tired of reading about all the money this county spends for anything other than our youth. A visitors center? Really?

    Our National Guard gave this city a building that holds endless history for this community. So what is the city doing with it?

    Nothing.

    What a show of disrespect for men who have given much of their time and lives for our country. These were men who were hand-picked by President Bush to be among the first 11 units deployed to Iraq because of their abilities to defend.

  • COLUMN: The smells of harvest

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The smell of freshly harvested corn created quite a sob scene last Tuesday. No one was around to watch – except for cows in the distance and a few birds hunting for kernels of corn missed by a John Deere combine.

  • EDITORIAL: Mary Lincoln’s new trial will highlight advances in treatment of mental illnesses

    Some descendants of Dr. Samuel Mudd are still trying to clear his name for being convicted of being part of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Mudd set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, suffered when he jumped from the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre.

    Some are also not sure that Mary Surratt, who was convicted and hanged for being part of the conspiracy, was guilty. Robert Redford directed a movie about her case last year.

  • LETTER: Nation’s health-care crisis predates Obama

    I’d like to address a couple of points in Cheryl Freeman’s letter in The Perry County News of Sept. 3. The first is her talking about President Obama robbing Medicare of $716 billion.

    The figure in question is a case of getting rid of fraud, eliminating overcharges by hospitals and excess premiums charged by insurance companies under Medicare Advantage, not exactly stealing in the strictest sense.

  • LETTER: Obama the candidate’s quote of the decade

    This is an excerpt from a speech Sen. Obama made March 16, 2006. It is word for word as he said it. He was speaking of George Bush, but has now spent and borrowed five times more than George Bush.

  • COLUMN: The truth about elected officials

    By BETH HAUSER
    Guest Columnist

    To the constituents of Perry County, I am writing in regard to the lengthy article that was written in Thursday, Aug. 30, issue of The News regarding Ron Crawford’s bid to forgo the insurance for the elected officials.

  • COLUMN: An old-timer’s critique of books and tobacco

    By DICK HEDRICK
    Guest Columnist

    In this electronic day and age, we are inundated with highly technical critiques and comparisons of various electronic gadgets, such as smart phones, iPods, iPads and other works of wizardry. My beef is that they use language with which I am largely unfamiliar. Personally, I fear some of these technology writers may be suffering from a short circuit in their brain wiring.

  • 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.