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Today's Opinions

  • 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.”

  • COLUMN: Sign of the times

    JIM ADKINS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I recently ran into a fellow I know at a local store. He’s a guy I like but don’t often see, and I was glad to have an all too infrequent chance to speak to him. Smiling, we shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.  In a far corner of the store a cell phone rang out a raucous hit from the 1980s summoning its owner into its electronic embrace.

  • Santa Claus wants to talk

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    It’s a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if the old man came knocking while we were awake – and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I’d be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I’d probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • EDITORIAL: Season of gratitude can lead to organ donation decisions

    During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season we focus on giving and gratitude.

    The gift of organ donation is not often a topic of conversation, but people should be aware that one donor can potentially save the lives of up to eight people.

    More than 600 Hoosiers are on waiting lists for organ, tissue and eye donations, according to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

    Nationwide, more than 90,000 people are hoping to receive a life-saving transplant; sadly, it’s estimated that 17 people die every day waiting for such a transplant.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?