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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A year of good and bad

    BY VINCE LUECKE, Editor
    So long, 2011. Almost, at least. It’s been an up-and-down year at best for this columnist and part of me is more than eager to turn the calendar and celebrate 2012.

  • EDITORIAL: Council, others should adopt clear expectations

    Rules are wonderful to have in many situations. They define expectations. When expectations are clear and agreed upon, things go more smoothly than if they aren’t.

    Councilman Ron Crawford expected to have a chance to nominate a new member to the county’s redevelopment commission when appointments were made Dec. 15. He asserted that Robert’s Rules of Order require a call for “any other nominations” before voting occurs on any that have been put forth.

  • COLUMN: Reducing deficit requires skill, risk

    By LEE HAMILTON, Center for Congress

    The failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to reach an agreement on reducing the deficit was not just bad fiscal news. It was a significant failure of political leadership.

    Not only did the committee move us one step closer to a genuine fiscal crisis, but also it put the dysfunction of Congress on full display. At a time of great economic stress, its members lost sight of what failure would cost the country in lost economic growth and foregone job creation.

  • LETTER: Program provides chance to work together

    I am Nancy Bosler, a grandparent of three students at William Tell Elementary School. Last year through the Safe Schools-Healthy Students grant, WTE offered a program on Thursday afternoons called Strengthening Families.

  • COLUMN: Help celebrate good news

    By MARK GINTNER, Guest Columnist

    Jesus Christ revealed God’s plan for love, marriage and family. Many in contemporary society have rejected this plan. This rejection has brought much suffering. Sadly, we often justify our rejection by using our own experience as the measuring stick for everyone’s experience.

  • COLUMN: Occupiers take on housing

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Some of the news emerging from the Occupy movement makes me want to go to one of their protest sites, walk around and just get some of that stuff all over me.

    No, not the pepper spray. The good stuff.

  • EDITORIAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • COLUMN: Memories of Perry County chestnut trees remain

    By LARRY MURDOCK, Guest Columnist

    The hilly woodlands of Perry County, Indiana, were once rich in American chestnuts. Tall trees they were, renowned for their rot-resistant wood, tannin-rich bark and sweet nuts people delighted in roasting at their winter fires.