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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Labor makes us who we are

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

    Farm kids don’t have to be taught the importance of labor. Farming is labor, from shoveling hog manure to tossing endless numbers of hay bales onto wagons. When I wanted to make money as a teen, I waited until our family’s hay was done and then called neighbors and asked if they needed help with theirs.

  • EDITORIAL: Requiring all online merchants to charge sales tax is fair thing to do

    There are several reasons why many states have had trouble balancing their budgets in recent years. The most obvious is the worst recession in decades and its lingering aftereffects, but another is the decline in sales-tax revenue due to people buying more items online.

    It has been estimated that such purchases have cost all states collectively upward of $15 billion a year in lost revenues. That could change soon, though.

  • COLUMN: Women received right to vote less than a century ago

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    The presidential election year of 2008 was an important juncture in this nation’s history; for the first time it was actually possible that a woman could be elected president. Women have come a long way in the past 91 years. Before that time they weren’t even permitted to vote.

  • COLUMN: One stranger’s trash is seldom another person’s treasure

    By ERIC HARRIS, Guest Columnist

    You may have heard a few clichés about garbage over the years. Things like, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” or “You can tell a lot about a person by what they throw away.”

    Maybe that second one isn’t exactly a saying but it’s probably true. I have been living by a different saying the last few months: “You can imagine a lot about a stranger by the crap they throw out of their car.”

  • LETTER: County needs animal-control officer now

    I am writing this letter out of frustration. My name is Jim Carter and I am president of the Humane Society of Perry County. For the past five years, along with my fellow officers and members, I have tried to make things better for our four-legged friends by being proactive in animal rights.

  • 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.