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Today's Opinions

  • NPR analyst’s fear exists within us

    Many white people avoid neighborhoods where the residents are predominantly black. Many black people know to avoid certain white neighborhoods.

    Racism has not disappeared from America, and isn’t likely to for a very long time.

    So we were not surprised to learn that a news analyst for National Public Radio said, “when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

  • We might say ‘Social Network’ defies generations

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    “The Social Network,” also known as “The Facebook Movie,” seemed like a joke when I first heard about it. OK, a popular Web site that seemingly everyone uses is getting its own movie. Sounds like a gimmick. Then I read that Aaron Sorkin was writing it and David Fincher was directing it. How quickly gimmick turns into entertaining art.

  • E-mail begs response

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    I recently received an e-mail message from several people I consider friends and whose opinions and intelligence I respect. I disagreed with its content, however, and had some responses I wanted to share. Their message is the bold text and my responses are in plain text.

    Thought you might like to read this letter to the editor of a British national newspaper. Ever notice how some people just seem to know how to write a letter?

  • EDITORIAL: Don't give candidates a free pass

    As Election Day draws near, candidates for local races will be stepping up their efforts to win your votes. We hope Perry County’s voters will take the time in the coming days to devote the time and attention voting demands before going to the polls Nov. 2 or taking part in early voting already under way.

  • Etienne responds to rumors

    By RON ETIENNE, Guest Columnist

    During the recent past, I have learned that individuals in the community have taken it upon themselves to spread false and malicious rumors about me.

  • COLUMN: Giving thanks for blessings

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I watched a woman last Monday night, who I guessed to be in her 70s, sit down before a meal of two small hamburgers and fries. Before she dug into her supper, she offered a silent prayer and made the sign of the cross.

    Her simple gesture reminded me that we all too often forget to give thanks for what we enjoy every day, whether it’s our health, family, friends or the food that sustains us.

  • EDITORIAL: Legislators should take time to know what they are voting for

    A recent Associated Press article about Indiana’s new law requiring everyone, regardless of age, to show a photo identification when buying carryout alcohol included good news and bad news.

    The good news is AP quoted several Indiana legislators who say they are ready to revamp the law, which took effect July 1.

    Legislators and liquor store workers told the AP they’ve heard many complaints.

  • Suffering under drought

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The past three months have been dry as a bone and while I hear that most farmers are harvesting decent-sized crops this fall, the combination of a lack of rain and hot temperatures has taken their toll.

    It’s a disappointing end to what had been until late July quite a good growing season. Corn crops planted early fared OK but soybeans that mature later in the summer were nipped by the lack of rain and worst hit perhaps are hayfields and pastures. Both have withered to the point that once-green fields are khaki.