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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Why trust is so important

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution.

    Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • COLUMN: ‘Train wreck’ of Obamacare cuts wages, work hours

    By LARRY BUCSHON
    Indiana 8th District Representative

    As the Obamacare “train wreck” unfolds, we continue to learn of the unintended, unnecessary and burdensome consequences of a law passed without a single bipartisan vote in Congress.

    Despite the president’s promise of lower health-care costs, premiums are rising for families and estimates show that because of Obamacare, more than 7 million Americans will lose their employer-provided insurance.

  • COLUMN: Seeds of optimism

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    As a few people may know, I’ve been teaching horticulture classes at Branchville Correctional Facility the past few months. Oakland City University has offered the courses to offenders and I was happy to step up when asked.

    I’ve taught classes for OCU for 15 years and have always found the experience enriching. Teaching the basics of soil science and plant propagation reminded me of the amazing intricacies of nature and the interconnectedness we have with the natural world.

  • EDITORIAL: Pence, others should spare state divisive marriage fight

    Regardless of which side of the debate Perry Countians come down on, one thing to us is clear. Indiana does not need a divisive constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

    The issue of gender and marriage has been in the spotlight since U.S. Supreme Court justices in June overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act – and let stand a lower court ruling in California striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Obama administration declares war on coal, Indiana jobs

    Nathan Noland

  • LETTER: K of C Tootsie Roll Drive a success

    The Tell City Knights of Columbus Council 1172 would like to thank the entire community for the support of our annual Tootsie Roll Drive. The many volunteers from Council 1172 stood in the rain for two days, but were successful in reaching a monetary value of more than $3,500. These donations will be contributed equally to the programs for mentally challenged citizens of Perry County.

  • LETTER: Derby Riverfest run drew 92 participants

    The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people and organizations that made our 5-kilometer run-walk event successful.

    A total of 92 runners and walkers participated this year.

  • LETTER: Be respectful when setting off fireworks

    Why do Tell City residents need to celebrate with firecracker bombs year-round? Being a stroke victim, even the smallest noises make me anxious and nervous, so I am sure those noises affect seniors as well.

    As I am only in my mid-50s, these types of firecrackers affect small-breed dogs, also. I have a mini Shitzu who tries to hide and even the thunder jacket I bought for her does not comfort here.

    So is it necessary to celebrate with such loud fireworks for such a long time?