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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: CHS student a model of student leadership

    Many thanks to Mikah Hemmings, a sophomore at Cannelton High School, for her efforts in planning and executing a service-learning project to clean up the landscaping around the William Bennett Early Learning Center and its bump-outs along Washington Street in Cannelton.

    We also appreciate the following individuals and companies who assisted in this fully donated effort:  Ralph Terry and Special-T Lawn Service, Tell City Wal-Mart, The Green House, Family Roots Nursery, Jewel James, Scott Hemmings and Cheop of Jasper.

  • LETTER: Campaign signs and churches shouldn’t mix

    It is that time of year again when lawns sprout thin-legged signs and highway berms are decorated with banners and encouragement to vote for this or that candidate. Our newspapers and television screen are covered in vitriolic partisanship. It sometimes feels like our democracy has been overrun by the demons of darkness so as to discourage the average citizen from voting.

  • COLUMN: War of 1812 to be discussed

    By DONNA MASON, Guest Columnist

    The Second War for Independence played a great part in the settlement of Perry County. A reward for being a soldier in the War of 1812 was a bounty of land. Many families of those who received bounty land in Perry County still live here. Some of those family names are Weatherholt, Cunningham, Frakes, Connor, Alvey, Murphy, Weedman and many others who settled in Perry County and are buried here.

  • COLUMN: Ordinance strives to be fair

    By JAMES CARTER, Guest Columnist

    After reading Mr. Robinson’s articles and his concerns about his obvious confusion concerning the proposed animal ordinance, the Humane Society needs to clear up some misconceptions.

    The first and foremost misconception that Mr. Robinson has is his lack of understanding of why the commissioners agreed to have a committee form in the first place.

  • COLUMN: I’m a skin cancer poster boy

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Sunscreen, hats and less skin exposed to the sun are among my life’s priorities after a skin-cancer scare had my stomach in knots for nearly two weeks. A few good friends helped preserve my wits before the good news arrived last week. I don’t have melanoma, the most serious and most fatal cancer of the skin.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting employees’ Social Security tax again serves no useful purpose

    President Barack Obama and most Democrats in Congress say they are committed to preserving Social Security for future generations. But one part of Obama’s current proposal to increase jobs could jeopardize Social Security’s long-term viability.

    Obama has suggested cutting employees’ Social Security taxes to 3.1 percent through 2012. Under one of his previous stimulus programs, the rate was already cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent this year Social Security taxes are paid only on the first $106,200 of income.

  • COLUMN: The man they just can’t stop

    By TIM KLOEPPEL, Guest Columnist

    Presidential candidate Ron Paul is a man of his word. Throughout his more than 30-year congressional career, he has maintained a consistent pro-American voting record and has introduced countless bills which, if not for party politics, would have greatly improved the condition of the United States.

    His constitutional mindset has earned him an enormous grassroots following, as millions upon millions of Americans yearn for a return to a traditionally limited and responsible government.

  • COLUMN: The squirrel knows best

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Friday. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.