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Today's Opinions

  • It’s time to ban herbal products abused as pot

    Herbal products that have become a dangerous but legal substitute for marijuana need to be banned. Spencer County commissioners did that last week and at least one state legislator is looking to do the same statewide. We support them and encourage county leaders here to consider a similar ban – soon.
     

    “K2” is a brand name for a legal product consisting of a blend of dried herbs that has been sprayed with a chemical and that when smoked, produces a euphoria similar to that of marijuana.   

  • ‘Machete’ started as fake preview

    “Machete” started as a joke, in a way. It was one of the fake movie previews from Quentin Tarintino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” double feature. Rodriguez claims he always thought of it as a feature, but the fact is the preview was made before the feature film, which is definitely odd. Either way, I am very glad that they ended up making a full movie out of the idea.

  • Nearly run over by Rin Tin Tin

    I’ve selfishly used this space before to chide drivers who don’t always display the best of practices or courtesy to their fellow motorists. A year or so ago I honked the horn at drivers who I saw using their turn signals as simply an option when making a left- or right-hand turn.

  • Government should not require FM radios on cell phones

    Many conservatives think there should be virtually no regulation of commerce: Businesses should be allowed to offer whatever products they think they can sell and let the buyer beware.

    Many liberals think government should strictly regulate every feature of every product manufactured or sold in the United States.

    We think there has to be a happy medium between the two sides.

  • Imagine a world with paid sick days

    LINDA MERIC, Guest Columnist

    There are many areas of life in this country where it appears that we live in two worlds. And that’s no different when we consider paid sick days. In the first world, if you’re sick, you stay home from work, take care of yourself and have the time to get better.

    In the second world, if you’re sick, you go to work anyway. In the second world, you go to work even when your child is sick. You know that if you stay home, you’ll lose pay – or maybe even your job.

  • Tips for safe egg handling

    BRENDA HAGEDORN, Purdue Extension

    Eggs have been in the headlines a lot recently. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, cases of salmonella enteritidis infections have increased fourfold since May. It appears that shell eggs are the likely source of the infections.

  • Let’s put Hoosiers back to work

    Russ Stilwell, District 74 State Representative

    In January 2005, when Mitch Daniels became governor, Indiana’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. That translated to 176,510 Hoosiers out of work.


    In July 2010, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported that our state’s unemployment rate was 10.2 percent. That means 319,406 Hoosiers now are out of work.

  • My beloved sycamore

    By Louise Hagedorn Mattingly, Guest Columnist

    When I think about growing up on the farm in Perry County, many happy thoughts come to mind. Many things were learned from both parents. My mother was a teacher, my father, a farmer. I learned at an early age the desire for learning and the love of nature. These are wonderful gifts.


    My father would announce the return of birds in the spring and flowering plants and trees. “If you enjoy nature, you will never be lonely,” he taught me.