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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: 2013 St. Paul Picnic another success

    St. Paul Church Picnic 2013 is finally history. After three weeks, quilt and money raffle winners were announced. God felt rain was necessary in this area June 9 and our picnic was abruptly ended.

    The live auction was held June 21 and the raffles were held June 30. What a long lasting celebration, don’t you think?

    My list of thanks start at the Catholic Ministry Center with Tammy, she had a knack for publicity on the web, and Mandy, you were the guiding light behind this picnic and kept everything on the legal mode.

  • LETTER: Youth Refuge thanks its many supporters

    The volunteers of the Youth Refuge sponsored by First Baptist Church would like to thank everyone who came and supported such a wonderful cause.

    We had a very successful day.  We would like to thank the following businesses who donated items that contributed to the success: Subway, Dairy Queen, Wendy's, Sonic, Papa John's, Long John Silver's, Haunstein's, Dr. Rudolph’s office, Walls, Mick's, Iron Gate, Baskets, Bunnies Bears & More and Tell City Bowling Center.

  • COLUMN: The war with meth continues

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Over the past few years, there has been an increase in meth-related crimes. Great Indiana communities like ours are built by Hoosier strength, perseverance and a caring attitude, but these guiding principles, which serve as the fabric of our society, are being deteriorated by the effects of meth.

  • COLUMN: We can help each other quit tobacco

    By SHARILYN FRANZMAN
    Guest Columnist

    In the past years Perry County Memorial Hospital, then Lincoln Hills Development Corp., managed grants to help Perry County residents in efforts to quit tobacco. The two organizations educated the community on the effects of secondhand smoke, assisted at health fairs, school events and much more.

  • EDITORIAL: U.S. should not get involved in sovereign countries’ internal affairs

    One recent headline said that some of the U.S.-supplied weapons in Syria’s Civil War have apparently gone to the “wrong “ side.

    The writer meant that they are going to the current Syrian government’s forces instead of the rebels fighting to overthrow that regime.

  • LETTER: New laws impact Hoosiers in lots of ways

    July 1 has come and gone, meaning that most of the legislation passed last session is now law in Indiana. There were a lot of bills filed last session that I needed to research and understand, over a thousand between the two chambers.

    But the legislative process, as convoluted as it may seem, works to vet every issue with fewer than 300 bills becoming laws. I have said it before, but I am truly humbled to be your voice at the Statehouse and honored to have had a hand in crafting these laws.

  • LETTER: U.S. needs to make health care top priority

    Regarding my friend and colleague Ty Guillaume’s July 4 comment on religious liberty and Obamacare, I would only make a couple of points.

    First, when the liberty of one comes up against the liberty of another, there is inevitably a balancing that has to be made. And as has generally been our ideal, it should be made in favor of the one who stands to be hurt the most by the abbreviation of her freedom.

  • COLUMN: Why trust is so important

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution.

    Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.