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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Proposed animal-control ordinance is a must read

    PAM GRANDERSON, Guest Columnist

    When the Humane Society asked for help to fight puppy mills, she sent them money. Good riddance. She had her toy poodle and six cats, all spayed and neutered and vaccinated. She couldn’t see why anyone would mistreat any dog or cat. They were her children.

  • COLUMN: What’s in your office?

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Newspaper folks have been known to borrow ideas from other publications. As a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, I have admired the occasional profile features on business leaders’ desks. A WSJ reporter would visit a chief executive officer, financier or other well-known business person and share the stories behind the collections, artwork and memorabilia on their desks and hanging on their office walls.

  • EDITORIAL: U.S. agriculture deserves safety net from new bill

    Americans enjoy food that is safe, abundant and cheap. We hope fast-approaching debate on the 2012 Farm Bill doesn’t threaten the safety nets for farmers and ranchers who underpin our nation’s food supply.

    With the current U.S. Farm Bill due to expire with the 2012 crop year, we have concerns that some important provisions in the current bill will be reduced or even done away with. That would do lasting harm to soil and water conservation efforts and put at risk the financial health of family farmers who form the foundation of American agriculture.

  • COLUMN: Medicare protects Seniors

    By DAVE CROOKS, Guest Columnist

    July marked the 45th anniversary of the creation of Medicare. For nearly half a century, the Medicare program has provided virtually all American seniors over the age of 65 with affordable, reliable and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

    Medicare also provides seniors with essential financial security, helping ease the burden of skyrocketing health-care costs.

  • EDITORIAL: When firing people, employ the Golden Rule

    It’s never easy to “let someone go,” one of the euphemisms for ending someone’s employment, but we think the Cannelton School Board could have better handled the layoff of five noncertified employees.

    We report on that board’s activities regularly, so we know they are good people who have been working under difficult conditions for some time.

  • COLUMN: Anderson Woods provides ongoing teaching moments for campers

    Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles about Anderson Woods, a summer camp near Adyeville for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The columns are written by Megan Gatwood.

  • LETTER: Proposed animal control ordinance flawed

    I am writing in regard to the proposed Animal Welfare and Control Ordinance No. 0C-05-4. I read all 39 pages of it four times. It took that many times for me to fully understand what all is hidden in the lengthy legal jargon.

  • COLUMN: A mission worth sharing

    By RYAN HACKBARTH, Guest Columnist

    My name is Ryan Hackbarth and I will be a senior at Tell City High School. Sister Mary Emma Jochum OSB asked me to write about a recent mission-trip experience.

    During the week of the Fourth of July, 19 parishioners from St. Paul Church traveled to Nashville, Tenn., There were four adults and 15 high-school students in the group.