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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s make residents put their toys away

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    Members of the Tell City Common Council are considering new rules that would ban or limit the parking of boats and other recreational vehicles along city streets.

    The News reported their concerns Nov. 11. They were based on “some residents” asking for new rules, we informed you. Mayor Barbara Ewing said she’s received comments from some who felt current regulations are too lax and allow parking of those items all the time, regardless of how often they are used.

  • Federal powers juxtaposed by states’ rights, autonomy

    It’s the American way to remonstrate against the government when the legislature’s actions don’t coincide with the populaces’ opinion on the direction they lead the nation. The United States was built on such principles.

    But in the 237 years since colonists first put pen to paper to declare they would no longer accept a despot monarchy that ruled the people past the point of oppression, the average American’s voice has been somewhat lost when it comes to choices their leaders make.

  • Our local schools, taxpayers deserve better

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    Guest Columnist

    As you may have heard by now, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson  announced that her office had finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit. The $14 million lawsuit accused the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association of defrauding Hoosier schools out of over $27 million.

  • Remembering Mr. Bennett

    STEVE EPLEY
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. Black Friday has come and gone. Let us give thanks.

    Every day could be Thanksgiving Day if we would only stop and think. Someone wisely said, “Thinkfulness produces thankfulness.” Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Bennett, a former principal of Myers Grade School in Cannelton.

    My memories of this good man have been stirred by the realization that the year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the removal of Bible reading and prayer from our public schools.

  • Hoosier National Forest assists with national disasters

    Cory Henry
    Guest Columnist

    Employees from the Hoosier National Forest assist in suppressing wildfires not only here in Indiana but across the entire country, from the well-known large wildfires in the western United States to lesser known wildfires in the east.

    What many people may not know is that these same personnel often respond to other natural and man-made disasters across the country  through local, national and Federal Emergency Management Agency requests to assist local responders and municipalities.  

  • Get involved with General Assembly

    Richard D. Young Jr.
    State Senator

    With the next session of the Indiana General Assembly quickly approaching, there are a number of ways to engage in the legislative process and track important issues under consideration. The legislature will begin meeting Jan. 6 and must adjourn on or before March 14. During that time, there are a number of opportunities for Hoosiers to visit the State-house, meet with their elected state legislators and observe action as it takes place.

  • VNA thankful for United Way’s support

    The United Way of Perry County has been helping individuals and families in our community for over 40 years by funding organizations that provide services focused on health, education and financial stability.

    VNA Plus (formerly known as Visiting Nurse Association) is one such agency that began serving the health care needs of Perry County residents in 1979, in large part as a result of United Way funding.

  • Same-sex marriage ban a terrible mistake

    Recently I read an article by Marlin Betts and in this article he went on to share his views on the state’s proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He is not alone with his views, as they are shared by many in this country who feel that gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs, and wish to uphold the country’s “Christian moral standards.”