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Today's Opinions

  • Bills need Hoosiers’ input

    The state Senate continues to move forward with legislative business while the House of Representatives is still at an impasse.
    As the House Democrats’ protest over anti-worker and anti-public-school legislation continues to stall House legislative action due to their absence, rallies at the Statehouse draw hundreds of workers and teachers to voice their opposition to those measures.

  • It’s been a fun ride, but so long, soda

    VINCE LUECKE, Editor

  • Library merger committee on right track

    Earlier this month, Tell City-Perry County Library Board members heard about continuing efforts of a committee to see if a merger of the two county libraries in Tell City and Cannelton would be possible and beneficial. It’s been a few months since the two libraries decided to pursue this challenge and it seems committee members are starting to get into the different aspects of the merger that will determine if the two libraries will be able to become one.

  • COLUMN: Proud to call Perry County home

    By MARY ROBERSON, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns by people who have chosen to move to Perry County or who have chosen to remain here. Columns are provided by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, a subgroup of the Perry County Development Corp.

    Bill Bower said, “Perry County is a great place to raise a family,” as he picked up his family from Lake County in far northern Indiana and moved us to beautiful Perry County.

  • COLUMN: Daffodils have stories to share

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I was driving past a rural cemetery last week and noticed clumps of daffodils around the fence surrounding the gravestones and even next to some graves. It was an old cemetery – the stones were worn and gray – but were well maintained. The grass around the stones was beginning to green and a weeping willow tree nearby, close to a pond, was already taking leaf in a shade of delicate green.

  • EDITORIAL: Standardized tests not complete answer for evaluating education

    When the NCAA started requiring 820 SAT or 68 ACT scores for freshmen to be eligible for college sports, longtime college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian predicted that there would be cheating on those standardized tests to make star athletes eligible.

    He’s been proven correct in several cases. The most notable one involved current NBA star Derrick Rose, who led Memphis University to the NCAA men’s Division I championship game in his only season there.

  • COLUMN: Freshmen GOP standing ground

    By STEVE DAVISSON & SUE ELLSPERMANN, Guest Columnists

    We entered the 2011 General Assembly with a passion to serve and a commitment to make a difference. Voters put us in charge to focus on jobs, a balanced budget with no new taxes and education improvement.

    In November we took an oath to uphold Indiana and our country’s constitution.  We quickly got to work attending training, submitting legislation that supported our districts, and prepared for the work ahead. 

  • EDITORIAL: Representatives remain accountable to public even in secret meetings

    Tell City-Troy Township School Board member Dr. Gene Ress expressed conflicting and misguided messages when he addressed a small crowd at a school-board meeting Tuesday.

    The gist of his message: Fellow board member Sherri Flynn did nothing illegal when she talked in an open meeting about the board’s hiring of new Schools Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger, but board members shouldn’t share with the public anything that occurs in executive sessions.